We've been back a few days and had a FABULOUS time in our beloved city. I'm working on a trip report now and I'll post it soon. I could have stayed another month, or forever...
Anyway, I have a stupid stupid question. It doesn't even apply to us since we easily spent all of our pesos and didn't have to think about changing anything back.
BUT. Let's say a US tourist goest to BA and exchanges $1000 US for $AR at the black rate. They'd get around $6000 AR. Now say this tourist has $100 AR left. If they change back at a bank, wouldn't they get something close to the official rate of approximately $4.5 AR? They would get $45 US then. So isn't the tourist MAKING money exchanging pesos to $US if they bought at the black rate and sold at the blue rate? Like I said, this was not an issue for us as we happily spent all the $AR we had.
I know that it is difficult to exchange AR$ to US$ in Argentina, so I am only guessing that a tourist could even get the official exchange rate when attempting this exchange. I KNOW I'm leaving something out of the equation, but what? Thanks, money experts!