Ciudad del Este is regarded as the cheapest place for electronic goods on the continent. Its shops and malls are plentiful and vary greatly in quality. The center is a maze of stores and stalls selling all types of cheap and tacky goods. Be careful of counterfeit products, near-name brands, and short-changing. Always haggle. If you get anything wrapped, make sure it is what you bought.
Some of the malls are more secure and certainly cleaner, such as Mona Lisa, Carlos A. Lopez 654 (tel. 061/513-622; www.monalisa.com.py), which specializes in luxury goods. Casa China, Av. San Blas 206 (tel. 561/500-335; www.casachina.net), sells everything from flowerpots to motorbike helmets.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.