El Aguacate (The Avocado)

Buy Guatemalan crafts directly from Guatemala


Selling flowers at the marketIf you haven't already, you will notice that we give our prices as a ‘Base Price’.

The 'Base Price' is what you pay to actually buy the product, but (there is always a 'but') that's not all there is to it.

ElAguacate is a buying agent, not a merchant. We charge a service fee to deal with the various suppliers involved, coordinate payments and receive the goods. Sometimes additional expenses and/or handling charges can apply.

Working as a buying agent for a fee brings down costs to you, opens the whole world as a new market to the vendors and we don't have to carry an inventory. By working for a set fee and no longer buying and selling for a profit means less headache for us and more savings for you.

That fee ranges from 20% to 30% of the total depending on volume:

Let’s look at a simple example. Say you make an order of these three products:

Classic Foot Bag

Classic Foot Bag


Colorful Guatemalan hacky sacks (foot bags), hand crocheted of 100% cotton. ~ 2.5" in diameter

  • Base Price: $0.45ea.*
Woven Bracelets

Woven Bracelets


One dozen friendship bracelets handmade in Guatemala of 100% cotton.

  • Base Price: $0.35dz.*
Chichi Coin Purse

Chichi Coin Purse


Cotton Coin Purse from Chichicastenango lined ~ 7.5" x 5.5".

  • Base Price: $6.00dz.*

Below is a table of per item cost with and without our service fee calculated by volume:

Product Volume: < $500 Volume: $500 >< $3000 Volume: > $3000
Base  +  fee  =  Total   Base  +  fee  =  Total   Base  +  fee  =  Total  
Classic Foot Bag: $0.45 + 30% = $0.59ea. $0.45 + 25% = $0.56ea. $0.45 + 20% = $0.54ea.
Woven Bracelets: $0.35 + 30% = $0.45dz. $0.35 + 25% = $0.44dz. $0.35 + 20% = $0.42dz.
Chichi Coin Purse: $6.00 + 30% = $7.80dz. $6.00 + 25% = $7.50dz. $6.00 + 20% = $7.20dz.

By 'Volume' we mean the value of the total purchase order at the Base Price. In other words if you bought $250 worth of each of the above three products ($750) our fee would be 25%, or an additional $187.50 for a total of $937.50.

Assuming you have no special instructions there would not be any extra expenses and/or handling charges.

Shipping from Guatemala is not included in the prices or our fee. Please go to Shipping to learn more.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions.