I've been a bit flustered before with Uruguay in my process of buying an apartment here. It has been a struggle for me, and even more so an intense cultural lesson when money is on the line. I enjoy learning from different cultures in a variety of settings, but when my money is at risk and my time is not unlimited to look for opportunities my tolerance decreases. You have just entered part of my world for a second.
Yesterday I went looking for some electric appliances on 18 de Julio (the main street here in Montevideo). Not only did the "sellers" not get up out of their seats at times, I felt as if they didn't want to sell me anything. I.E. looking at a kitchen oven for 3 minutes, looking over at the seller dude as if to say 'I have a question' a few times, and the man stayed sitting. Then after telling him that I found a better deal next door, he said "great", but did not think to give me a discount until I returned 5 minutes later and bluntly asked him (to which he immediately said 'yes' to, as if he didn't understand that this is what I was going for).
I understand the argument live to work vs. work to live. But I didn't understand what happened at a few stores yesterday when the sellers were basically pushing away money from an interested buyer with basic questions and needs. Later on I learned of the 'group commission' set up in the stores and how no one likes to work for their workmates. So all of them sit around. Logical.