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lakechapaladreamer

Jul 5, 2007, 8:49 AM

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I heard through the grapevine that the owner of the new sopping center going up just west of Ajijic is thinking of offering a mail forwarding service that will include BOXES! For those of us that need to order supplies from NOB, that is a very exciting possibility. Right now, MBE seems to be the only choice (other than the Mexican postal system, and I have heard several horror stories regarding both. Does anyone have the inside story? Does anyone know when the center is opening... (I heard this month...).



bournemouth

Jul 5, 2007, 9:08 AM

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I paid a visit to the center earlier this week. I think the grocery section will open by the end of the month, with a little luck, but the other stores etc. will be somewhat longer.

I can see that they could offer a mail service without too much effort as they will have a semi-trailer coming from the border once a week at least.


viejogatomalo

Jul 5, 2007, 9:37 AM

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I was using the local Estafeta outlet until their recent demise (without so much as KMA OR GTH), not even a notice on their door. So now (after threatening the Texas office about a letter to the attorney general of that state) I get my mail and packages delivered to my door. How long it will last until they find a another local outlet I don't know, but I really like the present arrangement. I've had a bumpy relationship with them, but better the devil you know .........!
I had to send an overnight registered letter to the US and the cost was over double at MBE than Estafeta.
So far as dealing with the Mexican Postal Service: I've had no problem with them, so if there are any issues, they would probably even out with the other services


skelleyhoutex

Jul 5, 2007, 12:50 PM

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We have no problems with MEB. We have to have them as they are the only ones with the license to import drugs. We have prescription drug insurance and our drugs cost 1/3 of what they would cost here so it is worth the price.


mkdutch

Jul 7, 2007, 5:21 PM

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There is also a mail service that operates out of the Home Services operation, on the lake side of the carreterra just east of Super Lake. You might want to check them out................Dutch


bournemouth

Jul 7, 2007, 6:52 PM

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That would be Handy Mail - the only problem is that they do not bring down packages, which I think is what the OP wants. Otherwise their service is excellent.

http://www.handymailtomx.com/


lakechapaladreamer

Jul 8, 2007, 8:48 PM

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Yes, I also use Handi-Mail and have high praise for the services they offer. Packages are the issue here and I wait with baited breath to see whether the rumors I heard will come true!


gbatrucks


Jul 10, 2007, 6:58 AM

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http://www.remotecontrolmail.com/contact

Here's the link to that new web based service Johanson wrote about in last weeks Guad reporter. It looks pretty neat. I E-mailed them, and they confirmed that all mail to one family name (The Smiths) would be just one account. So, the rate is quite a bit lower than the local services.

I understand the problem with incoming packages is Mexican customs? What doesn't "disappear" gets hit with heavy duties & the forwarding servicers just aren't set up to mess with that.
"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


lakechapaladreamer

Jul 10, 2007, 9:33 AM

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Well, here's the scoop! I was walking by the Lakeside Mall yesterday and went on inside to take a peek. WOW! It is going to be nice! It is an indoor mall with 15-20 shop spaces. Looks like there will also be 2 restaurants. The whole space is crawling with tradespeople (carpenters, painters, etc). Looks like it will be ready to open by the end of the month as planned.

Right smackdab in the middle of the mall is the mail forwarding business. I chatted with the owner (I can't remember his name), and here is what he said. He is trying something completely new. He will be offering a mail forwarding service for a bit less that MBE. Your mail will go to his daughter in Louisiana and every day or 2 she will put everything in a Fed-Ex box and overnight it to him. He will allow packets, like Handi-mail. He will have accounts set up with UPS, DHL and Fed-Ex, so he can accept packages (and ship out, also). He says he will just charge a dollar or two for handling charges when accepting the boxes and will NOT tack on all the extra mysterious charges that MBE has the reputation for doing. The actual shipping and custom details will be between you and the company you are receiving products from. If you need him to get the box to your house, he will charge a bit more to deliver it.

I don't have any more details than that, as he was busy and I didn't have a pen to jot notes down. He will be distributing flyers soon, though, and hopes to be going by the end of July.

The advantage to all this is that it is a much more secure way to get packets and packages. While we have been told we are able to receive packets (envelopes up to 10x13x2) through our present service, somehow, none have managed to arrive in my box. Somewhere in the handling process, the details of which are very murky (USPS delivers to the huge mail processing plant in Laredo, the mail goes to the specific area for Ajijic, gets loaded into a truck, is unloaded here and sorted into my box, etc,) the packets "disappear". We don't dare oder anything because of this. I know our mail is handled by many people in the process, even before Handi-mail employees see it, so I AM NOT saying the issue is with them (we DO get ALL our mail and magazines just fine). I just know that I ALWAYS received everything I ordered through USPS while NOB, so I doubt the issue is with USPS. Also, Mex Customs is not involved, because packets don't have to go through customs. Others I know are having the same issue.

It has become quite an issue for me, as I need to be able to order supplies from NOB and most all of these can be sent in packets via USPS. I need to be reasonably sure that they make it here, though and I am very optimistic that this service will meet my needs.

By the way, after all the time it took to get our address in all our correspondents computer systems, we won't be giving up our Handi-mail box. That helps establish our Texas residency also. This will be a business tool for me and a secondary mail address.


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Gringal

Jul 10, 2007, 9:56 AM

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The thing I like least about MBE is the cost of mailing a first class letter. Around 25 pesos. Ouch. Not conducive to sending out at lot of Christmas cards this year.

Thank hevvins for the LCS mail box.


Jean

Jul 10, 2007, 1:42 PM

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I use Handy Mail and the service is excellent compared to MBE.

Packages...even paquettes are a difficult issue. Sometimes they are viewed as packages sometimes not. If I want a package I have it sent UPS to the Handy Mail address in San Antonio Tlayacapan and they sign for it and I pick it up there. Rarely do I have to do this as almost everything is now available in Guad.

Jean
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Gringal

Jul 10, 2007, 2:51 PM

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The reason we didn't sign up with Handy Mail was that they stated they would not accept packages. Huh?


Jean

Jul 10, 2007, 3:19 PM

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They accept packages that arrive at the Mexican address. I use Fedex to ensure it gets there. If it's not something I'm worried about I have it sent regular mail. They DO NOT ACCEPT packages through the Laredo address. Because of this our mail gets here faster than MBE.

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Gringal

Jul 10, 2007, 3:45 PM

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Thanks, Jean. When our year at MBE expires, we are outta there.


skelleyhoutex

Jul 10, 2007, 6:46 PM

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I order quite a bit that comes through MBE and I have gotten it all in the last two years. Just remember, if you receive medicine through the mail, it has to come through MBE. They are the only one with the license to ship drugs. Also, you are going to get customs no matter where you go. Unless you are doing something illegally which is not a good idea!!!


Bloviator

Jul 11, 2007, 5:48 AM

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I'd like to leave MBE also and our subscription is up today. My problem is how to change my address. It's a little difficult to go to the Laredo post office and turn in a change of address card. Anyone know how to make the change of address?


Gringal

Jul 11, 2007, 7:57 AM

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When we moved from San Miguel to Ajijic, I paid the mail service there for three months' forwarding by Express Mail packet to the new Laredo address supplied by MBE here. Before that, I wrote all my correspondents, giving the change. I'd like to say all the packets arrived here, but we got only one out of three. I checked back with the SMA office and they did have the correct address. Our mail is apparently in Mail Limbo, somewhere. All the magazine renewal notices and the solicitations from Texas charities have arrived promptly, though.


lmaxine

Jul 11, 2007, 4:48 PM

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If you find out another answer to that, let us know. In the past, when MBE changed its address, I had to inform everyone I receive mail from to change my address on their records. If there's an easier way to do it, please tell.
"He upon whose heart the dust of Mexico has lain will find no peace in any other land." Malcolm Lowry


lakechapaladreamer

Jul 12, 2007, 10:57 AM

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Usps makes it really easy to change your address! Just go here http://www.usps.com/all/optionsforreceivingmail/welcome.htm?from=home&page=receivingyourmail
and click "Change of Address" in the middle of the page. You will have to pay $1 with a credit or debit card to do this on line. This helps ensure it's really you doing the changes. If you don't have a card or feel uncomfortable doing this, you can print out a change of address form from the site and mail it in.

That's the easy part! Getting the new address in the companies you correspond with's systems can be a challenge. Personally, I would overlap my mail forwarding services by a month or 2, to catch the stray mail...

Just my 2 cents worth! ;)


lakechapaladreamer

Jul 12, 2007, 2:14 PM

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Here's another thought... Ahead of time, perhaps have a friend NOB pick up a few of the free Mover Packs of change of addresss notifications that are in all Post Office lobbies. If you overlap your services for a month or 2 (safer), you could then go on line to the USPS site, change your address (or have a friend fill out a card for you NOB) and then send these cards to everyone you need to notify by dropping them at LCS.


NEOhio1


Jul 12, 2007, 9:12 PM

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We found, after several months worth of tries, it was easier to call each company, tell them where we were, how the mail drop system works and why all those numbers on the address line were important. Early on in the phone calls, Shell credit card suggested putting the numbers after our name, so we did, and it fit and hasn't been dropped off the end of the line because they don't fool with the name on the address. For those companies which continued to get the address wrong - called them and said add these numbers to my name, they did and its working. It has been annoying to say the least and changing to another service will be a chore. My concern is the newness of the service and if it doesn't survive then we do it all over again. I loved last year when I was here and we still had the NoB house because I had NO mail at all...how nice after all those years of trash filling the mailbox...now it finds me here thru Laredo and I get Texas charity pleas etc... ugh. I have gone as paperless as is humanly possible.


johanson


Jul 13, 2007, 1:54 AM

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Weird. I have been using the MBE in San Antonio for ten years now and have never a received junk mail. Are you getting this junk mail using MBE?


NEOhio1


Jul 13, 2007, 6:18 AM

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We use HandyMail and an Ajijic APDO. I get most of my magazines at the Ajijic APDO because I set that up first and haven't bothered to change them. Magazines were time consuming to change because many don't allow email address changes, so when I purchased the subscriptions I did them all at one time 2 years ago, had them initially sent to our NoB house and then changed all of them 6 months later to the APDO in Ajijic. They always arrive, in a plastic sealed bag, and usually within a week of publication. I have lost a couple National Geographics, but when I wrote them they just doubled up the subscription so now I get two copies of each issue. There wasn't any difficulty changing the address to a foreign country and there was no additional charge either...which surprised me. But when I re-up (they all end in exactly the same month) they will go to a Us address and get sent here so that will be no consideration. Newsweek magazine however wanted $98 for foreign postage, we cancelled that when they would say "Uncle". When we opened the HandyMail shared account for important regular mail I didn't switch those magazines, just the hard mail....and switching that stuff was hard and time consuming. I hate mail...love catalogs though.

The junk mail I get is still the stuff from retailers announcing sales - Talbots, J. Jill, Any Taylor, Steinmart etc... and those are little postcards. Then some lawn service stuff and leaf/snow clearing flyers. Credit card offers and auto loans - hate that crap. Then the charitable organizations tracked me down because apparently if you forward with the USPS the charity can ask for the new address to anyone who calls for it...apparently I was missed at annual pledge time. Even our former city services - recreation pamphlets etc... have been changed to the HandyMail address - and not by me. And his bar association stuff...CEUs info and all.

When we go NoB soon I will stop in my local USPS branch and ask them to NOT forward ANYTHING at all anymore....they have always been conscientious, when we'd be here longer than I had stopped the mail there would be a nice litlle note, "Mrs. xxx, I saw that the mail was piling up after you return date and figure you have stayed over in Mexico longer than you planned. So I am holding the mail until you come pick up the 3 boxes. Be sure to come around to the side loading dock because remember they can't give that much at the drive thru." LOL Boy, a bottle of scotch and an Applebee's gift card twice a year got us good service. And I am pretty sure they think they are doing me a favor...NOT.

Here is hoping the new guy in town will be successful and do a good job.


viejogatomalo

Aug 15, 2007, 8:11 AM

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I just sent an overnight letter to NOB and it cost me $450.00 np. ....... from MBE. What really was an irritant was the rudeness that was included in the price. Not even a gracias. This is called 'screwing' the gringo.


johanson


Aug 15, 2007, 8:56 AM

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Sorry you had such a bad experience. I have been using MBE for ten years now lakeside. The people are always polite to me. But then again, I know them and I speak to them in Spanish. Sometimes when they are busy, though, it might not appear that they are polite. The last time I sent documents to the states was on about the 25th of July. I chose to use UPS. It cost me 370 pesos using UPS at MBE. Now I am back in Seattle for another 3 weeks. I just phoned a local UPS outlet here in Seattle and asked what it would cost to send a document to Mexico. The clerk who answered the phone said that it should be around $35 US


viejogatomalo

Aug 15, 2007, 10:53 AM

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I guess they know I'm a fairly newbee.


johanson


Aug 15, 2007, 12:06 PM

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When you send something overnight, MBE (I believe all UPS FedEx, etc outlets) provide you with a receipt giving tracking and charge data. If I were you I would look at this form and see why I was charged so much. Maybe you got the document there in the afternoon after the normal run to town was made. Maybe you do not have an account at MBA. I just don't know. MBA is one of several mail forwarding/receiving services lakeside and has by far the most customers. They wouldn't have that many customers if they were always rude.

There has to be a unique reason why you had such bad service and why you were charged not 370 pesos but $450


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skelleyhoutex

Aug 15, 2007, 1:47 PM

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I, too, have used MBE for the last two years and have been very happy with them. We have prescription medicine insurance which makes our drugs much, much less expensive than if we bought them in Mexico. MBE has the only license to import drugs. Also, I order things periodically and we have always gotten them. Expensive - maybe but you knew all that when you came down here - if you did your homework.


Jerry@Ajijic

Aug 15, 2007, 8:38 PM

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We send stuff out by UPS through and the service has always been very good and the cost about 350 pesos.


tashby


Feb 25, 2008, 1:58 PM

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I need to arrange to have mail forwarded from the US to the Lake Chapala area and this is the most recent thread I could find. It sounds like "Handy-Mail" and MBE (Mail Boxes Etc., I assume) are the two most established? Does anyone have website info, or other contact info for them?

We don't know yet where we'll be living....but we have to be out of our house in Seattle in a few weeks. (Yikes.) I'm thinking I may rent a local USPS PO Box here in Seattle for REALLY important stuff (checks....I get paid by mail) and have a friend here access it. I'll provide her with envelopes and deposit slips so she can send them on to my US Bank. But I don't want her to have to deal with all the other mail, hence the need for a forwarding service.

Having read this thread, I see that MBE is equipped to handle shipments of medical stuff, but I don't know that we necessarily need that. So just looking for the most reliable service available.

Thanks!

P.S. Oh. Also, we don't know how long we'll be staying in the Lake Chapala area. Maybe only a few months.....maybe forever???? We'll be using it as a base, at least initally, to explore other parts of central Mexico, if that makes a difference. I assume that most of these services basically receive USPS mail via it having been forwarded by the USPS per our change of address directions? Is that correct?


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bournemouth

Feb 25, 2008, 2:38 PM

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Here is the website for Handy Mail. We have been using it for 2 1/2 years now and have no complaints. Our US mail is sent to an address in Laredo which is our given address for business/friends NOB, and arrives here twice a week. You can sign up by the month for or 6 months/12 months at a time. The boxes are large so your mail can stack up there for quite a time - probably all year - without causing you problems.

http://www.handymailtomx.com/


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Jerry@Ajijic

Feb 25, 2008, 8:21 PM

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We have also been using MBE for over 10 years and their service has always been good. The only problem we have with them is the very high fees (which are not duty) they charge on packages. For that reason we have to get our packages through out Ajijic P.O. Box. Does anyone know what MBE charges on vitamins or drugs? We have never thied them.


tashby


Feb 26, 2008, 9:46 AM

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It looks like Handymail service is only available to the Chapala area, whereas MBE has a presence in a lot of different areas of Mexico. Because we don't know for sure where we'll end up long term, it may make more sense for us to use MBE for the flexibility. Can someone using them in the Chapala area tell me how you initiate service with them? Is it done at the local franchisee, or via their website? Thanks so much.


Jean

Feb 26, 2008, 11:35 AM

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The MBE office is about 3 doors down from the Handymail office. I believe it serves all of Lakeside and not just Chapala since it's in San Antonio Tlayacapan. All MBE offices have their own mailing address in Laredo or in some other state depending on where you end up in Mexico. If you move somewhere else in Mexico you will have to change your mailing address in the US no matter who you use. Handy Mail does have mail forwarding to your new address. I'm not sure if MBE has this.

Jean
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tashby


Feb 26, 2008, 5:32 PM

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I contacted Handy Mail by e-mail today and they said they only offer service to the Lake Chapala area. But you said ...


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Handy Mail does have mail forwarding to your new address. I'm not sure if MBE has this.


...so I'm confused. Or do you mean that if we do end up leaving the Lake Chapala area, they'll forward mail via regular Mexico Post to a different address within Mexico? If so, that's potentially complicating things further which I doubt anyone would recommend. I'm guessing I misunderstood you.

I'm probably overestimating any advantage that may be included by going with Mail Boxes Etc. (That is who we're talking about, right?) I'm just trying not to have to do things twice. Or three times. (Wish me luck!) Since each MBE location in Mexico is independently owned, again an assumption, there probably isn't any real advantage with regard to our needs.

Does anyone know how to contact the MBE location in Laredo so I can see if they service other locations in Mexico as well? While we don't necessarily know where we'll end up, it's almost certainly somewhere in Central/Western Mexico. Any contact information for the Lakeside franchisee would be appreciated as well, as I don't know how to set up an account yet. Phone or web info is fine. I poked around the MBE main website, and the one for .mx outlets, but haven't been able to find it (yet).

Thanks for your patience everyone.


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Jean

Feb 27, 2008, 4:55 AM

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Let's say you moved to Puerto Vallarta. You would then probably be using a MBE depot in San Diego to have your US mail sent to you. That would mean you would have to change your US address from Laredo to San Diego. Not all MBE mail comes through Laredo. I don't know if the MBE office here does mail forwarding. For Handy Mail if you wanted your mail forwarded to somewhere in Mexico you could make arrangements to have it sent by Estafada the in Mexico courier service or the Mexican Postal Service which is dubious at best. Once you have your US address changed I can't see where much mail would arrive here. Handy Mail will also forward it to a US address if you prefer that.

Jean
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sioux4noff

Feb 28, 2008, 2:22 PM

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Mailboxes Etc in PV goes through Laredo.


Jean

Feb 28, 2008, 2:26 PM

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I was only using that as a possible example. MBE does use other outlets in the US for different areas of Mexico.

Jean
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johanson


Feb 28, 2008, 3:05 PM

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My very naive question is, do both MBE services use the same service therefore the same address in Laredo TX? The address in Laredo my MBE mail goes to is

PMB 71 + my local box number, where I think the 71 indicates the location of the MBE outlet, in this case San Antonio Jalisco (between Ajijic and Chapala)
827 Union Pacific Blvd
Laredo, TX 78045-9484


Gringal

Feb 28, 2008, 3:35 PM

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Far as I know, Pete, that's the deal. We have the same 71 location with our box number following it.


tashby


Feb 28, 2008, 3:54 PM

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Not that I'm in panic-mode or anything, Grangal....but....

Could you or somebody please give me the contact info for MBE Laredo that provides service to the Lake Chapala area, and now apprently, elsewhere? Or the Lake Chapala franchisee? I need to set up an account fairly soon and...

Thanks for the info re Handymail Jean. I also have their website and e-mail reply. I just need to toss the coin soon, and since one other area we'll be very seriously considering is just down the road in Michoacan, it sounds like the Laredo flavor of MBE may just do the trick.

Just wait til I ask you all about Health Insurance!!! (Kidding! I swear! I'll do a comprehensive search! I have nothing but time on my hands!)

Seriously, this forum is such a huge help. Thank you everyone.


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Jean

Mar 2, 2008, 7:55 AM

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So I guess what you really need answered is:

Is the Laredo MBE address for Lakeside the same as the one for PV or Michoacon. Or are they using seperate addresses and therefore would require a change of address if you move.

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NEOhio1


Mar 2, 2008, 8:24 AM

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I would use HandyMail over MBE because I would be able to arrange with Dryden, the owner, to send the mail which arrived at HandyMail to my next destination via the best choice for the area to which I was going in Mexico or the US for that matter. Skipping around Mexico from MBE to MBE just doesn't seem to me to be all that prudent. Why should they service you well? Its a franchise.


Bloviator

Mar 3, 2008, 6:44 AM

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If I weren't lazy and hate to change addresses to various with whom I communicate, I would quickly change to something other than MBE. They are expensive and sometimes not too helpful. Saturday, I had an emergency FedEx delivery to the States. I asked them if there was week-end service. I specifically asked if there was service at the airport. They assured me there was not.

I then talked to Tom and B/Bazaar and he checked for me. You can get a FedEx package out from their office at the airport on Saturday before 2:00 according to the sign on their office or 1:30 according to what they told Tom.

Having said they are sometimes not helpful, I have had many dealings with the employees there that have been handled with courtesy and professionalism. I do appreciate the attitude of the employees. Further, they gave me an exchange rate of over 11 pesos to the dollar Saturday when I paid my box rent.


tashby


Mar 3, 2008, 2:43 PM

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Well, I think I'll probably end up using Handymail versus MBE if I go that route. Sounds like more people are more satisfied with them. I e-mailed them and got a near immediate reply, so that's assuring. I also dug up an e-mail address for MBE in San Antonio Tlay from a copy of the local magazine that a friend had passed on to me. Haven't heard back at all. Guess I could call, but eh.

Interestingly, Jennifer Rose started a broader thread on the same topic in the Living/Working/Retirement forum. And just to share the info....

It sounds like EstefetaUSA offers a neatly flexible service that may work really well for us. I just got off the phone with them. You rent a (where else?) Laredo mailbox from them for $75 per year. Then you can have them forward mail to you in Mexico at any of their locations on an as-needed/interested basis. Each shipment costs $20 for the first pound of mail, and an additional $2 for each additional pound. Would probably get flat-out expensive now that I think of it....but the flexibility is nice for people who want to scout out several areas in the country.

If I had any faith I could stop my junkmail from getting forwarded to them, I'd probably do it. But now that I think about it....that could cost a fortune!


skelleyhoutex

Mar 4, 2008, 3:12 PM

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As I have said so many times, if you want to have medicine forwarded in - in our case we have prescription insurance NOB and it is much cheaper than buying the medicine here, even with all the added fees - you have to use MBE. They are the only mail service that has the license to import drugs. We have had excellent service with our drugs.


Daisy

Mar 23, 2008, 7:05 AM

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Couldn't find an answer to this request. We have searched for contact information for setting up MBE in Laredo as well, but no luck.(How can it be so obscure?) Could somebody post that website or phone number, please?

Thanks.


bournemouth

Mar 23, 2008, 7:52 AM

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Betty - you need to tell people where you are going to be in Mexico so they can give you the right MBE location.


esperanza

Mar 23, 2008, 10:53 AM

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Unless memory fails me, the place you need to sign up for an MBE box is in the place where you will be living in Mexico, not in Laredo. In other words, if you'll be living in the Lake Chapala area, you sign up at MBE in San Antonio Tlayacapan. That MBE location will assign you (a) a mailbox at the San Antonio Tlayacapan location and (b) a mailbox number in Laredo to which you will have mail forwarded. Your mail is then sent your MBE box in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

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margojean

Mar 24, 2008, 1:43 PM

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If you want flexibility for looking around Mexico, any MBE location in the US will provide you with a box, and forward your mail on demand - by phone or fax message, to wherever you are, in the US, or Mexico or wherever. You can specify first class only, to avoid paying postage on forwarding junk mail. Once you are settled they will forward it on a regular schedule, if you want.

Handy Mail was what we tried first - until we learned they simply threw out anything big enough to qualify as a package, without notifying us, beyond the "no packages" warning." We lost a lot of stuff we were expecting. Brochures, Economist Annual publications, year books, etc. before we found out what they were doing. Maybe our tax return documents would have had the same treatment if we had not decided to have them courriered to us. They make a pretty bulky package. Our timeshare package would never have made it here.
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Gringal

Mar 24, 2008, 3:23 PM

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Thanks so much for that post. We have MBE right now, and not being entirely pleased, were thinking of switching to HandyMail. Back to the drawing board.
 
 
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