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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.

Jean
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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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