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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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Re: [lakechapaladreamer] Here's the Scoop on the New Mail Forwarding Service!

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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.


(This post was edited by lakechapaladreamer on Jul 10, 2007, 9:37 AM)


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.

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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
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