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Gringal

Jun 4, 2009, 6:37 PM

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In answer to the "used computer equipment" question: right now, there are some terrific deals on Overstock.com due to the present economy. So, people I know are interested, checked it out and no, you can not bring used computer equipment into Mexico.

Keep those comments coming. lol.


Papirex


Jun 4, 2009, 7:06 PM

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When were used computers banned from import here? Over the past 6 years I have had three used computers shipped to me here. Two laptops and one desktop. The desktop was shipped to me in 2006. I had to pay the normal 15% import tax for electronics for all of them. I saved about 75% of the cost of ordering computers with English language OS and keyboards from Dell México.


I haven't done a search on the Merkalink site, but they have info on just about anything you want to know about importing anything. What is prohibited, and the import tax rates for all goods from all countries, etc. You can also contact Merkalink directly with any questions you may have. They used to have an 800 number, but I think it must be done by email now. It was tough to get an English speaker on the 800 number anyway.


Rex
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Axixic


Jun 5, 2009, 2:13 AM

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Pamela - was that really necessary??


Yes.


bournemouth

Jun 5, 2009, 6:23 AM

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Rex - that is really good news.


Gringal

Jun 5, 2009, 9:16 AM

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The following information is from the "customs" section of the Merkalink site:

"Products of Restricted Importation: All kinds of weapons, inflammable, toxic and dangerous products; used computer equipment; all kinds of fresh food, seeds, medicines; all kinds of medical instruments; pornographic material. All kind of cosmetic articles. Clothes and shoes of second-hand. Toys of second-hand."

That having been quoted....the items may have come through anyway. There are many flowers in the fields of customs.
It is also possible that "refurbished or re-manufactured" is not considered "used" under their definition.

Meanwhile, I think we may take advantage of the great price on new HP equipment right now. Our present machine is dragging its tail, and my spouse likes HP equipment. He's the family "geek"; I don't know more than I need to as an end user. My grasp of techie terminology? LOL. Fortunately, we have "experts" here to correct it as needed.



Axixic


Jun 6, 2009, 3:44 AM

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In answer to the "used computer equipment" question: right now, there are some terrific deals on Overstock.com due to the present economy. So, people I know are interested, checked it out and no, you can not bring used computer equipment into Mexico.

Keep those comments coming. lol.


One more time. I wasn't interested in "used computer equipment" which would be classified as refurbished or re-manufactured anyway thereby getting through customs. I am interested in LNBFs and other satellite equipment. Possibly a "used" refurb phone for $20 instead of $200. See the possibilities? "Electronics" covers a wide spectrum of equipment, not just computers, and any dealer who wants to sell a previously owned computer will list it as refurbished or re-manufactured if he wants to sell it anyway. Why not get a clarification of words you do not understand instead of trying to correct the words you misinterpret? "Used" obviously is the meaning within the words refurbished and re-manufactured, which are terms describing equipment that customs allows.


Gringal

Jun 6, 2009, 7:11 AM

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chinagringo


Jun 6, 2009, 7:32 AM

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Gringal:

Would recommend that you do your homework if you are interested in purchasing HP laptops! Certain models have a documented history of excess internal overheating! I know of three different parties that had meltdowns resulting in total failure. Using these models without an accessory cooling pad or making additional provisions to improve the airflow generally results in a warranty issue. Somewhere in my files, I have an article detailing the problems and the HP models involved. I will see if I can find it and post on this forum.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Gringal

Jun 6, 2009, 7:41 AM

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Thanks, CG. The research on this is still in progress. Good to know about those HP laptops, but a desktop is the destination. Would appreciate any recommendations you may have by PM, por favor.


jerezano

Jun 7, 2009, 6:58 PM

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Hello all,

There is no import tax on books.

However, back in the Fox regime or about that time it was decided to put the IVA tax of 15% on the purchase of books. That IVA is sporadically collected on imported books. Sometimes yes, usually no. It is always collected on books purchased here in Mexico.

jerezano.


esperanza

Jun 8, 2009, 2:58 PM

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Hello all,

There is no import tax on books.

However, back in the Fox regime or about that time it was decided to put the IVA tax of 15% on the purchase of books. That IVA is sporadically collected on imported books. Sometimes yes, usually no. It is always collected on books purchased here in Mexico.

jerezano.


Jerezano is correct.

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Brigitte Ordoquy

Jun 9, 2009, 9:23 AM

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Well, whatever but a few years ago I imported some books here from the U.S. and they charged me a fortune to import those sorry books and I say I do not care how those crooks allocate the disposition of their tax ripoff, it is still major money out of my pocket, so you guys decide which thief gets my filthy lucre and I will spend my time worrying about how to replace it. NAFTA is a bad and unfunny joke and folks sit around down here arguing over who stole their money. Well, whoever has it has it in my stead you all and that is the point. Get it?

My favorite story along these lines regards the fact that I was, in the past, too large for Mexican blue jeans although much fatter Mexicans seem to have mitigated that problem lately. A few years ago I ordered some fat boy jeans from LL Bean in Maine and I paid a horrendous duty on those jeans manufactured and sold within the NAFTA Alliance.

Well, it turns out those jeans were manufactured in Mexico at a maquiladora from Mexican cotton with Mexican labor and transhipped to LL Bean in Maine to then be reshipped to me at Lake Chapala back in Mexico under the auspices of and within the jurisdiction of NAFTA and I was charged a criminal and confiscatory duty just to get those jeans in Mexico which were manufacrured here in the first place. Obviously; the foxes are in charge of the henhouse and the hens are sitting around defending one fox from the other. Farcical but sad.


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prmjcm


Jun 9, 2009, 7:43 PM

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Dawg it sounds like you again good to hear from you.

Pat Moore


Hound Dog

Jun 10, 2009, 8:12 AM

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Also depending on where the product was manufactured, the import taxes can differ quite a bit.
WinkThe more I learn, I less I know.


Be very careful of this advice. As I posted elsewhere, I purchased jeans from LL Bean in Maine manufactured in Mexico from Mexican cotton using Mexican labor then shipped back to me at Lake Chapala from the U.S. and I paid a huge duty that exceeded the cost of the jeans.


La Isla


Jun 10, 2009, 9:52 AM

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Also depending on where the product was manufactured, the import taxes can differ quite a bit.
WinkThe more I learn, I less I know.


Be very careful of this advice. As I posted elsewhere, I purchased jeans from LL Bean in Maine manufactured in Mexico from Mexican cotton using Mexican labor then shipped back to me at Lake Chapala from the U.S. and I paid a huge duty that exceeded the cost of the jeans.


And as I've posted elsewhere on MexConnect, the Mexican import duties on clothes are so ridiculously high that Land's End does not ship to Mexico any more (if it ever did).


NEOhio1


Jun 10, 2009, 10:04 AM

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I remember Dog's jean troubles and kept them in mind when I ordered my first mail order clothing items. Although Orvis catalog and I had a discussion about their $30 flat international shipping fees and Mexico. Theya ssured me it was not a problem getting it to me. The package did not arrive and after quite a whiled they credited my account. However I forgot all about the package and one day quite a while later I came home one day to find a beat up box on my dining room table which had been delivered by the post office bicycle guy. Apparently we weren't home when the original street address delivery by DHL was attempted so they for some reason took it up to the post office (I suspect it was because our APDO was on there too) and left it there and it took a while for those fellows to bring it around. By the delivery date on the package it had arrived within 2 weeks, and although it had been opened there was no duty on the slacks, shoes and skirt inside.

So it must depend on factors we can't control.


moonfam5

Jun 10, 2009, 9:14 PM

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Also depending on where the product was manufactured, the import taxes can differ quite a bit.
WinkThe more I learn, I less I know.


Be very careful of this advice. As I posted elsewhere, I purchased jeans from LL Bean in Maine manufactured in Mexico from Mexican cotton using Mexican labor then shipped back to me at Lake Chapala from the U.S. and I paid a huge duty that exceeded the cost of the jeans. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ It's not advice it's fact. We moved a houseful of furniture to our home in Michoaan and what was manufactured in the US cost more than those items made in China. We purchased out Tv, Fridge, and Washer/Dryer at Costco, paid a little more than the Mexican brands, but was worth it. BTW, why are you buying jeans and haveing them shipped? Buy at the local stores in Guad. r wait till you go back NOB.

I love Mexico, and can't wait till I move down there, even if it's for a few months at a time.

WinkThe more I learn, I less I know.


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johanson


Jun 10, 2009, 10:45 PM

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I'm lucky enough to have to (also want to) commute between Seattle and Jalisco, 3 to 4 times per year. Most things are much cheaper and available in Mexico. There are only a few of things in Mexico that I can't find. Those most important to me are fast internet and crunchy peanut butter without sugar added.

So what do I stuff my suitcase with? I have a 50 pound limit. I bring phone books down from Seattle and Vancouver Island and Adams crunchy peanut butter. "When I have extra room in my suitcase, I fill it with either a couple of loafs of my favorite bread (there's great bread in Mexico too) or I stuff it with rolls of paper towels. Why paper towels? Because it is great packing material, doesn't weigh much, and when I buy a bundle of paper towels in Costco, Seattle, I get about 18 or 24 rolls which is more than I can use, when up North.



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moonfam5

Jun 11, 2009, 6:59 AM

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I wish I were at that spot where I could commute 3 or 4 times a year, but we just finished a house up here in Southern California and it'll be awhile till we can get back to THAT place. We will be heading down on vacation at the end of July for a couple of weeks.
WinkThe more I learn, I less I know.
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