Jul 11, 2011, 8:07 AM
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I have bought several computers and other electronic devices in The US and had them shipped to me in Mexico. I have a free account with Merkalink http://www.merkalink.com.mx/index.asp There are no membership fees, you are only charged when you have something shipped to you by them. Merkalink gives you a shipping address in Laredo, Texas. Their shipping rates are reasonable, if you think they are too high, you may refuse the shipment, however, you must pay to have the order returned to the shipper. I had to do that one time because Merkalink refuses to ship any food of any kind.
Re: [Christina Stobbs] Buying a Computer in Mexico with an English Operating System
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One problem you may have, is that many US credit card issuers will not allow you to pay for anything that is not shipped to your US billing address. I got around that one time by changing my billing address for one card to my Merkalink address in Laredo. I have opted for paperless statements, and I changed my billing address back when I received the order here in Cuernavaca.
Merkalink has their own customs broker to determine the amount of import taxes. The import taxes are levied on the price you paid in The US, plus any shipping charges to Laredo. The import taxes at the present time are 16%, regardless of the country of origin for your order, plus shipping via the Estafeta shipping company to your address in Mexico. The import taxes will not be artificially inflated.
Estafeta is a very efficient and reliable shipper, you will be given a tracking number to know where your shipment is.
They always request an invoice so they may determine the taxes, they have always accepted a copy of an invoice that I email to them.
I end up paying much less buying computers and other electronics, and having them shipped to me via Merkalink than buying them in Mexico and it eliminates the hassle of getting them in English. Be advised that the Merkalink site is in Spanish, so if you do not understand Spanish, you may need the help of a Spanish speaking person.
They do have a phone number for attention of clients, I have not called them in several years, I was able to talk to an English speaking person then. I don't know if it is still valid, but the number I have for them is: (800) 614 7622. Be aware that US 800 numbers are not toll free from Mexico. Be aware that US warranties are generally not honored in Mexico.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do, Rex
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