Jul 31, 2004, 8:23 PM
Post #18 of 21
I hope you can buy XP from Dell here in Mexico. If not, you may want to check with Computers Worth, http://www.computersworth.com/ online. They have many software programs at low prices. They have XP Home for $84 US Dlls, and XP Professional for $129 for the OEM version and $205 US Dlls for the retail box version..
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Three years ago I bought an OEM version of W 2000 Pro from them. It came with an installation manual, but no users manual. I don’t know what any other differences there are between the OEM and the retail version are. It’s a little tough to learn a new operating system without a manual. I bought two books from Powell’s Books. They were a big help. They are “W2K for dummies” (for my wife of course) and “W2K, The missing manuals.”
There is a shipping charge. I had mine shipped to me here in Mexico. It took a phone call to them to arrange that. The rep I spoke to had to check with his supervisor, he got permission to ship here, if I had an American credit card with a US address. I was charged 49% import duty when it was delivered.
If you have someone that you can have it sent to in The US, and then have them bring, or send it to you I would do it that way, if I had known the import duty was going to be so high, that’s the way I would have done it. My daughter sends me my important mail via FedEx periodically, tax papers, etc. she has sent me several disks over the years.
She sets a value of $1 Dollar on them, and lists them as “Data Disks.” I had told her to never set a high value on them, and to never insure them. If you do, you are much more likely to have import duty to pay. I have never had to pay import duty on any of the disks she has sent me.
If you do have it shipped to you here, even with the import duty, you will probably pay no more than you would for it in The US at a retail price.
I don’t know much about hard drives, but three years ago, I bought an IBM 60GB hard drive in Mexico City for $1000 Pesos. IBM sold their hard drive business to Hitachi, and they still offer very good support for the drive that I have. I think that any name brand hard drive would be fine.
You probably won’t find a hard drive at any of the big computer stores. When I was looking for one, the people at Office Max and Office Depot here in Cuernavaca told me that “We don’t sell computer parts.” Both stores wanted me to bring my computer in so they could send it out to a shop to have one installed. Call me crazy, but I couldn’t see paying two markups. I found, and bought one in a little shop in Mexico City.
I have found that the best way to find computer parts here is to ask your Mexican friends where to find a place where they are sold. I have found a couple of places here where I have bought parts, power supplies, etc. Don’t be put off by the appearance of those little shops. Most of them are no bigger than a walk in closet, but they have a lot of stuff in them. Until Wal-Mart opened last year, it was almost impossible to find a network cable here. You can also look in The Yellow pages, although they are not very informative here, many stores will put an ad in the book, but no phone number. I suppose they want you to visit them instead of calling them. That is frustrating.
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" - Victor Hugo
(This post was edited by RexC on Jul 31, 2004, 8:36 PM)