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So the thing to remember is, when you buy on eBay, you are buying from a vendor. Not eBay. This program, then, makes it easy for those vendors to ship to us here in Mexico, but we are still the ones that go online and order. eBay calculates everything instantly, gives the price to you and the vendor at the same time, and then you order... everything is transparent.

The only problem I have with eBay (I never bid; I only order) is sometimes you have to commit to a purchase before you get to see the shipping price. When that happens, the vendor loses my business before he even gets it.

I have never bid on anything I didn't know what the shipping was beforehand.

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The only thing I see on that list of items that cannot be imported that might affect most eBay buyers is "used clothing and shoes." I know I have no intention of buying any "animals, dead or alive" on eBay.

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I don't think Aduana would quibble over one pair of shoes, or a couple of 'gently used' blouses. Wholesale amounts of used clothing are another thing altogether.

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I received an email about this a little over a month ago and immediately signed up. It sounded like a really good thing to me and so far it has been. I have successfully received 3 items so far and have 3 more in process. Two of the items I received were under $50 and so I had to pay no shipping or IVA to receive them here. One was over and so I had to pay %16 IVA on it. The basic procedure is:

1. Sign up for the Estafeta 365 plan and pay them $49 through Paypal (link supplied previously).

2. You then get a shipping address in Laredo that you have to register with Ebay and Paypal.

3. Buy whatever you want on Ebay paying with Paypal and using the Laredo shipping address Estafeta has given you. If there are shipping charges from the vendor on Ebay to Laredo you have to pay those.

4. Once Estafeta receives the package they will notify you and if they did not receive an invoice with the package (has been the case every time so far with me) you then just email your Paypal receipt to them.

5. Once Estafeta receives the receipt they notify you of the IVA amount if it is over $50. You pay that to them through Paypal.

6. If there is no IVA due or once you pay it then they release the package to Estafeta Mexico (which you can track) and a few days later they deliver to your house.

From my experience so far the whole process takes around 2 weeks plus or minus a couple of days. There are lots of variables: how long it takes the Ebay seller to ship, how long it takes to get to Laredo, how long it take Estafeta to notify you and you to get the receipt back and then perhaps pay IVA, shipping time down, if you are home when they deliver, etc. But so far it has worked very well and I am very happy to have this new way of easily ordering things.

I've used the Amazon international shipping a few times and that works well too, but the number of items covered are limited. But so far this is very easy and I have been very happy with the service and how it works.

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Questions Oasis Cloud:

What kinds of items did you order and pay nothing and what kinds of items did you purchase over the $50 usd and what did you have to pay.

Thanks so much for posting this detailed info, I am sure we all really appreciate it!!

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FYI...according to the link Spencer provided..there is a long list of items not allowed to import: such as wooden pencils, used clothing and shoes, and wooden items.... A rather odd list of items:

¿Qué mercancía NO puedo importar?
  • Armas en general y accesorios
  • Productos inflamables, tóxicos o peligrosos.
  • Ningún tipo de alimentos.
  • Medicamentos, suplementos alimenticios, vitaminas.
  • Instrumentos médicos de cualquier tipo como: medidores de presión, masajeadores, etc.
  • Material pornográfico.
  • Algunos artículos cosméticos con ingredientes farmacológicos.
  • Perfumes
  • Globos
  • Lápices de madera
  • Metales preciosos.
  • Piedras preciosas y semipreciosas
  • Piedras preciosas y semipreciosas
  • Ropa y calzado usado.
  • Algunos accesorios para bebé como biberones, pañales, mordederas.
  • Llantas usadas y nuevas.
  • Artículos de madera en general.
  • Tóner y tintas.
  • Velas, ceras.
  • Cigarros de cualquier tipo.
  • Cigarros electrónicos y sus accesorios.
  • Equipo para gotcha o Paint ball y accesorios.
  • CD´s o DVD no grabados (vírgenes).
  • Bebidas alcohólicas.
  • Mercancía falsificada denominada como ""pirata”.
  • Muestras para laboratorio (tóxicas, peligrosas o de manejo especial).
  • Animales (vivos o muertos).
  • Refacciones con residuos líquidos.
  • Artículos de valor extraordinario y piedras preciosas, dinero o monedas, metales, títulos de crédito negociables.
  • Plantas (naturales).
  • Sustancias psicotrópicas (precursores químicos y químicos básicos).
  • Explosivos, gases comprimidos, líquidos inflamables, sólidos inflamables, objetos magnéticos, materiales oxidantes, objetos radioactivos, artículos tóxicos, materiales irritantes, sustancias infecciosas y/o artículos que puedan dañar la estructura de la aeronave y aquellos que posean otras características inherentes a las arriba enlistadas.

*Esta es una lista parcial, si tienes duda sobre algún producto en particular, por favor envíanos tu consulta a informes.ebay@estafeta.com antes de realizar la compra

Translated Items from above not allowed
  • Weapons and accessories in general
  • Flammable, toxic or dangerous products.
  • Any type of food.
  • Medicines, food supplements, vitamins.
  • Any type of medical instruments such as pressure gauges, massagers, etc..
  • Pornographic material.
  • Some cosmetic items with drug ingredients.
  • Perfumes
  • Balloons
  • Wooden pencils
  • Precious Metals.
  • Precious and semiprecious stones
  • Precious and semiprecious stones
  • Used clothing and shoes.
  • Some baby accessories such as bottles, diapers, teethers.
  • Used and new tires.
  • Wooden items in general.
  • Toner and ink.
  • Candles, waxes.
  • Cigarettes of any kind.
  • Electronic cigarettes and accessories.
  • Equipment gotcha or Paint ball and accessories.
  • CDs or DVD unrecorded (blank).
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Counterfeit merchandise referred to as "" pirate ".
  • Laboratory samples (toxic, hazardous or special handling).
  • Animals (dead or alive).
  • Parts with liquid waste.
  • Items of extraordinary value and precious stones, money or coins, metals, negotiable debt.
  • Plants (natural).
  • Psychotropic substances (chemical precursors and basic chemicals).
  • Explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, magnetic items, oxidizing materials, radioactive objects, toxic items, irritating materials, infectious substances and / or articles that could damage the structure of the aircraft and those possessing other characteristics inherent to the above you listed.

* This is a partial list, if you have questions about a particular product, please send your inquiry to informes.ebay @ estafeta.com before buying

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I have never bid on anything I didn't know what the shipping was beforehand.

I agree. The shipping tab on the description of the item shows you exactly what you will pay, no matter where or how you want the item shipped. There are times when the description says that the seller does not ship to Mexico, but many times when asked the seller is willing to do it anyway. I've been a frequent eBay user--both buyer and seller--from the time eBay started (nearly 20 years ago) and have had exactly one unpleasant experience with a seller and none with buyers.

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Well, I've bought a lot of stuff on eBay, and I'm telling you different.

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Translated Items from above not allowed

  • Weapons and accessories in general
  • Flammable, toxic or dangerous products.
  • Any type of food.
  • Medicines, food supplements, vitamins.
  • Any type of medical instruments such as pressure gauges, massagers, etc..
  • Pornographic material.
  • Some cosmetic items with drug ingredients.
  • Perfumes
  • Balloons
  • Wooden pencils
  • Precious Metals.
  • Precious and semiprecious stones
  • Precious and semiprecious stones
  • Used clothing and shoes.
  • Some baby accessories such as bottles, diapers, teethers.
  • Used and new tires.
  • Wooden items in general.
  • Toner and ink.
  • Candles, waxes.
  • Cigarettes of any kind.
  • Electronic cigarettes and accessories.
  • Equipment gotcha or Paint ball and accessories.
  • CDs or DVD unrecorded (blank).
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Counterfeit merchandise referred to as "" pirate ".
  • Laboratory samples (toxic, hazardous or special handling).
  • Animals (dead or alive).
  • Parts with liquid waste.
  • Items of extraordinary value and precious stones, money or coins, metals, negotiable debt.
  • Plants (natural).
  • Psychotropic substances (chemical precursors and basic chemicals).
  • Explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, magnetic items, oxidizing materials, radioactive objects, toxic items, irritating materials, infectious substances and / or articles that could damage the structure of the aircraft and those possessing other characteristics inherent to the above you listed.

* This is a partial list, if you have questions about a particular product, please send your inquiry to informes.ebay @ estafeta.com before buying

Quite a list, not much left to be ordered!

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Ebay purchases are being sent to a Laredo address so I assume we can buy from any vendor not just Ebay vendors. Estafeta won't care who sent the packages to its Laredo address.

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Except eBay takes care of all the paperwork for delivery, duties, etc. specifically for the vendors on eBay. So if you buy from somewhere else, you have to deal with all that, including the shipping. And of course the eBay $50 yearly fee covers all the shipping. If this works, it changes everything. It means we can now order as if we were in the U.S. So when I want $30 worth of whatever, it won't cost me $30 to have it shipped.

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Well, I've bought a lot of stuff on eBay, and I'm telling you different.

Post a link to something that doesn't give shipping costs. I'd like to see it. (And I'm not being snotty, I really would like to see how it works.)

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Okay, PITA to set this up because you can only see it if you sign as me, but I've created a set of screen grabs. https://picasaweb.google.com/mikermiker/EBay?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNihwqSw1IP3lQE&feat=directlink

You can see

1. The order, prior to checkout

2. The Shopping Cart, with Proceed to Checkout. In the upper right corner, Request Total from Seller link, because no shipping has been calculated.

3. On the Request Total from Seller page, no shipping has been calculated. And a big button that says COMMIT TO BUY AND SUBMIT REQUEST.

So in this case, I cannot get a shipping cost until I have committed to buy. Then they will tell me.

I did this once, figuring "No, there will be a total before this happens, right?" and there was not. So I had to fight with them, give them a bad rating, tell my credit card company to deny the charge.

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Except eBay takes care of all the paperwork for delivery, duties, etc. specifically for the vendors on eBay. So if you buy from somewhere else, you have to deal with all that, including the shipping. And of course the eBay $50 yearly fee covers all the shipping. If this works, it changes everything. It means we can now order as if we were in the U.S. So when I want $30 worth of whatever, it won't cost me $30 to have it shipped.

I think it is Estafeta that does the paperwork to send packages to Mexico. The Ebay vendor sends the package to Laredo. Estafeta looks up the buyer's name and address and sends it to the buyer.

The membership is with Estafeta, not Ebay, and I think it would be too confusing for the average Ebay vendor to be dealing with more than one address.

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Well, I read all the stuff the other day, and it looks like Estafeta is only one of the choices eBay uses, and I didn't see where you sign up with Estafeta and not eBay... ?

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Okay, PITA to set this up because you can only see it if you sign as me, but I've created a set of screen grabs. https://picasaweb.google.com/mikermiker/EBay?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNihwqSw1IP3lQE&feat=directlink

You can see

1. The order, prior to checkout

2. The Shopping Cart, with Proceed to Checkout. In the upper right corner, Request Total from Seller link, because no shipping has been calculated.

3. On the Request Total from Seller page, no shipping has been calculated. And a big button that says COMMIT TO BUY AND SUBMIT REQUEST.

So in this case, I cannot get a shipping cost until I have committed to buy. Then they will tell me.

I did this once, figuring "No, there will be a total before this happens, right?" and there was not. So I had to fight with them, give them a bad rating, tell my credit card company to deny the charge.

You can always ask the seller before you commit to buy.

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You can plainly see from the images that is what I was trying to do.

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You can plainly see from the images that is what I was trying to do.

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The first picture is "checkout." Sorry you've had this problem but I never have in ordering a ton of stuff to the Virgin Islands.

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I'll try to address everyone's questions.

Hensley, do you really want to know my buying habits? OK, guess there are no secrets in this. When I first signed up for this I ordered a stainless steel mug as a test case. No charge from Estafeta. When I received it my wife liked it so much I had to order her one. That has also arrived and no charge. I ordered an electric shaver that cost $139 and the import fee was 289 pesos. I recently ordered a pair of sandals for $35. They just received it Wed. and I sent them the Paypal receipt yesterday. No charge. I just ordered some badminton shuttlecocks and a laptop battery, but those haven't reached Estafeta yet but all under $50.

As far as the list of what can't be ordered, there really isn't much on there that I would order. Maybe food supplements/vitamins, but thats about it. I can buy wooden pencils here.

Joco, the FAQ states that this only covers purchases from Ebay. My guess is that Ebay subsidizes this in some way. Here's the Google translate from the FAQ

Can I buy from different sites other than eBay and send them to my address Estafeta / eBay?
No, the benefits of this program are exclusive to purchases made ​​on ebay.com

http://estafetamembers.com/preguntas-frecuentes

You are right Joco that you sign up with Estafeta, not Ebay. I'm sure there must be some kind of relationship, but on your purchase you just tell the seller to ship it to your "address". Estafeta receives it and knows who you are by the address. But they require a receipt so will know where you bought it from.

Here's the link to the Estafeta Ebay site

http://estafetamembers.com/

It is all in Spanish, but pretty easy to figure out with Google Translate.

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