Would you like to bring me a computer? (Or: Does anyone have any ideas for getting a fair price on a Mac in Mexico City?)
I moved to Mexico City last Friday (the 13th), and the day's ominous reputation held true, it's payload just came a little late. On Sunday, my apartment was broken into and the thieves made off with all our cash and electronics, including two computers. My girlfriend and I need a computer to do our work here. Que lastima!
I've been astounded to see that prices for computers here in Mexico are about $400 more than similar machines in the States. FWIW, the model I'm looking at is the Apple Macbook 2.0 Ghz. Sure, the price includes an exorbitant VAT, but even so, the machine's base price is at least $200 more than the US price.
Since I suffered a big financial loss in the robbery--no insurance, alas, although I'll be getting SafeWare
insurance now, thanks to a MeFi post about it--I don't want to lose even more
money on buying a new computer.
So.... Is anyone coming to Mexico and would like to bring a Macbook for me? Shipping one here is out of the question, it seems, since it will be assessed a 20% customs tariff. Tourists, though, can bring in one computer without fee.
Is this a crazy idea? Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Any tips, tricks, (or ways to catch a thief) appreciated!