OT: Cross border move?

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Submitted by barnaby33 on September 13, 2012 - 9:50am

My step mother (evil), has given me a couch. Unfortunately it's in Mexico at her house. So I either have to drive down there with a friends truck and get it, or find a furniture mover who can get it for me. Does anyone on this forum know someone who does this, or who lives down that way and is up here often enough to be interested? Its not a heavy couch, but does need truck to move.
Josh

Submitted by sdduuuude on September 13, 2012 - 10:00am.

Can't say I've ever seen anyone carrying used furniture in the Northbound lanes ever ...

Submitted by doofrat on September 13, 2012 - 12:33pm.

Hmmmmm Evil stepmother from Mexico gives son-in-law large object to carry across the border. I'm thinking she's more smart than evil.

Submitted by outtamojo on September 13, 2012 - 12:52pm.

doofrat wrote:
Hmmmmm Evil stepmother from Mexico gives son-in-law large object to carry across the border. I'm thinking she's more smart than evil.

well if it feels heavier than it should.....

Submitted by Blogstar on September 13, 2012 - 1:04pm.

Mexico is a big place. Is this thing in TJ or el DF?

Submitted by barnaby33 on September 13, 2012 - 1:31pm.

Primotapia just south of the tourist trap lobster place. 20 minutes south of Rosarita on the main highway.

Submitted by Blogstar on September 13, 2012 - 1:36pm.

barnaby33 wrote:
Primotapia just south of the tourist trap lobster place. 20 minutes south of Rosarita on the main highway.

It must be a nice couch. How much are you paying? To what part of town do you want it delivered? It seems like your stepmom would have the contacts. It may be a long shot, but I can ask around.

Submitted by barnaby33 on September 13, 2012 - 2:09pm.

To me it is. Its a leather couch that is comfy to lie on and watch a movie. I'd pay 100 to get it up here. My step mother moved back to Texas and never really had any contacts.
Josh

Submitted by Blogstar on September 13, 2012 - 3:06pm.

I'll check into it. It would probably be very doable if it were something that fit in a car, as opposed to a truck. There are possibly a lot of ways to go about it.

Craigslist Tijuana,

http://tijuana.es.craigslist.com.mx/

Cross border moving companies on Spanish language listings,

http://tijuana.olx.com.mx/q/mudanzas-tij...

friends of friends contact

How long do you have to move it?

Submitted by Blogstar on September 15, 2012 - 5:39pm.

Sending you a PM,Josh.

Submitted by Cube on September 17, 2012 - 11:51pm.

Clearly, you should trade it for something to someone local (but slightly more north) and keep working your way north, brokering trades, until you've got something you want and it's in SD.

Submitted by sdseeker on September 19, 2012 - 5:52pm.

You are kidding right? Anyone that would volunteer to move a couch from Mexico into the US would be putting their freedom at risk. For what $100? I can imagine the hassle at the border and what if it did actually contain drugs? Good luck trying to explain that you were an innocent victim. Either pay a moving company or just pick up a used couch from your local goodwill or consignment shop.

I mean no disrespect to anyone's Grandma but it would be crazy to participate in this.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on September 19, 2012 - 6:09pm.

If you're quite confident that your evil step mom is not in the drug business, or not trying to frame you... and if you really like the coach as you said you do, then it shouldn't be that hard.

Can't you rent a pick up truck from Avis or Enterprise and then go pick it up yourself? You could ask a friend to go with you, or if not, once there, you could probably offer $10 to a local kid to help you load it.

The only problem I see is that US border agents may want to give you a hard time for bringing merchandise. Anyways, I think that as a US resident, the first $400 you bring in is exempt of tariffs and taxes. Worst case scenario, if customs believe that the couch is worth more than that... then you may have to pay.

This scenario just made me think of something: on the way to Rosarito, stop at the border and ask the customs people what the procedure is.

Also, if the coach looks like an antique, the Mexican border agents may not let you take it out of their country without additional documentation.

Submitted by moneymaker on September 19, 2012 - 8:28pm.

I am also considering a trip south of the border. My little dog, poor thing needs his teeth cleaned and I just recently found out it is outrageously expensive up here, over $300. So i got to thinking about Algodones. If they can do it to people for a third of the price, they may have vets down there that will do it for around $100. If anyone knows of veterinarians they would recommend in TJ let me know, by the way I do have a pickup. I was also wondering if the immigration pepole might give me a hard time and try to impound my dog for quarantine or something like that.

Submitted by barnaby33 on September 21, 2012 - 7:58am.

sdseeker, wow you are paranoid. Its a couch. Picked up at my step mothers house. People go back and forth with goods all the time. I've done it multiple times in my life. I was hoping someone here knew someone there who comes north alot and wouldn't mind doing it for an extra hundred dollars. There are hundreds of thousands of people that cross everyday to goto work.

Anywho Blogstar did try and help me out, but I'll just borrow my friends truck and drive down to get it myself.

Josh

Submitted by barnaby33 on November 26, 2012 - 2:27pm.

Got the couch finally! However the people that had kept it neglected to tell me it was scratched to hell by their cats. Probably because they didn't want to have to fix it. Really shitty behavior indeed.
Josh

Submitted by CA renter on November 27, 2012 - 12:53am.

Bummer. :(

That's a long way to go for a scratched-up couch.

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