Furniture shopping
Nov 11th, 2009 by David

We were out looking for furniture yesterday. Everyone was right, the stores near Ajijic are way too expensive. We went into one store that had an ordinary, indistinct, american-looking couch-loveseat combo for $1000. Hardly worth the money.

So we went into Chapala looking for a furniture store. We found one with a beautiful 3 piece sofa, love seat, and chair combo in startingly beautiful dark wood and fabric. Something utterly distinctive and Spanish/Mexican! We both fell instantly in love with it. It was less than $600!!! San Francisco Muebles, at Moreles #198, at the corner of Madero is the place to go. Coming in from Ajijic, make a right at the light onto Madero, find a place to park (it’s easy to just drive to the end of Madero, make a turn to the left, then go into the large public parking) and walk back up Madero to San Francisco. It’s on the east (away from Ajijic) side of the street. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

Import duties – mistakes not to make
Oct 24th, 2009 by David

Les and I had read over and over that there were import duties on new electronics taken in to Mexico.  But we’d never bothered to ask anyone how much.

A few months ago, we got rid of our 12-15 year old rear-projection tv. we just didnt think it would make the trip down there. Best Buy had a great offer on a new plasma set, so we bought it, and a speaker system, and a blue ray player. I’d seen prices for tv’s in mexico, and they were higher than those in the states. so i thought the import duty would be something like the difference or a little more.

NOW I’M TOLD IT’S NOT!! our broker told us to expect 50% duties bringing the tv system across the boarder! That’s a lot of tacos! If we’d made the decision to buy the tv just 3 or 4 months earlier – there wouldnt have been any import duties. And if we’d asked what the duties were just 2 weeks earlier, we would have been able to return it to the store!

So the sad story – if you are going to buy anything – buy it long in advance. if you think you might need to return it, do so before the store’s return limit runs out. We’d only had the tv for 36 days, but Best Buy’s return policy was 30 days from the date on the reciept.  We’re just hoping that maybe, for some strange reason and act of God, the import duty won’t be so much.

I’m back!
Jul 27th, 2009 by David

Hi all. I bet you didn’t expect to see me again after my long absence. I’ve been trying to put the numbers together for selling my business.

It was strange – I had always thought that I was the business. I was the David Lawrence in David Lawrence Photography, Inc., after all.  Not being a businessman – it had never dawned on me that it had any value without me. The one afternoon – It Did!! Praise God for the little lightbulbs he lights up over our heads. I’ve got a website that generates quite a lot of money, and a good contact list. These things are worth something! Hallelujah!  I don’t know how much I can get for them – but it’s going to be a lot more than the $0 I’d been expecting all my life.

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