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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.
¿Hay alguna otra?
No son una especie de pervertido, ¿verdad?
These are friends who grew up in Saltillo, but I suspect there is an element of "there is more to the story that we discussed."
Anyway the story goes that the got a knock on the door of their hotel room in the DF and two guys wearing business suits came in. They got questioned and when unable to produce the appropriate visa were told to leave the country and that their passports were being confiscated.
Incidentally, they never ID'd the guys in the suits, nor what agency they worked for, so do your own math there.
Just as a matter of trivia, I did notice that while the US does theoretically have a visa for business, the Feds have ordered their people not to harass non-US nationals that come here on tourist visas and are otherwise legal but want to conduct some business on the side.
Not so much Mexico, which has fairly strict visa requirements for business travelers although as you say there is business and there is casual business.
Have you considered smuggling a PDF file across the border, and using a Presna down there? They might be cheaper, and may be able to set up a broader / easier distribution arrangement. I know you're probably printing twice, but it might save you from a soldier inspecting your sidecases and wondering "WTF?- a magazine smuggler?"
And PDF file is so small he could hide it almost anywhere.
We actually did print the book once with a printer in Monterrey and have had negotiations with those folks as well as another Mexican printer so, yes, that isn't out of the question.
It all boils down to cost, Mark. Around here there is an established distribution network for what we are doing and I pay roughly $5 to get the books placed per spot; the best offer that I got in Mexico to establish a distribution network was $100 a location. Remember, this is a free magazine - we don't even sell it to recoup the expenses!
Anyway,. I've been carrying boxes of magazines back and forth for several months in the Land Rover. The US guys questioned me one time; the Mexicans never. I was just telling SWMBO'd that getting the K11 up and running and hauling a side bag's worth of magazines to the Monterrey Aeropuerto wouldn't be too tough since it's all good roads and autopista.
As a practical matter I think the "just dropping some off with a drinking buddy" excuse will work, especially if one is riding a motorcycle. After all, we are only talking a box of magazines so if they get confiscated it's no big deal.
Now, taking one of the vending displays into Mexico ... that might be another animal.
Mexican Customs agency never goes after US or other foreing visitors doing business in Mexico, unless someone "advice" them to do so for some reason.
I have had visitors from all over the world doing business on the Reynosa Industry, all paperwork OK but never have some agent check them to make sure they are complying.
sad to say it but I think there is not much "profit" for authorities on this field
Interesting! Thanks Arte!
Professional Courtesy is probably why they dont do it.
My dad rode up yesterday and is currently sitting on my couch and showed me this: http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/07/federal-forces-and-zetas-wage-daylong.html
That picture where the bus is burned can be seen from the second floor of his house. He left town around 4:30 that morning. Shooting started around 6 according to the article.
Just FYI the Texas Department of Public Safety, which in my opinion has a history of anti-Mexican sensationalism, has a warning that they have intelligence claiming that the Zetas are aiming to target US citizens in Nuevo Laredo this weekend. That's on the local news here in McAllen and I see that it's going online as we speak:
Anyway ... the article above quotes a source in Nuevo Laredo as saying they aren't aware of anything unusual.
Use your judgment. I'd probably stay out of N. Laredo's Boy's Town just to be safe, but I wouldn't have a problem with riding through the town in the middle of the day and hitting the toll road to Monterrey.
You can probably get it printed to your liking at the Office Depot in Monterrey.
There are 2 locations. Try sending an email to any radio station ad department and you'll easily find a hungry copy writer that can probably handle print copy. Just some random thoughts for you. Good luck with the project.
The problem with printing at something like an Office Depot is that they usually cannot come close to the quality of a magazine printer, and what they do print is horribly expensive.
With that said I am wondering about doing a small secondary run for the Mexican market with one of the printers in Monterrey that we have been in touch with.
So let me get this straight, this battle in Fresnillo with 15 dead Zetas and the burned bus outside your dad's house is the same Fresnillo your dad was inviting me to visit when you guys were over at my place yesterday, correct?
Is Mexico safe?? No. I go to Baja several times a year. Mexico is not safe but, I am. I make sure I do all I can to be safe, just like when I am home in the USA. Is the Cartel in Baja, yes. Are they gonna kill you, probably not.
Chance of death = low
Chance of fun= 100%
Yeah, in fact that same day that we were talking about at your place this battle was raging. So when are we going?
Its funny how we never really intend to make it up here for the 4th, but when I was living down there we made it back both times. He was planning on coming up next weekend for the trice BBQ but things at work prevented him from being able to do that. Hope things continue to go well for you in Durango. Hopefully the military continues to clean things up around that area of Mex. We know it needs it!
Word is out that in order to get a vehicle permit to travel in Mexico, now you have to put down a cash deposit in addition to the credit card charge of $30+? Anybody get a permiso within the last 2 weeks?
Yeap just talk to Reginaldo Calderon at Allende seems now you have to leave 400 and under in cash there., Depending on the vehicle I guess you will get it back on your way out
Looking forward to it but the stars at work and elsewhere need to align just right.