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Forum topic by Loren posted 01-28-2018 02:09 AM 1954 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Loren

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01-28-2018 02:09 AM

I’ve sold 3 planers to guys from Mexico now.
I think new machinery is really expensive there.

They were all 220v machines. I’m in Los
Angeles so it isn’t nothing to drive up here.
Maybe there’s some machine flipping going
on. I wasn’t disappointed in what I got for
any of the machines.


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#1 posted 01-28-2018 02:36 AM

That doesn’t surprise me. Whenever there are equipment auctions for farm equipment or any kind of shop equiment, Mexicans are in full force.

Most of the junk metal dealers all go to Mexico as scrap prices are about double what they are here. They all make sure they get a letter saying they got it from us and I have had immigration call us to ask if we did sell them the scrap.

Do they ask you for some kind of receipt as well?

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#2 posted 01-28-2018 02:49 AM

None of them did.

One guy I sold a planer/moulder to was very
Americanized. He ran his business out of
Tijuana for obvious reasons. They did a lot
of work in the states.

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 03:04 AM

I’m surprised I never got any calls from there on any of the things I’ve been selling on CL. I just sold my old sawmill yesterday and all the interest was from here.

I live way closer to the border than you do.

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 05:08 PM

I was driving south on I-25 from Denver to Albuquerque just before Christmas one year. I was amazed by how many pick-up trucks, some with trailers, were hauling toys, windows, lumber, and everything else you could think of.
All heading south towards Mexico…

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 05:46 PM

The high resale value when trading in cars at dealerships in your area is explained to my by one of the dealership guys is that they ship most of used cars to Mexico.
I bought a brand new Tundra, used it for a year putting some average miles, and then sold ( not traded in ) it to a used car dealer. He paid me the same amount I had paid for it brand new a year back. The truck never appeared on his lot.

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 06:29 PM

That’s interesting all right, for them to come that far means that used machinery is hard to get down there.

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#7 posted 01-29-2018 06:43 PM

There are more people there that rather buy used, since higher competitionj.

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#8 posted 01-29-2018 07:39 PM

New machinery probably has high tariffs imposed in Mexico; maybe not on used machinery.

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#9 posted 01-29-2018 09:56 PM

I used to live in San Diego and I too, sold a planer to dudes from Mexico. It wasn’t a fancy one. Just a Delta 12”. I think I got $300. Fresh bills too. I seem to remember a purpose that was specific. Like all the wood they cut from X was unused and they planed the byproduct and sold it north of the border. It made sense.

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#10 posted 01-31-2018 12:39 AM



New machinery probably has high tariffs imposed in Mexico; maybe not on used machinery.

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This, and places to buy aren’t as common either.

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#11 posted 01-31-2018 03:59 AM

how did you receive payment?
my concern would be counterfit money

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