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    Question Online shopping and shipping

    about living in dr questions. is it feasible to import consumer goods on a regular basis? could you for example buy things off the internet and have them delivered to you? is high band width internet available and dependable power if your are willing to pay for it?

    thanks for any advice or comments..

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbrown View Post
    about living in dr questions. is it feasible to import consumer goods on a regular basis? could you for example buy things off the internet and have them delivered to you? is high band width internet available and dependable power if your are willing to pay for it?

    thanks for any advice or comments..
    Yes, yes and yes. Imported items over US200 are subject to taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Yes, yes and yes. Imported items over US200 are subject to taxes.
    but if you order small things off the internet that have a total value of less than 200 for each shipment your alright i take it?

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    except if it is an empty computer case... in that case prepare yourself for a couple of hours of discussion at customs.... whahahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbrown View Post
    but if you order small things off the internet that have a total value of less than 200 for each shipment your alright i take it?
    If there shipped in the same box yes they need to be less than US200.

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    if you are ordering from usa transexpress is good to use, but you need to order things that have free postage in the usa otherwise you are paying two lots of postage.

    or If you know someone with a business address its usually ok to have things delivered there by courrier mail I dont think they deliver to home addresses

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbrown View Post
    is it feasible to import consumer goods on a regular basis?
    I do it on a regular basis. Tools, auto parts, books, small electronics, etc...
    Just try to cut cost on shipping and shop smart.

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    Shipping:
    Many of us use EPS or CPS here, it's stupid simple and as Chip pointed out, any package with a value under US$200 comes in tax free.

    You sign up with EPS or CPS and they give you a postal and shipping address in Miami.
    You have the goods shipped to Miami and they ship them here.

    EPS allows you to track your packages online and see all the charges before you pick the package up. Right now they charge around RD$190 per pound to ship from Miami to the DR.

    When I order something off Amazon, it's in my hands within 7-10 days.
    I have shipped maybe 40-50 packages and never had a problem.
    Electronic goods, books, spare parts, food items etc.

    Internet:
    The fastest you can get is a 5MB ADSL from Codetel.
    Will run you around US$200 monthly.
    They are by far the most reliable provider here, I have tried them all.

    See the pricing at the link below:
    Codetel ADSL Pricing

    What connection you can get is location dependent.

    If you want to get round the IP blocks in the USA etc.
    Lots of VPN options so you can watch and stream movies, ABC, ESPN etc.

    Power:
    The is location dependent. e.g. If you live in Punta Cana, the power is VERY reliable and they almost never have any sort of blackout.

    The better apartment buildings in the country have generators. You can also by and inverter and batteries that will give you power.

    Power reliability comes down to many factors. What part of the DR do you want to live in? How much do you want to spend? How critical is your need for 24x7 power?


    I would take a good look around the forums and use the search function.
    Your questions have been answered in-depth many times on DR1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Shipping:
    Many of us use EPS or CPS here, it's stupid simple and as Chip pointed out, any package with a value under US$200 comes in tax free.

    You sign up with EPS or CPS and they give you a postal and shipping address in Miami.
    You have the goods shipped to Miami and they ship them here.

    EPS allows you to track your packages online and see all the charges before you pick the package up. Right now they charge around RD$190 per pound to ship from Miami to the DR.

    When I order something off Amazon, it's in my hands within 7-10 days.
    I have shipped maybe 40-50 packages and never had a problem.
    Electronic goods, books, spare parts, food items etc.

    Internet:
    The fastest you can get is a 5MB ADSL from Codetel.
    Will run you around US$200 monthly.
    They are by far the most reliable provider here, I have tried them all.

    See the pricing at the link below:
    Codetel ADSL Pricing

    What connection you can get is location dependent.

    If you want to get round the IP blocks in the USA etc.
    Lots of VPN options so you can watch and stream movies, ABC, ESPN etc.

    Power:
    The is location dependent. e.g. If you live in Punta Cana, the power is VERY reliable and they almost never have any sort of blackout.

    The better apartment buildings in the country have generators. You can also by and inverter and batteries that will give you power.

    Power reliability comes down to many factors. What part of the DR do you want to live in? How much do you want to spend? How critical is your need for 24x7 power?


    I would take a good look around the forums and use the search function.
    Your questions have been answered in-depth many times on DR1.

    hey robert how do i go about signing up with either cps or eps ive been looking around for a while on how to do this. im in santiago. where are their offices or do they have a webpage. thanks for any info in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseinoa View Post
    hey robert how do i go about signing up with either cps or eps ive been looking around for a while on how to do this. im in santiago. where are their offices or do they have a webpage. thanks for any info in advance.
    EPS • Express Parcel Service, Int

    In Santiago:
    Hostos #3, esq. Ulises Franco Bido
    Tel.: (809) 581-1912
    Fax: (809) 583-7648

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