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Old 11th June 2012, 08:49 PM
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Thanks for this further clarification. So selling imported used clothing is illegal after all. I wonder if my local tianguis is ever raided by the authorities.
People do this all the time here in Monterrey. There is a huge tianguis in Cumbres that is mostly used clothing. You see a few sellers with Texas plates. My wife and I are thinking about renting a spot and selling some of our used stuff. Not only clothes. Most of my used clothes are brand name and very desirable here in the Mexican market. Polo, Banana Republic, Gap, Express, etc. I'll let you know if I get arrested next week.

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Clothing at a tianguis can come from any source and not just the USA.

When it comes to importing used cloths or shoes from the US and to be legal you, may never make a profit there are many places that may need greasing.

Have you looked into importing new clothing from China.

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People do this all the time here in Monterrey. There is a huge tianguis in Cumbres that is mostly used clothing. You see a few sellers with Texas plates. My wife and I are thinking about renting a spot and selling some of our used stuff. Not only clothes. Most of my used clothes are brand name and very desirable here in the Mexican market. Polo, Banana Republic, Gap, Express, etc. I'll let you know if I get arrested next week.
The regular sellers at the tianguis might not appreciate a gringo coming into their territory and perhaps taking away some of their business. If they do call the cops on you, let me know where to send the bail money!

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When I drove up north a few months ago to get my car inspected I brought back a ton of clothes for me and the family that were in my house. They are all used. I paid taxes on them coming through the border. Of course I declared them. I have the receipt to prove it. They have no case.

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Can we call this "bad idea #37"

No way could you buy used clothing from second hand stores up north and expect to make a profit in Mexico ... unless you can buy excess by the ton and import it for nothing

Better to start a taco stand with a twist

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I doubt reselling used clothing is illegal. Importing used clothing for the purpose of resale as clothing is. As with almost anything, bringing clothes with you while crossing the border can be thrown into the 16% rate - however I doubt bringing in commercial quantities will pass.

Theres a ton of stands around me selling "American" used clothing and shoes. That doesn't mean that these people followed the law to acquire their goods. The OP plans to start a business reselling used clothing, and to pay for the gas for transportation alone they'd have to import commercial quantities. Who plans a business based on skirting the rules?

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