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by Philipc4u59
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12617

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

MarcoPE & others of interest, I wasn't aware that expatperu or Peru in general was a "communist" entity? I cherish the freedom of expression/speech I enjoyed in the US & I desire to enjoy same in expatperu. Please don't lower your self to the "Troll Triad" & post busi...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12617

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

There are a few posters that are continually making assumption & interjecting info that is way "off topic"; this causes a lot of anxiety/pain to sincere posters. In this case; the victims family has been also been a VICTIM of expatperu; the mods need to control these un-empathetic more...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?

My wife told me that Ripley on-line, you could only use a Ripley credit card; I will check that out...

Thanks everyone for the info; expatperu at its best!!!

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?

Thanks, I didn't realize that was an option...

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12617

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

My comments, that I wish everyone would take seriously; are "JUST SAY - YES!" I have had a cell phone taken from my pocket on a crowded bus; this is the extent of personal crime in Peru. I am a big guy; but not big enough (nor ever will be) to STOP A BULLET or a KNIFE PLACED TO MY THROAT. ...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOTTLED WATER???
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Re: BOTTLED WATER???

Thanks Argidd,

What a wealth of information from such a lovely lady!!!

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12617

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

As difficult as it can be to turn over your money & valuables to some "thugs"; they can be replaced. When I was a body-guard for a wealthy construction guy in Costa Rica; I had to constantly be aware of any situations we were in & make a quick decision to use the gun I had conceale...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: CREDIT CARD USE IN PERU...
Replies: 9
Views: 2722

Re: CREDIT CARD USE IN PERU...

Using: * Reward cards that help you monitor your spending & * Paying off your balances before any extra fees Are the proper ways to use credit cards; the purpose of my post is that I know several Peruvian families that make in excess of 10,000 soles @ month & are "broke"; because t...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: FROM RUSSIA - WITH LOVE?
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: FROM RUSSIA - WITH LOVE?

Sbaustin,

So you are saying it was the inclusion of my email & not the offer of a SALES REP. position that caused this?
The Internet is such a powerful tool; but as with any invention - it can be used for unethical purposes.

Thanks for your posting & knowledge of Peru,
Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12617

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

I also don't want to participate in a "where is crime worse" posting; but: If you or a family member are a victim of CRIME; the criminal will face JUSTICE (usually, unless he/she can afford a great defense attorney or the prosecutor/district attorney is an elected moron (does happen). In t...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: CREDIT CARD USE IN PERU...
Replies: 9
Views: 2722

CREDIT CARD USE IN PERU...

I enjoy "watching people" (no - not in a bad way); to see the spending habits of Peruvians. When I first came here in May 2012; I quickly realized that the credit card rates are - INSANE!!! A friend from the US asked me what business I would start in Peru; I told him a BANK!!! As a certifi...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOTTLED WATER???
Replies: 2
Views: 554

BOTTLED WATER???

GM again, I am using a lot of bottled water, when I send out samples of my coffee. I want to purchase the best water available & not sure which direction to proceed. Is all bottled water in Peru - similar? How are these waters treated (reverse osmosis), etc.? Is their any availability of all nat...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?

GM everyone, I need a new computer; the keys are sticking on my old one (5 years) & it's annoying! In "shopping around" & talking to my many contacts here in Peru; I am getting conflicting info: 1. No one disagrees that the competitive pricing in the US; will allow for a better com...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

WOW!!! Where is Kelly (former moderator); when I need her!!! FYI: 1. My initial post "BULK SHIPPING" was an attempt to send back 3-4 bags of coffee (250 g each) to US. 2. Never did I say the coffee would be for RESALE; these are presents & a trusted friend in US will distribute. 3. No ...
by Philipc4u59
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

Maybe you need to research what a consumer advocate does; I help people who can't afford an attorney at possibly $400 @ hour & do a better job - as I have ethics & morals! Many times; I worked for free "pro bono"; as the client couldn't afford to pay my fees. When was the last time...
by Philipc4u59
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: FROM RUSSIA - WITH LOVE?
Replies: 2
Views: 604

FROM RUSSIA - WITH LOVE?

Recently I ran an ad in "Jobs in Peru" forum; seeking SALES REPS - COFFEE... I have to date received eleven (11) replies; I was "surprised" to see where they came from: 1. Eight were from people that are Peruvians or their spouse is Peruvian; to be expected. 2. One was from Spain...
by Philipc4u59
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

Yes, it was Ironchef - that said that. I apologize; I get the trolls mixed up occasionally.

Philip :roll:
PS - I will change the designation to reflect his name
by Philipc4u59
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: PROMO OFFER?
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Re: PROMO OFFER?

I find it difficult to believe that no one knows of this promo; you get FREE dinners, hotel stays, attractions, etc. - for a nominal price of $200; which is quickly recouped with the use of maybe 2 offers. I want to buy some offers to use as incentives for my sales reps for coffee; have had eleven (...
by Philipc4u59
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

Ironchef, You are going to great lengths & spending a lot of time; trying to discredit my intentions of shipping my coffee to family & friends in the US; maybe you never had an "Aunt Mable" who was so proud of her peach preserves, that she sent to everyone as a TREAT? Everything is...
by Philipc4u59
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Proposed Expat Get-Together.
Replies: 0
Views: 388

Proposed Expat Get-Together.

IMO, I feel expatperu needs to start having social functions - again. When I first joined in May 2012; I read previous comments/post about "get-togethers"; they seemed FUN! Since then, I have not been aware of any such functions; I have a solution to this: Our condo in Surquillo (the good ...
by Philipc4u59
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

FYI: Yes, there are "risks" involved in having ANYONE take back any product to another country; I just was trying to figure out a LEGAL way to get some of my coffee to my family & friends in the US. Having a person who I have known for quite a while (expat in Peru - not some Internet m...
by Philipc4u59
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

From your experience, would 20 kl of roasted coffee beans (all in sealed packs) be allowed? Or should I keep the roasted beans in one large container & let my contacts in the US - bag for me? Still concerned when the US customs regs. say "for personal use"; that could be subject to int...
by Philipc4u59
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12617

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

Very little respect for the victim or the family; this needs to change...

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 7125

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

I am not impressed with Rusticas in Lima; the décor is nice - but nothing "out of the usual buffet".
Chi Chi, do they allow you to have a "doggie bag" to take home?

Philip :roll:
PS - seems good for a night spot in the thriving "City of the palms".
by Philipc4u59
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: PROMO OFFER?
Replies: 1
Views: 537

PROMO OFFER?

GM fellow expats, I was informed of a promo offer here in Lima; that allows the purchaser to enjoy restaurants, hotels, etc. - for little or no cost. The only other info I have is that the promo costs - $200 @ year; a good deal if you use the promos. I had a similar promo offer in the US; the "...
by Philipc4u59
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WHAT R THEIR OPTIONS???
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: WHAT R THEIR OPTIONS???

His mother & father were in a terrible auto accident; he flew back to the US - to be with them. A person doesn't have to be 6'4" ex-Marine; to influence others - just the use of carefully chosen WORDS! I once had a 5'0" woman that was very good at collecting debts & overdue rental ...
by Philipc4u59
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

Re: BULK SHIP TO USA...

The assumption that "someone will distribute them" concerns me - ANYWHERE in the world!!! The larger the package, the more chances that US customs will be involved; I detest the government (any government) interfering with a LEGAL importing effort - some 211 pages of documents/regulations!...
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Transfer Funds FROM Peru to US Acct?
Replies: 5
Views: 1284

Re: Transfer Funds FROM Peru to US Acct?

I doubt the $8.00 rate would apply in transferring up to $999 from US to Peru?
If I remember correctly, it is $30; seems like the same service - only in reverse???

Any one ever try "carrier pigeons"; they don't each much...

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DHL Peru or Fedex Peru
Replies: 20
Views: 7821

Re: DHL Peru or Fedex Peru

What were you charged from CUSTOMS; that's where your items (even with itemized receipts) - can have problems. I sent my fiancée a camera I bought at a discount chain; they tripled the price & tax accordingly. Doesn't Peru realize that if they discontinued this "nonsense"; in the long ...
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BULK SHIP TO USA...
Replies: 20
Views: 2882

BULK SHIP TO USA...

I "opened" a can of worms, I had "Roger in the US" take back several 250 g bags of coffee for me; to divide & send to my many family & friends in the US. So far so good... Now, I am getting all these requests to send more & I will not bother Roger to send small sample...
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SOLE PROPRIETOR???
Replies: 8
Views: 2734

Re: SOLE PROPRIETOR???

If one country has a 'BETTER" system to encourage start-up businesses; it shouldn't matter what that country! If they build a better mouse trap in "XYZ-land"; that's the one I want to get rid of the vermon. It is not a USA is better; but in small business encouragement & simplicit...
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WHAT R THEIR OPTIONS???
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: WHAT R THEIR OPTIONS???

What is "d.i.y."?
Where is "Dirty Harry (a TV tuff guy)" living now???

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WHAT R THEIR OPTIONS???
Replies: 5
Views: 753

WHAT R THEIR OPTIONS???

I have two (2) brothers-in-law; they live in a 3rd floor apartment with a very leaky roof. I met the absentee (not on the premise) landlord & she seemed - OK; until this problem. The "inside rain" has now caused damage to their desk top computers & she is refusing to fix the roof. ...
by Philipc4u59
Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.
Replies: 49
Views: 6880

Re: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.

I just wish people could get "high" on something other than DRUGS; many wasted lives... Young people (especially), need to find the focus in their lives; volunteer, teach, etc - NO DRUGS! I was fortunate to have spent some 35 years of my life as an athlete, coach, manager; SPORTS saved me!...
by Philipc4u59
Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 7125

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

You are making me hungry: nice selection - especially in Tarapoto (Chi Chi is the unofficial mayor). Asked him to refer me to "democratically priced" accommodations; I don't care if he owns the place or not! Chi Chi should own a tourist agency; he really promotes Tarapoto - for good reason...
by Philipc4u59
Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SOLE PROPRIETOR???
Replies: 8
Views: 2734

Re: SOLE PROPRIETOR???

Argidd,

No, he didn't mention this option; maybe I should hire YOU as my attorney.
I have found; attorneys (no matter where) - will usually suggest the most expensive way to proceed.

Thanks a lot,
Philip :roll:
PS - what nationality are you; very unique first name...
by Philipc4u59
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: SALES REPS - COFFEE...
Replies: 14
Views: 1972

Re: SALES REPS - COFFEE...

Sbaustin,

That's G-R-E-A-T!!!
Ever think of running for President of Peru???

Fantastic poster,
Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: SALES REPS - COFFEE...
Replies: 14
Views: 1972

Re: SALES REPS - COFFEE...

I have had eleven (11) people submit resumes to my "www.cafem.[email protected].com". They all have had sales experience & I will use their "experiences" to determine my 20% - more commission. I admit I don't know how much sales people make in Peru: but I will pay more to get the BES...
by Philipc4u59
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SOLE PROPRIETOR???
Replies: 8
Views: 2734

Re: SOLE PROPRIETOR???

Peru really doesn't understand (or appreciate) how a SOLE PROPRIETOR business operates. My attorney recommended a SRL - still to complicated & costly for me. Thanks for your concern & suggestion. Where do all the fees go? In the US, we used to joke "to fill another pot-hole (defect in t...
by Philipc4u59
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SOLE PROPRIETOR???
Replies: 8
Views: 2734

SOLE PROPRIETOR???

In the US; I started new ventures as a sole proprietor - using my name and SS for all the formation. Using your own name, you did not have to register a fictitious name with the town/county or state. Using your personal SS number, this was acceptable for tax purposes; not in Peru (it appears). These...
by Philipc4u59
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "Sense of humour" in Peru - do you get it ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: "Sense of humour" in Peru - do you get it ?

Benny Hill was my favorite TV program growing up; somewhat raw for that time period - but very creative.
Good posting,

Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?

You are as "old" as you "think"...
Many more years of happiness here in Peru.

Philip :roll:
PS - your posts have helped me out on many an occasion - thanks
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?

Agridd,

So now you are twenty-four (24); is that really "nostalgic"?

Be good; I enjoy your posts,
Philip :roll:
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: SALES REPS - COFFEE...
Replies: 14
Views: 1972

Re: SALES REPS - COFFEE...

To answer these questions (now that my JOBS In PERU post - has been reinstated: 1. My interview with prospective sales people will include other "consumer/food" products they have sold. Coffee is extremely easy to represent/sell; give the customer a FREE SAMPLE & let them enjoy - NO RI...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?

Iron, You are correct; I remember the CA version as being labeled "Champale"; it was OK for me (not a drinker). As far as COFFEE; this is one of the most pleasurable moments of the day, a nice steaming cup of premium coffee with maybe a pastry. I work long hours, to savor the rewards of ou...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT?
Replies: 10
Views: 922

Re: COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT?

Yes, I know that area: 1. Always go when there is plenty of "light" from the sun; criminals love the "shadows" & the night. 2. Always go with a friend or two; criminals like to take advantage of "loners". 3. Make sure you include one person that is fluent in Spanish...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 4595

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

As I have posted as a CONSUMER ADOCATE in many posts; I can share with you "horror stories" of people sending expensive cameras, computers, etc. with the actual SALES SLIP/INVOICE enclosed (with itemization - so there is proof that this is the actual price for tax purposes) & SUNAT dec...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?

Chi Chi, Not really; why do some people spend thousands of dollars for champagne from certain parts of France, when regular champagne (even from CA) is very good - BUT NOT EQUAL! People work "hard" for their money, if they enjoy & want GREAT coffee; it is their privilege & right to...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT?
Replies: 10
Views: 922

Re: COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT?

One (possibly silly) question: If this area in La Victoria is "noted" as the hot-bed for stolen auto parts; why doesn't the Peruvian government go in there - in a mass raid/similar to FBI tactics - & arrest the criminals? Are there mafia/mob influences involved or is the "envelope...
by Philipc4u59
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: ESPRESSO BARS/CAFES?

Back in the US; we had coffee houses that were "famous" for coffee & just "so-so" for espresso. Possibly it was the machinery they were using; I have always subscribed to using an Italian unit - for a beverage that they created. Just trying to steer my Canadian friend in the ...

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