My girlfriend lives in Coronda, Santa Fe and she really needs a new cell phone, but doesn't currently have the money to buy one. I got the bright idea that I would just buy a phone here (I live in the US) and send it to her. After looking around on this forum and others, I'm starting to sense this is not the best idea after all.
I've read some old posts that said using EMS (USPS Priority Mail Express International here in the US) is a door to door service so if you have to pay customs it would be on delivery. Is that still true? This option has tracking and is supposed to arrive in 3 to 5 business days. I'm also concerned about how much they would charge if it does even get delivered. The phone is refurbished, but looks brand new and has a value of $90. If they charge her the value of the phone as a fee, I don't think she could afford that. Is there any way I could hide it, for example, could I put it in a book (I've read there are no taxes on them) and shrink wrap the book or something? or would I just be better off just sending her the money so she can buy it herself?
Any thoughts, ideas, experiences would be appreciated.