DHL - sending things back home

#1 Nov 5th, 2007, 13:38
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We have just returned from 5 weeks in Rajasthan & Kerala.
While there we bought a couple of rugs near Jodphur & some bedspreads & other things from another emporium in Jodphur. Both were very professional & organised. The bedspreads etc I bought, cost A$90 to send home with DHL. They had all the shipping forms at the shop. The rugs cost A$30 to send DHL.
When we came home, both parcels had been posted with Indian post (airmail), not DHL. So $52 from the bedspreads they kept & same with the rugs.
We also sent a DHL parcel ourselves, which was tracked & arrived safely.
This must happen all the time, so if possible do your own sending with DHL before paying someone who has no intention of doing it.
While we were there a tourist bus of Australians came through also. I can't imagine how many times this happens! Any money you think you've saved through a bit of haggling they probably get back with interest! Not bad eh!
I am still very happy with what we bought but never again!
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Think about it this way: now you know you can send your parcels via Indian Post, save a lot of money, and still get your goodies.
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DHL vs posting

I was so impressed the way the posted parcels were sewn up & secured. I would recommend posting any day. It was a Sunday & we were leaving. We thought it would be better but as I said, we were just happy to get our things. It is really just beware of this little scam.
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That is very bad. This sort of dishonesty leaves a bad taste in the mouth and does nothing for the reputation of India.

Maybe an idea to insist that anyone who agrees to courier, rather than post, stuff, does so in your presence, or gives you the documentation.

It is a good lesson, though: courier is expensive, post is usually fine!
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if you were in a hurry, remember it takes a while to post stuff by india post, as it is quite a protracted process including waiting for the parcel to be sewn up.

the concept of you handing it over with the money and them taking care of it from there is foreign to them.

it was all part of the experience though

edit: i think the reason you hang around is proof they put it in there and didn't take it home.
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I mostly send parcels from Puri; there's a tailor by the post office who will sew up the parcels for Rs 100, and he makes sure there's a plastic bag or two inside to protect the contents. Maybe it takes an hour -- depending on whatever projects he's got.

At the post office, I seldom have had to wait -- they are nice to older women there.... and very helpful with the decision of what class to send it by.
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I rather thought that this business of having parcels sewn up was something that only happened in guide books these days!

I haven't sent very many things, but have never had this done, even with a biggish package of a number of clothes.

Perhaps for more valuable articles?

And I'm not kind to older women to jump the queue in the post office!!!!!!!
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i sent two parcels back from darjeeling and mumbai post offices, they both had a fair bit of stuff in them, worth good money, and they sewed them up.

took ages. i nearly missed my plane in mumbai as a result
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I rather thought that this business of having parcels sewn up was something that only happened in guide books these days!

I haven't sent very many things, but have never had this done, even with a biggish package of a number of clothes.

Perhaps for more valuable articles?

And I'm not kind to older women to jump the queue in the post office!!!!!!!
Sewing is less for protection of items than it is as an anti-tampering device. India post is notorious for pilfering of contents of parcels
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I think even that is somewhat out of date.

Although my IndiaMike Tee Shirts never arrived!
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I've worked on a few film productions that shot partially in the US and partially in India, and we received many a package that had been sewn. This is as of 2 years ago, anyway. I always wondered what that was about.
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I once had a seamail parcel opened by Indian customs (the book inside must have felt like a kilo of banned substance); they sewed it back up, put sealing wax with their own stamp on it, and sent it on its way to me!
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I once had a proper tin box made for me (it's a great bazaar where they made them; can't remember its name, but there are all things of tin imaginable!), and went to Delhi main post office to send it. That's an experience! First we needed to go to the customs (3rd floor, 20kgs), open the boxes, and have a clerance; then we had to wait ages to have the boxes weighed; then we had to have our own cloth and thread - of course we didn't, so we went to buy for them. After that we had to sew the boxes in ourselves -in the meanwhile the lights went off, of course- and finally managed to send them...After six weeks in my own home town customs office they were quite curious to see what's in there -and I think they might have been a bit disappointed to see only my old socks, pyjamas and some books . Next parcel I had sent by and office in Paharganj opposite my hotel -everything was hassle free, cheap and easy. They never sent me the tracing code by email as they promised, but fortuntaly the parcel arrived without any trouble.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I rather thought that this business of having parcels sewn up was something that only happened in guide books these days!
I see it as part of the (reluctant) process of starting homewards.



This time I took photos each step of the way , maybe I┤ll get around to post the post photos on my blog later on.
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My girlfriend and I EACH bought a larger piece of pottery in Jaipur and had them shipped back by the shop. Hers came stitched up around the box (burlap) and mine did not!! I was quite bummed to arrive home and find a BORING cardboard box with normal packing tape, after seeing her more exotic burlap and green thread stitched box. Having said that, her item was chipped and MINE WAS NOT. Hmmmmmmm
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