International shipping to USA and prices?

#1 Feb 15th, 2018, 01:29
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From Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, or Varanasi? Or how would I know if itís legit and safe.
What are the general prices for shipping?
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International shipping to USA and prices?

You can check out the "Speedpost" prices on the India Post website.

We have the major international couriers like DHL. Probably, with a bit of weight/size guessing, you can get an estimate from their sites too.

From my experience of sending small packages to UK, I'm afraid that the general answer is "more than you think."
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And if you are shipping precious but very heavy items like books, boo hoo..
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Time and cost required for package to US

A package I shipped on Speedpost from Ellora, Maharashtra, on about December 4, to Summertown, Tennessee, arrived there on May 10 (we started making inquiries on May 6, when we learned it had not arrived). 157 days is a new record; perhaps they did not notice that they never sent it....
I recommend BlueDart. I have had better luck with couriers than with postal service. However, even a major courier service can encounter delays, such as strikes. One deciding factor in both directions is making sure the customs details are correct, including a way for customs to inspect the contents without destroying the packaging (or contents). A mango vendor with signs saying "we ship everywhere" - was lying. My mangoes rotted in some customs godown without leaving the country. Pity.
Every courier has a rate calculator on their website. It pays to shop around, and to ship from a major city. I was quoted (by TNT) US$250 for a ONE kilo box to get to the US... That's Rs 16,300/. There are also websites that compare pricing from various vendors, including post and couriers. Good luck!
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International shipping to USA and prices?

There is always something that will go astray or take an age, courier or post. Recently, an Aliexpress purchase was apparently still in flight after several weeks. When got around to being impatient, the seller sent me the order again. They also let me know, later, that the package had found its way back to them: hope it wasn't a passenger plane!

I trust important things to speedpost. I suppose I courier valuable things. Even speedpost, international, is expensive these days. Last time I couriered a Christmas gift (not large or heavy) to UK, it cost over Rs.4k and still took a week. Speedpost usually manages 7-10 days to UK
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post There is always something that will go astray or take an age, courier or post. Recently, an Aliexpress purchase was apparently still in flight after several weeks. When got around to being impatient, the seller sent me the order again. They also let me know, later, that the package had found its way back to them: hope it wasn't a passenger plane!

I trust important things to speedpost. I suppose I courier valuable things. Even speedpost, international, is expensive these days. Last time I couriered a Christmas gift (not large or heavy) to UK, it cost over Rs.4k and still took a week. Speedpost usually manages 7-10 days to UK
Slightly off topic, within India. Have you tried ordering from Amazon.In yet? They advertise 'We ship anywhere in India' (although individual vendors there often have restrictions). Outside cities, they commend shipments to local motorcycle couriers. My experience has been that the courier receives the package in some nearby city and calls you to come pick it up there. Several exasperating experiences like that later, I avoid Amazon, although in the US I used it frequently... especially as a source for Indian groceries. One package did get from Pune to Ahmednagar... a few times... and I texted the guy detailed maps and directions... but it took several months before he carried it the last 20 miles, by which time I had left the country.
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By way of anecdotal evidence - Postcard via regular international post sent from hikkim (altitude 14400ft) arrived within the month at Miami, FL. Cost INR 50/- . There's a week's time built in as all post is collected by the postman who rides his bicycle to Kaza weekly.
Never bothered with groceries online as quality much better at the nearby Mandi (fresh fruit and produce market). Must reach by seven am as all worthwhile produce sells out by nine thirty and too many cows post that to navigate comfortably.
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Originally Posted by kathill View Post Slightly off topic, within India. Have you tried ordering from Amazon.In yet? ... ... ...
I shop online a lot. I started with Flipkart when it was actually an online bookshop. For some reason, of which I'm not entirely sure, I now do most of my online shopping with Amazon.in. And yes, that's regularly and often, and has included higher-priced items such as phones and cameras. Even Amazon.in global items works, with pricing including duties, but can be expensive. I've also shopped from .uk and .com.

In the beginning, couriers had great difficulty finding our house and street, even though it is less than 10km from the centre of Chennai. Now, what with two or three apartments and larger houses having been built, it is pretty-much known to all, whether they have been here before or not.

I've had no problems with returns either.

Having said that, my impression is that the service offered by Amazon.in differs from Amazon.com.

I don't really want every-day stuff bought this way: I prefer to support local shops. But If I cannot get something, I've bought it from BigBasket.

The worst online shopping experience I have had in ages was yesterday: GWR, a British railway company. I'd already made one booking but didn't know the return date. Trying to book the return, the site could not load the final payments page. The online-chat support amounted to, "sorry it doesn't work: you can buy by phone." . Well, thankfully there is more than one online source of UK train tickets.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I shop online a lot. I started with Flipkart when it was actually an online bookshop. For some reason, of which I'm not entirely sure, I now do most of my online shopping with Amazon.in. And yes, that's regularly and often, and has included higher-priced items such as phones and cameras. Even Amazon.in global items works, with pricing including duties, but can be expensive. I've also shopped from .uk and .com.

In the beginning, couriers had great difficulty finding our house and street, even though it is less than 10km from the centre of Chennai. Now, what with two or three apartments and larger houses having been built, it is pretty-much known to all, whether they have been here before or not.

I've had no problems with returns either.

Having said that, my impression is that the service offered by Amazon.in differs from Amazon.com.

I don't really want every-day stuff bought this way: I prefer to support local shops. But If I cannot get something, I've bought it from BigBasket.
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Interesting! I have not tried Big Basket, will look there next. Trying to find cat toys!!!! None in Aurangabad, though no prob finding cat food and kitty litter. (I also prefer to shop local... in fact, I prefer to eat things grown within a few miles.) The list of items I "need" and can't buy in India is getting shorter, but I miss the convenience of Amazon when I need a critical electronic part the next day, especially now that the city is an hour away. Have had little success with FlipKart so far.
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Last time I tried to use Flipkart, it was not even technically stable: search crashes and page-not-founds. As India pioneers, you would think they could do better than that. I used to remind myself that I preferred to support an Indian company in India, but now... Walmart. So I tend to stick with Amazon anyway.

Electronics I don't do, so if I needed some resistor or capacitor in a hurry, I don't know what I'd do. Well, OK. I'd buy locally, and I think there is an electronics shop nearby that sells components. But... online? Hmmm... Did your know that RS Components has an Indian presence? Link. I have bought one or two things from them. I don't think it took ages, even if shipped from UK.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Last time I tried to use Flipkart, it was not even technically stable: search crashes and page-not-founds. As India pioneers, you would think they could do better than that. I used to remind myself that I preferred to support an Indian company in India, but now... Walmart. So I tend to stick with Amazon anyway.

Electronics I don't do, so if I needed some resistor or capacitor in a hurry, I don't know what I'd do. Well, OK. I'd buy locally, and I think there is an electronics shop nearby that sells components. But... online? Hmmm... Did your know that RS Components has an Indian presence? Link. I have bought one or two things from them. I don't think it took ages, even if shipped from UK.
By "electronics," I usually mean stuff for my computer habit. I have two iMacs (old and new), a MacBook Pro, an iPad, an Apple TV, an iPhone (no SIM) and a Samsung phone, a Jio dongle, and an Epson printer. There seems to be a periodic need for a charging cord, data cord, replacement mouse, power converter/adapter, something comes up every few months. (Especially as cats chew on cords while I am sleeping.) There are electronics shops in Aurangabad, but only the Samsung phone is easy to get a cord for. Local Apple resellers are clueless, make bad recommendations, are unfamiliar with the products... they tried to "set up" my new iMac before delivery, causing me hours of damage-control work, angst, and ultimately, code-writing, after I unpacked it. My printer needs an ink pad and has been missing in action more than a month... It is for this sort of thing I used to use Amazon. =sigh= Life in the USA made me spoiled, I know!
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I have not had to shop outside of India for a cable in living memory! I'm surprised Amazon.in does not satisfy, but sure, there is always something. I will certainly have a shopping list for my upcoming UK trip. In fact, my Amazon.co.uk wishlist has a few things on it already, one or two of which I could certainly buy here... at twice the price.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I have not had to shop outside of India for a cable in living memory! I'm surprised Amazon.in does not satisfy, but sure, there is always something. I will certainly have a shopping list for my upcoming UK trip. In fact, my Amazon.co.uk wishlist has a few things on it already, one or two of which I could certainly buy here... at twice the price.
Yes, when my daughter visits, she will have a whole suitcase of stuff from my Amazon wishlist. Including cat toys. And, yes, I can buy an Apple cord in Aurangabad, but inconveniently (more than an hour's drive away, which kinda kills a workday) and expensively (inflated prices), whereas, in the US with Amazon, it would arrive in less than 24 hours at a discount price and I wouldn't have to get out of my pajamas! Spoiled AND lazy.
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I just ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon.








I will let you know.....
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Ahh... definitive results on the way!

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