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janews77 Sep 20th, 2017 11:17

Pushkar parcel scam - Shemesh (Goyal) parcel packing
Hi there,

I was just in Pushkar and decided to send a package home to Australia. I knew the rigmarole with regards to posting items in India (ie need to find packing materials, white fabric etc) and happened upon Shemesh (Goyal) parcel services. These guys are located at the start of the bazzar if you are coming from Ajmer.

Anyway, they seemed really friendly. They provided a box and beautifully sewed my parcel closed for Rps250. they then said they would also send the package for me via India Mail for the same cost as India Mail - the bonus being that they will be a point of contact should the parcel not arrive in Australia. I thought it was too good to be true but couldnt see any holes in thier story, so proceeded to let them arrange the postage.

But of course there is a scam going on. The first is that their scales are weighted so that the packages weigh 500gms more than actual weight wehn measured at the post office "oh sorry madam. i dont know what could have happened". Also they round everything up. So my Rps250 'servce fee' was closer to rps600.

I was vigilent and insisted on seeing the actual India Post ticket before i left Jaipur - which is how i discovered i had been ripped off, but im sure there are many many tourists who just trust them and leave thier packages and dont check the actual weight/postage costs.

Going with these guys is still a damn site cheaper than courier, but i will let you know if my package arrives in Oz. Also the post office is only 100meters away so i would next time preference getting them to pack it and then taking it tothe post office myself.


aarosh Sep 20th, 2017 11:31

What was the total weight of the parcel and what was the total cost you paid them including the box and stitching charges?

As per the charges for Australia are Rs 510/- for parcel under 250 gms and every additional 250 gms is Rs 83/-.

janews77 Sep 20th, 2017 12:05

Hi there,

I paid them 2600 for the postage of my parcel. IN addition i paid 250 for the packing. So 2850 all up. The receipt they received from India post stated my parcel actually cost 2237 to send which is consistent with other parcels i have sent from here over the last few months. Every other time i have sent something home i have taken it to India Post myself which is why i knew to insist on seeing the receipt before i left. Usually they just text/email the tracking number to the recipient.

aarosh Sep 20th, 2017 12:24

I learned a lesson today thanks to you. If some thing looks too good to be true irrespective with or without any holes I will avoid that thing in the future.

snotty Sep 20th, 2017 12:30


Originally Posted by aarosh (Post 2057572)
I learned a lesson today thanks to you. If some thing looks too good to be true irrespective with or without any holes I will avoid that thing in the future.


Low interest loans, free entry for lucky draw at petrol pumps - don't even bother paying attention.
And that is not to say I have not been conned. Low price advertisement in a local publication - only to realize that the publication and the contact number both went dead within a couple of months with the advertisement gone with them.

janews77 Sep 20th, 2017 12:35


I know. its just every now and then i like to give someone the benefit of the doubt. I knew that i would be able to see exactly what they paid for postage by seeing the reciept, but i so badly wanted them to not be dodgy. oh well. :rolleyes:

aarosh Sep 20th, 2017 12:41

Once an ex-colleague of mine had gone for dinner to a restaurant near my work place. There were a couple with a kid stopping passer by and telling a story about how they want to return to their native place and they don't have money to go. He gave them a couple of 100s. A couple of days later when we were on our way to the dinner he saw them at the exact same spot repeating the story.

He said that henceforth he would avoid such people and there could be a chance that a genuine person could go with out help.

We should give benefit of doubt, no doubt. However that is an individuals prerogative. Any which ways in tourist areas every tourist, especially a foreign one, is considered to be a walking ATM where the amount that could be withdrawn depends on the skill of the person. If the tourist is better they shell out less or no money, if the local is better they are able to shell out money.

RahulDeva Sep 20th, 2017 13:19

Thats one of the oldest scam targeted at us natives. In pune their is an old couple which frequents the stations along pune lonavala local route. Whenever they approached me or someone near me, I would say 'dada you took money yesterday also' and they would suddenly remember some urgent work.

I always like to trust people. But sadly have to be on my guard all the time. Whenever it drops I lose money.

Nick-H Sep 20th, 2017 15:24

What do locals pay for the packing and stitching?

I've only had this cloth-wrap/stitch done once, and the post office people did it for us. But we knew the postmaster and were getting personal service. The stitching was done as a favour and we just tipped the person who did it.

janews77 Sep 20th, 2017 16:29

Not sure what the local rate is although when i was at Delhi GPO i saw an indian couple get a large box wrapped for Rps150 and then the guy tried to charge me Rps500. I got him down to 200 but it took some time and some work.

I like to trust people but here it is definitley put to the test. Having said that i have met some wonderful kind, generous souls who have been really lovely for no reason or with no motive and even these guys in Pushkar - they were lovely and felt really open but just had a little bit of dodge going on on the side. lolz. :rolleyes:

Nick-H Sep 20th, 2017 17:22

Whilst some people may be just out to empty your pocket, with others, they want to maximise the financial gain, but it's not personal. Auto drivers, for instance, once the money thing is done, can be amazingly helpful and kind.

janews77 Sep 20th, 2017 19:05

Ive actually really enjoyed my Auto interactions. To me, the difference between 50rps and 100rps is negligible so i usually halve what they say but then agree to whatever comes up. and some of them have been lovely! and kind. i would say they are one of my highlights of India and dont know why everyone gets so down on them.

RahulDeva Sep 20th, 2017 19:31

No idea. As haven't done it. But wouldn't pay more than 100-150

Nick-H Sep 20th, 2017 20:49

There are auto drivers among my friends but...

Originally Posted by janews77 (Post 2057644)
i would say they are one of my highlights of India and dont know why everyone gets so down on them. is also true that one of the reasons I bought my own car was because I was fed up with the perpetual haggling.

OldandRambling Sep 20th, 2017 23:17

I remember sending a parcel back to UK in 1983. We had the same "sew it up and put sealing wax in the thread" business, but the real fun started when we went back to post it... The office only had low denomination postage stamps, we had to glue dozens of stamps to every surface to make up the postage value!

Happy memories!


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