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Old 19th July 2007, 19:39   #31
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Now that definately is useful News!
Realiability of these personal warehouse type shippers? Had any personal experience?
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Old 19th July 2007, 19:49   #32
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Now that definately is useful News!
Realiability of these personal warehouse type shippers? Had any personal experience?
Indeed it is very useful, I had used the services of one such mailforwarding companies based in Houston (it's a multimillion $ company doing just this business) once, just subscribed for one month, 4 yrs back in 2003. Got some Fabric Shavers, Lint Rollers, some winter clothes, a pair of UGGs (items only shipped in US, and shipped to their Houston warehouse address) everything neatly arranged in a package and shipped, delivered to me before date by DHL. I just wanted to test if they really work. Well, they work fine.
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Bought many things but that time Wife was in US so address given of US and taken things without paying anything in India as bangalore custome guys are decent enough to allow 1-1 items like one dvd, one cam, one handy cam, 5-10 watches etc.
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Books, DVD's etc. are not charged any duty. Other items I'm not sure off. I think they are held at the post office where you have to go and pay the duty to collect it. Not sure though. Waiting for any first hand experience from someone.
rtech, if i am right, goods if they are held then it will be customs. they contact you over phone and ask you make payment before they release.

In some cases, customs call the buyer to seek clarification on the product, if they find it suspicious.

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rtech, if i am right, goods if they are held then it will be customs. they contact you over phone and ask you make payment before they release.

In some cases, customs call the buyer to seek clarification on the product
, if they find it suspicious.

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Customs are only obliged to write you a letter. If you are fortunate, then you might receive their letter/postcard.

It's only professional shipping companies like DHL or UPS who will call you if the customs duty is too great like runs into thousands of dollars and you agree to be charged for it. In most cases they will charge the customs amount to your a/c and will collect the amount during the delivery.
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Make sure that the item is insured for the full amount when shipped from abroad to India.The customs people know that FedEx/DHL etc insures the goods and if they take it or "LOSE" it ,then the courier agency will pay the customer.But the agencies will pay you only what you declared as the value of the item.

One do not have to pay duty on item priced below 100USD,but anything more will attract a duty of 30-38%.I got my watch from singapore by courier and was slapped with a 30% duty on the mentioned price.Hence it is better not to recieve watches costing more than 150 USD from abroad through courier.

I have no personal experience regarding electronic items,but I think the same kind of rules apply.

Fed Ex will call you if the item is slapped with a hefty duty.If you are Ok with it,they will release it and you can pay the duty at their office.

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Amazing! I ordered a watch on Amazon on the evening of the 19th and I received it at my doorstep last afternoon (27th). 8 days for an International delivery via regular USPS. Beautiful!
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I want to purchase an electric item from Amazon and when wanting to check out, got the message that they don't ship to India.

Is there a workable alternative that anyone can suggest?
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I want to purchase an electric item from Amazon and when wanting to check out, got the message that they don't ship to India.

Is there a workable alternative that anyone can suggest?
I have been getting regular emails from ICICI Bank about this company: https://www.vpostasia.com/india/index.html (I have never used them though, so can't comment about their service) - this might be a viable alternative if you do not have any friends in the US.
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Try this: Theitdepot - India's First Online IT Store

I ordered couple of electronic items on Friday, got it today, very safely packed too, took me 10 minutes to open it.
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Thanks ajay. Let me know if there are any more sites like this.

Samurai: I will keep that site in mind when am buying a electronic item. The product that I am looking to purchase is not available anywhere in India. It is Braun 7 Series 790cc pulsonic shaver.
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Try this: Theitdepot - India's First Online IT Store

I ordered couple of electronic items on Friday, got it today, very safely packed too, took me 10 minutes to open it.
Sharath superb and a gazillion thanks. They have what I was looking for from AMD.
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Sharath, the prices are on the higher side when compared to TheItWares or your friendly neighborhood vendor. Upto 1K excluding shipping charges.

For ex. ITDepot is selling AMD Phenom-2 X4 at 11900 whereas the same thing is selling at ITwares at 10950. Both are inclusive of taxes but ITwares charges a nominal shipping fees to send it across India or if someone picks it up from Mumbai, then no charges / upto 100/-.

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Try this: Theitdepot - India's First Online IT Store

I ordered couple of electronic items on Friday, got it today, very safely packed too, took me 10 minutes to open it.
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Amazing! I ordered a watch on Amazon on the evening of the 19th and I received it at my doorstep last afternoon (27th). 8 days for an International delivery via regular USPS. Beautiful!
reviving an old post.
Do we need to pay duty if we buy a watch around 130.00$.
And can we pay with our icici or citibank credit card?
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reviving an old post.
Do we need to pay duty if we buy a watch around 130.00$.
And can we pay with our icici or citibank credit card?
I've used my ICICI/HDFC/Amex cards while shopping on Amazon. But everytime the delivery was in the US.
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