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Need help shipping a Laptop internatioanlly for cheap?

KiLLAJaTT 2,677 2,290 January 2, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I need to ship cpl very expensive laptops to INDIA and i was wondering what are my options?? I've not bought the laptop yet but I'll be buying them from Hp.com or dell.com and both don't ship internationally Frown.

should i go with USPS, UPS or FedEx maybe DHL??? ..any experiences with these services or any other service for international shipping ?

Don't care how long it takes to get there as long it gets there.
Looking for the cheapest route.
anyone heard of (or used)
www.bongous.com
or
http://www.opas.com/


please don't reply with messages like take it with me to next trip to India (Cuz that is totally not an option otherwise i would've never asked this question)

thanks a lot. will rep each response +4

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For sure you want to send it with a large carrier than provides a tracking number - DHL, Fedex, UPS, etc. Shipping to India can be VERY tricky - I've had machines stuck in customs for months because Indian Customs was not happy with our paperwork. Shipping laptops is a huge gamble as well - be sure to insure it at its full amount, as those tend to actually disappear in customs.

You will pay a lot, it will take a long time to get there and I'd give it about a 50% chance of never showing up at all - that's why everyone will tell you to find someone to carry it there. My company has operations in many countries, and India is one of the places where we just don't ship laptops to - too risky and expensive.
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If you are sending the laptop for personal use, then be prepared to pay heavy custom duty in India or else they won't release it.
For business purpose, I guess Jeffbx answered it already
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For sure you want to send it with a large carrier than provides a tracking number - DHL, Fedex, UPS, etc. Shipping to India can be VERY tricky - I've had machines stuck in customs for months because Indian Customs was not happy with our paperwork. Shipping laptops is a huge gamble as well - be sure to insure it at its full amount, as those tend to actually disappear in customs.

You will pay a lot, it will take a long time to get there and I'd give it about a 50% chance of never showing up at all - that's why everyone will tell you to find someone to carry it there. My company has operations in many countries, and India is one of the places where we just don't ship laptops to - too risky and expensive.
lol, obvi

Either it will (50%) or it won't (50%).
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What I mean by that is we've had about a 50% failure rate in sending machines to India - only about half of them made it to the final destination. As opposed to say, Canada, where 99+% make it with no issues.
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For sure you want to send it with a large carrier than provides a tracking number - DHL, Fedex, UPS, etc. Shipping to India can be VERY tricky - I've had machines stuck in customs for months because Indian Customs was not happy with our paperwork. Shipping laptops is a huge gamble as well - be sure to insure it at its full amount, as those tend to actually disappear in customs.

You will pay a lot, it will take a long time to get there and I'd give it about a 50% chance of never showing up at all - that's why everyone will tell you to find someone to carry it there. My company has operations in many countries, and India is one of the places where we just don't ship laptops to - too risky and expensive.
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If you are sending the laptop for personal use, then be prepared to pay heavy custom duty in India or else they won't release it.
For business purpose, I guess Jeffbx answered it already
reps to all 3 of you. Smilie I'm still looking for more advice though
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No use in bumping the thread. There is no other way. If there was/is, every other indian will start sending cheap laptops from US so they can sell in India (not saying that you want to do it).

If the laptops are expensive and you dont want to pay high customs:
1. Find someone going to India and ask them if they will be willing to take your laptop
2. Book a trip yourself (might be cheaper than paying customs)

Although both the above options limit 1 laptop per person but that can be avoided if you know someone at the airport.
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No use in bumping the thread. There is no other way. If there was/is, every other indian will start sending cheap laptops from US so they can sell in India (not saying that you want to do it).

If the laptops are expensive and you dont want to pay high customs:
1. Find someone going to India and ask them if they will be willing to take your laptop
2. Book a trip yourself (might be cheaper than paying customs)

Although both the above options limit 1 laptop per person but that can be avoided if you know someone at the airport.
Sounds like you need reported to DHS.
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Quote from Avi View Post :
No use in bumping the thread. There is no other way. If there was/is, every other indian will start sending cheap laptops from US so they can sell in India (not saying that you want to do it).

If the laptops are expensive and you dont want to pay high customs:
1. Find someone going to India and ask them if they will be willing to take your laptop
2. Book a trip yourself (might be cheaper than paying customs)

Although both the above options limit 1 laptop per person but that can be avoided if you know someone at the airport.
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Sounds like you need reported to DHS.
thanks anyway guys . reps
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What can I bring to India to help defray my travel (medical) costs ?
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You should check out Manyship (just google it). It is an online community of trusted travelers and senders. You may be responsible for customs duty, and it seems like another way of you not taking a trip to the US.
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