We have a shopping hack for you today. We all know that laptops in the US are much cheaper than in other countries, and there is often a much wider selection of them. But not every online store sends its goods to all corners of the world. But there are package forwarding services like Planet Express. We’ve been a little bit hesitant because we didn’t meet with similar service yet. But we were very surprised to find out what opportunities Planet Express opens.
We also negotiated a $5 discount code for you – read the article until the end.
How Planet Express Works?
Planet Express Shipping is a US-based company from sunny California where it also has its warehouse. The package forwarding service works in 3 simple steps:
- You make an account on their website and pay a $5 deposit. This amount is later added as your shipping credit, so you don’t have to worry about losing the money.
- Then, you will get a US address with a unique suite ID number. According to this number, the incoming packages will be connected to your account and stored in the Planet Express warehouse.
Example of the US address:
17224 S. Figueroa Street #A1111
Gardena, CA 90248, USA
- To this address you can order laptops from different US stores, for example, Amazon, BestBuy, NewEgg, and so on (tips for online stores you can find in their blog post).
The Planet Express account is free in the Free Package Plan (your packages will be stored for 10 days for free at their warehouse). If you want to save more money on shipping use consolidation (see more info below), you will have to upgrade your account to the Consolidated package plan. It costs $10 per month or $50 per year and your packages will be stored for up to 45 days for free.
What Is The Package Consolidation?
If you order from multiple stores, you can use package consolidation service. They will make 1 package from 5 (for example). This saves you even more money because Planet Express workers ty to minimalize the dimensions of the final package and also its weight.
One of the great advantages of Planet Express service is the opportunities it brings – you can order laptops that are US exclusive only, or for lower prices. In addition, postage via Planet Express is much cheaper than if you were looking for your own courier. It is thanks to the large volume of packages that this company sends. So they can negotiate better prices with carriers such as DHL, FedEx, USPS, or Aramex.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Laptop?
To give you a better idea of the shipping costs, I will give you an example. Let’s say you want to order a smartphone that fits into a box of dimensions 50x40x15 cm and will weigh up to 3 kg.
Prices for the shipping 50x40x15 cm package (3 kg) to India. The price has been calculated 11.1.2019.
You can calculate the postage cost in advance using the postage calculator. It is an awesome tool. It estimates prices and even the delivery time. The cost of postage depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight and the delivery method you choose – the faster, the more expensive of course.
For cheaper goods, the company recommends Planet Mail Economy, Planet Mail Express, and USPS methods. If you want to ship a laptop, use carriers like DHL and FedEx and add the insurance.
What About Customs?
Keep in mind that even with Planet Express, you will not be able to avoid customs duties for 100 %. Basically, it depends on whether your package is checked by customs officers or not. India has no de minimis value. This means that you have to pay duties and taxes from every imported package checked by the customs.
Don’t You Have Enough Time? Use Shop For Me
Shop For Me is a very handful service. If you don’t have enough time or you do not know how to proceed the order of the laptop, just place a request in the Planet Express administration, and their employees order the goods for you. Shop for me service is charged ($5 + 7% of the total order to cover bank charges).
Shop For Me form in the Planet Express administration.
You can use Shop For Me if you are able to pay in US dollars only (in a specific store). You recharge your Planet Express credit (with Indian rupee) and Planet Express will buy the things for you (using American dollars). How cool is that?
Starting A New Business In The US? Try Fulfillment
Currently, it is very popular to use service called fulfilment. You can rent a space in the warehouse – just send your goods to Planet Express warehouse and they will take care of everything from storage to order dispatching. So, if you’re thinking about running your own online store, we recommend visiting their fulfillment page.
Is Planet Express Trustworthy?
Planet Express Trustpilot.com reviews.
Feel free to share this service with your family and friends and you can earn extra money ($5 for every customer that sends the package with Planet Express) with their affiliate program.
PS: The promo code is WINDOWS. Fill it in their administration system in “Redeem voucher” tab to get 5$ off to your first order.