Any reviews of PPOBox.com or iShopInternational?


prateekS

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IIRC, NJ has 7% tax while NY has 8.75%.

If it is a high value purchase directly from a site, it is better to use Hopshopgo as their address lies in a tax-free state. I however always prefer PPOBox.
I was giving approx %, just to prove its not tax free.

You use ppobox, coz u have special account :p
 
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prateekS

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I hate PPOBOX :( , they did not give me repack option -_-

Please be careful while dealing with PPOBOX , they are not transparent , and do not show how they got the 22lbs volumetric weight figure.Though i am not in loss , but this hefty invoice reduced the discount by a lot...


Item Type: Computer_accessories_Peripherals

Package Weight : 8.6 lbs (actual)

Shipped from: www.com
Insurance: You have opted to insure this package
This package will be shipped to:

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Total fees for shipment are below:

Item Actual Weight Including Volumetric (lbs.): 22lbs(charged on 18lbs)
ICC Shipping, Handling & Clearance Fees: Rs. 7,263
Insurance Fees: Rs. 79.2

Customs Duty: Rs. 630


Service Tax: Rs. 898
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Total Due: 8,869
 

tufel

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I hate PPOBOX :( , they did not give me repack option -_-

Please be careful while dealing with PPOBOX , they are not transparent , and do not show how they got the 22lbs volumetric weight figure.Though i am not in loss , but this hefty invoice reduced the discount by a lot...


Item Type: Computer_accessories_Peripherals

Package Weight : 8.6 lbs (actual)

Shipped from: www.com
Insurance: You have opted to insure this package
This package will be shipped to:

-------------------------------,
........................

Total fees for shipment are below:

Item Actual Weight Including Volumetric (lbs.): 22lbs(charged on 18lbs)
ICC Shipping, Handling & Clearance Fees: Rs. 7,263
Insurance Fees: Rs. 79.2

Customs Duty: Rs. 630


Service Tax: Rs. 898
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total Due: 8,869
If you mind me asking, what did you order? And how much were you expecting to see in terms of charges?
 

prateekS

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If you mind me asking, what did you order? And how much were you expecting to see in terms of charges?

Ups website tracking showed weight as 8.6 lbs.

But these guys got volumetric weight as 22lbs.

Package contains few mousepads,mice, earphones etc..

Was expecting around 5k max.
 

tufel

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Ups website tracking showed weight as 8.6 lbs.

But these guys got volumetric weight as 22lbs.

Package contains few mousepads,mice, earphones etc..

Was expecting around 5k max.
That's a rip off! Is there anything you can do now?
 

kuduku

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Thats why i use ppobox very less for big items . Same thing they did to me when i had ordered a tablet and laptop . USPS weight were different and their volumetric weight ripped me .
Thats why generally use ishop these days . Bought BIC F12 with ishop 50% off shipping . it weighs 50lbs
 

prateekS

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Thats why i use ppobox very less for big items . Same thing they did to me when i had ordered a tablet and laptop . USPS weight were different and their volumetric weight ripped me .
Thats why generally use ishop these days . Bought BIC F12 with ishop 50% off shipping . it weighs 50lbs

Well i had asked ishop for a quote , and they give me one , i paid , their cards did not work on the seller's websites...after 3 days of trying , deals were over , got back refund in 5 days. But ishop total cost was 5k lesser than what it cost me.

Anyways i got the package right now , i measured the package , its dimensions are 65*39*20 and according to their calculator , they didnt cheat me by charging me extra , but they are charging too much due to this volumetric weight business , im thinking of trying Shopandship now....these DHL and Fedex ****ers are applying Octroi to imported packages too , so have to stop using HopShopGo too , from now on its ishop or shopandship.

Here is the PPOBOX calculator , which i tried after measuring dimensions myself.


Weight (lbs) 8.60

Vol. Dimensions (cms)
(approx. size of the box)length width height
65 39 20
Shipping Price & Clearance $114.7 Shipping Price & Clearance (INR) Rs.7341
Estimated Customs Charges$10.11 Estimated Custom Charges (INR) Rs.647

Service Tax @ 12.36% Rs.907.35
Total Estimated Charges$124.81
Total Estimated Charges(INR) Rs.8895.35
 

eternoMind

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@prateekS, if you remember I too had similar doubts when importing the B&N NST through PPO but in the end the box which B&N used was itself quite large and hence the cost was justified. So in that sense PPO is quite clear when it says only the higher of the two (between volumetric and actual weight) will be taken into account. Bad luck, sure. Cheating, not quite. If anything, it's better if boxes/packaging of as less as possible volumes/dimensions are used. We can make sure of that in case buying from individual sellers but have no control over that aspect when buying from institutional sellers.

Speaking of which, has your NST shipment arrived?
Also, octroi still being levied in Mumbai? Wasn't it given the boot in October this year?
 

prateekS

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@prateekS, if you remember I too had similar doubts when importing the B&N NST through PPO but in the end the box which B&N used was itself quite large and hence the cost was justified. So in that sense PPO is quite clear when it says only the higher of the two (between volumetric and actual weight) will be taken into account. Bad luck, sure. Cheating, not quite. If anything, it's better if boxes/packaging of as less as possible volumes/dimensions are used. We can make sure of that in case buying from individual sellers but have no control over that aspect when buying from institutional sellers.

Speaking of which, has your NST shipment arrived?
Also, octroi still being levied in Mumbai? Wasn't it given the boot in October this year?

Yes it has arrived, and no octroi still being levied, it's is supposedly abolished in pune..
 

prateekS

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:)

Does seem like that!

You didn't mention duty. That and how much was landing cost per device?
The info would be useful when trying to order anything next time around from PPO.
Ill update the info on the NST thread soon...going off topic here :)
 

rdst_1

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That's why I opted for a Professional account with these guys right from the start. Last week one of my packages was huge as well but I got the option to get it repackaged and was charged only for 4lb instead of the 8lb that the box actually weighed volumetrically
 

prateekS

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That's why I opted for a Professional account with these guys right from the start. Last week one of my packages was huge as well but I got the option to get it repackaged and was charged only for 4lb instead of the 8lb that the box actually weighed volumetrically
And i should have asked for your help before placing my order :(
 

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