Laptops in the USA are cheaper than they are in India, says an article in The Telegraph. The reason for this is that American companies like Google, Dell, Microsoft, etc., selling in their home country, have to pay tax once.
On the other hand, when they sell in India, they pay sales tax and import duty in India and income tax in the US. Moreover, non-US companies like Lenovo, HTC, Asus, etc., prefer to export large numbers of their laptops to the USA compared to India, helping them sell to US retailers at a lower rate.
The good news, however, is that you can easily send laptops throughout the world, including India, from the United States, using a shipping company or a parcel service. Here’s a look at the 10 ten options.
Ways to Send a Laptop from USA to India
If you have a friend or family member living in America, they can carry the laptop along with their luggage, when making their way to India. This is indeed the cheapest yet most trustworthy means to send a laptop to India since there is no additional fee, like delivery charges, associated.
Import Through a Logistics-Based Startup
Logistics-based startups, like Speedbox, operating through a mobile app and offering affordable rates, can have your parcel picked up and delivered anywhere in the world, through their effortless shipping options.
DHL, operating in over 220 countries and territories across the globe, is part of the world’s leading postal and logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group. They have very advanced warehousing services that, other than storage, include packaging and repairs as well. With DHL, you can be absolutely sure of your laptop reaching India safely.
FedEx shipping service provides time-definite and customs-cleared delivery, typically in 3 business days. The shipment is also backed up by the FedEx money-back guarantee. FedEx offers a simple tool to obtain a rate quote and determine the expected delivery date of your laptop to India and the time for your shipment.
UPS is one of the three biggest shipping carriers in the USA. It really becomes economical to ship via UPS if your package exceeds 3 pounds. An average laptop weighs somewhere around 5 pounds. You can track your package to find out exactly where it is through its journey.
Bombino Express, operating between India, the USA, the UK, the Middle East, and the rest of the world, is also known to deliver electronic items, including laptops, from the USA to India, without any additional cost.
A package and mail forwarding service like USA Box is by far the cheapest and safest way to send a laptop from the US to India through a logistics service. Other than providing 100% free insurance, they will also check for damage and repacking on request to make sure you receive your laptop in good condition.
Another package and mail forwarding service, Shop USA is specially meant for those who shop from online stores in the US and want to ship their purchase to India.
Shipping to 60 countries, Borderlinx includes repackaging and consolidating multiple packages.
Things to be Mindful of When Sending Laptop to India
1. Get your laptop insured
Since your laptop is a valuable asset, you should get it insured against any possible damage during the shipping process. This will give you peace of mind and also protect your investment.
2. Use a reliable shipping company
There are many shipping companies that offer laptop shipping services. However, not all of them are reliable. Make sure to do your research and choose a reputable shipping company that offers good customer service and has a good track record.
3. Pack your laptop properly
Proper packing is essential to ensure that your laptop arrives safely in India. Make sure to use a sturdy box and padding to protect your laptop from damage during transit.
4. Track your shipment
Once you have shipped your laptop, make sure to track the shipment so that you know when it will arrive in India. This will help you plan accordingly and be prepared to receive your laptop.
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If you got questions, please let me know in the comments.
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