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Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby jamesblunt1 » September 24th, 2019, 12:48 am

I heard that the costs of ordering directly with Amazon is much cheaper than a Skybox but in another thread I saw people complained about it. Anybody have comparisons to make? I believe Amazon uses DHL shipping so TTPOST wouldn’t be an issue.

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby xtech » September 24th, 2019, 1:16 pm

I have being buying stuff online and telling the shippers to send it via DHL and I Was amazed at how much I saved versus using my Skybox

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby pjfred » September 24th, 2019, 2:00 pm

Wow, can you give a breakdown of which charges were less?
xtech wrote:I have being buying stuff online and telling the shippers to send it via DHL and I Was amazed at how much I saved versus using my Skybox

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby jamesblunt1 » September 24th, 2019, 2:07 pm

xtech wrote:I have being buying stuff online and telling the shippers to send it via DHL and I Was amazed at how much I saved versus using my Skybox

So I’ve been hearing. Can you give an example of something you bought (total weight and price) and the cost to clear it with DHL?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby cryotec » September 25th, 2019, 8:54 am

jamesblunt1 wrote:
xtech wrote:I have being buying stuff online and telling the shippers to send it via DHL and I Was amazed at how much I saved versus using my Skybox

So I’ve been hearing. Can you give an example of something you bought (total weight and price) and the cost to clear it with DHL?


Amazon charge you for the custom/duty/tax bill so you don't get charged again when it clears customs. The good thing about using Amazon/DHL is that you will get a predictable tax charge - if more, Amazon eats the cost, if less, they refund you.

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Kenjo » September 25th, 2019, 8:56 am

cryotec wrote:
jamesblunt1 wrote:
xtech wrote:I have being buying stuff online and telling the shippers to send it via DHL and I Was amazed at how much I saved versus using my Skybox

So I’ve been hearing. Can you give an example of something you bought (total weight and price) and the cost to clear it with DHL?


Amazon charge you for the custom/duty/tax bill so you don't get charged again when it clears customs. The good thing about using Amazon/DHL is that you will get a predictable tax charge - if more, Amazon eats the cost, if less, they refund you.

Really , I will try it out next time though , but were the articles large where bringing via plane from DHL might be more expensive ?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby death365 » September 25th, 2019, 8:59 am

also the delivery date is super fast even with normal shipping speed. approx 3 days

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby cryotec » September 25th, 2019, 9:01 am

Kenjo wrote:
cryotec wrote:
jamesblunt1 wrote:
xtech wrote:I have being buying stuff online and telling the shippers to send it via DHL and I Was amazed at how much I saved versus using my Skybox

So I’ve been hearing. Can you give an example of something you bought (total weight and price) and the cost to clear it with DHL?


Amazon charge you for the custom/duty/tax bill so you don't get charged again when it clears customs. The good thing about using Amazon/DHL is that you will get a predictable tax charge - if more, Amazon eats the cost, if less, they refund you.

Really , I will try it out next time though , but were the articles large where bringing via plane from DHL might be more expensive ?


Generally speaking, heavier items tend to incur huge shipping costs on Amazon so it will likely be better to use skybox or better yet, seabox. However, I found some exceptions to this rule so you are better off comparing the shipping+tax prices versus what your skybox offers for each package you want to buy. I know some skybox companies tend to undervalue your package so you pay less taxes but that is a hit/miss, especially if you buy well know products where the customs officers know how much they cost.

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Phone Surgeon » September 25th, 2019, 9:16 am

if it light but valuable, cameras, jewelery,watches, game systems, etc

bring it with me

it will be cheaper than DHl and SKYBOX
will take a bit longer though

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Ted_v2 » September 26th, 2019, 6:12 am

i shipped quite a few pc parts thru amazon global shipping, which was done thru DHL, no issues. arrived on time. proper tracking thru amazon.

all fees are paid upfront, shipping tax ect. just to sign to receive.

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Postby xtech » September 27th, 2019, 10:12 am

Spent $2000 USD on a complete engine rebuild kit for my H1 Starex. Heavy kit which had Rings piston rods crankshaft crank and main bearings oil pump,water pump, cooling fan, turbo charger. Timing chain, cam shaft sprockets. Chain guides Plus full gasket kits.


Shipper sent by air via DHL from Korea took 3 days
Total Cost $1200TT to clear all that once it arrived.

Before new taxes was set up I imported a turbo through my skybox that cost about $800 to clear

Same turbo imported through Fedex $250 to clear

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby wagonrunner » September 27th, 2019, 11:07 am

What's the procedure to use DHL shipping?
just change shipping address to Trinidad & Tobago?

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Postby TrinbagoMan » September 27th, 2019, 11:22 am

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Postby Cen-Serv Ltd » September 27th, 2019, 7:49 pm

Good info..

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Postby matr1x » September 27th, 2019, 8:52 pm

Certain items qualify, but when you use it, you save a tonne

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Postby Jade_Inc. » September 27th, 2019, 8:56 pm

Ted_v2 wrote:i shipped quite a few pc parts thru amazon global shipping, which was done thru DHL, no issues. arrived on time. proper tracking thru amazon.

all fees are paid upfront, shipping tax ect. just to sign to receive.
Where do you collect the package? By your door step or by DHL office?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Ted_v2 » September 27th, 2019, 9:24 pm

Delivered to my door, however i heard they dont deliver in certain areas due to the crime rate ect

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby EFFECTIC DESIGNS » September 28th, 2019, 11:02 am

So nobody has answered the question how much cheaper are we looking at if ordering with Amazon and shipping with them?

Is it worth abandoning our local skybox?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Dave » September 28th, 2019, 11:52 am

There would be no finite answer. Too many variables to factor.

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Duane 3NE 2NR » September 28th, 2019, 12:23 pm

and it would vary from item to item. Some things may cost more or less through either one.

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby EFFECTIC DESIGNS » September 28th, 2019, 12:30 pm

What about shipping time tho? more or less the same thing with both Amazon or Skybox?

But if Amazon Prime is used tho how does it affect shipping to Trinidad?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby adnj » September 28th, 2019, 2:23 pm

Many retailers have item shipping restrictions where they will not ship to Trinidad but the same items can be shipped into Trinidad by freight forwarders.

Amazon Prime shipping is for US addresses only.Image

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby redmanjp » September 28th, 2019, 10:17 pm

Are the local customs taxes like OPT etc included in the Amazon price or you pay that separately down here?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Musical Doc » October 21st, 2019, 2:13 pm

So if I shipping something from amazon to trinidad costing $100 and it says $20 usd shipping, when it gets delivered do I have to pay anything other than the $120usd that I initially paid?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby novastar1 » October 21st, 2019, 5:03 pm

No


Amazon will make you pre pay a deposit for taxes based on their estimate.
If taxes end up more than the estimate... Amazon will absorb it
If taxes end up less... They will refund you the difference

You don't pay anything further on delivery
Musical Doc wrote:So if I shipping something from amazon to trinidad costing $100 and it says $20 usd shipping, when it gets delivered do I have to pay anything other than the $120usd that I initially paid?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby Kenjo » October 21st, 2019, 5:05 pm

novastar1 wrote:No


Amazon will make you pre pay a deposit for taxes based on their estimate.
If taxes end up more than the estimate... Amazon will absorb it
If taxes end up less... They will refund you the difference

You don't pay anything further on delivery
Musical Doc wrote:So if I shipping something from amazon to trinidad costing $100 and it says $20 usd shipping, when it gets delivered do I have to pay anything other than the $120usd that I initially paid?

Ohhh excellent . Definitely have to give it a try . Is there any fuss by amazon when you switch back and forth between account shipping addresses ?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby android79 » October 21st, 2019, 6:35 pm

wagonrunner wrote:What's the procedure to use DHL shipping?
just change shipping address to Trinidad & Tobago?
I also want to know what address you using, is it addressed to TT Post or your local address?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby novastar1 » October 21st, 2019, 8:19 pm

I only used it once

Just change shipping address to your home address in Trinidad

Limiting factor would likely be that only a few items are eligible for shipping to Trinidad
Kenjo wrote:
novastar1 wrote:No


Amazon will make you pre pay a deposit for taxes based on their estimate.
If taxes end up more than the estimate... Amazon will absorb it
If taxes end up less... They will refund you the difference

You don't pay anything further on delivery
Musical Doc wrote:So if I shipping something from amazon to trinidad costing $100 and it says $20 usd shipping, when it gets delivered do I have to pay anything other than the $120usd that I initially paid?

Ohhh excellent . Definitely have to give it a try . Is there any fuss by amazon when you switch back and forth between account shipping addresses ?

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Re: Amazon (DHL) or Skybox?

Postby daring dragoon » November 1st, 2019, 3:25 pm

i recent go an email from amazon on an purchase i made...

Undeliverable
Unfortunately, a problem occurred during shipping and we had to cancel your delivery. The package is being returned, and we will issue a refund within 3 - 5 business days after the return is processed. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.


there is no reason given. anyone ever had this experience and would amazon refund the money with no reason given ?

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