Friday, January 31, 2014
I Never Thought I Would See the Day.....
I've had my house for 12 years and I never thought I would see the day when I could go on line and order from Amazon and have it show up at my door but it has happened.
I needed a travel tripod that would fit in my suitcase and not weigh too much. I have a tripod I love but it is too long and too heavy for the current luggage restrictions on airplanes. I was on line looking at tripods, thinking that I'd have to have it shipped to one of the services that brings stuff across the border when I noticed that Amazon said that the tripod was available for global shipping. Whoa! Would this be cheaper and/or faster than the local services I had used in the past? I decided to give it a try.
I placed my order on the afternoon of January 26th
The tripod shipped on January 27
January 28 it arrived in Mexico City
January 29 it left Mexico City
January 30 at 2:30 PM UPS rang my doorbell.
I paid about 10% of the cost of the item for shipping and handling but that will vary based on the size and weight of what you are ordering.
I did not have to pay any sales tax since it was being shipped outside of the USA. That saved me about 8.75% of Texas sales tax which just about did away with the cost of shipping and handling.
And then the cost to clear customs was about 18%. A little more than the usual 16 or 17% but maybe there are brokers involved.
I am amazed. I never thought I would be able to order from Amazon and have it show up at my front door in FOUR days. Besides that I really like this colorful 15" tall tripod. Red is a good color for me.