How to Order Cooking Stuff from Amazon without the Hassle of the Philippine Post OfficeAugust 12, 2018
- Dwight CoWords
There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to buying cookware here in the Philippines. There’s usually a vast sea of locally-branded clunky China cookware in department stores and a few extremely over-marked-up American or European brands in specialty stores like Gourdo’s, which makes buying cooking stuff a painful experience in the Philippines.
But if you’re like me who can’t stand low-quality cookware because it’s dangerous, ruins your food and requires replacing every few months, you can actually get your cooking stuff from Amazon for a lot cheaper including shipping costs. In fact, a few months ago, we bought a whole line of Calphalon pots and pans from Amazon that we got for about half the price of what Gourdo’s is selling it for. During that time, one item was on sale at 30% off at a local retailer, but the regular retail price at Amazon was still about 20% cheaper than the discounted price.
So why is this happening?
Retailers like Gourdo’s can’t usually store large amounts of cookware because they’re expensive so they don’t get sold easily resulting in a surplus in inventory. Because of this, they usually get these specialty items in relatively small amounts, which makes it expensive for them as well. Add to that their standard mark-up and you’ve got yourself a bad deal.
So, how do we do this?
The first reason why most Filipinos feel that shopping in Amazon isn’t worth it is because they usually ship their Amazon orders straight to their homes. This method usually bloats costs in through three ways: (1) the full Amazon shipping costs, (2) the added local tax and (3) the hassles of picking your order up from the post office. Now, there’s a smarter way to go about this if you want to save money.
The secret is to use A micro shipping services like PO Box, a company that specializes in shipping a few small items from the US to the Philippines. Here’s how they work:
- PO Box has a US address that you can ship to if you order something online.
- Via shipping lines, PO Box will bring your product to their warehouse in the Philippines.
- From their warehouse, they’ll deliver the product straight to your home.
- Their shipping fee is based on size, not weight. This means that small items will have lower shipping costs versus big ones. A box the size of a 10 inch pan will cost less than 1,000 pesos in shipping.
With this process, these two big headaches will be solved:
- Your US Shipping will be free because Amazon usually doesn’t charge for shipping within the US.
- You will not have to go through local government units because PO Box will handle this from their end.
However, there are some drawbacks:
- It will take about 30 to 60 days for your product to reach our shores.
- Not all products are cheaper in Amazon. Some retailers here can match the international retail price.
Disclaimer: I’ve never actually used PO Box as I use another friend’s shipping service (but I heard it’s very reliable.) I didn’t put my friend’s company here because I don’t know its name and it doesn’t have a website so I usually contact him directly through his mobile phone. If you need his contact information, I can send you a DM via twitter.
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