Posta Plus, an alternative to Aramex ShopNShip and DHL Boderlinx opened a mailbox service in UAE (more about them here). I once ordered a memory card using their freight forwarding service and it cost me KD 3.500 which was less than what Aramex would charge at minimum cost. Aramex on the other hand just opened a mailbox service in Istanbul, Turkey. I guess a lot of women can finally order original DVD’s of their favourite never-ending turkish shows?
Service Hero lets you vote for the brands you’ve had experience with. It’s consumer-driven and for a change your voice will be heard. I attended a presentation about service hero a few days back explaining what they do and why they do it. Companies are slowly acknowledging the consumers voice and they don’t have a choice any more. Service Hero helps take that leap.
- Voting for your favourable brands
- Support the brands that offer the best experience so everyone else knows about them
- Reward the brands for being the best when it comes to the consumer experience, first place gets to show off they made it to the top.
- Voting for your least favourable brand
- Help consumers avoid brands with bad services
- If you fill up a bad review with details, Service Hero will likely email that brand your information and problem. So you might get your problem solved sooner than you think
I noticed Caribou has already started pushing consumers to vote. A smart move to boost the rating ‘legally’. Some brands are fully backing service hero and its concept, some are okay with it and other brands are trying to completely ignore it. With social media booming locally, ignoring complaints is no longer an option.
- Documents/Letters: Any type of document won’t be charged by customs, documents usually come in envelopes.
If for some reason the document is heavy then this might be a different issueheavy stuff gets the same treatment
- Laptops: Luckily all laptops don’t have customs fee, which makes shipping costs much cheaper since you also don’t get to pay the %5 cost of the total price
- Mobiles: All mobile devices won’t have a 5% fee from customs, these include iPhones and Android devices
- Computer accessories: Not all but most computer accessories are exempt from customs fee. You can call your freight forwarding service to check before ordering
- iPads: The reason iPads don’t have a custom fee is because they are similar to laptops. They’re between laptops and computers. All iPad generations have no custom cost. All others tablets have a customs fee
- DVD/CD: DVD’s were one of the only things people use to order online back in the day a decade ago. They’re still custom-free.
- Magazines/Books: All magazines and books are custom free, of course banned magazines/books will still be banned.
Note: You still have to pay KD 2 customs fee when using aramex but not the 5% fee. Other freight forwarding services may also have extra custom charges for getting your shipment cleared.
Make sure the person your purchasing from clearly states what you are buying in the invoice so you won’t get a customs charge. If have more insight on this feel free to share.
Update: Added two more
After I posted “Aramex No More” I was later contacted by an Aramex staff member. He wanted to meet up for coffee and offer more insight about the incident that took place where my shipment ended up in Qatar. So we met up in Caribou and had a pretty long discussion, a little less than 4 hours long.
It turns out the package which was sent to the wrong user whom shared the same family name. The receipt Aramex saw is not the same one that was attached to the box. The one they were provided with did not have the KWI code so they had to search the system by the shipment package name.
After searching, they could only find one match which was the guy in Qatar. Reason being was because the family name was written slightly differently. I think Aramex should have further investigated the issue because only the family name matched, the first name did not. Even though now that I know it wasn’t Aramex’s fault completely I do think they could have done a lot more confirmation before sending the shipment.
The guy I met with was Murad Bdair (Customer Account Team Leader). I think I was the 3rd blogger to meet up with him. He’s a great understanding knowledgeable guy that is willing to help any one that has any problems with their shipments or Aramex overall. You can reach him by calling Aramex and asking for him or sending an email to Murad.Bdair@aramex.com.
I guess I’ll give Aramex another chance, though I just got my first PostaPlus shipment that cost KD 3.5, way less than Aramex’s minimum charge.
Wataniya Telecom were kind enough to give me a Blackberry Bold 9900 with a 1 month free internet subscription. So I’ll be reviewing the device. Should be interesting since the device focuses heavily on both the physical keyboard and the touch screen. I’ll also be testing some games out because I heard they have improved immensely.
Update: Review: Blackberry Bold 9900
Comic artist Manu Cornet depicted a pretty good explanation showing difference between open source and closed source. Often we fall in the argument of these sources whilst not really knowing what they mean exactly. In very simple and brief terms, Open Source is when a company makes something then gives you the tools and source code to make it yourself. Closed source is pretty much the opposite.[Open Source][Closed Source]
I decided to go completely green and wash my car with environment friendly products. They use the simple technique of spray on, rub gently then wipe off. This brings the advantage of not needing to use water. That’s why they offer cleaning your car anywhere, including where you work. To see details about the type of sprays they use click here.
They first start off with a heavy air blower to extract all the dust that was gathered through time. Never knew what a dusty mess my car was until he turned it on. But I’m not to blame, with Kuwait’s weather a dustless car is no where to be seen.
The workers take their job very delicately. His brush reminded me of The Jurassic Park, where they would use a very similar brush to brush away dust off dinosaur bones. The brush really helps dust away those annoying small spots where all the dust gathers up but you’ve never really bothered doing anything about it.
After gently spraying and rubbing the exterior the shine turned out amazing. The car had a lot more reflection than when it did while washed by water. They also added a protection spray from dust that lasts between 3-7 days, dependent on the weather. Waterless carwash prices starts from 5KD for a Sedan and 6KD for an SUV. My package cost 8KD because of the extra protection.
Waless #: 90010110
After the recent unprecedented sandstorm that took place in Kuwait, I have vowed to review a home car wash service. I’ve been using Wash Away’s service for a while now and I love everything about it. The idea is instead of driving all the way to a car wash, the car wash comes to you. Also a great service for lazy people, myself included.
As you can tell they clean using everything the normal car wash service offers. They bring their own water pump and pipe to do the cleaning. It’s amazing what they find under the seats and stuff I forgot about. And at the end everything they find they will rap in one white bag for you to take.
Their prices are surprisingly cheap starting from as low as 3KD for exterior cleaning. For both interior and exterior cleaning they charge 5KD. For those who have old cars with leather seats you can add the option of cleaning the leather using a special spray that will make it shine like new. This will add an extra 2.5KD making the total 7.5KD.
Wash Away #: 55588817