Traveler’s Electronics Delivery Service

Every traveler carries a vast array of electronics with them — and they spend a lot of money on those electronics. Some of those gadgets aren’t readily available abroad (like Kindle’s), or are vastly more expensive due to taxes on goods imported. Why doesn’t someone start a business where by they use the network of global travelers leaving for trips to deliver needed electronics to travelers already abroad?

You’d have to build an intricate delivery system that allows travelers to meet in person for the delivery, or use hostels or some other local business as a drop-off/pick up destination.

For example, I’d happily deliver a Kindle from the states to someone in Asia/Africa/Europe/etc if I was on my way there anyway and it wasn’t out of my way to deliver the Kindle — particularly if I got a small delivery fee, or a discount on some other electronics equipment in return.

Would you use the service to buy electronics? And actually, the more I think about it, the more I think it wouldn’t even have to be limited to electronics — it could be anything such as a special shampoo, medication, an important document, etc.

What do you think? Good idea or crap?

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About Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon, a private couchsurfing app enabling you to stay with someone you trust on your next trip. He worked for from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder and managing editor of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. He is passionate about traveling..currently in Seattle.
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  • SpeacialK77

    I must be missing something but isnt that what the FedEx is for?

    • Drew Meyers

      Yes, but Fedex is damn expensive. There are already travelers criss crossing the globe that could do it cheaper…at least that’s my hunch.