Grabr is a peer to peer international delivery service in which travelers deliver items from one part of the world to shoppers in another. Shoppers can either post requests for items they want from other parts of the world, or browse to see what travelers are already carrying with them. Similarly, travelers either browse to see what shoppers are already asking for, or post items they can bring. Cheese, clothes, electronics, etc are just a couple of the basic or luxury items frequently delivered between countries through Grabr.
Award amounts are agreed on between travelers and shoppers. The minimum reward is $5.
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How To Use It:
Creating an account as a traveler is easy and free. You can browse grab offers from shoppers or make a posting yourself. You can sign up for alerts to relevant offers.
Once contact between you and a buyer is made, agree on the award amount for delivering the item, and arrange for a time and place to meet. A buyer pays once the order is confirmed, but the money is held by Grabr in an escrow system until you successfully deliver. You will need to use your own funds to purchase items, but will have a full reimbursement along with your reward once delivery is made. Buyers cannot cancel once an order is en route. If they don’t show up when you arrive, you still get paid.
You can also apply to be a part of the Travel Squad, which is a sort of elite courier club. Grabr pays for your trip, and you bring a higher bulk of items to different locations. Acceptance to this program can take some time and availability to new members varies.
Best practice: If you really want to make money with Grabr, bring a lot of items at once to a location with high demand. Five bucks for a quick delivery is nice, but in some cases it’s possible to cover the costs of your entire trip. Regions with the highest traffic are South East Asia, Latin America, and Russia, though there are orders in other regions as well.
- Travelers earn for delivering items to locations they are likely already going to anyways, and shoppers get goods at the original price.
- It’s possible to pick up many items and deliver them in one place, maximizing earnings. Grabr encourages this, displaying how much you can earn by delivering to different cities. Grabr claims that travelers have been known to cover the costs of their entire trip delivering with their service.
- Travelers can negotiate their reward beforehand, which is handy when delivering hard to obtain or expensive items.
- There’s a peer rating system, meaning you can choose to pick shoppers or travelers others have already vouched for.
- Well designed, easy to use platform.
- You must have the money up front to buy items in order to deliver and get paid.
- Grabr doesn’t have a large community yet, the service is rather new. The service seems to be largely focused on movement between a couple of key regions.
Things To Know:
- It’s highly recommended to look up customs fees for the countries you are traveling to, and include them in your delivery offer. Grabr encourages you to contact their support if there is an unexpected fee, so they can contact the shopper and ask them to cover it.
- First payment takes 7 days after delivery. After that all payments take 3-4 days.
- Be aware of situations in which complicated logistics could creep into the equation. Get very clear directions for finding the item, and where to find the buyer. GPS is your friend.