Today’s Killer Startup: Carry
“Carry is an online peer to peer marketplace that connects people who need to ship things with travelers who can carry packages for them.”
Why It’s A Killer Startup
As someone who has lived the majority of the past three years in countries other than my home country, the United States, I know firsthand what a pain in the butt it is to try to get certain items when you’re living abroad. Some countries have super high import taxes that don’t allow for specific foreign goods to get through, while others have such dysfunctional/expensive mail systems that you can’t even think of getting anything shipped.
Carry solves all of those pain points by connecting folks who are traveling with people who need things shipped. The two-sided marketplace allows travelers to post their trips and offer to be carriers or for people to post what they want brought to them. It’s a win-win situation: people living overseas get their goods and folks traveling can make a little extra cash.
Carriers also get to set the price of each transaction, which the shippers agree to before the trip. They can also refuse to carry any item they’re uncomfortable carrying and the site clearly stipulates what is and isn’t legal, according to both the TSA and USPS. Finally, all packages must be inspected by the carrier before they embark, in order to ensure that everything is there – and that there isn’t anything that shouldn’t be.
The possibilities for what can be shipped range from the latest iPhone to your winter clothing that mom said she’d send before she realized just how far away Argentina is. (Thanks again, Mom.) Carry is also a great way for people to make a little extra money on expensive overseas trips, offsetting high airline prices and accommodation costs.
Want to make a few extra $$ on your next overseas trip? Sign up to be a carrier with #Carry http://www.gocarry.it/