Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Backpack Shopping

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My kids' backpacks are all dead! So I decided I wanted to get new ones, and after much research, I decided to get Jansport bags, as they are super reliable and have an excellent lifetime guarantee!

So I checked local stores that carry them, and then I checked Amazon. And guess what?! I found some that are priced well, and at the time of posting, were eligible for free shipping to Israel with a $49 purchase:

Jansport Big Student Backpack 34L backpack (has a lot of pockets and can hold a computer!) -- some colors DO NOT ship free, so check carefully!

Jansport Cool Student Backpack 34L backpack (these are similar to the ones above but have a leather bottom - some may have a vegan leather bottom)

Jansport Cortland Backpacks are a little smaller than the ones above (25L)

And there are so many color options and a few other styles that ship here too!

And lately, my orders have USUALLY arrived well ahead of schedule - they seem to be building in a lot of extra delivery time to cover worst case scenarios, but most packages arrive much faster.

Amazon's prices change frequently but they're really great about letting you know if an item in your cart has changed price - so if you found one and deliberated about it, you'll know if something changed when you decide to complete your purchase.

Sometimes free shipping offers disappear, so please check carefully before you order. Just remember - you can avoid VAT and other import fees by staying below the $75 tax threshold for any single order! If you do go over, as you will if you're buying a computer, you will see exactly what you'll pay in taxes at checkout. I only do this if I'm actually buying a product that costs more than $75. And I don't add any other small things to these orders, because once you're over, you're over and you'll pay fees on the entire order.

For smaller purchases, I place separate orders that each total under $75.

If you're in the USA and buying a gift for someone in Israel, please follow those guidelines, too - or be prepared to prepay all taxes and fees. You'll see them before you checkout, so don't worry about surprises. You will need to enter the recipient's ID number at checkout too, so the package can clear customs.

Hope you found this helpful! If yes, be sure to find me on Facebook and join my shopping groups (here and here)!

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