Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:38

VIDEO Interview: Cuzin, social shopping that lets you buy anything from anywhere


Ever wanted to buy something from the US, whether online or from a store, but the store didn’t ship to Australia, didn’t accept our credit cards or was only available in-store?

Cuzin. It’s a social shopping site that uses crowdsourced personal shoppers in other countries to buy the things you want and then send them to your door.

Sure, there are already companies that do this - PriceUSA is one, Reship is another - even Australia Post has a service that lets you buy things from overseas and have them shipped to Australia.

But what if you want to buy from other countries? Or save on the very high shipping costs that you’re often hit with to send something to Australia?

Or what if you want to follow a particular personal shopper overseas with an affinity, a real eye for the stuff you’re interested in, and who can, through the Cuzin app, alert you to an opportunity they’ve uncovered?

Just post your ‘want’ to Cuzin’s site, and what you’re prepared to pay for it (taking into account exchange rates), and Cuzin’s personal shoppers will get back to you with offers, which might even involve getting something to you at a better price than you expected.

And, given that Cuzin’s personal shoppers can go to great lengths to take photos, try things on for size issues and make sure you’re getting exactly what you want, you might want to pay extra to accommodate particular needs and desires.

It’s something that makes shopping more personal than ever, opens up the world of products and services to you no matter where you live, and it even works the other way around.

For example, you might be able to source something in Australia and which people overseas are interested in buying, or you might be in Sydney and be able to source products for people living in country towns in Australia who don’t have the breadth and depth of shopping experiences available to Sydneysiders or Melbournites.

Cuzin is all of this and more, and it takes the whole buying of things overseas and shipping them to your door to a whole new socially-enhanced level.

We spoke to Cuzin’s Co-Founder and CEO, Shaun Greenblo, to find out about him, about Cuzin and what makes it different, what made him think of the idea (which revolves around his actual cousin in Los Angeles), what it has been like to helm what is now a successful startup, how Cuzin and personal shoppers make money, how you can get anything you want fro anywhere in the world, Cuzin’s expansion plans and plenty more.

Here’s our interview - more details follow afterwards, so please read on!

So, want to know exactly how it all works?

Cuzin’s ‘How it Works’ page has all the details, in detail

And what about that Channel 7 news item we spoke of in the interview?

Well, you can watch it right here. 

Finally, here’s Cuzin’s own video explaining how it all works.

CUZIN Explainer Video from CUZIN on Vimeo.

So, if you ever need a virtual cousin to help you buy that item from overseas that you really want which isn’t available in Australia, or which can only be purchased at retail, or can be purchased from Australia but has really high shipping rates, or has some other limitation that prevents you from just buying it yourself … Cuzin hopes its shopping service will have you buzzing!

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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