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Why this app will change shopping abroad for good

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Splitcha CEO Anthony Rushton reveals why his new and innovative app will make shopping abroad easier.

Shopping online abroad sucks. At best it sucks, at worst it is totally implausible. If like me you have wanted to send a present to a friend abroad, get some stuff for the kids sent to a villa ahead of your holiday, or indeed while you are actually there, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. It sucks.

From language problems to payment issues to long shipping delays and potential cross border charges, it can be so mind numbing that you are likely to either not bother or forget it all together.

Sign up to Splitcha and enjoy hassle-free shopping abroad.

A little while back a friend of mine in New York tried to send a remote controlled car to my eldest son for his birthday. It eventually arrived, albeit four weeks late and accompanied by a customs bill for £70. After I refused to pay the bill the present was taken away by the courier, only to be returned to our house after my friend had paid up and called me to apologise for the palaver.

On another occasion I tried to send a gift to a mate of mine in Australia. I ordered it online here in the UK, then posted it to him and it arrived seven weeks later. Oh, and it cost £35 to post it. I don’t think I’ll bother again. Which is a damn shame.

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Back in September 2018, I set about trying to fix this. After all, as a dad of two young boys I have been that guy in airports with oversized luggage, tasting baby milk at the end of the airport security line wondering why I couldn’t just buy everything I needed online and have it arrive at my villa rental. I’m glad to say that I think I now have after raiseing some cash and building the solution.

I’m now inviting those interested to sign up for the launch of our new app called Splitcha, which is launching soon. You’ll have one app, one account, and the ability to shop online across six countries on launch, as if you were a local. All you mums and dads out there can do that here.