Global Car Rental for World Travel: Renting a Car for Worldwide Travel

If you are seeking car rental for worldwide travel, whether in South Africa to use in the country or are a South African with the need to hire a car elsewhere in the world for a holiday or for business, then there are global car rental services that are able to meet your requirements. Booking a car for collection in London, UK, is just as easy as renting a vehicle to drive in Cape Town.

If you intend visiting South Africa for business or even a honeymoon, then it is important that you have your car pre-booked, ready to collect at the airport. If not, then you will likely find yourself in a long queue at the car hire desk, assuming you weren’t quick enough off the plane to get near the front.

You might also be disappointed in your choice, because the best cars at the major South African airports are often snapped up quickly and you will just have to take what you get. The benefit of using a global car rental online booking system is that it doesn’t matter where you are when you use it, or where you want to collect your car, you will be able to make your booking and pay for it online.

Whether you are a South Africa with a need for a car in Pretoria or New York, or an Australian traveling to the UK, you can book your car online and have it ready for you to collect when you arrive at the airport. You can usually find some great car hire deals when you book your car this way, and also a fabulous choice of vehicles and car hire firms. The one service can frequently offer you a range of cars available in your class from a wide range of hire companies – you are not restricted to just the one as you would be if you used the website of any specific car rental firm.

You can also arrange to have your car driven to you at arrivals, so you have no need to visit the desk to pick up the keys. More time saved! You can also order a self-drive or chauffeured service, particularly useful if you have a disability. Another benefit of using an online global car rental service is that you can prearrange to drop off the car at a different destination than you collected it. That is useful if you have a long distance to drive one-way, and are flying back from a different airport.

You can check up each of the services offered to you by the booking service and select from those that offer this service. However, the one benefit that most users of global car rental agencies consider the most compelling is the ability to select the best car available at an economical price. You are no longer restricted to the cheapest an individual car rental firm can offer you, but you have wide choice of options.

For example, if you are based in London want to pick up your car at Cape Town International and drop it off a week later at Pretoria you are offered a range of 20 cars along with all their specifications at a number of prices, from lowest to highest. These are available from a range of car rental firms that can offer this particular service. You can then choose the car that fits your needs at the lowest available price.

There is no other way to achieve this using just one form. You can pay it either all in advance or just a deposit when you book according to the terms of the car rental firm. You can also choose options online, such as SatNav or child’s seat, so you have no problems with any of that when you collect your car. Everything you need can be arranged in advance, so all you do on arrival at the airport is to pick up the car – you may have to pay the balance of the rental cost or arrange to pay that in advance.

Renting a car for worldwide travel is a simply task using a global car rental booking form, because such online services take a note of your requirements then carry out a worldwide search for vehicles that meet your needs that are available at your choice of pick-up destination.

The beauty of such global car rental services is that you can do it all online, no matter where in the world you are based or where you want to collect and drop off your car. If you want to collect your car at London Heathrow and drop it off in Glasgow, Scotland, then you have 60 vehicles to choose from.

This is without doubt the best and easiest way to book a car no matter where in the world you are and where in the world you want collect it and drop it off. Renting a car for worldwide travel has never been easier than by using a global car rental service online.

The Diamond Pipeline: A Breakdown of the World Travels of Diamonds, and Who Pays the Bill

The fine jewelry industry seems to be perpetually filled with notorious mark-ups and yet what appear to be constant blow out sales. Diamonds fall directly into this mysterious game of price shopping, and sale hunting. How is it that a jewelry sales person seems to always be able to pull out a calculator and knock down the already 60% off price of a diamond engagement ring another few notches? Who is getting the good deal: are diamonds truly as expensive as they appear?

At the retail end of the diamond spectrum, diamonds truly are as expensive as they appear, but why? If a diamond’s market value is less than it’s retail value, where is the money going? In order to get an idea of what goes into the price ticket on a diamond at your local jeweler, it is important to understand how a diamond gets into the showcase to begin with.

By the time a diamond reaches your local jeweler, it has already traveled around the world. The majority of diamonds are mined in only six of the world’s countries: Botswana, Russia, South Africa, Angola, Namibia and Australia. Rough diamonds are immediately graded for their value when they initially are extracted from the mine by a “diamond valuator” (Diamond Consultants, 2012). The valuator looks at each rough diamond for their size, color, quality, shape, and cuttability. Each rough diamond has the potential to be cut into a multitude of different polished diamonds, and thus are separated into up to “12,000 different categories in preparation for sale” (Diamond Consultants, 2012).

Following the valuation and sorting, rough diamonds are cut and polished into high quality light reflecting stones. The majority of large mining companies own manufacturing and distributing branches. Thus, “the production and distribution of diamonds is largely consolidated in the hands of a few key players” (Diamond Consultants, 2012). These gem-quality rough diamonds are distributed to one of two main cutting and processing centers in the world.

Chances are high that the rough diamond will travel to India, where 60% of rough diamonds are cut and polished, or to Israel, which cuts and polishes 14% of the global diamond supply (Diamond Consultants, 2012). Cutters, also known as “diamonaries” will cut each rough diamond into a new polished version. Polished diamonds now have unique and specific characteristics that are entirely their own including their shape, color, clarity and new carat weight.

From the manufacturer, the new polished diamond will make its way into the hands of a wholesaler. The wholesaler will then supply small jewelers and large corporations alike with their diamond inventory to be mounted and sold to the consumer. This step in the diamond pipeline is more complex than its predecessors because it is specifically consumer driven. As long as the demand for diamonds is high, and consumers are willing to pay a premium for these stones, they will be delivered in a luxurious box with an exclusive price ticket. It is worth noting that on a global scale, the United States forms the predominate market in the polished diamond industry making up 45% of all diamond retail sales (Diamond Consultants, 2012).

The diamond pipeline is an extensive one, and by the time a polished diamond hits a jewelers showcase, all of the individuals who have had a hand in crafting that stone need to make a profit. With the purchase of a diamond, the consumer foots the entire bill as well as profit margins for all people who have invested time and money into that diamond. As an example, consider this: diamonds out of the mine cost $800-1200 per carat; however by the time it gets to the consumer it has become a $7000-8500 piece of jewelry.

Each time a diamond changes hands the new holder is responsible for the profits of their predecessor, finally resting upon the consumer.

This extremely high mark up has come down in recent years, with the increase in direct sales to the public. Wholesalers and Internet diamond sellers are able to sell a diamond at a reduced rate due to the lack of a large inventory, and relatively low overhead costs. Looking at the big picture on a small scale, for every dollar a wholesaler pays a cutter or manufacturer for stones, they will sell the product for $1.30. In comparison, for every dollar a brick and mortar jewelry store hands a supplier, they sell their items for $2.00-$2.50 (O’Neill, 2012). This is where the calculator comes in, and the sales person starts knocking off a percentage here, and one there, to make it appear that the consumer is getting a bargain.

While the consumer may not be able to avoid the tour of the world a diamond takes, they may be able to avoid the high mark up of the jewelers by buying a diamond directly from a wholesaler. It is important to remember that if one is ever in the position to sell a diamond, it’s value drops back down the pyramid to between the polished and wholesale state. Not because it has depreciated in value, but because the consumer has now become the supplier rather than the jeweler with the calculator.

Written by Anne Johnson, Managing Director at MJ Gabel