5 Mail & Parcel Forwarding Services For International Shoppers
After telling you how to access US web stores that restrict international access, you must be reeling with excitement to purchase some of their geeky products… only to find that those stores don’t ship internationally.
Well fret not, we’ve searched the Internet and scoured forums to find these 5 reliable forwarding services that will help you ship the item you bought from a US web store to your door step.
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Most of these services operate by giving you a unique ‘US address’ to key in when purchasing something from a US store. Once the forwarding company receives your item, it’ll then be forwarded to you. Of course there is an extra price to pay for this shipping service, but it still beats the price you pay for purchasing with a local retailer.
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With a free Borderlinx account, you’ll get a US and UK address you can use while online shopping. Their main courier is DHL which is very reliable. Their service also includes repackaging and consolidating multiple packages to save you money.
HopShopGo is powered by the forwarding service ComGateway, and features a BuyForMe service where they can purchase items for you. There is also a useful time & cost calculator that you can use to estimate when you will receive your package. Other services include repackaging your item so the shipping is cheaper and consolidating multiple packages to be shipped together.
Upon registering for vPost, you’ll receive addresses for US, Japan and Europe which means you can shop from the websites there. vPost however only ships to 5 countries: Singapore, Australia, India, Malaysia and Thailand.
Because they only ship to these 5 countries, they sometimes have shipping discounts when you pay with a local credit card. Their services include a shipping calculator and the ability to consolidate multiple purchases before shipping it together to your address.
Shipito doubles as a storage space for you and will ship out your wares using the shopping method you chose. By registering for an account with them, you will get email notification when your purchases arrive there.
They will keep it for 90 days max and will send it to you as individual packages or consolidate a few before shipping them based on which service plan you opt for. Consolidated packages can earn you savings so although it costs $50 a year or $10 a month, it is probably more worth it if you have a lot of purchases.
MyUS has 3 types of accounts consisting of a standard (for the occasional buyer) and 2 premium (with monthly fee) accounts (one for consolidating packages, the other with mail and catalogs included).
With the standard account you can’t chose for when the packages are shipped – they are shipped automatically by the service. With the Premium accounts you can ask them to hold shipping. To buy, just put their address as the secondary ship to or billing account, or get a Personal Shopper to do the buying for you.
Brian is a Mass Communication graduate with a passion for everything related to technology, minimalistic designs, and every kind of gadgetry.