Mail Forwarding Service
"Have Items Shipped from US and UK to Your International Address"
Mail Forwarding Service is heaven-sent for you who wants to access all "good stuff" in US and UK stores! Doesn't it bother you that all the nice clothes we see in magazines and internet come from stores that aren't in your country? Not to mention that they don't ship worldwide?
Now whether you're a frequent international traveler, a fashionista who loves online shopping or someone who just wants to save money international shipping then I believe mail forwarding services will be the best shopping solution for you :-D
With a mail forwarding service you can start receiving packages from your favorite US or UK fashion store, such as Macy's, Old Navy, Gap, eBay and many, many more!
Use this service to:
This page will provide you with easy-to-understand information on how mail forwarding services work and how you can benefit from using such paid service. Also, I've gathered some of the best mail forwarding services in US and UK that I think are the best for online shopping addicts (like me!) ;)
So How Does Mail Forwarding Service Work?You basically pay to set up and rent a virtual mail box/street address which you will be referring to when ordering online. The people behind this service are assigned to have the items delivered to your current street address anywhere in this world!
Tip: You can also share your account with friends and family but some charge a small fee for this service.
But by sharing you'll actually save a lot of money. So tell your close ones about this unique service,
or keep it a secret and have them envy you for your new
clothes and accessories that can't be bought in your country ;-)
How Much Do You Have to Expect to Pay?It depends on the weight, size and how fast you want to get you package/mail. Plus, you'll have to expect to pay for the shipping from the store to your virtual address, and for the delivery from your virtual address to your current address.
Tip: You can save money on shipping by using Free Shipping-coupon code when checking-out on the shopping site. Make sure you stop my shopping coupons and deals-section.
The neat thing about most mail forwarding services is that they can
consolidate your items into one box so that you can have all the items you ordered separately packed in one "package" to save you money,
unless you instruct them otherwise. Some do it for free and others charge a small fee for this feature, I'll let you know who does further down this page.
You Can Lower the Customs, Taxes and Tariffs Costs with Mail Forwarding ServiceYou will be responsible for any customs, taxes or tariffs and each country has restrictions on what items can be shipped to you. Fortunately, most mail forwarding services offer to prepare the commercial invoice based on the information that you provide.
You can decide what item description and value is appropriate on the shipments contents. This value could be retail price, wholesale price, or any other value you feel is truly reasonable.
Note: Most of the items you buy for $40 or 50 a piece are bought in bulks and at wholesale prices. A store often purchases items as low as $2 (which is the real value) and sell them for $50 and sometimes $100 a piece! I know this from experience after working for retail stores ;-)
Use this information to fill out the declaration note with a true and legal value while minimizing your cost. However, remember to do this wisely and ethically. If you for example buy a laptop for $1000 and declare the value at $100 don't expect people to think it's believable :)
UPDATE: This may only apply US and not UK mail forwarding services. Contact your UK mail forwarder before signing up and ask about how you can create a customs declaration document!
How to StartYou've made up your mind and want to sign up for a mail forwarding service account. How do you start?
Here are the 3 important steps:1) Sign up!
Very easy but you have to make sure you've carefully chosen your membership type. If you scroll further down you'll find 3 mail forwarding service companies which I've examined closely.
Here are some guidelines on how to choose the right mail forwarding service:
2) Add the secondary billing address.
This is a must if you want to buy from a store that only accepts US or UK credit cards.
Now once you receive your virtual address, contact your credit card company and add it as a secondary ship-to or secondary billing address. Now, when you make purchases from US or UK. retailers, your shipping address will match your records on file with the credit card company.
All credit card companies should allow you to add the secondary address. If you encounter any difficulties, I suggest you speak to a manager at the card company.
If you are still having trouble adding the address, then you should consider purchasing through the mail forwarding service's personal shopper/assisted
This one is required for anyone who wants to receive packages/mail from the U.S.
It is required by the United States Postal Service for your mail forwarding service to be able to act as your agent for the purpose of receiving mail and packages.
Form 1583 is a
legal requirement and they can't waive it under any circumstance. It is required for you to send it by snail-mail. However, some companies such as MYUS
offer the opportunity to have it sent through email or fax.
Best Mail Forwarding Service AgenciesI've carefully examined 3 different mail forwarding services in the US (more is on the way), based on shipping options, special features and prices. I recommend all 3 but you have to decide for yourself which one is the best for your needs.
Note: 'Fuel surcharges' (determined by international standards) will apply (a new rule in many countries).
They offer 3 types of memberships depending on how frequent you shop; standard, premium and premium+mail. They offer DHL and Fedex Priority for super-fast shipping in 3-5 days.
Sign Up Fee: $15- 23 depending on your choice of membership (Just Mail, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum)
Click here to learn more about MyUS
They offer 5 types of memberships; Just Mail, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and are based on how frequent you would want them to send your items. The bronze membership requires only a one set-up fee, however the other types have a monthly fee. They ship your items through UPS, Fedex or DHL.
Sign Up Fee: 15- $23US depending on your choice of membership (Just Mail, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum)
Click here to learn more about USA2Me
Shipito (Best Value for Your Bucks!)
They offer three membership types; Individual, Virtual Mailbox and Virtual Mailbox Premium. You have option of having the parcel shipped with USPS Priority, Express, Flat Rate (box and envelope), Fedex or Shipito Air Mail.
Sign Up Fee: None.
Click here to learn more about Shipito
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