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We all know about the shipping restrictions on Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Apple Store etc. They don’t just have shipping restrictions but also payment restrictions; some don’t want to accept our credit cards while others simply say we accept PayPal only! Then there is the inevitable delivery restriction that so many countries believe in enforcing…
We have already talked about how one can get a decent payment solution in our post of Virtual Debit Cards and we have also covered how to buy items from Google Play Store of your choice, but here we will focus on getting the packages forwarded to you from websites that don’t allow shipping outside USA or UK or the country of your choice.
How Parcel Forwarding Services Really Work
These services simply give you an address when you sign up with them. Once you have signed up with them, you can use that shipping address at Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, stores etc to ship your purchases to your new address. Depending on the level of service they provide, the forwarding company will ship these purchases to you in your home country at your designated address.
USA Parcel Forwarding Services
Stackry is a highly recommended parcel forwarding service. They’ve been in business for over five years and known to us for four. The free address Stackry provides is in Nashua, USA which is a tax-free zone. You also get 45 days of storage in their warehouse after which there is a small charge of $1/lb/day. For those who are unable to make purchases online, they offer personal shopper services at 8.5% of the total price + $10 for each online store (capped at $100) Other services include package consolidation, repackaging, info request, pictures and hazmat processing (flammable liquids, batteries, etc).
Stackry accepts payments via Credit Cards, PayPal, and wire transfer ($25 extra/wire transfer). They ship pretty much everywhere in the world. However, you can easily find out at the time of signup. If your country is listed, then they ship there, if not then you need to choose another service. Their fees is standard when compared to other parcel forwarding services however DHL Express shipping is the cheapest amongst others tested so far. Their customer support is prompt and their warehouse staff efficient. Stackry‘s preferred carriers are FedEx, DHL, and USPS and they all provide tracking facility as well. If you wish to know what users have to say, then do check the reviews on SiteJabber. Use this link to get started with $10 shipping credit at Stackry
MyUS is one of the oldest parcel forwarders in the US. They give a US address in Florida, which would normally require US sales taxes but given their long standing in the industry, they were awarded a unique zip code in the state of Florida that is tax free. Their customer service is quick and reliable, their packaging, efficient and snazzy. Although their prices are on the higher side but if you have the budget for it then go for MyUS.
They have 3 types of accounts; no setup fee for Single Package and no monthly charges are involved here. Premium Plan which comes with a $7 monthly fee and Premium+Mail membership which calls for a $20 monthly charge. With the basic package, you get 5 days of free storage whereas you get 30 days storage with the other two memberships. They provide a number of services including free package consolidation, free repackaging, no charges for dimensional weight, and receiving mail etc. There is also a 20% discount off your first shipment for TechVise readers and all paid memberships come with a 30-day trial. They have implemented a revolutionary pricing model called TruePrice where they only charge for the weight of the consolidated shipment (a big plus, if you are using courier services).
MyUS ships globally via DHL, FedEx, and UPS and to pay for shipping, you can use your credit card, debit card (should support online international transactions), PayPal, check/money order and wire transfer. They have a chat system in place for consumers who wish to be answered promptly, but this only works during US business hours. Their email replies are very quick. Photos are of OK quality but if you need something more customised, you simply have to ask and they will get it done. The entire attitude of MyUS is ‘we are in business because of you’ not … ‘you need us so deal with what we’re offering’. I must have sent across a bunch of emails and got intelligent responses. I did not try the personal shopper experience but I’m sure that would have been a great experience too. And… before I forget, their dashboard… is one of a kind. I mean it was nothing special and yet it’s spectacular.
Other services they offer are: inspect packages, split package, return to sender, abandon package, advanced photos, and of course, normal photos. Their iOS app is as smooth as their website so I’m going to take a wild guess and say that their Android app is probably as good.
With Vyking Ship, you get a free account in Minnesota, the USA where your mail and parcels can relax for 180 days at no cost to you. This is by far the only service which doesn’t come with an asterisk and extra conditions to get 180 days of free storage. You don’t pay a dime to sign up and nor is there a monthly or yearly fee to get your hopes down. Their assisted shopping service is charged at 5% fee of the total purchase price and you pay for this via PayPal only. They have quite a few services to offer and they all come for a reasonable fee. You can get your invoice and price-tags removed, order more pictures (1 is free and is automatically uploaded showing your parcel from outside so you can gauge the condition of your arriving parcel), customs declared, security tape added, expedite your processing, add package consolidation, repackage the parcels and ask for a custom request. In my experience, Vyking Ship‘s service was great and very much reliable. I had a few custom requests and had also asked for expedited processing so while I was online, their customer service rep got in touch with via online chat and walked me through my custom requests and gave me all the answers and clarifications that I had asked for regarding my items. Furthermore, he stayed online and walked me through the whole payment process and shipping, which I did not expect and in under 1 hour, my items were consolidated and I had my tracking number. So they truly go by their word and you can always check out what other users have to say about them. They accept payments via verified PayPal accounts, Western Union, Bank Wire Transfers and of course, all major credit cards. You can contact them via email, chat or phone number. They ship via DHL Express, FedEx, and USPS. Did I mention their reps are very fast in replying? Use our referral code 2193 during registration and get $5 off of your first shipment.
Relatively new, but reliable enough to be mentioned here. Planet Express give an address in California, USA but you can’t view the address till a deposit is made. You can deposit a small amount either via PayPal, Amazon Pay or Bank Transfer. As soon as my $5 was in, I could see the suite number. Planet Express offers two plans; Free & Paid. Free plan doesn’t include consolidation and hence can only hold 1 package. Paid plan on the other hand is for $50/Year or $10/M. Both plans offer free storage days but the number of days are limited to 10 for Free plan and 30 days for Paid plan.
They also offer their clients other services such as picture requests, special requests for $5 and ‘shop for me’ service. Apart from packages, Planet Express accepts mail and Magazines also. They have the usual shipping methods; DHL, FedEx and USPS but also have their own (and very cheap) shipping methods as well and interestingly have an entire page dedicated to explain it as well. In our experience, the service was quite smooth, the reps are responsive, shipping rates are very low in my opinion and if you request pictures, they will email them to you. Sadly the image quality is not that great and by “that great” I mean, not hi-res.
Their dashboard is fairly easy to understand but if you are one of those who have a ton of custom requests, then please be as clear as possible because in our experience they only managed to follow 50% of the instructions. But parcels arrived safe and sound. We are happy with the overall experience and are quite certain you will be too. Please check out their detailed pricing page and FAQ page before signing up.
Shopfans gives two free addresses in the USA; one in Pennsylvania and another in 100% tax-free Delaware. There is no monthly or yearly fee involved with Shopfans as well as no signup fee. Extra Perk: New signups get $10 when you contact their support via chat or email and give them code TechVise10 – From what I know when you pay for your first shipment (no matter its value, weight or destination), you become an active client and hence are eligible for $10.
When using their service, I found them always online and ready to help with any issue. Their support staff works according to the time zone for each delivery region they specialise in i.e. Australia, Brazil, Russia, Middle East (Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc), Japan, China time – hence, their chat is always online to help. This doesn’t mean you cannot use their service for deliveries to other countries but rather you will not get the shipping discounts they offer in select regions. You can store your parcels for 75 days but once they are consolidated into shipments, then you have 14 days of free storage. You should know that their consolidation is free, and their FAQ is fairly simple and covers everything. You should definitely check out their prices as well (keep in mind that they have different versions of their website available in many languages: English, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, etc. Shopfans send an email every time there is an update at their end, so you should check your junk mail if you see status updates.
They accept payments via PayPal, AliPay and credit card. There is a tedious process of getting your payment approved though however since their support staff is online, you can message them to let them know you’ve paid so they can approve it quickly and your account balance is corrected. The pictures Shopfans took were pretty snazzy and their packaging was exceptional. They ship via DHL, USPS and via their own shipping methods but these vary by country. I only had USPS available and although it generally takes 6-12 days for them to deliver, my items arrived in 4 days – and that’s a record! They can be contacted via email, contact form, and online chat.
Opas is another good parcel forwarding company that offers their users a tax free address in Oregon, US. You have the option of choosing between 3 plans, one of them free that caters for most shipping needs. You get 30 days of free storage with their plans and you can check these plans for further details. They currently accept all cards issued by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB. They also accept PayPal and ZipPay (Australia only). Their consolidation fee is based on membership level. The basic ‘Package Only’ account has a $10 flat fee, but their ‘Premium Package & Mail’ account offers free consolidation. Also, note their service caters to the USunlocked card which we have discussed in our virtual debit card post. They are a decent parcel forwardng company and possibly the cheapest mail forwarding companies around. Use our special link to get 5% off on any shipment from OPAS
USgoBuy is another great US parcel forwarding service that gives a tax-free US address in Portland, Oregon and they don’t charge for storage till your 60 days are up. There is also no charge in the consolidation or for repackaging, making them one of the cheapest services available. However, they do charge $5 for 5 photos per package and their Buy For Me or Personal shopper service costs 10% of the item’s value which is reasonable when compared to other services.
Currently USgoBuy ships via USPS, DHL, Aramex and FedEx; accepting payments via PayPal, Credit Cards, Webmoney and My E-wallet to pay for fees online. When using Credit Card, you are given the estimate in USD however, the card itself is charged in CNY (Chinese Yuan), giving you a higher rate in FX fees. Interestingly, USGoBuy gives a high-level estimate of your shipment costs before consolidating & repackaging your goods. Once you’ve paid, they process your package and ship it, refunding any extra credit back to your payment method or e-Wallet account. Just for your info, there are only two ways to charge the E-wallet, one is through the Western Union, and the other is Wire Transfer.
Packaging done by their warehouse staff is one of the best we’ve seen and they carried out personalised instructions well. Their customer service is a little weak, though, and it can take a while to get your point across. You can see their reviews on TrustPilot where they maintain good ratings. You can apply the code SHARE5 with your first shipment over $10 when you signup with USGoBuy via TechVise.