It’s fair to say that South Africa has come a long way in recent years with regard to its retail options. Whereas we used to just be happy with whatever we could get our hands on, big-name brands and retail franchises, such as H&M, Under Armour, and Alienware, have now set up shop in the good ole Republic. Things are definitely improving, however, there is still the concern of the price of many of these international brands, as we tend to pay quite the mark-up for some of the goods by the time they’ve gone through the various distributors and retail outlets.
That’s why it’s good to look abroad to see if the local pricing aligns with the international RRPs. Now, we appreciate the local industry and understand the middle-men need to make their profit, but paying an exorbitant cost for something that should be well-priced isn’t going to cut it in the age of tight budgets and deal-hunting.
For example, looking at the tech and gadget deals abroad, not to mention the ridiculous discounts you can get on everything from football boots to fashion goods, it’s hard not to question whether it’s cheaper to nab the deal from the international retailer and bring it into SA. And thankfully, these days it’s super easy to do so.
Postbox Courier is a globe-spanning, but proudly South African, courier service which not only opens the door to stores in the US, UK, and more who usually don’t ship to SA, but also allows you to bundle orders together, saving you on having to individually ship multiple items.
Having the ability to shop on the big-name retailers in the US or UK — like Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart — will help you find some seriously tempting deals. And furthermore, being able to combine your orders, such as a PS5 from Amazon and some stylish tees from Asos, into one box makes the overall importing costs significantly cheaper, thanks to not having to send a couple of packages all the way to your door in the good ole Republic.
With Postbox Courier, you get a personal postbox address in New York City, London, and other hubs across the world. You can then use this address during checkout when shopping on an international retailer to send the package there, and the trusty team at Postbox Courier will ensure to get it from there right back here to your doorstep in SA.
The even better news is that registering with Postbox Courier is FREE, quick and easy and once you’ve registered you’ll get your very own delivery address in the UK, Hong Kong, US and Australia. Then, when it comes time to shop all you need to do is have your goods delivered to your most appropriate address.
Plus, if you’re not sure what the cost will be to import, there’s a handy calculator that can give you an idea of your import charges and courier fees.