You may have found the exact thing you want online, but before you hit that ‘checkout’ button and punch in your details, consider using a parcel forwarding service. Not only can this save you money and time in the long run, but it’ll also ensure that your goods actually get to you in one piece. We’ve rounded up some of the key benefits of using a reliable parcel forwarding service when indulging in your online shopping habits.
Of course, the most obvious benefit of using a parcel forwarding service is that you suddenly have access to stores from all over the world, whereas previously, you were at the mercy of retailers who only delivered to South Africa. A parcel forwarding company like Postbox Courier has delivery spots in New York, London, and other key cities around the world, allowing you to shop from essentially anywhere.
Some retailers who do ship to South Africa use their own choice of national mail providers or courier services, so you have no say in the matter. Using your own personally selected parcel forwarding company allows you to have direct contact with the couriers and ensure that your parcel doesn’t get lost or disappear into the ether, which tends to happen more often than not.
This is probably the best tip for using Postbox Courier’s great service – because one of their biggest benefits is consolidating multiple orders into one shipment. You can save money by combining your orders (from one retailer or multiple stores) into one bigger package, then paying one shipping free, rather than multiple. Another tip is to get in touch with friends and family who also have shopping lists for items from international online stores so that you can split shipping. If you’re buying alone then paying for shipping individually can be a pricy prospect, but if you’re splitting it our or five ways it suddenly becomes a far more appealing idea.
Even if the online retailer does offer international shipping, you still might end up paying really high shipping rates! Parcel forwarding companies often have local and international courier partners, allowing for the best rates for express shipping, something individual shops won’t be able to offer you.
Thanks to Parcel Forwarding Services, shoppers now have options, but finding a company that you can trust is the challenge. There are a lot of options available online, but as most online shoppers know, not everybody is trustworthy. Thankfully, Postbox Courier is not only a local South African company, but we’ve put them to the test!
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 you can just drop them an email at email@example.com with your wishlist and they will calculate how much you will have to pay in import charges and courier fees – this will help you decide on whether or not to purchase.