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Le Blog de Sushi: How to find a good parcel forwarding service (US edition)

Monday, September 28, 2009

{ How to find a good parcel forwarding service (US edition) }

A few months ago I got very fed up with not being able to purchase at all from sites like Urban Outfitters and Amazon, and being charged ridiculous shipping fees by Forever21 and Saks to get a few light pieces of clothing to Australia.



Finging a trustworthy parcel forwarding business isn't the easiest thing to do: even after finding around fifteen sites that looked ok, there were confusing fees to calculate, inflated shipping costs, forms to print and send overseas, and some required monthly fees on top of their service fee costs.

After a lot of emailing, research, and stalking discussion boards and forums, I narrowed my search down to the following five business based on pricing, customer feedback and communication. I personally decided to go with Games For Canada and have so far made one and a half very smooth orders with them.


Don't be fooled by the name - JJ of Games for Canada offers his services for all online shopping. Very friendly and frequent communication, super low fees, charges actual shipping costs and buyer can choose shipping method. GFC used a forum thread which is frequently updated to keep buyers updated using their order status.
GamesForCanada.com | How to order | Order updates/feedback



Forward It is the US buying associate of PriceUSA (below). A good, inexpensive service to use for most shoppers except those in Australia. Forward It will pass on all Australian orders to PriceUSA, which is a little pricier. Will also purchase for the buyer from auction sites such as eBay.com.
ForwardIt.us | FAQ | Customer feedback



Reasonably priced and good communication with a professionl and easy to use website featuring a price estimator to work out the total before placing your order. Will also purchase for the buyer from auction sites such as eBay.com.
PriceUSA.com.au | FAQ | Customer feedback



Fiona of Shopaholiques specialises in shipping to Australia, offers a range of shipping options and is New Jersey based, which means no tax on clothing and footwear purchases.
Shopaholiques.com | Customer feedback



A bit pricier, but with good communication and accepts PayPal and Google Checkout. Allows customers to purchase the goods themselves and have them shipped to LilShoppa or will purchase items for you.
LilShoppa.com | FAQ


If you're worried about ordering for the first time from a parcel forwarder, email them first with any questions, make an inexpensive first time purchase, pay a little extra for insurance and search forums for experiences others have had with the same business.

23 comments | How to find a good parcel forwarding service (US edition)

Anonymous said...
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thank you so much for this! there's a bag from anthropologie i've been eyeing for a few months now, hopefully i can still get it.

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Elizabeth Victoria C said...
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I've been so frustrated with all the high shipping fees to Canada, I am definitely going to check a few of these out! xx

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goomba478 said...
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Hey great article! Good to know about some of my competition as well :) For the record we at GFC also allow customers to order items and have them shipped to one of our three mailing locations (Office, PO Box or UPS store account) and we also do eBay orders as well :) I appreciate the good word of mouth and hope to do business with you again soon (and perhaps some of your readers).

Oh and your ring just came in ;) I will be sending you the shipping invoice now. Thanks again!

Sincerely,
=JJ=
GFC

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JESSY said...
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thanks so much for this! really useful. and about the topshop dress you saw on my blog, i got it in august at a topshop store in manila, philippines. jessy xx

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embrace said...
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^^ Goomba, you're the same person who runs the eBay store I bought a Companion Cube off last year (just checked my feedback to verify that). If you provide a forwarding service as good as the service you provide on eBay, I will definitely be using you in the future!

Small internet world. BTW - the bf loves the cube.

Thanks Sushi for providing that info, it's so helpful! x

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Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts said...
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I always worry about parcel forwarding so this is great, thanks! x

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Jowy said...
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Great tips, thnx for sharing!

One Love,
Jowy
www.iseejanemary.blogspot.com

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Pamela said...
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hey Sushi!

thanks so much for this! I used PriceUSA before and thought was a lil pricey and have been searching for other forwarding services to Down Under, so this reveiw is heaven sent =)
urban outfitters, here I come =)

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missklicious said...
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Great post! This will come in handy for any future orders. Thanks!

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Nancy Magoo said...
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Excellent! Great article, i'll have to check this out next time i'm purchasing stuff from the UK or US.

www.nancymagoo.blogspot.com

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MayBoBayB said...
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Hello. I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in too. After hours of researching MyUS, BongoUS, PriceUSA and other similar servifes, I went with Shipito. Their fees are much lower they use USPS so shipping overseas is SO much cheaper.

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Andrea said...
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Also try parceliton.com.au. They seem to be getting a lot of good reviews on the vogue forums. Seem to have great service.

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Brian said...
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Hey,tThanks for this post! My name is Brian and I am the founder and owner of Forwardit. I just wanted to let you all know that we are accepting Australian customers again so we look forward to your business!

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Henna said...
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Thanks for a nice list! But I think you forgot VIAddress (http://www.viaddress.com)

Used them twice and they're really reliable and affordable. :)

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Nick said...
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yeah, super! very useful information, can I share this post to my friends?

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Anonymous said...
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@henna
viadress cheaper its true,but they very slow respond.the live support/email support is poor..

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es tea said...
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@henna
viadress cheaper its true,but they very slow respond.the live support/email support is poor..

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Anonymous said...
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Darn lol How do I get mail from Australia to the U.S.A.? =(

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khoff25 said...
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I live in Canada and I've had great luck with the company ReShip.com. I did my X-Mas shopping with them this year and plan to do a bunch more. Super quick and easy.

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Bria said...
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Hi! I know you wrote this some time ago but thought I'd throw in my 2c as well. I've just moved to the US and started my own parcel forwarding service: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hop-Skip-Jump-parcel-forwarding/119872484830296.

I know that with a lot of other companies there are quite a few hidden fees and it's hard to calculate exactly how much you will need to pay - anyway I've made my service very simple and the prices are very competitive.

I hope you don't mind me posting on your blog but I think I recognise you from Vogue!

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BPM LUX said...
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Here’s a workaround I use, if you are fed up of being shut out of auctions because the eBay seller does not ship to your country. The same goes for online retailers who refuse to ship to your destination.

When you sign up with BPM, you get local shipping addresses in 6 countries.
Drop points include: USA, UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. You then use these for buying from whom you want, regardless of where the seller ships or not.

You then have all your purchases combined into one, even from the different countries, and use the parcel mail forwarding service to have everything sent home in only one shipment, wherever you are in the world!

Membership for renting these addresses and using the service is only 5€ per month.
You can check it out on http://www.bpm-lux.com

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Anonymous said...
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Hey,

Thanks for this post. Have anyone here tried http://www.parcelzoom.com? It's free to register and I've spoken to them on live chat. Wondering if anyone here have good experience with them.

Thanks,
TL

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WinWin said...
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Awesome post!!!
Hey TL
I did try parcelzoom before. They have the best customer service that I've ever seen.
Rates are quite competitive, but I give it an A+ for customer service, no membership fee and 90 days of free storage :)

Hope that helps
W

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