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Topic: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: todareisinger
Posted 2012-12-25 18:10:37 and read 2621 times.

Hi all,

I am buying quite regularly items on eBay. Most sellers are in the US and some do not want to send items overseas. To overcome this problem, I was told by friends to "create a US shipping address". This means that the seller will send the item to a shipping address inside the United States, but from there it will be automatically forwarded to my address overseas.

QUESTION is: does anyone know WHICH service provider I should select?


I saw some names: www.myus.com, www.amforward.com, www.parcel2go.com but have no idea whom to trust.....

Thanks for any advice  

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: Pu
Posted 2012-12-25 18:41:13 and read 2609 times.

Didn't we chat once before about eBay?

We have used UPS Stores to receive our eBay goods.

http://www.theupsstore.com/Pages/index.aspx

There are individual stores in every major city. You can pick a city you like....perhaps in the middle of the continent like Chicago or Dallas... Just call the store and tell them what you need. They do this kind of thing all the time, but some locations are less familiar with international shipping and foreign passport holders, so if one store you call acts confused, you can call another. You get an address that is normal. It looks like a flat/apartment address.

Basically for around $40 they set you up for about 3 months initially, which you put on a credit card. You have to fax your passport. Then after that you pay the cost of forwarding, which presents many options from next-flight-out to slow-boat-around-the-Cape. They tend to be family run type places so they are very easy going and you can often deal directly with the owner, who will often help out with special needs or other issues you may have with eBay etc...


Pu

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: todareisinger
Posted 2012-12-25 18:48:24 and read 2601 times.

Hi Pu,

Yes we did chat about ebay a few months ago...but now I hope to have found a solution   . The UPS Store solution seems more expensive than the other ones I have seen, but maybe it's safer? Do you have by any chance a store to recommend to me? And aren't some States subject to special taxes?

Many thanks   !

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: Ps762
Posted 2012-12-25 18:55:04 and read 2593 times.

Hi!

I know you would have thought of this but do you have any friend or relative who is living in the US or even Canada if these sellers ship there? I guess if you do a lot they might get fed up but I think I did it once with an uncle and he just sent me the item. I can't remember if there was customs or anything but it wasn't an expesive item I think.

Anyway I'm sure you have thought of this just thougth I'd mention it.

Many thanks!

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: Pu
Posted 2012-12-25 19:18:18 and read 2578 times.

I can't say which option would be safer!

I lived in the USA at one point and the UPS Stores are what Americans would use when they needed a mailing address, like perhaps if they were sent overseas or just wanted a separate address for business or eBay matters. However, the places like you link to above are definitely aimed at a more international clientele, which may have some advantages....although my slight suspicion is that somehow they overcharge non-Americans in some way, but I could just be a naturally suspicious person!

The UPS stores use UPS for shipping, which I have found to be relaible and reslly faultless.

Using the UPS store is more like using someone you know personally. They will do all kinds of extra things, like make phone calls, give advice about other services you may need, let you store items at their place, pack and unpack things, tell you how to do other things in the USA, basically anything that sounds reasonable. You get to know the people there, often just a staff of 2 or 3 family members. I think the other places you have in mind are very strictly for forwarding things, while UPS Store does many more services....also the links above seem like they are more formal about what you can ask them to do..... if that is precisely all you ever want, maybe they are best.

UPS stores in smaller cities are cheaper, but are also more likely to ask what the hell a European needs an American address for...eBay needs are very common though. People in the midwest and south are friendlier!

Do check rates....your original options may be the best priced, and they already have in mind what you need and know how to price it, at a UPS Store you will have to explain more about what you need... but for me the personal service and greater flexibility are worth having to explain to someone who doesn't have many European customers.


Pu



try this one
http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/5454/
or
http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/5941

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: todareisinger
Posted 2012-12-25 19:29:35 and read 2570 times.

Quoting Ps762 (Reply 3):
Hi!

I know you would have thought of this but do you have any friend or relative who is living in the US or even Canada if these sellers ship there? I guess if you do a lot they might get fed up but I think I did it once with an uncle and he just sent me the item. I can't remember if there was customs or anything but it wasn't an expesive item I think.

Anyway I'm sure you have thought of this just thougth I'd mention it.

Many thanks!

Many thanks for your message. Actually your solution is the one I thought about first... and I used it once. But the parcel is so big (it's an...airplane model   ) that it has become a pain in the neck for my NYC based friend... Thus, I better have to find a less personal solution.

Quoting Pu (Reply 4):
try this one
http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/5454/
or
http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/5941

Many thanks for all the detailed advice, very appreciated. I'll have a look, for sure. However, since I need an address in less than 24 hours (auction ending soon...!) I might go for a more automated solution.

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: bananaboy
Posted 2012-12-26 01:55:11 and read 2523 times.

I've used comGateway a couple of times and they were very quick. They gave me an address in Oregon which meant I benefited from no sales tax too.

From what I remember, their setup was very quick.

Mark

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: Dreadnought
Posted 2012-12-26 04:49:27 and read 2473 times.

I would simply recommend that you chose someone located at one of the hubs. For shipments to Switzerland, an address in Memphis might be good, because Fedex has frequent connections between Memphis-Frankfurt and then on to GVA or ZRH.

http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch5en/appl5en/img/air_freight_integrators.png

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: todareisinger
Posted 2013-01-01 04:14:26 and read 2212 times.

Hi everyone and many thanks for your replies. Choice was tough and in the end I was fed up comparing the systems and selected Viaddress (www.viaddress.com). Yesterday night I received a message that a parcel has been delivered for me and I just paid for its forwarding to me in Switzerland, so that the system seems to be really well organized...

The shipping charge for a 12x13x9 in 2lbs parcel with FedEx is 85 normal or 89 express. I checked on the FedEx website and entered the same information, and there the price would have been 114 and 119 respectively.

It would have been cheaper with USPS but to use USPS, forwarding companies need to receive an official form signed by the customer + 2 ID photos....which I feel is truly annoying.

I'll let you know (if and) when my airplane model arrives...  A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !!

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: Aesma
Posted 2013-01-01 07:50:15 and read 2160 times.

For USPS, the photos would have been a one time thing I'm guessing ?

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: FI642
Posted 2013-01-01 09:37:39 and read 2144 times.

My experience has been if you speak to the ebay merchant, usually they are willing to work with you to pay the extra
shipping costs.

I have purchased many things that were listed that they wouldn't be shipped to me, and have gotten all but one
item.

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: todareisinger
Posted 2013-01-01 13:35:17 and read 2124 times.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
For USPS, the photos would have been a one time thing I'm guessing ?

Indeed. But if I can avoid to be in contact with a US administration, I prefer.... You never know what comes in their heads next...

Quoting FI642 (Reply 10):
My experience has been if you speak to the ebay merchant, usually they are willing to work with you to pay the extra
shipping costs.

I have purchased many things that were listed that they wouldn't be shipped to me, and have gotten all but one
item.

Yes me too, dozens of times. But it happens that a seller remains totally unwilling to send overseas... And in some other cases, it is even NOT possible to contact the eBay seller to ask for an exception. That's why I had to find this solution: for very isolated cases.

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: AR385
Posted 2013-01-01 16:52:15 and read 2103 times.

I´ve been using this for the past two years and they provide excellent service.

https://www.worldwideparcel.com/index.php

Check them out. They might have a branch that does the same for shipments to Europe.

Topic: RE: Creating A US Shipping Address - Which Company?
Username: todareisinger
Posted 2013-01-08 15:44:03 and read 1939 times.

Ok, my first experience with www.viaddress.com has been a big SUCCESS   !

The parcel was quickly sent and delivered, very efficient system and excellent service by FedEx.


What is less great is that the model (a plane model...) was damaged, but this has nothing to do with viaddress.com or FedEx... 

So, thanks to all for the help, and in any case viaddress.com has proven to be a well functioning solution - while there are obviously a lot of other companie offering a similar service.


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