OPAS Blog: International Shipping from US Stores

How A US Mail Forwarding Service Can Make Shopping Easier

How A US Mail Forwarding ServiceAlthough nobody doubts we live in a global economy, the US is less well represented in international shipping than in other, comparable global industry.

Simply put, vendors are losing out on a larger international customer base, whilst the international customer is losing out on the ability to either order products for themselves or to ship these products to relatives that may live in other parts of the globe.  A US mail forwarding service also address the other prohibitive restrictions that could influence the choice to obtain a desired product from a specific vendor, and these include:

  • The need for a US mailing and US billing address (popular vendors such as Apple are very strict in their fraud protection policies and absolutely require a matching mailing and billing address)
  • Shipping tariffs for customers
  • International fees and foreign tax credit rules (duties can amount to very little or can take you by surprise, we help customers find out what they may expect)
  • IRS expectations faced on vendors who are able to consider an overseas mail forwarding service

Although freight tax enforcement has been a low priority for the IRS, there are regulations that require online retailers to file extensive paperwork, even if they do qualify for an exemption.  However, a US mail forwarding service, such as what we offer at OPAS, is solely devoted to staying up to date on these regulations, and covering the appropriate concerns that would be handled by vendors.

Customers benefit from a US mail forwarding service through:

  • Access to items
  • Lowered shipping restriction
  • Tax free Oregon delivery address, that means 0% US sales tax, guaranteed!
  • Package consolidation
  • Paperless overseas shipping

Vendors are also able to see better profits when customers sign up for an OPAS US based mailing address and out overseas mail forwarding service.  This is achieved through:

  • Greater customer reach
  • Better customer service through the overseas mail forwarding service
  • Greater potential for growth
  • No international fees and taxes on sales

The result is that signing up for OPAS overseas mail forwarding service and a US mailing address is part of the way that the global economy will stay running.  It is also a means to fully support commerce, by ensuring that customers and products are able to come together, no matter where they are located.  Visiting our site and signing up will get you started in playing your part to benefit a better lifestyle. 

All of the world is a shopping mall.  Do you know how to access all of its benefits?

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How To Purchase Apple Watch From The US Apple Store (And Other Products)

How To Purchase Apple Watch From The US Apple StoreWe know many of you are Apple fans and we also know it can be challenging to purchase Apple products such as the new Apple Watch from outside the US. Especially when you want to get your hands on the latest releases.

Follow our tutorial on how to purchase Apple Watch from the US Apple Store.

The highly anticipated Apple Watch and the new MacBook are both going to be available very soon and to offer you the best chance of ordering these items from the US and sending them to the country you call home we urge you to follow the following steps.

The following steps on how to purchase Apple Watch from the US Apple Store were proven successful with previous product launches by Apple:

  1. Make sure your US shipping address and US billing address are the same. Apple requires these addresses are the same. To do this, register here to get your OPAS account. Use the promo code APPLE for FREE REGISTRATION.
  2. If you do not yet have one, get a prepaid VISA card from our partner US Unlocked. US Unlocked will support your OPAS US address and enables you to have your shipping address and billing address match. SIGN UP with US Unlocked for their US Unlocked Card. This pre-paid virtual debit card is issued by a US bank. Get your US Unlocked card here. 
  3. Set up a US iTunes account and link your US Unlocked Card to it while connected over VPN with a US IP address. The connection over a Virtual Private Network is an integral part of this process becoming successful so do not forget to sign up for a VPN service and make sure you are connect over VPN whilst making your order.
  4. Purchase your Apple Watch or any other Apple product (don’t forget the accessories) and use the iTunes account you set up for payment.
  5. We will ship your order to your country.

On occasion, you may receive an error email that states that Apple doesn’t ship to package forwarding services, but this is no reason to panic. In these cases, it often means that their stock has run into short supply, and this is an automated message which may disappear in a few days’ time. Should you receive this error message, we suggest waiting a couple of days and trying your order again, which often works for many of you.

If you still find this method does not succeed, please contact OPAS and use our personal shopper program, which has a very high success rate. Please note our personal shopper service can only process limited quantities per account.

 

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Purchasing The Right Gift For Mom Using Your US Package Forwarding Address

Purchasing The Right Gift For Mom Using Your US Package Forwarding AddressMother’s Day is on the horizon, every second Sunday of the month of May many young Americans honor their mother’s with home made crafts and treats while the slightly older generation likes to shine a light on mom with a store bought but thoughtful gift. Many of your favorite retailers will jump on the Mother’s day band wagon while also offering Easter and Father’s Day deals, all holidays that follow each other in fairly rapid succesion. To make sure you don’t miss out any deals that could work for you, make sure you start browsing the offerings early, and of course ensure you have your US package forwarding address in place.

Whilst some Mom’s might enjoy a nice bottle of perfume other Mom’s may prefer the latest (gold!) MacBook!  As you know many online retailers who are headquartered in the US will only ship to a limited amount of places and even addresses.  This can apply as much to international orders as it can to US residents who have P.O. boxes.  The need for a physical US package forwarding address can be integral to making sure that gifts will actually be available for intended recipients. Adding a US billing address to your ordering process can facilitate a successful purchase, but make sure your US billing address and US package forwarding address match each other! We recommend taking a look at our partner US Unlocked. US Unlocked offers a prepaid VISA card that enables you to make purchases on virtually every US web store.

Greater Gifts With A US Package Forwarding Address

At OPAS, we can facilitate the shopping process through a physical US package forwarding address for both national and international clients.  While this can eliminate checkout hassles, it also means that you can make even more of the money you are spending.  Since your OPAS US package forwarding address is located in Oregon, it also means that you will not have to pay sales tax on your purchase.  For big ticket items, this can translate into a significant savings. We guarantee your purchases will have 0% US Sales Tax!

This also means that a greater generosity in gifting can be shown to parents and other loved ones, since more purchase power has been opened up with your US package forwarding address.  Further, the sales tax savings can also mean that you are able to reward yourself with a special treat, and this continues the sentiment of renewal and appreciation during the spring holidays.

The Ease Of A US Package Forwarding Address

Online retailers will also tend to extend sales when there are several holidays that come in succession.  This can also be a good reason to secure your OPAS address in advance, so that there is no loss of deals when trying to complete online shopping.  This preparation can serve you well, especially with favorite vendors that can allow for one-stop online shopping.

Signing up with OPAS for a US package forwarding address is simple, and can facilitate international shipping as well as package consolidation for shoppers based on the continent.  Since online sales events are constantly changing with the time of year, it can be wise to have a solid foundation for receiving goods, regardless of the vendor.

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Get A US Address For International Shipping

get a us address from international shippingOver the past few decades, it has become increasingly more common for families to relocate for work or even quality of life.  This can mean that extended families are often spread around the world, and remaining in contact can become an important time of sharing and reconnecting, even if an actual visit is not an option.

Keeping in touch with each other over email, and Skype is one thing but sending the occosaional or regular care package can be another way of keeping in touch and showing appreciation even though there may be physical distance between you and your family, there is still an emotional closeness.  If you can relate to this situation, then it may also be a wise idea to find out about how to get a US address for international shipping.

  • Do you send a lot of packages overseas?
  • Do you like to place gift orders through online retailers?
  • Do you order a number of parcels from different vendors?
  • Do you get frustrated by the hassle of international shipping?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are certainly a candidate to get a US address for international shipping.

Get A US Address For International Shipping?

The simple answer to why you should get a US address for international shipping

is that it makes commerce easier and hassle free.  However, this can be due to a number of factors.

  • If you get a US address for international shipping, you are not limited by vendor shipping restrictions.
  • You can avoid having to consolidate and ship packages on your own, which saves time.
  • If you get a US address for international shipping through OPAS, you can also save on sales tax with an Oregon address. We guarantee you pay 0% US sales tax. 

How To Get A US Address For International Shipping

The solution to shipping packages to loved ones around the world can be an easy process.  To get a US address for international shipping, you simply need to visit us at the OPAS website and fill out the application form.  We can process the information with speed and get you started with a valid physical address, but can also offer you other benefits such as:

  • Package forwarding
  • Parcel consolidation
  • Special attention and care to all of your orders and requests
  • Related services such as personal shopping assistance

While it may feel like enough of a positive aspect to get a US address for international shipping to all your loved ones, the further value that we add is a strong point with all of our new and existing clients.  In this way, we pass along a little more care with the parcels you send to your loved ones.

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US Package Forwarding Service For Zappos – Getting Ready For Spring

US Package Forwarding ServiceAs the harsher months of the winter begin to pass, and days start to stay light for longer, many people begin to focus on outdoor recreations and other enjoyment that comes from the start of spring.  At OPAS, Zappos.com is a big favorite for this time of year, with clothing, shoes, accessories, and even gear that is great for the outdoors.

With Zappos.com, a US package forwarding service can be helpful even for national shoppers.  While we certainly love all of the products that are available from this retailer, their shipping protocols can put some restrictions on who can actually receive products.  While international deliveries are certainly limited, shipping to P.O. Boxes is also not a viable practice.  This makes the use of a US package forwarding service vital for getting ready to enjoy the outdoors.

Access To The Outdoors With US Package Forwarding Service

One of the wonderful things about Zappos.com, especially when paired with a US package forwarding service, is that full outfits and supplies for different activities can all be purchased from the same vendor.  Along with this, the site also gives customers the ability to easily compare prices on different brands, and look at user reviews.  This can certainly heighten the shopping experience, and lead to more instant gratification.

With a US package forwarding service and Zappos, multiple orders may also be consolidated.  This can be ideal when several family members are shopping for a soon to be graduate, or just want to chip in on a larger gift for mom or dad on their special days.  At OPAS, our US package forwarding service can also include package consolidation, for convenience and for saving money on international shipping costs.

Signing Up For US Package Forwarding Service And Savings

If you are excited about the coming spring and want to get yourself or loved ones ready to enjoy the outdoors again, then we encourage you to visit the OPAS site and register for a US package forwarding service.  The online application is simple to fill out, and the address can be used directly after approval, so you can be ready just as soon as the warmer weather hits.

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Online Shopping For Home Decor – Trends

Spring is a great time to shop for new items for your home. Many retailers are launching new home decor lines.  Start with a literal clean slate, and update your home with fresh new home decor. Spring cleaning has never been this fun!

Online Shopping for Home Decor starts here.

One of the designer / retailer  collaborations we love is Nate Berkus for Target. Nate has worked with Target for a while now and comes out with a new line of products each spring. If you like the Mid Century trend you will love his new line. The sleek, vintage inspired items are super affordable, and one sale if you act quickly with their President’s Day Discount (10% off with code LINCOLN).

Let’s take a look at a few trends for 2015.

Metallics

nate berkus table target

 

This lovely accent table is ticking all current trends boxes with the wire legs and metallic look.  Add a little sheen to your room! $59.99 Target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Centurystring wall art nate berkus target

Add an interesting feature to a blank wall and tick both the Mid Century box as well as the Metallic trend box! $34.99 Target. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wallpaper

graham brown ikat wallpaper

 

 

Add texture and colour to your home or office  instantly with this new take on the popular Ikat. This geometric version designed by Kelly Hoppen adds colour, texture and shimmer. $85.00 a roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue accents Nate Berkus Arrowhead Stripe Accent Rug

This rustic meets contemporary teal rug would be a perfect addition to your kitchen, entryway or bathroom. $24.99 Target. 
 

 

Online shopping home decor items can be fun and affordable if you find the right deals! 

Getting the items you want is easy:

You can get a US address, buy from any US store, and have your packages shipped to you in any country by using package forwarding. Here’s how package forwarding works.

Step 1: Get a US Address

Register for a US address and you’ll get a unique, personalized US package forwarding address. Because OPAS US address is in the state of Oregon, one of the few US states without a sales tax, you’ll never have to pay sales tax when you use your US package forwarding address to buy from US stores.

Step 2: Buy from US Stores

Use your new US package forwarding address to buy from any US store.

Just enter your new US address as the shipping address when you checkout on a store’s website. Your order will be shipped to your US package forwarding address and stored in your mailbox.

Step 3: Ship Your Packages Anywhere in the World!

Log in to your OPAS account to see the packages in your account and choose when to ship them to your home in any country around the world. You can forward packages one at a time, or combine them into one large box to save on international shipping costs.

Let’s find out if OPAS is right for you. Click here! 

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President’s Day Sales – Get Ready

President's Day SalesWhere to shop our favourite President’s Day Sales

ASOS US

Take 20% of your purchase with code PREZDAY20.

Hollister Co.

Take 20% off your entire purchase online only. Plus, all jeans and fragrances are $25. (Make sure you use our personal shopper service for Hollister).

Macy’s, take 10, 15 of 20% of selected merchandise. (Make sure you use our personal shopper service for Macy’s).

Ann Taylor

Use code STYLE to save 30% off full-priced items and 50% off non-full priced items from February 12 through February 16.

Gap

From February 12 through February 15, save up to 50% off select styles — excluding GapBody. On February 16, save 40% off your entire purchase — excluding GapBody, GapFit, leather jackets, and third party product.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Take 50% off all jeans from February 9 through February 25. Plus, take $30 off $100, $20 off $75, and $10 off $50 online only. (Make sure you use our personal shopper service for Abercrombie & Fitch).

Old Navy

Save up to 50% off the entire store.

Walmart – check back on february 16th for President’s Day Sales

We will be updating this list with new information, so check again!

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Package Forwarding, The International And National Benefits

The International, And National,Whether you are shopping for Nike’s in the US from Australia or trying to get your hands on a niche Japanese beauty product, online shopping is your friend. You have become super savvy in finding the best deals on the items you crave but sometimes you run into a problem when it comes to shipping your items to your location. For international consumers, shipping addresses may become problematic, especially when vendors only deliver to limited regions. This is where package forwarding comes in.

The solution of package forwarding is one way to overcome this.

At OPAS, we offer a valid US based address where goods can be delivered by the retailer, and then we forward these order to the consumer.  This also lets shoppers reduce their shipping costs, since we can consolidate orders from a number of vendors and send them all to the consumer at once.

However, package forwarding plays a large part with national shoppers as well.  This can frequently become the case for people in rural and even metropolitan areas, where a PO Box is the mailing address.  A variety of retailers do require a physical destination for a package delivery, and this possibility can become limiting for sales.

National customers can also utilize package forwarding to overcome this problem.  In the same manner that international customers are given a distinct delivery address, national clients will also gain a delivery destination that works for them and for the vendor.  This includes processing benefits such as:

  • Lowered overall shipping fees
  • Package consolidation
  • Careful handling and great customer service

Another positive consequence that both national and international customers can make use of is the fact that OPAS package forwarding addresses are based out of Oregon.  Since there is no sales tax for the state, there is also a further savings that can be gained on these purchases.  We guarantee you will pay no US sales tax, this can mean a saving of up to 10%. 

While many consumers just take sales tax as a given, this does not have to be the case.  Larger purchases such as electronics can result in hundreds of dollars in tax, but with OPAS package forwarding, this can all become a savings that may be used for further items that are bought.  As a result, national and international shoppers are all finding that great purchase power really is in their control.

Regardless of where you live, OPAS package forwarding can facilitate your online shopping experience.  By getting a US/Oregon based delivery address set up today, you will be able to take advantage of any sale or new release, while knowing that you are getting what you want, at the deal that you demand.

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Valentines Gifts For Him And Her!

Valentines gifts for her and himThe most romantic holiday of the year is just a over a week from now and we have a few gift ideas for you that are sure to be a smile on your Valentine’s face. Need some last minute inspiration? Look no further.

Order quickly to ensure your gift will arrive on time! Or, be ready for when the next occasion comes along! Let’s check out these perfect Valentines Gifts. 

Valentines Gifts for her:

Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 shimmer and 8 matte eye shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet

LORAC PRO Palette $42.00 

Paper Source Happy Thoughts Glasses. Serve your favorite juices and drinks from our sweet Happy Thoughts glasses! A fun way to brighten every day. Uplifting thoughts are colorfully printed on each glass – sure to inspire happy vibes!

$19.95 (set of four) 

Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm. Suvana’s version nourishes lips with paw paw (synonym for papaya), honey, coco butter, and vitamin E. Not included are: petroleum jelly, preservatives, or fragrances.

$15.99 at Amazon. 

Valentines Gifts for him:

Urban Outfitters Hearts Woven Boxer. Soft woven cotton boxers with allover heart print and finished with a stretch waist band for a perfect fit.

$12 – 3 for $24 

Fitbit – Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker Wristband

$99.99 (free shipping) at BestBuy.  

Hey Handsome shaving kit bag – army green. Tired of an overstuffed ziplock bag to hold your grooming essentials? Try our “Hey Handsome” Shaving Kit bag made from #8 18 oz Duck Canvas and 1000 Denier Nylon on the exterior and 420 Denier Nylon on the inside.

$68.00

 

 

 

 

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Our favorite brands, Nu Skin

our favorite brands, nu skinWhile many products make great claims about their results for anti-ageing innovations, few have received as much acclaim as Nu Skin. With products ranging from hair and skin care to full spa treatments and supplements, the Nu Skin approach incorporates an internal and external focus for reducing the signs of ageing. This is partially responsible for the effectiveness of the products, although the high quality of ingredients and attention to research and development have also made Nu Skin a leader in the field.

We have a few favourites such as the Nu Skin’s Clear Action collection, which will help clear up blemishes and breakouts. Clear Action is a popular collection, as is Nu Skin’s ageLOC collection, which targets the causes of ageing to help produce youthful looking skin.

 New products

Essentials oils have been around for centuries and are gaining ground as a main stream beauty and health go to product. Nu Skin has decided to join in the fun and is launching EPOCH, a line of essentials oils. Utilizing ancient traditions of indigenous cultures, Epoch® products feature skin beneficial botanical ingredients derived from renewable sources.

If you are already part of the Nu Skin community here is the information on where you can first purchase the oils. Limited Sales Offer (LSO): The first opportunity to purchase Epoch Essential Oils will be during the LSO on April 9, 2015, at 10 AM (MST). Save thedate and watch for more information as we get closer.

Finding A Solution To Service

Ordering Nu Skin products can be tricky to order, and we can help! If you would like to start ordering NuSkin products take a look at our dedicated NuSkin services here. We receive a large amount of Nu Skin orders that we then ship out to clients around the world. This allows us to help consumers gain access to the products they want, while shoppers have the peace of mind that careful attention to details and package consolidation can further benefit them and save on the bottom line. .

 

 

 

 

 

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