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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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Excellent Service And Affordable Package Forwarding Services

For many consumers, part of finding a great deal also included the service and ancillary benefits that may come from making a purchase. Excellent customer care, shopper benefits, and peace of mind in receiving quality merchandise are equally important.  With online purchases, these value added aspects can become even more impactful, especially since interactions are done remotely.

Just because you are ordering from a virtual marketplace, in the comfort of your home, does not mean that you need to settle for an impersonal experience.  A greater number of online vendors are getting the message that consumers still want to feel special and cared for, even if they are not having a face to face.  This means that cybersales are focusing more strongly on the personal points that set them apart from other vendor offerings.

Excellent Service And Affordable Package Forwarding Services

The Shipping Hurdle

While a number of international and even national customers may find that these trends add greater enjoyment to a convenient interaction, they are also finding that there are some limits to the personal treatment.  Sadly, this can come as soon as the shopper is ready to check out, only to find that shipping is restrictive hurdle. 

Package Forwarding Services

One way of overcoming this issue is to use package forwarding.  This basically provides you with a valid US based address where the orders can arrive.  From here, your orders are processed for international shipping, either as a bulk package, or as the items arrive at the forwarding address.  National customers with PO Boxes can also make use of our service, and gain the items they want.

At OPAS, we not only provide affordable package forwarding services, but also add value to the shopping experience with our own customer care and attendance.  Our dedicated team listens to client needs, and can also provide benefits such as item inspection, package consolidation, and even shopping assistance.  This means that online customers who use OPAS can double the value of their shopping experience, for greater satisfaction and results.

Clothing Size Conversion Necessary When Shopping Online in the US

Clothing Size ConversionWhile online shopping offers a great convenience to many consumers, it can also present a number of unknown challenges that are often not realized until they are experienced.  One of the foremost ones that shoppers who love clothing and accessories may encounter is the issue of size conversions across different countries.  Clothing size conversion is a basic requirement for a successful online shopping trip. Especially if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of international returns and exchanges. This can become even more of a concern with deliveries, especially when returns may be required for finding the correct size.  As a result, it is often best for shoppers to educate themselves about these conversion concerns, so that a purchase may be made properly the first time.

Standards And Culture

While sizing denominations vary greatly across countries, categorization can also cause confusion in finding the right fit.  Cultural differences will often result in one country’s size “small” corresponding to another country’s size “large”.  This can be especially important to remember when purchasing clothing or shoes from Japan, China, or Indonesia, where sizing traditionally runs smaller.

Beyond the conceptual differences of sizing, shoppers will also need to remember that countries use different scales for clothing and shoes.  Basically clothing size conversion is different for almost every country. Even within the European continent, there are considerable variances that can impede a proper fit without correct size conversion.  As an example, a size 32 in France is equivalent to a size 30 in Germany and a size 36 in Italy.  However, in the US, this would also be the same as a size 2. Are you still following :-)

While some retailers do offer conversion charts for their online shoppers, these may only address a limited number of countries and scales.  Newer mobile apps for size conversion can also be helpful, especially ones that utilize personal measurements in generating the applicability of size scales.  This can all ensure that clothing and show purchases are done with confidence, and that the items will fit well and be flattering to the individual.

In short, make sure you do your research, check out these handy tips about clothing size conversion and get out the tape measure!

Getting The Right Fit With Clothing Size Conversion

Of course, actually receiving the ordered items is also a part of the equation for gaining the proper fit.  At OPAS, we can be of service with package forwarding for national and international clients.  This means that while you are confident about making the right choices for sizing, you can also be confident that OPAS package forwarding will deliver the impeccable styles you have picked out.

The OPAS Friends Program – What You Need To Know

OPAS Friends ProgramThe OPAS FRIENDS Program has been revised! Now you can earn free shipping by referring your network to OPAS.

Q: What is the OPAS FRIENDS program?

The OPAS FRIENDS Program is an affiliate program that OPAS uses to provide benefits to those who bring new members and business to OPAS.

In short, when you refer someone to OPAS and they use our shipping service, you will benefit! You will receive 5% of their shipping charges as a credit to your account. You can use this credit for your own OPAS service fees, you can redeem it for Amazon gift cards, or request that OPAS sends you money by PayPal! The more your OPAS FRIENDS ship, more credit you can earn!

Q: What are the new features for the OPAS FRIENDS program?

  • You will be able to redeem your credit not only for OPAS service fees but also to receive Amazon gift cards or PayPal payment!
  • There will be no more expiry date for your credit.
  • You can share personalized links to OPAS’ service by your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Google+), also in email messages or banners on your personal website to try to recruit as many referrals for your OPAS FRIENDS Program listing as possible!

Anyone who signs up for OPAS using your OPAS FRIENDS link will also get FREE REGISTRATION at OPAS and receive a special promo code for a 5% discount off any shipment! If they sign up for our OPAS FRIENDS program and select a basic Package Only account to begin with, your friends won’t be charged by OPAS at all until they begin using our service.

Q: What’s changed from the previous program?

  • The percentage of credit accrued will be a 5% flat rate, and is no longer based on the number of referrals.
  • Credit will be calculated every time a request for one of your OPAS FRIENDS is processed rather than calculated on a monthly basis.
  • There will be a waiting period of 30 days before any credit is eligible to be redeemed.

Q: Where can I review my account credit?

Log in your OPAS account and you will find “Your Credit” link on the left navigation menu. On this page, you will be able to review how much credit is pending or available, and how many OPAS FRIENDS you have.

Q: How can I get my friends to be my OPAS FRIENDS?

Go to the sharing OPAS page from the left side navigation menu in your account manager, and start sharing OPAS service with your friends today! You can select preferred methods from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email and more.

Please refer to our website here or contact OPAS Customer Service at service@opas.com if you have any questions about this program, or anything else.

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