The ZARA USA Sale 2014 is starting soon. We estimate it will start at or around Christmas time if we base our predictions on previous years. Since the opening of the new online store in the US we have had a lot of requests about how to successfully shop on the ZARA US online store outside the US. This US store is different and more popular for one obvious reason: the prices are lower than those of almost all of the other countries’ stores.
For example, compare the following prices for ZARA’s Combined Studio Coat at the online stores in the US, Denmark, and Japan.
ZARA Combined Studio Coat (Women)
- US Online Store $229 USD
- Denmark Online Store 1399.00 DKK ($250 USD)
- Japan Online Store 27,900 JPY ($362 USD)
In some countries, the US price is as low as 36% off and of course these differences become even more interesting during the winter ZARA sale. So what can you do if you’re interested in ZARA styles, but can’t find ZARA in your country, or just want to get a better price?
We know it can be difficult or even impossible to make a successful purchase from the ZARA US Online store when you do not live in the US, so let’s take a look at a few things you can do to prepare for an effective virtual shopping trip.
ZARA USA International Shipping Using Package Forwarding
Step 1. Registering for a package forwarding account. To encourage you to buy from the stores in other countries (at higher prices), the ZARA US online store only ships to US addresses. However, you can get your own US address by registering for a package forwarding account, use it to order from the ZARA US online store, and ship your packages internationally. This is the first step in making a successful purchase on ZARA US online.
When you shop the ZARA USA online store you will have to hide your location and set up a VPN (virtual private network) service, such as Hotspot Shield, Strong VPN, or HideMyAss. to ensure you are not being blocked purely based on your IP address. We know this sounds a bit technical but it’s not that difficult to set up.
We have had some feedback from clients that some orders to be sent to package forwarding addresses are not accepted or cancelled. What now? There are two more things you can do:
Step 2. Get a US Unlocked Card. OPAS has teamed up with US Unlocked to offer you their US Unlocked Card. The US Unlocked Card is a debit card with your own US billing address. This address allows you to shop mostly anywhere.
Step 3. Use our Personal Shopper Service. If your package forwarding address and having a US billing address with US Unlocked is not enough for you to make a successful purchase with ZARA US online we offer our personal shopper solution. This option always works but does include higher service fees.
However, your OPAS package forwarding address is located in Oregon, the 0% US sales tax state, and you are probably saving a bundle from shopping the sale, which means you are still saving, even if you are using our personal shopper service.
Here is how you would calculate the costs of using our personal shopper service:
Combine purchase price and domestic shipping (which is often free, especially above a certain value) and add 15% for Package Only members, 10% for package & Mail members. Then add international shipping costs. Use our shipping calculator to estimate that cost: http://www.opas.com/shipping_calculator.php. To be even more complete, if you are worried about added customs duties in your country you can use this tool: www.dutycalculator.com. Now you have a full picture of the costs involved!
If you’re interested in clothes from ZARA, using a package forwarding account to get international shipping from the ZARA US online store is definitely the cheapest way to buy them.