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Shopping September Holiday Sales In The U.S.

People in the United States love to celebrate, and they have many different holidays. Although the federal government cannot order that all businesses recognize a holiday and close for a day, as in many other countries, many holidays are still universally recognized regardless.

Even when there are no major holidays in a given month, Americans are often using the time to prepare for other holidays that are happening later on. That’s the case in September: Although there is only one major, universally recognized holiday, you will still find sales.

Americans love to set up great sales no matter the occasion, so major “federal” holidays are a great time to check out your favorite U.S.-based sites. Sales have a tendency to begin the first day of the holiday’s month in some cases, but they can also begin the week before.

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The One Holiday In September That All International Shoppers Should Be Aware Of

In America, the first Monday in September is celebrated as Labor Day. Labor Day recognizes the long struggle of many different parties that have contributed to the labor rights Americans now enjoy: For example, an eight-hour work day, sick days and paid vacation time.

Unlike some of the other holidays that Americans love, there’s no specific item that is associated with Labor Day. On the other hand, you will probably find sales for a wide variety of different industries, so take time out to look at a number of different brands.  Shopping September Holidays sales include things like clothing, electronics, and housewares. If you look carefully enough, you’re bound to find a U.S.-based company that is discounting something you want to buy.

Since people have a tendency to get together during “Labor Day weekend,” you’ll also find that items like barbecue grills and outdoor furniture may be available at reduced prices.

Labor Day Is Only The Beginning When It Comes To U.S. Holiday Shopping

September may not have many holidays of its own, but it is the very beginning of an important shopping season that culminates with Christmas on December 25. September is the time of year when many people start putting together gift packages for those they care about.

Likewise, U.S. shoppers might also start working on hunting deals for Thanksgiving, another major holiday that takes place in November. With OPAS, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the deals as soon as they start, no matter where you are in the world.

Email us today to learn more!

Great Beauty Brands

Embrace the new season and use these versatile products to create your favorite beauty looks. Make the most of your OPAS US address and Shop, Ship and Save these great beauty brands. We’ve listed our three favorites of the moment.

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Why we love it: 
rms beauty’s lip2cheek is a unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant mineral color for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips and cheeks. Comes in 6 gorgeous shades.
• Created with nourishing organic ingredients
• Each unique shade varies from a youthful sheer to more densely colored stains
• May be applied to lips, cheeks and eyes

Why it’s hot: 
Featured: Harper’s Bazaar, New Beauty and Huffington Post online.

 

 

 

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Neutral Matte Palette – Mineral Makeup
Why we love it:

This perfect matte palette, contains 6 versatile colors. These handmade eyeshadows contain rice powder, titanium dioxide, sericite, mica, oxide, kaolin clay.
They do not contain:
NO synthetic ingredients,
NO talcs,
NO parabens,
NO cornstarch,
NO Bismuth Oxychloride or
NO preservative
NO Dye
NO Nano or Micronized products

Made to order. $ 19.00. Purchase here. 

 

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L:A Bruket No.92 Hand Cream Sage/Rosemary/Lavender

Get your hands ready for fall!

Why we love it: 
Not only is it moisturizing, this luxe hand cream has natural astringents and cleansing properties. Essential oils stimulate skin and repair dry, chapped skin. Ingredients include Meadowfoam and Comfrey which are known to moisturize and protect skin.
• Extremely healing
• Sage, Rosemary and Lavender oils have a warming and mind strengthening effect
• Containes shea butter for added moisture

$ 26.00. Purchase here. 

Best Accessories For iPad

Make the most out of your OPAS US shipping address and your technology by adding some of these innovative accessories to your device.  Get the best accessories for iPad! Shop and Ship these great tech finds. We’ve listed our three favorites of the moment. Affordable, innovative and stylish. Enjoy! 

Anker 2nd Gen. Astro 6000mAh External Battery Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology. 6000mAh of power is packed into a candy-bar shaped pack ideal for grab-and-go use. Plug in any brand or model and enjoy compatibility that doesn’t limit your charging speed. On sale for only $25.99. Purchase here.

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Please note: when purchasing a battery pack make sure to check wattage hours. Anything above 100 wattage hours is considered dangerous goods, which makes it much harder to ship.

The ICON Sleeve. Innovative TENSAERLITE technology provides maximum impact absorption through a lightweight bumper frame. Designed to keep your favorite technology safe! $59.95. Purchase here.

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The Moment Wide lens is for the picture taker who wants to capture more of the world in stunning detail. Simply attach it to your iPad or iPhone and capture everything from breathtaking mountain vistas to the ultimate self portrait. $99.99. Available for pre-order (shipping in August). Purchase here. 

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One Of Our Favorite Brands: Williams & Sonoma

Favorite brands and shopping outlets can appeal to the diverse interests of many individuals.  At OPAS, one of our perennial likes is Williams & Sonoma, which is always providing people with the cooking gadgets that you never knew existed, but once you find them, you simply have to own.

For many people, just having a cookout and using the coal fueled hibachi can seem like enough of a festive occasion.  However, a number of grill enthusiasts will use this patio accessory year round, and for any meal of the day.  This is where Williams & Sonoma really delivers for unique applications in outdoor cooking.

If You Can Eat It, You Can Grill It

Several grill accessories have made the OPAS favorite list, and appeal to both gourmet grillers and casual enthusiasts.

  • Mesh Fry Pan – This unique contraption allows people to essentially stir fry on the grill.  The rounded pan can sit in the coals or on top of the grill grid, and accommodates chopped vegetables and meats for a unique outdoor cooking experience.
  • Popcorn Popper – An individual can now safely and expertly make popcorn on the grill.  The lid of the popper also doubles as a bowl and the pan design allows for an even distribution of heat so that all the kernels explode and none of them burn.
  • Braising Pan – This item is ideal for all the gourmet chefs, and gives an interesting take on the slow cooking experience.  Braised duck, Osso Bucco, and tender roasts are all possible on the grill for an expert presentation.
  • Flexible Skewers – These stainless steel skewers bed to accommodate easy threading of meats and vegetables, and also lock together in a loop so that none of the food is lost to the fire.  The flexible nature of this item also allows for the kebabs to be placed in the mesh fry pan, to further ensure that food is kept in place.
  • Flexi Basket – This item is a must for vegetable lovers.  The basket has a top and bottom that locks together, and allows for everything from corn to asparagus to be flame broiled.

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Getting A Start On Grilling

Along with these favorites, Williams & Sonoma always has serving tools, plates, cutting boards, and all the accessories that are needed to make cooking or grilling at any time a festive occasion.  Aspiring chefs around the world can find inspiration and efficiency from this brand favorite, while OPAS can help get the items to where they are going.  Our package forwarding services allow for shipping across the globe, and consolidating orders can also ensure that the saved fees can go to the luxury of good food and good times with friends.

Start shopping, shipping and saving with OPAS today! Register Here. 

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Reach International Customers With OPAS

Shipping goods to international customers is integral to global commerce, and while many major vendors do make accommodations for getting goods to different regions, this can sometimes come at a large cost to the consumer.  This may be especially true when companies break up their orders into a number of shipments, or source their goods from different locations in the US.  For international shoppers, this can translate into compounded fees and taxes, as well as a long wait time for merchandise.

Although companies may make inclusions for international shipping from the US, this does not mean that every region is a part of the service area.  The result is that customers across the globe may not have the access they want to the goods that they need.  The recognition of this problem has led to solution based changes for international shipping, and OPAS is one of the leaders for package forwarding.

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Virtual Addresses And Real People

In essence, package forwarding allows international customers to have a US based address where vendors can easily ship items.  Once all the parts of an order from one or more vendors has arrived at the US address location, OPAS will consolidate the goods into a single, weight based package that can be sent to the international buyer.  This allows for goods to be purchased by consumers who are located all around the world, but also cuts down on the cost that a business would charge even if the consumer does live in a serviceable area.

OPAS has a small team of individuals who handle all the orders and prepare them for international shipping.  Once a client is registered with an OPAS address, our customer service team takes over in ensuring that products get to the correct purchaser, and that they do so in pristine condition.  We are deeply dedicated to customer satisfaction, and feel a great commitment to helping support global commerce as well as the individual shopper.

When a consumer registers for an OPAS package forwarding address, they are getting more than just a place for US vendors to ship items.  Clients are also receiving the attention to detail, commitment to quality, and human care that our staff affords, to make every shopping, and shipping, experience a personal affair. If your a business that would like to get started with international shipping, request a consultation today! 

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In The Spotlight: DatsunParts.com

We are starting something new here at OPAS today, sharing some of the amazing niche suppliers that our customers like to shop from.

In the spotlight this week is DatsunParts.com. Datsun? Yes! Remember that brand?  Datsun is an automobile brand owned by the Nissan Motor Company. Datsun’s original production run began in 1931. From 1958 to 1986, only vehicles exported by Nissan were identified as Datsun. In 1986, Nissan phased out the Datsun name but re-launched it in 2013 as the brand for low-cost vehicles manufactured for emerging markets.

Because the brand was phased out, worldwide Datsun enthusiasts have a hard time finding parts. Enter DatsunParts ‘Your home for Datsun Roadster Parts and Accessories’. Not only does DatsunParts supply a very niche product, it is in fact only supplying products for the Datsun Roadster.   Dean, the owner, supplies new and remanufactured Datsun Roadster parts to US residents as well as international customers, providing service to the latter with OPAS’ help!

Of course there are many (online) retailers that offer replacement parts for cars such as the Datsun Roadster.  Datsun Parts offers something more, benefit from their years of experience and know-how to help install the parts you have purchased. They have truly succeeded in combining the best of both worlds;

Discount prices and attentive service. DatsunParts.com is based in California and has a faithful customer base both in the US and abroad.  Dean relies on his Mutual Referral relationship with OPAS for international shipments.

 

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 How does that work?

 

  • You provide a link to OPAS’ website on your website, and advise anyone who is interested in shipping your product internationally to contact OPAS. OPAS provides a link for your site on our homepage, where any current members or prospective international buyers can see it.
  • We’ll provide a personalized promotional code so that your potential customer can apply for an OPAS account and mailbox with no sign-up fees.
  • The customer places an order with your business using their OPAS US address.
  • You send your products to that US address.

 

 How is this great for American businesses?

  • You can accept orders from international customers.
  • Increase your customer base and revenue.
  • OPAS will assist you with the international shipping process and customs clearance.
  • All OPAS members are screened by our own payment validation process, reducing fraud risk for you.
  • OPAS offers multiple premium shipping carrier options to your international customers.

So if you’re interested in components for a Datsun Roadster, be sure to check with Dean at DatsunParts.com, and if you’re a merchant with your own niche product who is interested in expanding globally, then talk to OPAS!

 

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Making Global Local with OPAS

Business has evolved to include a greater reach than ever before.  The use of the internet for locating products and services has helped many companies gain prominence and better international recognition.  However, while many US based companies continue to use online presence as a way of growing their brands, worldwide awareness and access can still be at odds.

Although some companies do make an effort to accommodate greater shipping needs, many are still limited in terms of how diverse their shipping reach is.  For international shoppers, this can include challenges such as not being within the receiving range for the span of countries that a vendor services, or having exorbitant additional fees tacked on in order for a package to reach its destination.

For the consumer, this can lead to extreme frustration.  It seems that when businesses decide to use the reach of the internet to gain better presence, they should also take into consideration actually making transaction with their diverse client base be able to happen.  The result is that international shoppers may find exactly the products they want, yet, seem to have no options for either payment, acquisition, or both.

Making Global Local

At OPAS, we understand that these impediments can have wide reaching detriments.  On one side, global consumers may be disappointed and dissatisfied about the lack of service and accommodations for their region of residency.  On the company side, it can set up a situation of loss of customer loyalty and halted growth on the worldwide market.  Neither of these outcomes is conducive to business productivity, and it can undermine the benefits that technology offers to commerce.

The solution can be relatively simple.  OPAS offers a number of practical and positive solutions to overcome the challenges of global shopping.  As a package forwarding service, we give you a US address to have all your products shipped to from the vendors, and then we can consolidate the items for a weight based shipping fee that not only cuts down on costs, but also allows you to make purchases with companies who do not ship internationally.

You will essentially have a virtual US residence to accommodate vendor requirements.  Since OPAS is located in one of the US states that does not charge sales tax, you will also be able to take advantage of that aspect of commerce. Shopping with OPAS means 0% US Sales Tax guaranteed! This allows you to save on your purchases, but also make the purchases you desire.  With an OPAS virtual address and package forwarding, the entire world can become your personal shopping mall.

Making Global Local with OPAS

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Back To School Sales, What You Need to Know

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We’ve written updates about the amazing US (summer) sales but we think it bears repeating. One of the most interesting tech sales is happening right now!

The yearly Back To School Sale. Did you know many if not all popular tech retailers are participating? Of course you don’t have to be going back to school to enjoy this sale. There are many many great brands and retailers where you can get incredible deals. Below we have listed some of our favourites:

1. Rakuten; get deals on computers, tablets, backpacks, display monitors and more. How about this e-reader and MP3 player: Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro – retailing for only $59.99. Act quickly here as many items are already selling out.

2. Best Buy; offers all the tech you need to succeed! Save $150 on Select Lenovo Yoga and HP Laptops or Save $100 on All MacBooks. Simply enter your email address and receive a bunch of coupons in your email. The great thing here is, Best Buy will not be sending you unwanted messages, just the coupons.

3. Apple.com; (the US store): Get a $100 Apple Store Gift Card when you buy a Mac for college. Or a $50 gift card when you buy an iPad or iPhone.* You’ll also save on a Mac or iPad with education pricing. Make sure you check the small print as you might not qualify.

4. Newegg: Back at School with their #beequipped sale. Benefit from high discounts on wearables, mobile devices, computers and games. We highlight this Canon PIXMA MG5520 Black wireless inkject printer that is on sale now for only $49.99

Have your OPAS and payment credentials handy and start shopping! Remember, you are saving another 5-9% on any item because you are using your OPAS 0% US sales tax guarantee.

We are always working on improving our customer service and global packages, let us know if we can be of help to you today, contact our customer service department via email: service@opas.com, one of our great staff members will help you out.

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One Of Our Favorite Brands: Amazon.com

At OPAS, we strive to make sure that people from all around the world can enjoy the benefits of good sales and great deals. We often get questions about what our favorite brand is.

While there are many terrific brands that you can access using OPAS services, the one that we get the most questions about has to be Amazon.com — and with good reason.Amazon.com has been the world’s largest online retailer for many years. With every passing year, however, it finds ways to exceed expectations and excel at what it does.

Amazon Truly Has The World’s Largest Selection

Amazon got started all the way back in 1994, and it only sold books at the time. Back then, it had a lot of fierce competition from traditional bookstores in the United States. Now, it sells millions of books each year as well as products from hundreds of other categories.

Amazon has recently become associated with the Kindle, its e-book reader. The Kindle was first released in 2007 and has consistently been updated since then. Although international users can’t access all Kindle features, it has caused the brand to be more “invested” in electronics.

Other areas that Amazon excels at include:

  • Movies and music
  • Computer software and games
  • Beauty and health items
  • Toys and children’s goods
  • Apparel, shoes, and accessories

Amazon’s One Stop Shopping Makes It Perfect For Many Customers

OPAS gives you the entire world of online shopping at your fingertips. But what happens if you don’t have much time, and need to find exactly what you want as quickly as possible? When you need to find an answer fast, looking at Amazon is often your best bet.

Not only does Amazon provide all kinds of great goods, but it also acts as a marketplace for smaller sellers throughout the United States. These smaller businesses can often provide you with rare, hard to find items or deeper discounts than Amazon itself.

Whether you are dealing directly with Amazon or using an Amazon seller, though, you’ll find the whole process is easier when you use OPAS. Our forwarding service helps you cut through the clutter, get your package fast, and avoid unnecessary U.S. taxes.

Here is a great example of the kind of money you can be saving using your OPAS Oregon address:

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Get Started With OPAS And You Could Be Shopping On Amazon Soon

Are you excited about Amazon? If you are, begin with OPAS. Email us to find out how we can help you with a great forwarding service you’ll love.

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An Oregon Shipping Address Is The Key To Avoiding Sales Tax

If you have been shopping online from the United States lately, you know many of the states in that country impose a sales tax on transactions. This sales tax is similar to the VAT tax used in many other nations around the world.

Sales taxes in the United States can be zero, or it can be very high. Unfortunately, sales taxes are becoming more prevalent as time goes on, although there are still a few states that do not require any sales tax on items purchased online.

Not so long ago, it was very rare for anyone to pay taxes on online purchases in the United States. Taxes were usually only imposed if the only business happened to have an office or warehouse in the U.S. state where the customer was making the purchase.

However, many states recently passed laws forcing online companies to collect certain taxes. This has made many online purchases highly expensive for people in the U.S. and those who would like to buy U.S. wares abroad.

At OPAS, we looked at this problem and wanted to ensure that our customers would have access to U.S. goods at the best rates possible. To help make this a reality, we have centralized many of our operations in the U.S. state of Oregon.

Why Is It Important For Customers Abroad To Have An Oregon Shipping Address?

When it comes to making purchases online and in person, the state of Oregon imposes very few taxes. While the state is not very well known abroad, and even people in the United States might not know much about it, it is valuable for our customers.

When you do business with OPAS, you can rest assured that your shipments will be routed through our sophisticated network focused on Oregon. Because of this, we can help you to avoid taxes that you might end up paying if you used other services.

Because you live abroad, you are under no obligation to pay U.S. taxes in most cases, even when buying goods. By ensuring that your shipments will go through the beautiful state of Oregon, we make it easier for you to save your money.

Anyone who has traveled in other countries knows there are complicated processes for getting money back that you have paid in taxes in a country where you do not live. With OPAS, you never have to worry about these issues since you are not charged in the first place. Avoiding sales tax has never been so easy!

Learn more about OPAS by contacting our team today.

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