International Shipping Available For Galaxy Tab 10.1 From US Stores
Yesterday, those looking to buy a tablet were pleased to learn that they could get an HP Touchpad with international shipping for $100. But today, a different tablet computer is making news, and once again the issue concerns the difference between US and non-US markets.
Today, the Regional Court of Dusseldorf decided that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 must be removed from retailers in Europe because it allegedly infringes on Apple's intellectual property. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has become the second best-selling tablet in the UK, behind the iPad 2.
How To Get The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe
But if you live in Europe and still want to buy a Galaxy Tab, don't worry. Package forwarding makes international shipping available from any US store, so it's easy to buy the device online in the US and have it shipped to the UK, or any other European country.
The Galaxy Tab is a popular competitor to the iPad 2 for a good reason. The Samsung tablet is actually thinner and lighter than the iPad 2, which makes it the thinnest, lightest tablet on the market. (Well, the US market.)
In fact, since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 only weighs 2.2 lbs and doesn't take up much space, you may even be able to get free international shipping if you combine your order with other items.
Consumer Choices Depend on Package Forwarding?
Yesterday was the HP Touchpad wildfire sale, and today the Galaxy Tab 10.1 got banned in Europe. Your package forwarding account is a way to take advantage of events like these. If you don't have one already, sign up now.
HP WebOS Tablet Available Through Various US Stores
Well, if you're at all interested in tablet computers, you might have heard that last week HP decided to discontinue its iPad 2 competitor, the TouchPad, after only six weeks of sales. The device hadn't been selling as well as HP hoped it would, and after the news that the company would no longer support the product, sales slowed even further.
That is, until this past weekend. On Friday, HP lowered the price of the TouchPad on its website from $499 to $100. Then, earlier today, Best Buy did the same thing.
The result is that the device has become the second most popular tablet behind the iPad, thanks to the dramatic price change. It's also become somewhat hard to find, since retailers aren't ordering more stock after they sell out. And if you live outside the US, forget it--neither HP or Best Buy accept orders from non-US shipping addresses.
Get A Touchpad Outside The US With Package Forwarding
Neither HP or Best Buy accept orders from outside the US, but you can use a package forwarding account to get a TouchPad for $100.
If you try to place an order from outside the US, HP or Best Buy will likely just cancel it. But if you have a package forwarding account, there are three ways order a TouchPad and have it delivered to you, anywhere in the world.
Both Best Buy and HP are notorious for canceling package forwarding orders, even when placed with a US shipping address. If this is the case, you can still order a Touchpad by using an alternate address.
Other Options For Buying An HP TouchPad From The US
After HP and Best Buy started their "fire sales," other retailers joined in. Barnes & Noble is also selling the TouchPad for $100. Amazon is starting the TouchPad at $185; a little more than other stores, but still a great price.
Regular retailers like Best Buy and Amazon may not restock the TouchPad once they've sold out, but if HP has 200,000 of them on hand, they're unlikely to sell out so quickly. If you're intent on buying one, check their website frequently for updates.
HP TouchPad Now Available in US
Last Friday, HP started selling the TouchPad, their long-awaited entry into the tablet market powered by WebOS. Customers in the US have been waiting for this product for months and are releived to finally be able to get their hands on one, but international customers are going to have to wait even longer.
HP's own news release states that,
"HP's first webOS tablet will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore."
But given how long it took for the HP to finally make it to US stores even after months of announcements, who knows how long it will be before the rest of the world actually sees the TouchPad.
Buy the HP TouchPad from the US with International Shipping
Of course, international shoppers who don't want to wait can always buy the HP TouchPad from the US using a package forwarding address for international shipping.
Keep in mind that HP does NOT typically ship to forwarding companies, but OPAS can provide you with an unrecognized address that will allow you order from HP (or order an iPad 2 from the Apple store, if that's the way you want to go) and get a TouchPad shipped internationally before it's available in your country.
HP TouchPad vs. iPad 2
The obvious question is, "How does the HP TouchPad compare to the iPad 2?" A number of websites have pointed out the similarities in technical specifications and usability.
What it mostly seems to come down to is the operating system. If you already use an iPhone, you might prefer the familiarity of the iPad 2's iOS. On the other hand, HP's WebOS is supposed to be much more flexible and intuitive than iOS, which is saying a lot, since Apple is known for intuitive products.
(The other choice, of course, is to get a tablet that runs Android, like the popular Samsung Galxy Tab.)
Best Tablet for Package Forwarding Members?
Well, since they all weight approximately the same (and are all barely over 1lb), which tablet you decide to buy in the US and ship internationally won't make any difference to your shipping costs. :)
But the iPad has been out for a while now, and the TouchPad is brand new. Did you already buy an iPad 2 using your tax-free package forwarding address? If so, are you still curious about buying a HP TouchPad from the US and shipping it internationally? Discuss your tablet experiences in the comments section below!
No International Shipping? No Problem!
Most smaller US online stores don't offer international shipping because of the cost in time and resources it requires. But even some of the largest online stores in the USA have "no international shipping" policies. This means that international shoppers are left out of some of the largest selections of products and lowest prices online. Here are ten of the BIGGEST online stores that don't ship overseas.
"We Only Ship to a US Address..."
- Converse. You can spend hours on the Converse website to design your own sneaker, but you won't be able to ship internationally when you're done. We've read so many disappointed Tweets about this one!
- Ralph Lauren. Another icon of American style that's popular around the world but only ships to a US address. Guess how you can get a US address of your own?
- Best Buy. The very definition of a BIG box store, Best Buy has some of the best deals on the newest consumer electronics, but only for those with a US shipping address. (They reject most forwarders, too, but OPAS can still provide package forwarding from Best Buy!)
- HP. One of the world's largest computer companies will only ship to US addresses. This summer they'll release the new TouchPad. Will it beat the iPad? You'll need package forwarding to find out!
- Dell. Another great source for laptops, desktops, and all-in-one computers that only ships to the US.
- Target. They sell everything from clothing to kitchen goods to electronics, but they don't ship outside the US.With one of the largest selections and some of the best prices, international shoppers are missing a lot!
How to Get International Shipping from Any US Online Store
Good news! You can get international shipping from any US online store, even if they don't ship internationally. Just get a US address from OPAS and start shopping today.
What other stores do you like that don't ship overseas? Make a list in the comments section to help other international shoppers!