Black Friday and Cyber Monday have some of the best deals of the entire year. With stores ramping up for the holiday season, people everywhere want to get in on the deals. But one major issue that I have had living in Australia is shipping rates.
Expensive shipping rates completely counterbalance the whole point of shopping online during the biggest holiday sales of the year. And I still want to be a part of the madness, even if I am no longer living in the United States. Black Friday is something of a holiday in and of itself, calling people from all over to get out of their beds at a ridiculous hour to do mad dash shopping in order to get the best deals of the year. And as Christmas can be insanely expensive, it really makes a difference.
But I have found a go-around for the shipping rates. In order to still gain the U.S. sales that I really wanted, I have been using a shipping service that acts as an American address and then forwards the mail to you. While it may seem complicated it really isn’t. The company, such as USAaddress.com among others, acts as a domestic shipping address, receives the mail for you, then sends it along using their international freight service which is substantially less expensive than having the store ship directly to Australia.
In the States, Black Friday ads come out weeks before the holiday itself even happens, giving shoppers plenty of time to prepare for their excursion. Some stores in the U.S. actually will give Black Friday preview sales online before the end of November. I really want to take part in the sales. While Australia is certainly a first-world westernized country, there is simply not the same products available here as there are in the United States. I would like to be able to shop normally, online, but not be charged more in shipping than the actual cost of the product itself. That is ridiculous.
Fortunately, I have found that the shipping companies have been helpful. While I have only experimented with USAaddress.com, I will say that the results were better than I expected. I received the item I ordered in a timely manner, especially considering it has a long way to travel from the U.S., and it was in perfect condition. International shipping doesn’t have to be scary. The price doesn’t have to break the bank and the product does not have to be lost in shipping. Actually, I found that USAaddress.com has insurance on what I order in the rare instance that something actually happens.
So gear up! Get your shopping done on Black Friday and Cyber Monday just as you would if you lived in the United States. The shipping rates don’t have to frighten you away or the risk that the store will not ship all the way to Australia. You can ease your mind by using a mail forwarding company as well as still get all the holiday sales you were after.