Importing Goods to Australia

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Running a business in Australia has a lot of perks. The clientele is typically very nice, the location simply cannot be beat, and the economy is doing great. That being said, there is an ongoing issue that arises often for merchants living in Australia; the import of goods. While there are some manufacturing options in the country itself, there is not a lot in the way of variety of items you can obtain locally, which means that for the acquisition of merchandise, it really has to be imported.
With the change of information sharing due to the internet, it is possible to find products anywhere in the world and have them shipped right to you. This has been incredibly valuable to merchants, because now you can find the specific item you were looking for at a reasonable rate from anywhere in the entire world. Sure the consumers could also buy online, but realistically, few are going to order a small ball of yarn, for example, from the United States when you can physically go into a store, see the color, and feel the texture. Also, the rate to have such a small item mailed to you would make it more unnecessary, especially if you could just obtain it locally.
For merchants, the ability to order from the United States is wonderful, but the convenience of shipping and shipping costs is definitely not. I have found one way to get around the headache though. With services, like, I can buy as if I was in the U.S., but have it safely and securely sent to my store in Australia. This gives me access to buy from,, and so many others, but not have to go through the headache of processing international shipping. International shipping can be a nightmare; between the cost of freight and the increased potential for lost packages, it can be a risky business.
Services, like what I’ve used with, make it far simpler. I’m sure you are wondering how that works. Well, through, for example, you are given a valid American address to have your freight and packages sent to. From there, the company forwards the products directly to you in Australia, skipping the organizing hassle that comes with buying from foreign vendors. This is an actual solution to a problem that I face on a daily basis.
The service acts as a sort of loss prevention. Losing merchandise during shipment doesn’t just cost me for the lost product, but it costs me for potentially lost sales, and even lost customers. If someone comes into my store and I don’t have the merchandise to sell, I don’t have customers and therefore don’t have business. Packages get lost, even domestically, but it is far more costly to have product replaced when it is coming internationally. Services, like, take away the stress of missing packages with their convenient tracking system as well as their insurance repayment if things are damaged in the process.
Being able to shop in the U.S. from Australia for my store’s needs has boosted my business. By having the products that my customers are looking for, and at more reasonable prices, has gotten my store’s name out there and given me more customers than ever before.

One Trick to Getting Amazon and eBay to Australia

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One of the great difficulties with living in the wonderful country that is Australia is getting American goods here. While Australia is obviously a first world country, getting the best deals off of Amazon or winning an eBay bid becomes an enormous shipping headache. Receiving international mail is both risky and costly. You could easily lose a package along the way and there is no guarantee that a company will resend a new item for you for free, especially given the cost of international post.
I have found a couple of ways to bypass the issue though. Instead of giving up your online shopping habit, you can make use of package services to have the parcels forwarded to you from Amazon directly. This means that the package can still be tracked, making it much harder to lose, and quite a bit less costly.
There are a few forwarding services out there, but the one that I have had most success with is By using their service, I am able to purchase the Amazon Deal of the Day all the way in Australia and not have to worry about an extreme shipping fee to get it to me.
Yes there are American goods located in Australia, but with them comes the exuberant price, because the products are considered “foreign.” There is an expectation that American goods should be found in western countries, and they are, just not to the extent as online. In my effort to keep bargain hunting, I have been using the forwarding service by, who has helped me to continue getting access to the American items I had originally wanted.
No longer do I need to fly to New York to be able to purchase the latest fashions, I can just order it online directly and have it sent to my house. Instead of finding some Australian knock-off or substitute, I am able to get the exact product that I wanted as if the company were here and not thousands of miles away.
Online shopping in Australia is very different than in the States, where just about every store is online with thousands of options. Online shopping here has less variety and of course is short on the deals that I am able to snag off of eBay. If there is a true find on eBay and the seller will not ship internationally, you don’t need to worry, the shipper can ship to your provided address instead.
How it works is that the company actually gives you an American address to have the company send to, but instead of making it to the address provided, the boxes are then forwarded all the way to Australia, making it seem as if you were in the States the entire time. And, unlike normal international shipping, the shipping service actually provides a free loss/damage protection for up to $100, giving you a little security that if what you ordered is lost or damaged along the way, you will not be out the money.

Shipping what I want across the world!

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I recently moved to Australia with my new hubby and wanted to shop at my old haunts in the United States. Imagine my surprise when the shipping was more costly than the shopping! I thought I wouldn’t be able to purchase my favorite clothes from Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret without paying outrageous shipping charges. I told my problem to all my hubby’s friends and my new co-workers here “down under” and one or two of them suggested that I use a shipping company that could have my purchases delivered to in the United States and then sent directly to me. They said that his friends from all over Australia–Brisbane, Perth and near Darwin–use this one website to get their “American” purchases sent to them. Since I had no family in the States & I didn’t want to impose on my friends, I gave it a try.

I checked it out and discovered they were right! I looked at all the various companies who provide this kind of service and decided on It was the one that was cheapest and easiest to use.

I tried it with a purchase from Ralph Lauren & Walmart. I wanted to get a new bathroom set for our apartment here in Melborne and new clothes for my new job. I selected the free plan at I couldn’t believe how quick the whole thing was, from the time they got my packages to the delivery to my door. I loved it when they got the packages, uploaded the package pictures for my inspection and approval before shipping. They even re-packaged both purchases to lower the shipping cost.

The next time I used was a few months later when I wanted to get my Christmas gifts for my new family here in Australia. My hubby’s family are scattered across this continent in Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle &Broone. (He has a large family who moved all over Australia.) They told me not to worry, but they were so nice to us at our wedding and the family reunion, that I wanted to give back to them. This time I decided on the membership plus at since I was buying from several different locations and sending my packages across Australia.

I made several purchases on E-Bay, Amazon, Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s 6 PM, Zappos, Sephoria, Ralph Lauren and the Gap. My husband said I went a little crazy, but it was my first Christmas with my new hubby and his family.

Well, really took care of me!! They got all my packages from all these different stores and repackaged them so that 1) purchases from different stores went to a single address & 2) I got the lowest possible packaging price. If I had had all of those shipped directly to me, without using, I would have spent so much more in shipping! Everyone got their Christmas packages on time and they were all so excited to get the “American” gifts from their American-in law.