Order From Companies With Forwarding “Blacklists” By Using An Alternative Address
Package forwarding is, for lack of a fancier term, a loophole. You want to buy from the US because prices are cheaper than in other countries, but US stores don’t ship to other countries because they want you to pay the higher price. So you use package forwarding to get international shipping from any US store. It’s a loophole.
But some stores are one step ahead of the game. Some stores that sell directly from the manufacturer, like the Apple Store or HP.com, don’t like forwarding companies shipping their products internationally, so they sometimes cancel orders placed using a package forwarding address.
Even some larger distributors, like Best Buy, cancel orders placed using a package forwarding address because they want to protect their relationship with their suppliers. When this happens, it’s usually said that package forwarding addresses have been “blacklisted.” Effectively, the store closed the loophole.
The Loophole of Loopholes (How To Get Around Forwarding Blacklists)
Luckily, there is a way to successfully order from the US Apple Store, Best Buy, and other stores that blacklist package forwarding addresses. OPAS has an alternate, “top secret” address that we can give you if your order is canceled when you use our regular package forwarding address.
How does it work? Won’t the stores just figure out that that the new address is a forwarding address, too, and start canceling orders again? No, they won’t. And we can’t tell you exactly why not, because that would spoil the secret. But trust us: we’ve been using this for years, and it works 100% of the time.
We forwarded the iPad 2 the same week it was released in the US, even when competitors’ orders got canceled. We forward from HP every week. We forward all kinds of goodies from Best Buy.
Ok, My Order Was Canceled. What’s This “Secret” Address?
Well, if we just told everyone reading the blog, it wouldn’t be a secret, would it? But if your order was canceled by a store—any store—because they won’t ship to a package forwarding address, just send us an e-mail. After you register, we’ll send you instructions for how to place a new order—and this time, it won’t be canceled.
So What Stores Have A Package Forwarding Blacklist?
It’s a little hard to pin down, because there’s always a chance that you could simply get lucky. Your order could slip through and get processed, even if the store has a policy of canceling orders placed with a package forwarding address.
Apple, HP, and Best Buy are three of the big ones that routinely flag and cancel orders from forwarding addresses. But it would be great to compile a definitive list of stores that blacklist forwarding addresses. If you’ve placed an order that was canceled, please leave the name of the store in the comments section. Then, get a new package forwarding address and we’ll share our secret with you.