Ordering from Stores That Do Not Ship to Freight Forwarders
Package forwarding gives you international shipping from any US store. But to protect their relationships with manufacturers, some US stores will not ship to forwarding companies, or “freight forwarders.”
These stores simply cancel your order if you use an address from a known forwarding company.
It can be frustrating if your order gets canceled. You spend time browsing the store’s website, filling out their online order forms, entering your billing information, and waiting for your order to be processed, only to see your order canceled a few days after placing it.
So how can you know whether or not a store will ship to your package forwarding address, before you place an order?
We have developed a list of stores that are known to cancel customer orders if the shipping address is recognized as an international package forwarding company. It’s called The Blacklist, and you can download it by clicking on the button at the end of this post.
How to Order from Stores that Don’t Ship to Forwarding Companies
If the store you want to order from appears on the blacklist, chances are that any order you place with that store using a forwarding address will be canceled.
Right now, there are two ways you can order from the stores above using your package forwarding address:
- Use a Personal Shopper
Personal Shoper service is built into your package forwarding account. So if you already have a package forwarding address, then it’s already set up and ready to use.Just log in to your account and fill out a Personal Shopper request form. List what store you want to buy from and what items you want, and your Personal Shopper will buy the items for you.Since your Personal Shopper will buy the products directly, your order will go through without fail, 100% of the time.
- Use an Alternate, “Secret,” Address
OPAS is the only forwarding company that offers an alternate, “top secret” address that you can use if your order is canceled by the store.If your order is canceled by a store because they won’t ship to a forwarding address, just send us an e-mail. After you register, we’ll send you instructions for how to place a new order using the alternate address.The alternate address won’t be recognized, and the store will accept your order.
If You Want to Buy it, there’s a Way
Don’t be discouraged just because the store or brand you’re interested in won’t ship to forwarding companies. If you want it, there’s a way to buy it.
If you don’t already have one, get a US package forwarding address now.