Amazon Prime Day Brings Voice First Home

Did you participate in Prime Day 2017? If you didn’t, you are in the minority (almost)! Amazon created this new shopping holiday in 2015, and this year’s sales beat last year’s by 60%. Amazon doesn’t share hard numbers, but we know that Amazon purchases went over $1,000,000,000 in 30 hours. (The extended time period is for expanded markets.)

Prime Day is centered on customers who have signed up for Amazon’s Prime service. For $99 a year customers get unlimited two-day shipping, discounts, shopping rewards, and access to services like Prime Music and Prime Video. Of course, they get access to the thousands of deals which come up only on Prime Day.

The big movers this year were the Amazon Echo, and it’s little buddy, the Amazon Dot. The Echo is one of the popular new home assistant devices that acts like a voice-activated internet and speaker. It’s hooked up to many apps so it can play music or news, answer questions, order stuff from Amazon (of course), order pizza, dim the lights… the possibilities are expanding by the day. The Dot is a kind of mini version of the Echo, and on Prime Day the price of the Dot dropped from $50 to $35. (The Echo sold at half price on Prime Day, down to $90.) Amazon doesn’t share final sales numbers, but insiders say that at points they were selling thousands of Dots per minute. Overall Amazon reported that Prime Members purchased 6000 items a minute during Prime Day.

Overall, the Dot was the best seller during Prime Day. Not surprisingly, other Amazon products also sold well, like the Echo, Fire devices and Kindle tablets. Other popular items included Sony’s PlayStation 4 and 23 And Me DNA testing kits. The Instant Pot pressure cooker was also a popular item.

One must be a Prime Member to participate in Prime Day, and on July 11 more people signed up to Prime than any other day in history. Prime members tend to shop more, making it a win-win deal for Amazon and its customers. Not surprisingly Amazon’s stock jumped on Prime Day, breaking the $1000 a share mark. (Where is the downside for Amazon?)

It seems like voice commerce may be direction online shopping is going. Not only has Amazon eliminated the need to get in your car and go somewhere to go shopping, now they are eliminating the need to log in and use a screen to shop! Also, there is competition in Voice First field with Google’s Home and Apple’s HomePod. Competition is good for consumers. Prices will fall and devices will evolve quickly. Amazon is already introducing its next spinoff: a voice first device with a screen.

We see a lot of these devices move through our warehouse at OPAS. From just eyeballing it, it looks like the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Dot are what most OPAS buyers are spending their new voice device money on.

Have you delved into the Voice First world feet first? What device or devices have you used? Are you still embarrassed to talk to a machine?

Back To School Sales

Back To School Sales

It’s probably still the middle of summer where you are, or even the middle of winter if you live ‘down under’. But believe it or not, here in the U.S. we are getting ready to start the new school year.

Back To School Sales

Back to school sales have more recently played a major part in how our shoppers purchase items, specifically because it’s not just about pens and a great outfit, you can also find great deals on technology such as laptops, tablets, calculators and even personal fitness devices.

Let’s get started

Old Navy has a generous back to school sale with 60% off deals.

The coolest backpacks (really!) starting at only $14.00.

Hydrate in style with a cool water bottle, only $6.00

(we told you the deals are good!)

No early morning ‘get your shoes on stress’ with HICKIES Original Unisex One-size Fits All Elastic No-Tie Shoelaces For All Types Of Shoes.

Every mom knows that shoes get destroyed super fast so why spend too much when you can buy a cool slip on sneaker for only $12.00? and for the girls, so many cool styles!

Meanwhile on Amazon, many back to school supplies and technology in one handy area.

Please let us know if we can help you find anything else or, if you are not yet an OPAS preferred customer, how we can help you set up your account. Registration is FREE. 

Back To School Sales

 

 

 

 

Get The Best Tech

We noticed a technological trend in items our members are purchasing this month, take a look at our top 5 below. Also make a note of the sales coming in the next couple of weeks, like back to school sales (technology and great bedding and clothes) and Labor Day Sales for the first week of September.

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Mic, enjoy professional quality sound without those pesky wires. On sale for $73.20

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ The No. 1 LEGO® video game franchise triumphantly returns with a fun-filled, humorous journey based on the blockbuster film. On sale for $54.89.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Standard Edition – Xbox One , a Call Of Duty Campaign unlike anything before it. On sale for $34.99.

ClamCase + for iPad Air 2 Responsive keyboard. Protective polycarbonate shell. Versatile 360° stand. $129.99

AREVR ET1 – VR 3D Virtual Reality Headset – Immerse yourself into another dimension with Giant Screen, split view 3D augmented reality $24.99

Enjoy shopping and have a great weekend,

Bernard

PS. Don’t miss out on our limited time offer – take $5.00 off your next international shipment.

Did you know the US Unlocked VISA card is the only card you need to shop in U.S.?

Using your OPAS forwarding address and a US Unlocked card can give you the chance to take hold of those advantages and become part of a winning team. It’s easier than you think to get started, and could change the way you shop online for good.

Get Your US Unlocked Card Now!

Click the card image below to get your card and start shopping right away!

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How To Shop Online Without A US Billing Address

The world is filled with plenty of great opportunities for deals on everything from clothing to cookware to electronics, and many of them are there for the taking if you know where to look. But for many of us, the chance to really seize some of the best deals out there is out of reach. You know just where to find those opportunities, but the fact is that US residents and their US Billing Address are able to take advantage of far more of them than the rest of the world. That gives them a big advantage over those looking for the best deals – if you are locked out of sales, you can’t take advantage of them. In short, you have to be in it to win it.

With a US Unlocked card and a mail forwarding address, you can actually be in it, no matter where you are. 

How To Shop Online Without A US Billing Address

  1. You’re given a US-based PO box and a US Unlocked digital debit card connected to that address.
  2. When you place an order online, you use the card and the address to make your purchases.
  3. Those purchases are shipped to the PO box, where they’re then forwarded to your current address.

This makes it easy to take advantage of a huge range of sales, including Black Friday sales, Memorial Day and Labor Day sales, and much more. And it lets you shop at the official US sites for companies like Amazon, too. This can save you hundreds of dollars since many purchases are far cheaper for those in the US than for those in other countries like Australia. And you can also use your card to access memberships to sites that normally lock out foreign visitors – like Netflix or Hulu.

How To Shop Online Without A US Billing Address

In these cases, you can view the shows and films available to US subscribers. In short, if you’re not living in the US then you could be missing out on a lot of opportunities and plenty of big savings. Using a forwarding address and a US Unlocked card can give you the chance to take hold of those advantages and become part of a winning team. It’s easier than you think to get started, and could change the way you shop online for good. If you’re ready to learn more, our team is ready to have you join us. Contact us today to find out more or to get started setting up your account.

Get Your US Unlocked Card Now!

Click the card image below to get your card and start shopping right away!

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The US Unlocked Card is issued by Metropolitan Commercial Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa, U.S.A., Inc  “Metropolitan” and “Metropolitan Commercial Bank” are registered trademarks of Metropolitan Commercial Bank © 2014. Use of the Card is subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Cardholder Agreement and fee schedule, if any.

Shop The 4th Of July Sales Like A Pro! Check Out Our 4th Of July Promo Now!

Check Out Our 4th Of July Promo Now!

Let’s face it, we write a lot about US Sales here at OPAS. The reason is simple, we want our members to make the most out of their US mailing address and that includes our members being aware of upcoming sales and how to most benefit from them. The next big sales happening here in the US are the 4th of July sales. We celebrate our independence with fireworks, barbecues, parties and clearance sales :-).

What to shop for during 4th of July Sales:

The kinds of items that go on sale during this 4th of July period are diverse but there are a few items that are worth paying close attention to:

Back to school sales start in July. This means great deals on a variety of items, ranging from practical apparel, to package deals for dorm rooms (think cute bedding and décor) and (small) electronics and paper goods.

If you are in the market for a new duvet, home decor, some great shorts for your kids, and a new laptop for yourself, now is the time to shop! 

Browsing through online stores to get a sense of what you want to purchase will make it easier to snap up the deals when you see them. (Read here how you can install a simple, free, browser extension that will apply and try all active coupons to get you the best discount!) While some items require a quick decision as sales may end prior to the 4th of July, other items, such as footwear, require a bit more patience. If you can wait till mid to late July you can purchase a great pair of sandals by brand names such as Teva and Crocs at much much lower prices.

Most online stores allow you to simply add your items to your cart, then the waiting game starts, keep checking daily for new coupons and promo codes and when you are ready, and the deal is at it’s best you go ahead and continue to checkout. As your items start arriving in our warehouse, we are happy to store them up to 30 days free of charge. You can shop and save in your own time, and let us know when you are ready to ship your items to your home or business. International shipping to most of the world from the U.S. takes from 3 to 8 days depending on the carrier and service you choose. We will re-pack your items to the smallest, safest package(s) as possible to save on your shipping costs.

All your favorite brands will be having great sales, GAP, Old Navy, American Eagle, Best Buy, Amazon and Ralph Lauren.  We also recommend keeping a close watch on brands such as ClamCase, who tend to the sales towards the 4th of July also!

Check Out Our 4th Of July Promo Now!

Our mission is straightforward, to provide you with excellent customer service and affordable international shipping options for any budget. With the added benefit of our Oregon location, you pay 0% US sales tax.  

On top of all these savings, save an extra $10.00 off your next international shipment. Simply enter promo code SUMMER.

This coupon code is valid until JULY 14, one coupon per customer and for international shipments only.

 

Amazon Prime Day 2016

UPDATE: Amazon has announced when it will hold it’s second Prime Day this year, it’s July 12th! Last year’s Amazon Prime Day was touted as being bigger than Black Friday. It promises to be the biggest day for sellers and Amazon sales go up by 18% on the day.

Mark your calendars for July 12th.

What do you need to do be prepared for Amazon Prime Day 2016?

Amazon will offer new deals as often as every 10 minutes, arranged into two types: Lightning Deals and Deals of the Day.

We recommend that our members be prepared by doing three things:

  1. Become an Amazon Prime member
  2. Get a US Unlocked VISA card
  3. Load up your US Unlocked card, so that you have sufficient balance when Prime Day is announced.

Signing up for a US Unlocked card is super easy and convenient. Start the process today and shop on Amazon Prime Day 2016  !

Get Your US Unlocked Card Now!

Click the card image below to get your card and start shopping right away!

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The US Unlocked Card is issued by Metropolitan Commercial Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa, U.S.A., Inc  “Metropolitan” and “Metropolitan Commercial Bank” are registered trademarks of Metropolitan Commercial Bank © 2014. Use of the Card is subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Cardholder Agreement and fee schedule, if any.

 

 

Memorial Day Sales Mean Big Savings For Shoppers

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day means a lot of different things depending on who you talk to. Seeing old friends and family members, enjoying a day off from work, and relaxing are all just a few examples. Another that you’ll see mentioned many times is the fact that some holidays mean big sales and specials for shoppers.

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

A perfect example of this are the memorial day sales, and every year when Memorial Day approaches those looking for big savings start to pay attention to the sales that are announced.

It’s become an American tradition, and stores from Target to Amazon.com to Ralph Lauren and even EBay all make sure that they offer big sales during the Memorial Day weekend. Over the last decade, technology has helped make it even easier to take advantage of these specials no matter where you are. Logging onto the internet provides a fast, easy way to browse all the various savings and to take advantage of the ones that appeal to you.

But an issue that some face is that if you lack a US address, many of the sales are simply off limits to you. Many companies only offer their sales to those in the US, and many others will refuse to ship out of the country due to added expense or hassle. This means that for some, the best Memorial Day sales are nothing but a dream.

One solution that is worth considering this Memorial Day is the use of a US mail forwarding service. These services let you set up a US mailing address to use when shopping online. Your packages are shipped to that address, then the service forwards them to you wherever you are. It’s the easiest solution out there and one that will let you take advantage of all of the savings that American retailers have.

Best of all, a US mail forwarding service is entirely legal and easy to set up and use for anyone. It’s great for citizens who are living abroad, enlisted military members, or anyone else who wants to get big savings during the Memorial Day Sales.  OPAS can make the entire process easy and painless. If you’re ready to find out more about this service and what it can do for you, contact us today to get started. It will make a huge difference in how you shop.

Save Money With Honey; Honey Automatically Searches For And Applies Coupon Codes

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Save Money With Honey

Honey is a service that makes it very easy to save money and time. Honey works as a browser extension and works its magic when you check out. Honey will automatically find coupon codes for you and applies them to your order for the site you are shopping on.

Supported Stores

Honey works with thousand of stores and does the work for you, you will not have to lift a finger to find great coupons! Shopping and saving money has never been easier. With stores supported such as Amazon, Jet.com, Zappos and Ralph Lauren you will find what you are looking for and apply any active coupons.

Occasionally Honey will not be able to apply an active coupon. The most common reason is that there aren’t any coupon codes available that apply to your order at that given time.

Register for Honey (it’s free!)

Using your personal link you can register for Honey, simply follow instructions for registration and download the extension for your browser. When you are shopping you will see the honey button honey button in your browser.

Benefiting from sales and coupons just became that much easier. With an an OPAS package forwarding address and US Unlocked Virtual Debit card  you can truly shop like an American!

If you do not have a package forwarding address yet, please follow these steps: 

Sign up for OPAS and get your own personal US address

Supercharge your buying power by adding a virtual US VISA debit card from US Unlocked.

Start shopping!

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Mother’s Day Deals

Mother's Day Deals

While we obviously need to let our moms know how much they mean to us all the time, Mother’s Day is the one day of the year where many people will truly take the time to do so. After all, she’s the reason that you’re in the world and as a result it’s important that you take the time to make her feel really special.

This Mother’s Day, you’ll have the opportunity to make the day wonderful for her thanks to the growing number of specials, sales, and events that US retailers offer. From beauty products like NuSkin to flowers to candies to something even larger from a site like Amazon, there are plenty of opportunities out there to find the perfect gift for your mom.

How to benefit from Mother’s Day Deals

Mother's Day Deals

And best of all, most of those organizations also run price cuts as the holiday approaches. Those price cuts let you get deep discounts while shopping for your mom – and maybe even for yourself. In short, they’ll make it easier to make Mother’s Day memorable for your mom.

But what about those who aren’t in the US?

Often, retailers lock out their sales or even their service to those who don’t have a US address. And in some instances you may be able to shop, but you can’t ship since international shipping is something that not all retailers will provide. Even major sites like Amazon often have different sites depending on where you are, with different prices – you could find an item on the US version of the site that is half the price of the one in your local page.

The answer is to utilize a US parcel forwarding service. This basic service works like this: You sign up and receive a US mailing address. You’ll use that address to shop, and the items you buy are shipped directly to it. Then, they’re forwarded to your final destination address. Basically, you shop just like normal and the US parcel forwarding service takes care of the rest. These international mail forwarding services can help you get your Mother that gift that you’ve always wanted to give her and can help you save money in the process. In doing so, you’ll make Mother’s Day truly special for her, and will even make it a little better for yourself as well.

OPAS can help. With a small, dedicated team and a proven track record of helping clients with international mail forwarding services, we’re ready to change the way you shop online. Contact us to learn more. 

Mother’s Day Gifts – Thank Mom In Style

mothers day gifts

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we know your looking for ways to thank mom in style. Mother’s day is a special day to honor and celebrate our moms. The strong women that have nourished, loved and taken care of us get to enjoy a special day and if we have anything to do with it,  special Mother’s Day Gifts.

Let’s approach this year’s gift search by looking at what is on trend right now.

mothers day gifts

Inspired by Roman and Greek mythology the gladiator sandal is on trend again, or still, we can’t make up our mind. These lace-up beauties come in a variety of styles, colors and heel heights.

Nordstrom has a very diverse selection. Make sure you check our post on shoe size conversion and read the tips or reviews on the specific shoes. Being smart and doing your research can save you money, and the hassle of having to return items.

Does your mom like going for a run, workout or simply enjoys going for a walk? Here are a few items that make great gifts for the active mom: For the woman that loves her sneakers but hates her laces Hickies will elevate your sneaker game!  These handy things will replace old school laces an ensure a great fit without the hassle of having to tie your laces. Especially handy for those busy mom’s.

The new Fitbit will track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes and will help mom reach her fitness goals. It comes in a variety of colors that will compliment any skin tone our outfit. 

For the (luxury) beauty obsessed mom, may we direct your attention to the lesser known Luxury Beauty department at Amazon?  Enjoy the same ease of shopping you are used too while browsing for luxury beauty brands.  Keep in mind that some beauty goods are considered a dangerous good and may be difficult if not impossible for us to consolidate and forward to you.  Check our list of dangerous goods and if you aren’t sure about any single item, please reach out via service@opas.com.

Getting the right gift to mom will take a little time so order quickly, enabling us to consolidate your packages if you have more than one coming in. Remember to use our Mother’s Day Gifts promocode and enter MOM at checkout.