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.

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

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Shopping Online in the US From Australia 

Australia is famous for lots of things, but one thing that can often frustrate residents is the difficulty in taking advantage of the great sales and special clearance offers that are often available in other countries. Being able to go Shopping online in the US from Australia, using an American forwarding service is something that any Australian shopper may need to understand more about.

The Need For An American Forwarding Service for Shopping Online in the US From Australia 

So why do Australian shoppers need to consider using an American forwarding service? The simple reason is that without it, you can’t take advantage of everything offered online. Many American based retailers and even sites like eBay or Amazon often don’t sell to Australian residents or have a separate site specifically for them.  International shipping rates can make it harder for them to manage their logistics, and as such they have separate locations set up for it. But the US has some of the deepest discounts thanks to things like Father’s Day or Fourth of July sales – sales that you can’t take advantage of as an Australian.  And since shipping to Australia is often more hassle than those sites want to deal with, they simply ignore Australian shoppers entirely or give them an alternative site.

Price Comparisons

You may be surprised at how much you can save. Let’s take a look at a few comparisons:

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You can save large amounts by planning your shopping splurge, researching prices and sending a large shipment to yourself benefiting from the 1,000 UD threshold., i.e. you are able to import shipments with a total declared value of less than 1,000 AUD, without paying a duty or tax, that gives you plenty of room to shop, ship and save! 

At OPAS, we provide you with an American forwarding service. You can shop online from your Australian home and make purchases, then have them mailed to your US address and then forwarded to Australia. You’ll need a credit card with a matching address, and our partner US Unlocked provides a virtual VISA card linked to the address you’re provided.

The OPAS Difference

This means that you can shop online, use your debit card, and have all packages forwarded through your US address back to your home in Australia. It’s a simple way to ensure that you’re getting the kind of prices you deserve. Australian shoppers shouldn’t have to settle for less, and when you shop online you’ll be able to get the best prices and even find products that aren’t available in Australia at all.

With OPAS you are benefiting from zero US Sales Tax, affordable shipping rates ànd our white glove package consolidation service. Our experts re-pack your items to ensure the smallest possible dimensional weight, this will save you a bundle on shipping. 

Again, in order to become a successful shopper, you’ll need your US Unlocked virtual VISA card and an American forwarding service that you can trust. Our team provides both, and makes sure that you’re ready and able to shop for anything. Contact us today to set up your personal US mailing address and your virtual american VISA card and get started taking advantage of the best shopping experience you can have!

 

OPAS Members In The UK Can Get Big Savings By Shopping US Sales And Stores!

OPAS Members In The UK Can Get Big Savings By Shopping US Sales And Stores!

It’s no big secret that Americans love to shop. Shopping US sales is a favorite past time of many moms and families. The plethora of stores and retail companies based in the country showcase that fully, and when you combine that number of shopping options with the huge events that take place throughout the year, it’s hard to argue that when it comes to shopping, America is the king. The UK is no slouch, either, and a lot of the same stores are available in the UK that are present in the US.

UK shoppers have found time and time again that shopping US sales and stores can net them some tremendous savings.

There are plenty of reasons for this, including:

  • More stores means more opportunity to shop around. When you’re able to compare prices as you shop, you’ll end up getting deeper discounts and be able to find the right prices every time.
  • Many prices are lower in the US due to various reasons ranging from supply and demand to shipping or logistics issues and more. In other words, you save a tremendous amount of money thanks to basic elements that go on behind the scenes.
  • The US is also home to a huge number of special events and sales. Things like Memorial Day sales, Black Friday sales, and more are all famous for their deep discounts and huge savings.

OPAS Members In The UK Can Get Big Savings By Shopping US Sales And Stores!

So just how much are we talking about in terms of savings, exactly? There’s no way to put a specific number on it since everyone shops differently and shops for different items. For example, recent studies found that a lot of things are cheaper in the US. Let’s use electronics as a basic example here.

According to the numbers:

  • A Samsung TV was $402 more expensive in the UK compared to the US
  • An Apple MacBook was $170 less in the US
  • Microsoft Office Software was $89 cheaper in the US And that’s just electronics.

Designer clothing labels are often as much as 60% less in the US than in the UK – before the big sales that take place throughout the year. In other words, shopping online makes it easy to cut your costs and still get all of the items that you want or need. Whether you’re shopping for electronics, clothing, toys, or something else entirely, taking advantage of the deeper savings in the US is something you can’t afford to ignore.

OPAS members are able to save immediately and use their US address to get the lowest prices possible. We’ll handle the forwarding process for you – you just shop and save. To learn more, contact our team today.

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

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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.

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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. 

 

 

Here Are 10 Shopping Strategies You Can Use To Save Money Now

Here Are 10 Shopping Strategies You Can Use To Save Money Now

Saving money matters in a big way, and it’s well worth taking some time to understand more about how to cut costs and save as much as you can. But it’s not always easy, and here at OPAS we think you deserve to get all the info you can on the subject.

With that in mind, here are 10 shopping strategies that can save you money now.

Here Are 10 Shopping Strategies You Can Use To Save Money Now

  1. Know When To Shop – The simple fact is that sometimes you don’t need something immediately. In these cases you can afford to shop around and wait on better prices. Be sure to remember that you don’t always have to rush right out and make a purchase.
  1. Shop Online – Online shopping can offer you big savings. Even if you’re outside the US, you’ll have options that can let you shop at major American stores – more on that in a second. The key thing to remember is to always check around online.
  1. Timing Matters – US stores regularly run all sorts of specials, and even major purchases like NuSkin or products from major retailers like Victoria’s Secret often go on sale during different times of the year. Things like President’s Day sales or Black Friday can save you big, so be sure to time your efforts properly.
  1. Coupons Work –Make sure you consult Google before and during shopping. Sits like retailmenot will have coupons but niche bloggers will sometimes also offer great discounts and promotions you can use to improve your savings.
  1. Shop Around – It doesn’t take much time when you’re shopping online to compare different prices. You can often even use search engines like Google to get quick comparisons of different prices at different retailers. Make sure you don’t forget Amazon. You can find many unexpected items and brands on Amazon.
  1. Sign Up – One thing that many people overlook is that signing up for rewards clubs can help save big. In some cases like Amazon Prime you may have to pay for a membership, but in other instances signing up is free and can net you some big savings.
  1. Shop for gifts on unlikely dates – think about Christmas gifts in January or Mother’s day gifts in February, by having a list of people and the gifts you might want to purchase for them handy you can always make a successful purchase and have a little storage with gifts that are ready to go
  1. Expand Your Horizons – You probably have a dozen or so go-to stores or websites you shop from, right? But what are you missing out there? Take some time to look into other business. You could get great service and even better pricing. (again, think Amazon)
  1. Set Up Your US mailing Address – This is what we alluded to way up in tip 2. If you’re outside the US it can be easy to feel like you will miss out on some opportunities. OPAS can set up a US mailing address for you and forward your orders, letting you save in the process.
  1. Tax Free Matters – Not only do most states run tax free days for school related supplies, but those with an Oregon address can order online for free. Once again, our forwarding service can make a big difference for you.

US Mailing address forwarding perfect if you like to shop and save in the US.  You shouldn’t miss out on those just because you live elsewhere. Contact OPAS today to find out more about this service and how to make it work for you. 

 

10 Strategies From Super Saver Shoppers

10 Strategies From Super Saver Shoppers

We’ve all heard about super saver shoppers before – those people who always seem to land tremendous deals or values and save huge amounts of money on all their purchases. But did you know that you don’t have to spend 7 hours a day cutting coupons in order to save big as well? There are a few basic tips worth keeping in mind that can help.

10 Strategies From Super Saver Shoppers

Here are 10 strategies from super saver shoppers to get the best price savings out there.

  1. Shop Online – This connects you to some of the best companies and best deals out there. Things like Amazon.com, for example, can often offer tremendous discounts on almost everything.
  2. Know the Sales – Sales like Black Friday or President’s Day sales are out there every year, and offer some steep discounts. Be sure to know which days to get the best values and use them to your advantage.
  3. Use Apps – Online apps can help you find the lowest prices for different products or even for low fuel prices in your area. Find the best money saving apps and use them.
  4. Get Free Shipping – When you order online, try to use a site that offers free shipping. If nothing else, free shipping on purchases over a certain price can help you in a big way.
  5. Home Maintenance – Doesn’t sound like a shopping tip, but it is. If you keep things like your ventilation system cleaned at home, you’ll reduce the amount of purchases you have to make regarding it. Home maintenance is always cheaper than home repair.
  6. Join Clubs – Things like Amazon Prime don’t just offer big discounts – they also offer free 2-day shipping. This can help you save and is well worth the investment of a membership purchase price.
  7. Daily Deals – Always check out the daily deals and weekly deals. Online sites offer great savings through these resources, and it’s worth checking into them regularly.
  8. Get A US mailing address – If you’re outside the US, you’ll need a US mailing address in order to take advantage of many of the savings and sales in that country. At OPAS, we can provide you with a US mailing address and then forward your purchases to you.
  9. Package consolidation – We will receive your packages for you and consolidate them into a new package that is as efficient as possible and will save you money on shipping.
  10. Tax Free! – Not only does the US do regular tax free shopping days for students, but if you have an Oregon address you can order online without paying any taxes on your purchases.

Our team can give you an Oregon address and forward shipments from it to your home. Keep these 10 Strategies From Super Saver Shoppers tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to deeper savings. Our team can help. Contact us today to find out how to get started with your US address forwarding service.

How To Create An Easter Basket They Will Love

Easter is upon on us and even if you do not celebrate as such, you can still have fun thinking about, or actually creating a gift basket they will love.

How To Create An Easter Basket They Will Love:

Budget: Think about how much you would like to spend and how many different items you would like to put in the easter basket. We suggest putting a minimum of 3-4 different items in the basket but of course this is completely up to you. You could spend most of your budget on one item, adding a few smaller items for variation and fun.

Your target audience: Who are you giving this easter basket to? What are some of their favorite food items? Do they love a certain type of technical gadget? In short, putting a few minutes of thinking time into putting together your personalised easter basket can make all the difference to your loved one. If you know the person your giving the basket to doesn’t own a scarf for example, put one in. Fill it with both practical, and fun items.

The goods: Easter baskets used to be all about the chocolate goodies but not anymore! Gadgets, make-up, small items of clothing or a really cool piece of work-out gear. It’s all in the game.

Let’s take a look at some examples of goodies:

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We hope to have inspired you to create a fun basket full of gifts, whether it be for Easter, Spring, a birthday or just because. With OPAS you can turn the internet into your personal shopping mall. Combine your US package forwarding address with a US Unlocked Card, your personal US visa, and you will be able to shop like an American.

If you don’t have a personal US package forwarding address yet, sign up today!

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The Ultimate US Clearance Sales Dates Cheat Sheet

US clearance sales dates

We are starting a series of blogposts about shopping strategies that save you money. Up first, when to shop for what! In a time where Christmas Sales might be happening in November, Easter Eggs are one the shelves in January and you are seeing back to school backpacks ads in July it’s important to be aware of when to shop for what.  Use our US Clearance Sales Dates monthly cheat sheet to save money on the items you need.

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