Shop in US Online Stores Using My Shopping Box
I’ve always wanted to shop in US online stores but I always get discouraged by high shipping costs. So I researched about third party courier services and stumbled upon My Shopping Box, an online package-forwarding service here in the Philippines. Read my review below if you’re curious how it’s done.
Using My Shopping Box is as easy as 3 steps: Shop, Authorize, and Receive. In a nutshell, it provides a personalized US address where your packages can be forwarded to. It also provides flexible shipping options by air or sea, depending on the shopper’s needs and budget.
March 25 – I created an account at MSB’s website. There’s supposedly a yearly subscription fee of $25, but thanks to their ongoing promo for BDO cardholders I got it for FREE. 🙂
A few minutes later I received a confirmation email including my login details and my virtual US address. The address is actually a real facility, and the determining factor as to where the package will go/who owns the package is the Suite Number. Each shopper gets a unique suite number.
March 25 – You won’t believe that I stayed at the Amazon website for 4 long hours. LOL. I was excited, confused, and overwhelmed all at the same time. I signed up for the Amazon Prime free trial to get the ‘Free Shipping on orders $35 and above’ and spent hours combining items that would amount to $35.
I forgot about canceling my subscription later on so I was automatically billed $99 on my credit card [for a yearly subscription]. I sent an email to their customer service explaining that I didn’t use any of Amazon Prime’s services (other than the free shipping) from March to April, so they granted me a full refund. Buti na lang!
March 26 – My Amazon package was delivered to my MSB US address (Burbank, CA).
Authorize & Pay
March 27 – I received an email from MSB asking authorization for a shipment. A package must be authorized online before MSB will ship it to the Philippines.
The link from the email leads to a shipping summary page. It contains information about the package and the option to choose between air or sea delivery. I always prefer ‘by sea’ because it’s cheaper (but takes longer time to be delivered). I paid using my BDO card.
Rates & Delivery Timeline: The shipping charge is computed based on the product’s chargeable weight (actual gross weight or dimensional/volumetric weight, whichever is higher).
Air Freight ($6 to $9 per pound) takes 10 – 12 working days and up to 45-60 calendar days if by sea ($3 per pound).
The screenshot below is a recent order from Amazon.
A payment confirmation (with tracking number) was sent to my inbox. I paid a total of $20.93 for the shipping fee.
March 28 – Order status: Shipment Authorized
April 3 (checked one week later) – Order status: Departed MSB USA
May 15 – After the loooooooong wait, my package arrived at my doorstep in perfect condition. 😀 By the way, MSB’s shipping fee already includes customs processing fees, taxes, and cargo terminal handling fees. So all I had to do was sit back, relax, and be patient while I wait for my package to arrive.
What I ordered from Amazon (there goes my money): EasyLunchboxes in Classic colors, EasyLunchboxes Mini Dippers, and a Yumbox Illustrated Tray.
I am 100% satisfied with My Shopping Box. Yay for hassle-free online shopping in the US!
I was also able to get a Loot Crate last month all thanks to MSB! I’ll be writing a review about it soon. 🙂