Thursday, October 15, 2009

Posting a US parcel to yourself

I've always battled with Amazon, amongst other vendors who refuse to ship directly to South Africa. I used to always beg, borrow and hijack colleague's luggage, and trade favours to ship parcels in and out.

I had to return a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens, which stopped auto-focussing. A colleague took it through, but they would only ship back to a US address. Now I was stuck!

Enter, a US-based remailing company. For a deposit of $8, and for $8 per package, I get a US address which they'll re-mail to me (giving me the choice of options).

I was sceptical of the service, but my parcel arrived two weeks after being posted, and I am now a happy customer. I was e-mailed constantly about when my parcel arrived and when it was sent off, and they even filled out the customs declaration for me. They offer re-packing and storage facilities, but for now, one package at a time seems to work. Its a great service.