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Hi, I am just posting this because I saw some people asking about package forwarding.

To shop from the United States, I've been using a free package forwarding service from VIAddress : The Global Leader in Package Forwarding for a few months now, and I'm quite satisfied with them... I used them to shop on Amazon.com and Ebay.com and it works great !

The registration is free on VIAddress : The Global Leader in Package Forwarding. They provide you with a personal US address that you can use to shop from any US merchant and have Viaddress forward your packages to your country.

If the US merchant does not accept international credit cards, Viaddress can buy the products for you, with no commission fees, then forward the packages to you. You just pay for the shipping fees.

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DennisPM

Thanks! Will try them for amazon.com stuff.....

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laodyy

Viaddress

 

hi there, i have bought some and shipped to Viaddress, i am soooo frustrated as after paying 180USD i have never heard from them,

nfxrealms user_offline.gif if you can assist on these one as i saw your thread and registed, please assist i have already lost three boxes and 180usd (1300ZAR ) shipping payment.

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Lego_Batman

I feel so stupid

 

hi there, i have bought some and shipped to Viaddress, i am soooo frustrated as after paying 180USD i have never heard from them,

nfxrealms user_offline.gif if you can assist on these one as i saw your thread and registed, please assist i have already lost three boxes and 180usd (1300ZAR ) shipping payment.

 

Hi Laodyy

 

Did you ever receive your goods from viaddress?

I think I've been conned by them!

Nfxrealms probably works for viaddress and therefore goes around giving good reviews about them. He has only made 1 post.

Please let me know, I wasted R2500 on them!

 

LB

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Not1CentMore

I am not sure about these 'pop up' (seem to be 'everywhere') places that offer this type of service. A couple have been around for a while, but most are fairly new. It's a 'gamble' at best when dealing with an 'unknown' halfway around the world.

 

Having said that, I have and do forward ship to SA. I have a 'real' address and am PayPal Business Verified (Western Union and / or Money Gram is an option for those who do not have a PayPal account). Unlike the places online, I check the parcel to insure all is in order (any damage noted is 'taken care of' this side BEFORE it is shipped to SA), re-package to meet USPS requirements for shipping to SA and take to the Post Office and post or arrange Courier pick up. Several on the Forum have allowed me to assist them with their shipments from the USA to SA and all was received in good order.

 

And I don't circumvent BoB. ALL items needed / wanted from this side (Amazon, eBay, elsewhere) are listed on BoB and the Buyer notified of the Auction / Buy Now number.

 

Ruthie

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Just Beachin
I am not sure about these 'pop up' (seem to be 'everywhere') places that offer this type of service. A couple have been around for a while, but most are fairly new. It's a 'gamble' at best when dealing with an 'unknown' halfway around the world.

 

Having said that, I have and do forward ship to SA. I have a 'real' address and am PayPal Business Verified (Western Union and / or Money Gram is an option for those who do not have a PayPal account). Unlike the places online, I check the parcel to insure all is in order (any damage noted is 'taken care of' this side BEFORE it is shipped to SA), re-package to meet USPS requirements for shipping to SA and take to the Post Office and post or arrange Courier pick up. Several on the Forum have allowed me to assist them with their shipments from the USA to SA and all was received in good order.

 

And I don't circumvent BoB. ALL items needed / wanted from this side (Amazon, eBay, elsewhere) are listed on BoB and the Buyer notified of the Auction / Buy Now number.

 

Ruthie

 

Ruthie, may I make a suggestion that you list your shipping service on bob?

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Not1CentMore
Ruthie, may I make a suggestion that you list your shipping service on bob?

 

Been 'pondering' about doing so, but still 'scratching head' about wording and where to 'put' (catagory). How many your side have difficulty getting items from Amazon, eBarf, elsewhere to SA? Would it be 'cost effective'? Am 'thinking' advertising a 'business' is more costly than Auction / Buy Now and how upset would BoB be if I just put R1? (Sure don't want to wake up in the morning with the BoB Police at my front door with a bag of wet noodles ready to 'bop' me up alongside the head.) Buyer could then get my contact details, explain what they are needing / wanting and I can list the item on BoB.

 

Reckon I could scratch a little harder... :blink1:.

 

Ruthie

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Mad about Jack
I am not sure about these 'pop up' (seem to be 'everywhere') places that offer this type of service. A couple have been around for a while, but most are fairly new. It's a 'gamble' at best when dealing with an 'unknown' halfway around the world.

 

Having said that, I have and do forward ship to SA. I have a 'real' address and am PayPal Business Verified (Western Union and / or Money Gram is an option for those who do not have a PayPal account). Unlike the places online, I check the parcel to insure all is in order (any damage noted is 'taken care of' this side BEFORE it is shipped to SA), re-package to meet USPS requirements for shipping to SA and take to the Post Office and post or arrange Courier pick up. Several on the Forum have allowed me to assist them with their shipments from the USA to SA and all was received in good order.

 

And I don't circumvent BoB. ALL items needed / wanted from this side (Amazon, eBay, elsewhere) are listed on BoB and the Buyer notified of the Auction / Buy Now number.

 

Ruthie

 

I have recently used Not1CentMore (Ruthie) to facilitate a deal from the USA to myself and all I can say is I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her !

 

Constant feedback, realistic pricing (in other words no getting ripped off deals), she really goes beyond the call of duty.

 

If you need something from the good old US of A and battling to get it shipped to RSA, pm her you won't be disappointed.

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Not1CentMore

Thank-you, Louis. My pleasure to be of assistance. If you / your daughter needs / wants another 'must have' that is not available SA.... just yell.

 

Ruthie

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wayjen

This reminds me of an incident yesterday at our post office. We were at the counter and 2 counters away were 2 american guys who were waiting to collect a parcel. The parcel comes and the young lady asks if they are aware of the customs fees attached to the parcel, well will these americano's not go off at the sound of having to pay customs duties. The manager hears this and approaches and says that it is not the PO that wants the money it is customs. They start shouting at each other with the one chap almost climbing over the counter to throttle the manager but the manager kept his cool and said they must take it up with customs. They say the parcel is a gift of some t-shirts from the USA and why must they pay R500 fees and can they open it or send it back. The PO say they cannot open it until paid for and by sending it back the original sender will end up paying fees. They again ask the manager to call customs and he tells them again that it is their parcel and only they can phone. The manager says the problem of the fees arose when the sender wrote gift and a value amount on the UPS box instead of leaving the value blank but the americans shouted that UPS ask for the value of the contents which to me is a Catch 22 situation.

 

Now I know what "going postal" means.

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Not1CentMore

Don't know where that person is 'coming from'. Contents and value MUST be declared or USPS / Courier will NOT even accept the parcel. It is simply NOT possible to leave 'blank' unless whoever is 'manning the fort' is brain dead. Customs would have a 'field day' if contents and value were missing from the Customs form (not even going to 'clear' US Customs without one). Back to sender... in good time (a month, 6-months, a year). And to have to pay duties / taxes when item is 'refused' and 'returned'.... never have (just return postage) and I have had upwards of a dozen returned as 'unclaimed' because Buyer was too busy (or something) to go to the Post Office and collect only to say, "My parcel did not arrive" (sent a replacement straight away and first one comes back four months later).

 

Ruthie

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Just Beachin
This reminds me of an incident yesterday at our post office. We were at the counter and 2 counters away were 2 american guys who were waiting to collect a parcel. The parcel comes and the young lady asks if they are aware of the customs fees attached to the parcel, well will these americano's not go off at the sound of having to pay customs duties. The manager hears this and approaches and says that it is not the PO that wants the money it is customs. They start shouting at each other with the one chap almost climbing over the counter to throttle the manager but the manager kept his cool and said they must take it up with customs. They say the parcel is a gift of some t-shirts from the USA and why must they pay R500 fees and can they open it or send it back. The PO say they cannot open it until paid for and by sending it back the original sender will end up paying fees. They again ask the manager to call customs and he tells them again that it is their parcel and only they can phone. The manager says the problem of the fees arose when the sender wrote gift and a value amount on the UPS box instead of leaving the value blank but the americans shouted that UPS ask for the value of the contents which to me is a Catch 22 situation.

 

Now I know what "going postal" means.

 

Yes my dear Wayne, Have been there, done that, still don't have the tee shirt, and I am in fact one of those!

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lilythepink

I find that Ruthie's shipping costs are most reasonable and, having received several parcels from her in recent months, delivery is superb! Nothing has ever gone "missing". Once or twice I have had to pay in a couple of Rands for "customs duty" but never anything hectic.

 

Never ever hesitate to buy from not1cent more! It's such a pleasure dealing with her.

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Not1CentMore

Thank-YOU, Janet. It was my pleasure to source the product you were wanting / needing, list on BoB and ship to you. Need / Want anything else not readily available your side.... just 'yell'.

 

Ruthie

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wayjen

You see why it's a Catch-22 situation, if USPS want a value and our Post Master or delivery person in the know say that's why you paying for "a gift", where do we stand?

 

I wonder if other services from the USA ask for value on gifts? I also heard that if the item is under a certain amount it is free and that you as a South African can receive a certain amount of parcels a year from the same address abroad for free and then anything more you must pay, it's all very confusing.

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lilythepink

It's the SA customs which make everything so confusing, Wayne! If you're lucky, one parcel gets through without any charges. The next one with identical product and weight gets charges on it. I am just glad I am not a regular importer of goods!

 

Miss Jewels might be able to give us better insight about customs!!

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Miss Jewels

70% of my stock is imported using either USPS, Ram Couriers, Fedex or the local post office.

All items from overseas must be declared! If not, and they're opened by customs in SA, they can and will charge the maximum total of an amount they find reasonable for a specific item.

Suppliers do sometimes declare lower value and this goes through fine with customs, as long as the value is reasonable.

With Fedex, all parcels are pre-cleared before they enter the country. I then receive an email with the invoice when the items arrives in SA. Within two days of payment, my items are delivered to my office.

Items under R500.00 are tax free, but there is still a minimum handling charge from the post office.

Yes, you are entitled to received free gifts but this is also at customs' discretion. They do random parcel searches and have obviously found gifts not be be "gifts" after all, so they are super sticky about this at the moment.

As I personally collect all my parcels at customs, I have built up a very good relationship with them. I even have my own "holding cage" at customs. This is for high value items as I only collect once I have 3 or more parcels with them.

There are many "shipping sharks" around, but due to the nature of my imports, I will only stick to realiable postage companies who offer insurance and have been around a long time.

Attempting to save a cent or two could result in costing you a thousand or two.:nuts:

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Not1CentMore

I agree with Miss Jewels. A lot of those so-called 'cost savings' places 'popping up' are 'fly by night'.... here today, poof tomorrow. It is best to stay with a proven 'known' than to 'gamble' with an 'unknown'.

 

I only ship USPS 1st Class International Registered (under lock and key with signatures required by anyone who so much as 'breathes' on the parcel: Post Office employees, Airline personnel and Customs officials) if value is between $200.00 - 400.00USD and weighs under 4-lbs. Anything over 4-lbs and / or valued over $400.00USD ships UPS or FedEx (mostly sculpts and firearm accessories). Time in transit is a tad longer, but parcel is 'secure'.

 

UPS / FedEx (here) provides two options for us 'little guys': to Buyer's nearest airport or door-to-door service. If Buyer prefers airport, I 'tote' the parcel to the Courier and when it arrives SA, Buyer must 'handle' clearance. Door-to-door, parcels are pre-cleared and delivered to Buyer; no muss, no fuss, no bother. Both offer 'optional' insurance and I strongly recommend Buyer pay the nominal fee. USPS Expedited / Insured is an option on 'high value' items, but it is often more expensive than Courier... again, depending on size of container and declared amount. It's a 'toss up' whether or not SA Customs will get their 'grabby fingers' on the parcel.

 

Parcels over 4-lbs and up to 50-lbs and not exceeding x-volumetric weight can ship USPS Priority (updated from Global Priority), but no longer affords insurance. Any loss or damage.... too bad. They will reimburse using a 'mysterious' value calculated on where the parcel is going. SA reimbursement rate is much less than a parcel going to, for example, the UK.

 

Whichever option, the Customs form MUST include contents and value.

 

And I wonder why my hair is getting grayer by the day... it has nothing to do with 'maturing'; it is all the changing rule 'hoops' that must be jumped through.

 

Ruthie

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lilythepink
SA reimbursement rate is much less than a parcel going to, for example, the UK.

Ruthie

 

Such a sad indictment on the "New South Africa" which seems to become more corrupt by the day!

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wayjen

What is the protocol or procedure when somewhere along the postal trail, a parcel gets opened and is found that the contents are missing, does the last place that opened the parcel alert the receiver or what?

 

Customs are very quick to alert you on charges that you need to pay so how are they if they find a parcel was tampered with and the contents missing?

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Miss Jewels

Parcels are actually supposed to be opened inside the post office, in front of a staff member. If it is found that the parcel has been tampered with, or that the contents is missing, it immediately gets reported, and the paper work is filled in while the recipient is there.

A claim docket is then opened and the value stated on the parcel, is refunded. Unfortunately, this can take up to 3 months to finalize.

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Just Beachin
Parcels are actually supposed to be opened inside the post office, in front of a staff member. If it is found that the parcel has been tampered with, or that the contents is missing, it immediately gets reported, and the paper work is filled in while the recipient is there.

A claim docket is then opened and the value stated on the parcel, is refunded. Unfortunately, this can take up to 3 months to finalize.

 

So True!

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wayjen

But what if the parcel leaves the PO and customs somewhere opens it to find the contents missing what then?

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lilythepink

Wayne, how would one prove anything in a case like this? (I think I need to apply for a training course so I can become a PI and help with situations like this!) LOL

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