Ever since I stumbled upon Shop And Box (possibly the greatest shopping secret ever), I have been obsessed! And since I think it’s rude not to share, I spill on exactly what it is. It’s a pleasure!
While I lived in the UK for five years of my high-school life, online shopping became a serious hobby (my poor student allowance…) and it continued when I moved to Malaysia to go to university. Most of my favourite brands didn’t ship to Malaysia, though, so what was a beauty obsessed girl to do? Being as stubborn as I am, I wasn’t going to go down without a fight, so I did lots of research and discovered … Shop and Box! Hurray, my beauty life wasn’t doomed!
HOW BIG IS ONLINE SHOPPING?
According to a study carried out by global market research company Ipsos, 22% of South African Internet users who they surveyed have made purchases online, and 48% expect to do so in the future.
PayPal’s Regional Director for Africa and Israel stated that: ‘PayPal provides a simpler, easier and more secure way to shop and pay on millions of websites around the world… The fact that PayPal does not share financial information with the seller when authorising a transaction reassures consumers that their financial details are more secure. PayPal also offers buyer protection for eligible purchases and can help protect consumers in cases where the purchased goods didn’t reach them, a big concern amongst South African consumers.’ As a result more than 1-million South Africans have opened PayPal accounts.
Now that we’ve covered the technical stuff, let’s move on to the shopping part: Shop and Box!
What Is Shop and Box?
Simply put, Shop and Box is an online site that allows you to shop for anything from anywhere in the world and it gets boxed up and delivered right to your door.
How Does It Work?
- You SIGN UP and then create a WISHLIST which contains the items, descriptions and website links or stores from where to buy everything you want from the selected country.
- A local Boxer (as in a real human being) is then assigned to shop for you, as well as find the lowest prices for your requested items. You can even ask for a specific Boxer. I always shop with Ava from the US.
- Confirm your items and pay for Invoice 1 (actual cost of items) to your Boxer, who will then get your items to their address and then alert you once they’ve arrived and even send you pictures.
- All your items are consolidated into one box, then you select your preferred shipping method and pay for Invoice 2 (International Shipping + Service Fee) and your box of goods will arrive on your doorstep within 3 to 5 days via express global shipping (DHL is normally the courier).
It’s as easy as that!
Now that I’ve shared my international shopping secret, go ahead and tell a friend to tell a friend. Remember, the bigger the box, the more you save on the international shipping cost. If you’re still not a believer *shakes head*, take a quick look below at my most recent completed orders (I had to blur out the prices ’cause I kinda went overboard! *hides*)
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