Purchase products online to ship to Sonora
This is the time of year when many people make the trip to the border to go shopping in Arizona. But what if you could buy your gifts online and have them delivered to your home, rather than dealing with the time, stress and expense of traveling to the US?
Or perhaps you live in the United States and want to find the most cost-effective way to ship online purchases to friends and family in Mexico.
With the weak peso, this may be a difficult Christmas season for Mexicans who plan to make purchases in Arizona. The costs of transportation, insurance, food, lodging and other expenses may be as much as doubled compared to previous years. Not to mention the time waiting in line to cross the border, traffic, cold weather, fighting the crowds of shoppers and long lines in stores.
But there is another option for purchasing international products without leaving your home – getting an account with a company that will provide a US address for you and then consolidate and ship your online purchases to your address in Mexico.
Advantages to Online Shopping
If you can find a reasonably priced delivery mechanism, you can take advantage of the many benefits of shopping online.
Online shopping is convenient. Shop in your pajamas from the comfort of your home, without having to stand in long lines and fight other shoppers for limited-supply special sale items. Visit a multitude of online retailers with a click of your mouse, traveling from Walmart to Target to Amazon and other retailers without leaving your chair.
Online shopping offers a better selection of products at better prices. Individual stores often run out of popular items, but that store’s website will not only be more likely to have that product in stock, but can immediately let you know the item’s availability. And many stores, like Walmart, offer better prices for online purchases than what you would pay in the store.
Online shopping lets you stay at home. Avoid the traffic, the lines and hassles at the border, the expenses, the weather, and the headaches of going to individual stores to make purchases. Instead, make your purchases online and have them delivered.
How the International Shipping Services Work
First, complete the registration with an international service provider, like the one advertised on this page. The company will provide you with a U.S. address that you can use for a “ship to” destination when you make online purchases. The registration can be canceled at any time without penalty.
There are currently three registration options: Single package, Premium, and Premium + mail, which will allow you to have packages and mail shipped to your Mexico address.
For a limited time, this particular US shipping company will allow you to enroll in a free trial of their premium membership plan, which will allow you to have:
Purchases repacked and consolidated into fewer boxes (to save shipping charges) for free
Discounted shipping rates
An unlimited number of purchaser names on the account
A personal shopper service that can make online purchases for you
Free storage of purchases for up to 30 days
Real-time online tracking of your shipment status, and more benefits.
Do your online shopping, and use the provided US shipping address at checkout to have the items sent to the company’s receiving and shipping facility in Florida.
Track Your Purchases
The company will send you an email when your purchases have been received at their secure warehouse. They will also collect important details for import/export documentation to streamline the shipping process.
You will have online access to all of your purchases, and if you have signed up for the premium membership plan, you can have purchases stored at the warehouse until all of your packages have arrived there and can be repacked to consolidate them into fewer boxes.
Arrange for Shipping to Your Mexico Address
When you are ready to have the items shipped to your home or office, submit an online shipping request, where you can specify which items should be repacked/consolidated, purchase shipping supplies and select the most cost-effective shipping method. The company works with international shipping companies like DHL, FedEx, UPS and USPS to be able to provide different delivery options and prices.
This is the most important part of the decision process of whether to use an international shipping service. If money is no object and you are planning to fill the minivan with many, many purchases, then perhaps it would be more cost-effective to make the trip to Arizona (even though you may still need to declare and pay import taxes at the border on the way home).
If you are just going to buy a few items for which you can get good deals online and that can be easily consolidated into one or two packages, then this service may be right for you.
I contacted the shipping service and they confirmed that products can be shipped to Sonora. However, if you are interested in this shopping option, it is important that you research the details and pricing, to make sure that it is a good fit for your online shopping needs.
Be aware that you will not know the price of shipping from Florida to Mexico until it is time to ship your packages. You can do some basic online research for shipping rates, but basically this will be the financial cost that is balanced against the alternative of traveling to make your purchases in Arizona stores.
Also, one detail that may be a drawback for Spanish-speaking customers is that the service only has an English language option. The company plans to add Spanish pages at some point, but currently only provides information in English.
This option for purchasing international goods can save you the time, money and hassle involved in traveling to the United States, while opening up more product options and better prices.
But depending on your situation and plans for purchases, it may not be the best option for everyone. Click on one of the advertising links to visit the international shipping website and read more details about the service.
While I am hopeful that this will provide a viable option to crossing the border for shopping, I want to stress that I have not tried this service. I may do so in early December, however – if there is enough interest in this I will sign up for the service, try it and write about it. If you have questions, are interested in reading about my experience, or if you have tried this service and would like to share details about your experience, please contact us!
And however you decide to make your purchases, we wish you much success and a safe and peaceful holiday season.