Down here in the Republic, we tend to enjoy and benefit from most of the international celebrations, but there’s always one that eluded us: Black Friday.
While most of the local retailers are delivering some “Black Friday” love this week, we tend to miss out on the real deals going down stateside and in the US and UK due to the fact that, well, we don’t live there and most of the big retailers there don’t ship to SA.
But times have changed.
Postbox Courier, a South African service run by South Africans for South Africans, is the magic tunnel, of sorts, to grant us access to anything and everything formerly unavailable in SA!
So how does it work exactly? Using the service is super simple – you simply visit the Postbox Courier website and register. Registering is FREE, quick and easy and once you’ve registered you’ll get your very own delivery address in the US, UK, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Then, when it comes time to shop all you need to do is have your goods delivered to your most appropriate address. If you’re shopping in America, then deliver to your New York address. If you’re shopping in the UK or any EU countries, then deliver to your UK address. The same goes for China, Hong Kong, Japan, etc, all these goods can go to your Hong Kong address. Once you’ve placed your order and your goods are on their way head back to the Postbox Courier website to submit a Parcel Pre-Alert. This just lets them know to expect your order so everything runs smoothly when getting it to you here in SA.
Oh, and want to order a bunch of stuff from different sites? Postbox Courier allows you to bundle multiple orders together in one package. Just let them know what goods you would like bundled together and when each parcel arrives they’ll set it aside and send it to you in once everything in your group order has arrived. You can also use the Postbox Courier website to get a quote for sending items to South Africa before shopping so you know exactly what you’re in for cost wise. Of course, these prices do not include import duties and taxes, or any additional charges incurred in relation to South African Customs Clearance. Any items coming into SA with a value greater than R500 could be considered ‘high value’ and so could be subject to import VAT and possibly import duty. If this should happen then Postbox Courier will pay this on your behalf and ask you to reimburse them locally, prior to delivery.
And trust us, these guys are efficient. From their UK depot they deliver to South Africa within 3-4 working days while from the US, Hong Kong and Australia they deliver within 3-5 working days! Sure, these transit times can be affected by delays due to Customs Clearance or Customs Inspection, but Postbox courier ensures customers that these delays are few and far between and they always keep you in the loop if your parcel is affected. Anyone who has ever waited three, four, or five months for their overseas parcel to arrive and clear customs in South Africa will know that this is monumental when it comes to international shopping.