Online shopping has its perks – the convenience, variety, and immediacy of it all can’t be highlighted enough, but there’s one thing that it falls short on: knowing when the sales or price-drops are coming. While you’re able to speak to a salesperson with regards to incoming sales in physical brick-and-mortar stores, with online shopping, you’re often left to pinning a tab or saving a link, and checking it day after day waiting for the price to decrease. However, there is a solution to this.
Distill Web Monitor is a really handy online tool, which is used to monitor changes on webpages; however, it works really well when it comes to monitoring price-changes. All you do is create an account or install the extension on your browser, pop in the URL of the product you’re in the market for, select the price as the variable you’re monitoring, and boom – Distill will keep an eye on the webpage, and notify you via email or a pop-up if the price changes.
You can even set certain amounts to receive notifications or specify how often you’d like Distill to scan the webpage. Of course, this works amazingly when monitoring overseas deals, sales, and product-prices on international online stores (you know, with us being out of the loop with communication from international retailers). So, if you’re trying to keep tabs on when Asos, BestBuy, or other US or UK retailers are having sales, this tool will work for you. Of course, getting that now-discounted product to SA is the next hurdle.
Here’s how you get the goods!
Luckily we’ve discovered a super easy, reliable, convenient, and affordable way to send care packages to your loved ones abroad (Hallelujah!). South African-owned, Postbox Courier offers express courier services to and from South Africa ensuring the package you sent will arrive at their door in a matter of days – that’s right, no month-long nail-biting wait to hear from your relatives and friends if the package you sent has arrived safely!
If you’ve ever tried to send something to a relative overseas then you no doubt know it’s a mission of note. Postbox Courier can save you time and money on international shipping costs and offers a reliable alternative to the current courier and postal services we already have here in South Africa. With depots in the US, UK, Hong Kong, UAE, Australia, and South Africa, you can make your loved ones feel right at home with a care package filled with South African treats or even just a birthday gift to let them know they’re still top of mind.
Furthermore, you can also shop for yourself online, and take advantage of the big international retailers (previously unattainable from SA), such as the likes of ASOS, BestBuy and more!
So how does it work?
Postbox Courier offers customers a central delivery point in South Africa, to which their online purchases are posted or delivered by the local supplier. These online purchases can then be grouped into one delivery and be shipped directly to your door throughout the world. PostBox Courier says they can save online shoppers up to 70% on their shipping costs from South Africa so it’s a no-brainer really!
They are currently offering delivery from their depots in the US and UK, so any stores or purchases over there are fair-game!
How long will it take?
Of course, with the limited transport, delivery will take a little longer than usual. However, Postbox Courier is shipping from the US and UK once a week; so if you’re happy to wait, you should get your parcel or orders within a week or two.
The depots are Hong Kong and Sydney are not fully functional just yet, as flights to SA have not yet resumed from those destinations.
How much does it cost?
The cool thing is that registration is FREE with no monthly subscription charge. Users simply sign up on the Postbox Courier website, get allocated personal post-box addresses at all of the company’s worldwide depots and can then use the system’s online tracking functionality to send and track their parcel shipments all the way to their front door.