Shipito – The Review

I’ve posted a full review of Shipito that you can read about here

These are some of the main highlights of the review and why I trust Shipito:

  •  I have sent over 200 packages with Shipito and I have received every single item, never damaged, never anything missing and well packaged
  • They have been named the #1 fastest growing company is the Los Angeles, California area by the Los Angeles Business Journal
  • They have responded to all my emails the same day, they are not open 24 hours but they do their best to get back to you Monday to Friday as well as have an online chat system
  • They are known around the world, including being featured on numerous television programs around the world to help people outside the US shop with US retailers.
  • Shipito will protect your package and is 100% honest. Once I sent a package with Shipito but the retailer that sent it didn’t put the suite number, which is the unique number of your mailbox with Shipito. As a result it didn’t end up in my mailbox and I got no email about the package being received. I contacted Shipito gave them the original tracking number and within an hour the package was placed in my mailbox and I was able to send it to myself. They advised they have multiple customers with the same names so this is the only way to protect packages from getting say into the wrong mailbox. Thus they are very thorough and honest, I could imagine other companies being harder to work with if such a mishap occurred.
  • Consolidation and MPS shipment savings. Shipito lets you combine multiple packages into one box as well as letting you ship multiple packages all at the same time to save even more. I have saved well over $1000 in shipping fees by using the consolidation and MPS shipment abilities.
  • Way better experience using Shipito then other providers, you can read some reviews about other providers on this website

Checkout the full review here, and visit Shipito to learn everything about their services

CBI USA – The Review

I know a lot of people living in the Greater Toronto Area use CBI USA. I have used them myself.newcbilogo

I have decided to publish a full review which you can check out below:

CBI USA REVIEW – Essential Information for Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area

Note that CBI USA is a warehouse where you must come to them to physically to pick up your items, they will not send your purchase to you in another country, they are commonly used by those living in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada where you drive over to pick up your items and I have used them in the past.

My Rating: 3.5/5

CBI USA is a warehouse based in Niagara Falls, New York. They are the USA mailbox/warehouse of choice for those living in the Greater Toronto Area across the border in Ontario, Canada. Only minutes from the border it is a convenient and easy to access option most of the time, my full review is below. You simply take the rainbow bridge at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the border and they are minutes away at 1711 Cudaback Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Pros:

  • $5.95 storage fee per package as per CBIUSA is not time limited, but they are asking everyone to pick up their package within 90 days due to growing storage constraints
  • They will accept something as large as Tires, Skids and even Cars. Of course they charge a bit more to receive such items.
  • They have a membership option, it costs about $108 per year and you can get each package for $1.80.
  • Have received all my packages that were sent to them, never any issues, no damage or any lost items. I probably have had them handle about 15 packages for me.

Cons:

  • Long waits outside of the CBI USA warehouse to get your packages on Saturdays and peak periods, they are actually only open on Saturday on the weekends not open Sunday at all.
  • They require additional paperwork to be registered, including USPS form 1583
  •  Border crossing hassles, the high amount of tourists into the Niagara area causes some regular long border crossings across the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls especially near the weekend. It is not unusual to wait 1 hour to cross into the United States and another hour to cross back into Canada.
  • Your purchases will most likely have New York State Sales tax applied on check out which is around 8% for most purchases.
  • No exemptions from Canada Customs for being in the United States less than 24 hours. Unlike getting individual packages by mail which can be valued at $60 each for being a gift into Canada, you must pay all duties and taxes even if the product is valued at $1 if you are out of Canada for less then 24 hours which you get charged for at the Canadian side of the border.

CBI USA Location


Why I prefer the online Shipito service to CBIUSA

  • Comparable prices, I can have Shipito send small packages to me for as low as $10 and if they are valued less then $60 I don’t need to pay any Customs Taxes or Duties.
  • I don’t need to plan at least half of the day to travel to CBI USA, wait in the border lines, and be searched by Customs as anyone going to USA to “pick up packages” is at most times is suspicious to both the US and Canadian immigration officials.
  • Greater convenience, the items come directly to my doorstep.
  • No Sales Tax. CBI USA is in the state of New York which most retails will charge sales tax for the item being shipped to the state of New York. If you ship your item with Shipito to their Oregon warehouse which because the state has no sales tax you will not need to pay any sales tax when checking out for your online purchase.

You can read my full Shipito review here and you can checkout their service here

Zappos International Shipping

ZAPPOS, the very well known USA online retailer offers amazing customer service and excellent prices for many items.

The down side is that they don’t ship Internationally. So if you are outside of the USA you are out of luck.

But there is a way to have your purchases sent to you….

Using a USA package forwarding service like Shipito you can get your own USA Address where you can send your Zappos purchases sent to.

Simply signup with Shipito and have your purchase sent to the address Shipito will provide you.

Shipito will then notify you once they have recieved the package from Zappos and they will send it to you anywhere you are in the world.

You can see my video below for more information:

Signup for a USA address account at Shipito

Welcome to Forwarding Address USA

I have created this website in order to inform everyone outside of the United States about the ability to have a USA mail/shipping address.

The possibilities with such an address are endless, you can now shop online as a USA customer and receive packages at your USA address. You can then store the packages and then have them shipped to you anywhere in the world where you are with your shipping carrier of choice.

No matter where you are from, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil you can get your packages shipped directly to your door by using such a service.

You can watch my video here on how this is done: