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Dummies guide to online shopping in the US from your desk in Singapore

So, what’s your one hot tip for expats new to Singapore? We reckon way up there for most long-term’ers would be to have a favourite shipping consolidator like PacMe bookmarked and ready to receive cut-price US online purchases to ship on to you in Sentosa or Siglap, all for a snip of the price we’d pay for them here. (No offence, Orchard Road – you’re pretty but pricey.)

See pre-PacMe, we’d rely on the odd US store that did international delivery (cha-ching) or freight forwarders who shipped one box at a time with zero thought given to wasted space, and once we’d totted up the collective delivery fees over the course of a year, we could’ve spent a week in Bali in a presidential suite. PacMe’s changed all that, though.

Nowadays, Singapore’s savviest shoppers are armed with their own sales tax-free US postal address, courtesy of the chaps over at PacMe, and are free to shop up a storm stateside without the sting of exorbitant shipping costs causing marital strife.

The more you shop, the more you save on shipping. Is that a challenge?
The more you shop, the more you save on shipping. Is that a challenge?

 

To join the PacMe posse, simply sign up for a free account over at www.pacme.com and have your loot shipped to your flash new personal address. PacMe will then log each of your incoming packages, scan the invoices, upload photos of the items and store it all for up to 90 days free of charge until everything arrives.

Then, once your final parcel is signed for at their warehouse, their repacking gurus will set to work, expertly bundling every last thing into a super-strong double-walled box and often cutting the overall shipping weight (and hence your shipping bill) by half!

Add to the PacMe package excellent customer service personally handled by owners Ken and Randy, along with a dedicated chat box to discuss any issues as they crop up and the US’s huge online selection of affordable goods, and it really is a no-brainer to go the PacMe route for everything from birthday gifts and gym gear, to swimwear, footwear, maternity wear and toys.

Snoop PacMe.com to find out more about their services and fees, quoting EXPAT when you’re ready to sign up for your free account (value $40) and mailing address, or drop Ken a line at info@pacme.com if you’ve got any queries.

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