Friday, February 12, 2016

GoSend - Shop in America from home!

For ages I have been coveting a pair of amazing biker boots from an online store in Texas. While they are very reasonably priced at $135 the actual shipping charges are an absolute joke, in fact it nearly doubles the cost. So when I came across a company called GoSend talking about the advantages of shopping in the US I realised how much we are getting screwed over in the UK by US retailers. They not only change prices on us, but also cut down their product catalogues significantly to shoppers outside the US. Plus, they don’t share the huge sales and deals going on at their stores that U.S. shoppers have access to all the time.

I checked out GoSend.com to try the service myself and found that I was able to shop at some of my favourite online stores as if I was in America. I got access to all specials and sales from US retailers that are not available to us in the UK through their GoShop page where GoSend highlights top deals and specials going on in the US every week at hundreds of US retailers. I was also able to shop the full catalogue of goods offered by every US retailer and had access the cheapest pricing on goods available.


GoSend - Shop in America from home!

So let me tell you about my experience with GoSend.

First of all they offer 2 membership services: a free version and a six pound per month version which is SO worth it because of the big discounts and shipping costs that they extend to us over here on the other side of the pond. 

The way GoSend works is they give you a U.S. shipping address so when you go to checkout at any U.S. store you must enter this address as though it were your shipping address. Being that they are also in the state of Delaware there is no US sales tax on any products the retailers ship to their warehouse.

For my own order I used GoSend’s Shop Assist service, which is their personal shopping option. Just by entering the URL and information regarding the item I wanted to buy I was able to pay GoSend for the product rather then the retailer and they then went and made the purchase on my behalf. This is a great tool to use at retailers that don’t take foreign credit cards or for people who don’t want to bother with the actual purchasing process - for a lazy bloke such as myself this was perfect when it came to picking out some gifts for my other half for Valentine's Day.

Once my order arrived at my GoSend Locker address, I got an email from them with photos of every product I bought so I could make sure everything I ordered was correct and undamaged. They also told me they were able to consolidate my many purchases into one box. This saved me tons on shipping costs, especially when compared to what it would have been if I had shopped from the retailer directly.

On a couple products I still had to pay UK duties and VAT but compared to the retail cost of similar products in the UK, the savings on buying in the US and shipping through GoSend rather then through the retailer directly plus just being able to shop at hundreds of top US.retailers without hassle, made it worth it.

So, this is what I picked up for the missus using my new GoSend address and everything arrived within just a few days. 

I had asked the wife that if I was to order something from America for her, what would she like. Three hours later she is still talking and blurting out a random selection of beauty products from a store called Sephora.  So with a list as long as my arm, I set off shopping and this is what she is now the proud owner of:


GoSend - Shop in America from home!

I know that Bath and Body Works is hugely popular but trying to get hold of anything in the UK is a nightmare, so I settled on two of the Three Wick Candles in scent London Tea and Lemon plus Japanese Cherry Blossom.  Added to that are two hand sanitiser anti-bacterial gels in Japanese Cherry Blossom and Check Meowt.

GoSend - Shop in America from home!
GoSend - Shop in America from home!

Then of course Colour Pop.  Unsure as to what would be good or bad I opted for two little sets in the hope something would fit and I got Color Pop Vixen Lips and Kathleen Lights 'Where the Light is' Eyeshadow set.

GoSend - Shop in America from home!
GoSend - Shop in America from home!

Back into Sephora and I chose the Pomegranate Sleeping Masks which I am told are amazingly popular. Sleep masks seem to be enjoying a bit of a resurgence at the moment and the very coveted and newly released Gwen Stefani Urban Decay release which has been mentioned on more than one occasion and not really knowing what to get, I opted for a lipstick in shade Rock Steady.

GoSend - Shop in America from home!
GoSend - Shop in America from home!

In this little bundle there are some amazing products which I am sure will get me the title 'Husband of the Year'.

What do you think to the service GoSend have to offer? Are you encouraged to want to try it? If so, just let me know as I have some coupon codes for a free three months VIP membership, all you need to do is use the code BEAUTYKING during your sign up!

This is a great service and all of the products arrived safely and securely. I can't wait until I get paid so that I can finally buy the biker boots I want, no need. 

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31 comments:

  1. Woweee I cannot wait to get home and get playing with all of these, what a fantastic present and now I know what all the DHL stuff was about!

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  2. I love Sephora and Body and Bath works and their products are so cheap! This looks like a really useful service.

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  3. I love bath and body works candles, so this sounds like a really useful service!!

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  4. Aww i love the gifts you got her! Really want to try Bath and Body Workds candles!

    Shareena | www.forever-you.co.uk

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  5. Ooh well done you, what a fabulous selection of gifts! I love the idea of this - I've bought boots in the US before and had them shipped over ;)

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  6. I am really lucky that I send my stuff to an american pal and she sends it on to me!

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  7. I've never bought anything from the US before as I've never been sure about shipping. I'm already drawing up my shopping list!

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  8. Ooh! That sounds like such a great service, I have been wanting to make a Sephora and Ulta order for such a long time! Might have to try it out! xo

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  9. My mummy loves American products having visited NYC last November. Never heard of GoSend but going to check them out now! :)

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  10. I used a similar, maybe even the same, service some years back and it worked very well for me. I stopped doing it when I had less need to import.

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  11. i have ordered a client once something from america i think via etsy and the cost been quite high, although still worthy. It depends what you buying i guess.

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  12. Well done you for getting round the restrictions! You picked some gorgeous products, too.

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  13. I have never bought anything directly from America because of all the hoops you have to jump. I will definitely be checking this out now! thanks for sharing

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  14. This sounds brill! I love bath and body products and always stock up when in the States - looks like you got some lovely treats! x

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  15. Sounds great, Steve, I have tried so many times to purchase things from America only to realise, as you say, that shipping was actually more expensive than the actual product! I am very tempted to have a peek now!xx

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  16. Wow, this sounds like a great service. I'll be looking into this more I think as you get so many bargains in the US

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  17. This seems like such a great idea! I wanted to buy a room fragrance from a hotel we stayed at in Vegas and the shopping was over £80! For a £20 product! Just crazy. I'll definitely give this a go, great piece.

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    1. I saw so much stuff I wanted in Las Vegas but couldn't ship it home without bankrupting myself! This service is going to be a blessing over the next few months for me!

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  18. wow this is like an amazing site .... i do agree with US stores does not actually offers sales n discount to outside USA sites ...sigh

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  19. This is a great service, will be looking into it! :)

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  20. This looks brilliant - I normally ask my cousin when she travels over with work but she forgets lol

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  21. Products sound amazing. I love everything Sephora.

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    1. I'd heard of them but had no idea that they didn't have stores in the UK. My other half is delighted though and I can't wait to use this service again. Stephen

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  22. Oh wow this sounds great. I have never heard of gosend before but I am going to have a look. Kaz x

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  23. GoSend sounds like a great service, ordering from abroad can be such a faff!! Your wife is a lucky lady getting all these lovely goodies :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  24. you are such a model husband :D I just got roses..hihih will check out the service, even though it is still usually way too expensive for me

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  25. I've never bought anything from the US before and didn't know about their extortionate charges. I did know however that everything costs much less there. So I think this is a great website and one I will look at. Lovely selection of gifts for your other half,lucky girl!

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    1. She is a lucky girl - I remind her all the time but I don't think she's convinced lol.

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  26. Sounds like amazing service :) Love Bath and Body Works stuff

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  27. As a big fan of USA is good to know is possible to get all their cool beauty products. Am going to have to get a gwen stefani lipstick just to see if it can help me be the next mrs gavin rossdale. Although you certainly beat him to husband of year award....x

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    1. Yeah, it's not difficult to beat a bloke who slept with the nanny!

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