Shopping is one of Singaporeans’ favourite past time. With credit cards more readily available and more merchants selling their wares online, more people in Singapore are buying from the US and other countries. In this post, we will share the common options available and money saving measures.
( Don’t forget to grab your $15 voucher from Zalora.)
Top Deal sites from the US
Before we bore you with the details of the How-tos, here are some of the best sites that show cases some of the best deals around in the US. They form great gift ideas and also contribute a great deal to online retail therapy.
Since quite recently you can find all available coupon codes for Singapore on Flipit.com. It’s very easy to find discount codes of each webshop in their overview, so you won’t have to subscribe to newsletters of all the shops you regularly order things to find these codes.
Shipping items from USA to Singapore:
There are 3 main companies that ships from USA to Singapore. The following is a brief write up on their offering.
Ships from: US, UK, Japan & China.
Tip(s) : They usually have discounts off shipping when you use UOB credit cards.
Reviews: In many of the reviews, Vpost generally suffer a bad rep. Reasons cited are normally “ poor customer service” , “unable to accurately track packages”, and “long waiting time” for the arrival of goods.
Ships from: US, UK
Note: You need to have a Citibank credit card in order to ship with Borderlinx.
Savor Tip(s) :
- Sometimes, they have promo codes which lets you enjoy discounts.
- Search codes for Hardwarezone, Vr forums or even google; it should take less than 5 mins.
- You can also try to ask them for a code using the customer service online chat function.
Reviews: Borderlinx do not provide any repacking services. There is no way you can combine your packages from different merchants to save on shipping charges. However, they have better customer service and shipping is the fastest, generally 4-5 days to reach your home.
Ships from : US
Savor Tip(s) :
- Provides repacking services to reduce your shipping charges. Useful when you order many small items from different Merchants or you suspect the packaging comes in a large box but your actual item is very small.
- Promo codes available from time to time.
Reviews: Slower than Borderlinx but slightly cheaper. They provide concierge service at a charge. Their repacking services is useful to save on shipping costs.
How to purchase items from a Merchant that do only accept US credit card.
All of these 3 providers have concierge services (Their charges differ, Free if you use Borderlinx). When you use these services, they will help you purchase the items you need. Generally, you will need to provide the item link and description to complete the purchase.
Vpost vs Borderlinx vs Comgateway – Which is the best shipper from US to Singapore?
In many of the reviews, locals avoid Vpost like a plague. A variety of reasons include a deadly combo of “high shipping costs” and “ slow shipping”. Borderlinx somewhat draws a tie with Comgateway in terms of local reviews. Their main differences lies in Borderlinx provides a fuss free and quick shipping, while Comgateway provides a repacking service not available in Borderlinx.
The Pros and Cons of shipping Items from US.
- You can buy from the different brands that is not available in Singapore.
- The sales period / promotion in US have very attractive discounts from time to time.
- Electronics and other items obtained from US is generally cheaper than retail prices here.
- Hassle of shipping
- Slim chance of lost shipments
- No warranty, unless the electronics you purchase have international warranty.
Final Tips on Buying online from US merchants:
- Purchase from reputable companies. Your credit information is given to them. (This is a no-brainer, we know, but…)
- Singaporeans have helped themselves with gadgets like Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tablets and many other form of electronics. They cost much cheaper when you buy overseas.
Do you have other online shopping tips for Singaporeans? Share with us and let us know what sites do you frequent most in the comments.