Forwardit.us - Forwarding service for US deals
I needed to use this to get alot of parcels from the US. The owner/operator initials are BB. Basically, there are two services. Forwarding: they get all packages addressed to you from anywhere to their warehouse, then package them all together, charge you the COST of shipping the single package + a $6-7 USD fee. There is also a buying service, where BB will use his credit card to make purchases to his address, and then ship them out to you.
The items I wanted to send were extremely valuable and had alot of street value so I was cautious and did some research and got some recommendations for forwardit.us. BB seems to have been doing this for several years and has good reviews on other sites and on RFD.
In the event, the customer service was some of the best I've had. I was very polite and to the point, so YMMV. He answered about half a dozen emails dealing with various concerns I had. I got emails at all days and times of the week. He sent out my items within 24 hours of the order being completed. It was flawless and made a complicated transaction easy.
1. Best Service ever, emails within 24 hours, weekends, thanksgiving, again YMMV, be polite.
2. Exactly as described. No surprises.
A few cons:
These relate mostly to the buying service and related fees where you will be sending alot of money around:
1. Since BB is probably dealing with thousands of dollars of currency, he could have some kind of forex service that could seriously reduce my costs. Basically VISA/paypal charges me 2.5% on currency fees. BB could get a wholesale rate much cheaper, say 0.5%. He could charge 1-1.5%, making serious profit and saving his customers money too.
2. BB charged me the same cost UPS/USPS quoted me, but I didn't see or ask for an invoice, so I wonder if he is getting commercial rates. Same with paypal, he charged me 4% for this fee but I know paypal gives wholesale discounts above certain amounts, which I'm sure BB reaches. If true, even a tiny % of my order would give BB profits that dwarf than the 6 USD he ostensibly charged...maybe this is where he makes his profits. I wouldn't blame him since handling my order must have been risky and difficult if something went wrong with it. In any rate, I got a fantastic deal.
Surprisingly few people know about this but I'm sure other RFDers can comment on BB and his services. But this is a game changer for RFDers who are looking at American deals. Many Americans charge NOTHING for USA shipping and arbitrary high fees for Canadians.