A useful service

September 13th, 2012 at 7:17 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

has introduced a new service that allows Kiwi shoppers to have purchases from United States online stores delivered to a US address and then to New Zealand.

YouShop enables purchases from American online stores that won’t deliver to New Zealand or that impose high shipping charges.

It mirrors similar services offered by overseas-owned shopping forwarders, such as Prezoom backed by US courier I-Parcel, which launched a service last week to help New Zealanders buy online from US merchants.

YouShop charges NZ$23 to send a 500-gram package from its US address to a customer’s home, while Prezoom charges $19.50, but NZ Post hopes to capitalise on its locally known brand. A message on its website reads: “Know your parcel is in good hands by using New Zealand Post.”

A useful service. I do recall similar ones though. There was a company that provided a US address for people to use for a small fee, and you could choose yourself to package items together and then dispatch them home in one go.

What we really need, is for Kiwibank to provide US credit cards so we can pay for geo-blocked content. So stupid to block your customers from being able to pay for your product.

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16 Responses to “A useful service”

  1. annie (539 comments) says:

    Excellent.

    However, NZ Post’s marketing is a bit slack. Nothing on the front page of the site, nothing comes up on a search of the site, even when you do find it using google, you still can’t navigate from the home page to the youshop page using the link as a guide.

    Link for anyone interested:

    http://www.nzpost.co.nz/products-services/postage-packaging/youshop

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  2. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    definitely good to see NZ Post starting to move with modern times.

    They are still making a massive loss on their snail mail services for the general public, despite the stamp increases, something will eventually have to give there – either normal stamps costing $1.50 or letting a private company do it.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    “What we really need, is for Kiwibank to provide US credit cards so we can pay for geo-blocked content”

    Seriously, Kiwibank? Only the state-owned businesses good enough for you?

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  4. annie (539 comments) says:

    Hmm. Prices are pretty steep though, esp for small parcels.

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  5. 35pr17 (10 comments) says:

    Check out the Shipito (http://www.shipito.co.nz/), I’m using them and works great so far, couldn’t find anything cheaper – there is also an option for “assisted purchase” so they’ll pay with US card for your goods and forward (but I’ve never used this feature). But yes, the US card from Kiwibank would be awesome, I hate that I couldn’t buy the Google Nexus with my NZ card – however, glad that I didn’t do that when I saw the Amazon Kindle HD last week :)

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  6. berend (1,715 comments) says:

    Ah, that’s a great idea. 35pr17, thanks for that link as well.

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  7. Exclamation Mark (86 comments) says:

    This is great.

    Taking this a step further: Does anyone know how you can buy TV episodes from Amazon from outside the US? I’m fucked if I’m going to wait for a year before the last season of Breaking Bad comes out here or gets released on DVD, and I would be happy to pay to watch it.

    Has anyone here used Unblock-us?

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  8. PaulL (6,040 comments) says:

    Betcha NZ Post are really good at collecting GST from you too. Not sure I’d use them.

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  9. 35pr17 (10 comments) says:

    @Exclamation Mark haven’t tried that by myself but…

    Use amazon coupons (you can buy them with nz card but never link a nz card against you amazon account). Use a US based proxy for connecting to Amazon (there are paid services but you can setup your own using Amazon ECS micro instance – one machine is free of charge atm).

    Or use following approach http://kindlefireforums.com/kindle-fire-news-front-page-comments-and-discussion/stream-amazon-prime-movies-outside-the-u-s-with-%27world-wide-kindle-fire%27/

    I guess I will find out when I get my kindle fire later this month :)

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  10. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    I too am frustrated that e-books I want to buy can only be purchased with a US-registered credit card.

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  11. wtfunz (133 comments) says:

    I may be wrong but I think if you have a “US address” it gets around all the card issues. I have an account with BONGO US (a freight forwarding company) and when shopping for a present on Amazon several months ago I couldn’t the buy new Kindle Fire as it hadn’t been released in NZ. They were selling it to US residents only. I could buy it however via my Bongo Address, but a word of warning . This service is quite expensive. It was going to cost $110 US to get what is a very small parcel here. A very good initiative on NZ Posts part however and it will be interesting to see how they price up. May stop them missing a very large market.

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  12. scrubone (3,104 comments) says:

    What we really need, is for Kiwibank to provide US credit cards so we can pay for geo-blocked content.

    Yes, it comes by default when you setup a site, which makes it probable that the way Obama allowed foreign donations last time around was probably a deliberate choice by someone.

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  13. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    That is a good point about the collecting of GST. I guess you probably could not hope to get lucky even once in a while. Although the usual lower value limits should still apply (if <60NZD you don't pay anything?).

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  14. pedrogarcia (52 comments) says:

    I’m using MyUS to get some Obama merch shipped to me in NZ. I used their personal shopper service as a US card was required. Cost me 10% of the total to do this. So far so good, but no sign of the goods arriving at my US address 2 weeks on… bad first impression.

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  15. prezoomer (2 comments) says:

    All, our competing service, http://www.prezoom.co.nz, launched a week ago (it was mentioned in the same article as the NZ Post story). Expect us to be different from the other services currently in place (shipito, myus, bongo, etc., all good companies btw) in that we charge a fraction of what they charge (starting at NZ$19.50 for 500g) for trackable deliveries, plus we can take your payments in NZD and have 24/7/365 customer service.

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  16. benn0s (1 comment) says:

    Ive just had the worst experience using You Shop.

    Its taken sooo long and its still not here yet. Arrived overnight to YouShop, then they took 6 days to tell me it had arrived there, the whole time NZ Post staff are telling me each day, you will get advised today, you will get advised.. today.. They dont actually know and they dont care to find out.

    Finally after 6 days I get an email to pay a $76 shipping fee. $76!! bloody expensive..

    Pay than, then its another 3 days before they ship it, and then its 5-11 days to get here or whatever they reckon…

    PreZoom is half the price, much better option.
    I would never use YouShop again. And when (and if) my parcel actually arrives I will delete my account…

    NZ Post said sorry a lot, but what use is that to me. The was no offer of compensation, just pay the full amount and suck it up.
    Very crap!

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