How to Shop in the US Online Stores (Shopping Hack)

We all know that it can be a lot cheaper to buy things like clothes and make up from the US instead of the UK. This is why people travelling to the US make sure they have plenty of room in their baggage allowance to go on a shopping spree during their trip. They get to bring home lots of branded clothes and homewares for a fraction of the price you might pay in the UK. Not everyone can travel to the US for a shopping trip though. That’s where Planet Express, the US parcel shipping service comes in. If you want to get your hands on some great deals from Amazon or Ebay for example, then Planet Express could be the package forwarding service you are looking for.

How Does Planet Express Work? 

Unfortunately, lots of US sites either don’t ship parcels to the UK or the fees are too high to warrant making the purchase in the first place. Planet Express wants to help you out, and they launched a service in 2017 where you get your own US shipping address. This enables you to buy the latest fashion or beauty ranges and have them sent to your US shipping address at Planet Express. What a great way for you to buy all those coveted items you have been longing to own. The lovely people at Planet Express will then ship your package to your UK address at a highly competitive rate.

set up planet express account

How do you set up a US mailing address? Well, with Planet Express it’s really easy and I created my account in just a few minutes. I added a few pieces of personal information and confirmed my account via email. The account is free, and all I had to do was pop 5USD in the account to have my shipping address assigned to me. This will be kept in my account and used to pay for my first shipment though.

How Much Does Planet Express Cost?

One of the things I really loved about the Planet Express service was the Postage Calculator. This handy tool was able to let me see quickly how much it would cost to send my parcel to the UK. I just added a few details like size and value and Planet Express showed me the different shipping options available including price and how long it would take to be sent.

If you are buying a few items from the US, because you are stocking up on Christmas presents or you are updating your summer wardrobe you can also consolidate your packages with Planet Express. They will receive all the packages and send them onto you in one shipment. All the items are packaged securely and there is a simple online tracking system that allows you to see where your parcel is at. Planet Express will also send you photos of the packed items and are always on hand to answer any questions you might have about their shipping service.

What if the website only allows you to purchase the items you want in US dollars? This is really common with electronic gadgets especially. Well Planet Express have thought of that too, and offer a ‘shop for me’ service. You simply add the details of the item you want to purchase in the online form and Planet Express will make the purchase for you for a small fee. How simple is that? That’s going to be really handy for us as my husband likes to have the latest technology but also wants to benefit from the best prices too.

how to buy an iphone from US

I hadn’t heard of Planet Express until very recently and I’m really impressed with this idea. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen a great item on and the shipping fees have just been ridiculously expensive. Planet Express has opened up so many more choices when it comes to buying clothes, toys and gadgets for the family. I’ve checked out their online reviews too and everyone seems really happy with the service, so we are going to be trying them out really soon. 

Have you thought about having packages shipped from the US to save you money on online purchases before? Let me know in the comments below.

This is a collaborative post 

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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16 Discussion to this post

  1. Kacie says:

    Shipping fees can be so pricey! This sounds like a really handy new service

  2. Ahh this is such a good idea! A lot of times I’ve had to wait until a family member is going to America to get anything I would like from there – I’ll have to look into this 🙂

  3. This sounds like a great service. I had to resort to sending things to a friend in Oregon who then brought them over for me or in one case posted them as that was still cheaper the the P&P on the website.
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  4. I like the fact that you can consolidate all your packages and send it in one parcel. Sounds like the postage is competitively priced too!

  5. Jon says:

    Great post this! Reminds me of the times when the dollar was 2:1 to the pound and everyone was doing trips to the USA to get everything cheaper!

  6. Cassie says:

    I didn’t know about this and it’s really useful to know. I shall look into purchasing from the US now as previously it wasn’t on my radar.

  7. Sally Akins says:

    This is a great service – I’ve used similar before but I love that this service allows you to consolidate your orders into one shipment. The ‘shop for me’ service sounds brilliant too!

  8. Oh Zena, I have a feeling this is going to cost me a lot of money with the amazing fabric I can now buy from the UK! Love the sound of the postage calculator as well as consolidating shipments. Christmas shopping here I come!

  9. It was only recently I learnt just how cheaply you an pick up some goods in the US and especially in the sales. Planet Express sounds like an awesome idea, to do a few shops and then get them to ship it home as one parcel. Mich x
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  10. What an amazing service. I do a lot of shopping on US sites. This would be so handy.

  11. Miss Jayne Sullivan says:

    A useful service. I have often seen a shopping rate which is double the price of the item which I wished to buy.

  12. Rachael says:

    This sounds great. I often buy clothes from US stores and have them shipped over but it is so expensive. This seems like a great service to try out.

  13. What a great idea. I didn’t realise there were companies that did this. I’m going to have to take a look and maybe go on a quick shopping spree before hubby gets home x

  14. Kara says:

    This sounds like a great idea, it always frustrates me when I see things much cheaper abroad

  15. Lorna Ledger says:

    Great hack! I think accessories and shoes are sooo much cheaper, I also love make up and skin care brands

  16. Jayne Sullivan says:

    Such a fantastic idea. I have tried in the past to buy an item from the USA and the shipping has been more expensive than the item itself.

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