AMERICAN (SHOPPING) DREAM: MyMallBox.com Review

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Hey, babes!

I was recently contacted by MyMallBox to use and review their mail forwarding service. I jumped at the chance, as I’ve never used one before and was keen to give it a go. I was provided with $25 worth of credit, along with a $5 credit for signing up. They provide two services - packing and reshipping items that you purchase yourself, or a Buy For Me service which incurs an additional $4.50 handling fee and 3% transaction fee. The Buy For Me service is recommended when purchasing from retailers that are known to cancel orders identified as reshipping orders, such as the U.S. Sephora website.

As soon as I was contacted for review, I knew which company I wanted to purchase from immediately - Glossier. If you haven’t seen this brand, you live under a rock. Effortless cool-girl aesthetic with splashes of millennial pink? Yes, please!

The overall process of registering and getting a U.S. address on MyMallBox is super easy. You create an account, enter your mailing address, and then they assign you a U.S. address in the state of Delaware. This bit is important because it means you DON’T pay any additional sales tax on what you’re ordering!

So, I hopped on over to Glossier.com and made my order on the 03/03/17. I grabbed the Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, and Cloud Paint, all of which I’ll also review shortly. My order shipped fairly quickly and arrived at my re-shipping address on 06/03/17 according to the tracking. I received an email from MyMallBox on 08/03/17 that my parcel has arrived and was ready to be shipped out.

At this point, you can either order more stuff and have all of it consolidated into a parcel for delivery, or prepare it to be sent out to you straight away. I had it sent to me straight away because I COULD NOT WAIT to get my hands on these lil goodies! There were quite a few options I had to choose from for shipping - untracked USPS Airmail at just $6.58, USPS ePacket for $12.73, and a few more options that were +$30 each (USPS Priority or DHL Express). I went with ePacket, mainly because I’ve been sent stuff from the U.S. before with this service and I know it’s actually fairly quick to get to NZ. Things generally arrive within 7-14 days to my address in Auckland, perhaps a couple extra days if you live elsewhere in NZ/a rural area. I also chose it because I love obsessively tracking stuff online after purchasing. I know I’m not the only one! I also had to declare the value of my items so that their USPS shipping label would be accurate, but I noticed it still had the placeholder value of $3/each when my parcel arrived. Not sure what happened there but I’m glad it didn’t cause any issues!

After requesting my parcel to be repacked and sent with my chosen shipping method, I received an email with my tracking number issued by Globegistics! Woooooo! It was here that the only issue (if you would call it that) I experienced occurred. Basically, my parcel was floating around in America for about 10 days before it registered with USPS and actually got on it’s way to me. I kept getting messages that this tracking number hadn’t been scanned yet when I tried to check it on USPS.com since it was also not tracking/registering on the link provided in the email. I feel like this was the slowest part of the entire process. I don’t know if this time frame is the norm because Globegistics is used or if some other issue occurred, but it definitely meant that my parcel was delivered a bit later than I had hoped. It spent more time in America with Globegistics (11 days) than it did in-transit from the USPS office in Jamaica, NY to my doorstep (7 days).

I was curious if the parcel would be placed in a smaller container/envelope in order to save shipping costs, but it doesn’t appear so. Everything was securely and carefully packed inside a bubble wrap bag, which was enclosed in a bubble mailer. I even got a lil note from my re-packer - shout out to Ivan! Thanks, bud! I’m definitely quite happy that everything arrived in perfect condition and was so securely wrapped up.
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Overall, I’m so happy with this service and will definitely be using it to grab some other U.S. only goodies (MAC, anyone?)! I feel like the shipping costs are so reasonable and careful attention is definitely paid to ensure that customers’ items arrive in perfect condition.

If you’re curious about trying MyMallBox, get an easy $10 credit just for signing up AND using my referral link*. You will receive $5 for creating an account and another $5 if you use my link, so you can save on shipping and keep that extra coin for what you'd like to buy! Happy shopping, lovelies!

Have you tried a parcel re-shipping service before? How did it work for you?

Lexie xx

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