I’m grateful to live in a country that allows such a diverse number of international brands to make its presence known in the local market. You don’t have to go so far and wide to try out the latest and the greatest, but of course there are still some amazing products out there that have yet to make their way to our shores. For those obscure and not-so-obscure items I need to get on the double, I’ve been shopping and shipping with the help of My Shopping Box.
It’s a company that allows you to ship door-to-door from the US to the Philippines. Yup, your package will arrive straight to your doorstep. No need to trek over to the post office. Want to know more? Let me give you the low-down on how it works…
Step 1: Sign up for an account over at My Shopping Box. There’s a USD 25 annual subscription fee for the service. Buuuut if you want that waived, they currently have on-going partnerships with BDO and Globe Gcash. Sign up for an account using your BDO credit card or register with your GCash American Express Virtual Pay. Then you’ll have just saved $25.
After signing up, they give you a US address you can use to have your goods shipped to.
Step 2: Shop online at your favorite US store. Enter your new US address to get your purchases delivered to the My Shopping Box warehouse.
This is basically the fun part. Shopping! 😉
Step 3: Once My Shopping Box warehouse receives the goods, they’ll get in touch with you via e-mail, and you can authorize (and pay for) the shipment’s journey to the Philippines.
Tip: Pssst… If you use a BDO credit, there’s a small discount on your shipping fee!
Once payment has been made, you’ll get a confirmation. Wait for the tracking number. It usually takes about 3-5 days from payment to get word that your package has left MSB’s warehouse.
Step 4: Wait! Depending on the shipping method you choose, your package will arrive in either 10-12 working days (by air) or 30-45 working days (by sea).
I’ve had items shipped some five times already. This is how my packages arrive:
They usually come in First Imperial Cargo’s plastic packaging, but one of my thick, chunky cardboard boxes arrived sans plastic wrap due to its awkward size. I’m happy to report that the items inside have always been in perfect condition and all accounted for. All boxes are opened for inspection* and are re-sealed with MSB’s own packing tape and tamper-proof seal.
*Excerpt from My Shopping Box Terms & Conditions:
During the duration of this Subscription Agreement, you appoint FICI, its subsidiaries, affiliates and third party service providers, as your Agent to receive goods and/or packages sent and addressed to your MY-SHOPPINGBOX for re-forwarding to the delivery address you provide in your registration. You authorize FICI, its subsidiaries, affiliates and third party service providers, to open and check the packages when necessary to verify that the contents do not contain prohibited items. FICI shall refuse deliveries to the Subscriber’s MY-SHOPPINGBOX should the items in question fall under the category of dangerous or prohibited goods.
**I was given an account with a waived subscription fee from My Shopping Box for the purpose of trying out their services. I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Shipping fees were paid in full by me.**