You know the scene. The perfect boots you've been dreaming of are staring at you from the pages of American Vogue. You've searched the UK, but no one stocks them here. Hang on here's a stockist... but they're twice the price! Maybe the American company ships to the UK? Bad luck, the site only accepts a US zip code. Oh, hang about, here's a site that will ship to the UK... they're charging how much postage?! And that's before you've even started adding on all the import duty. Who knows how much the delivery company will bill you for when you go to collect your parcel. Suddenly you don't love those boots so much...
Well, help is finally at hand. Meet Bundle Box, the genius invention of two frustrated online shoppers (and internet gurus), who want to make cross-border e-commerce a hassle free, seamless experience. Here's how:
Take 5 minutes to register with Bundle Box.
You'll be provided with your own US address, enabling you to buy from any US website.
They will store as many items as you can bundle into your box for up to 30 days before shipping your goods to up to 99 different UK addresses.
The more you pack in, the better the shipping rate.
You'll receive everything within five days.
Bundle Box take care of all that boring customs nonsense, giving you an all-in price up-front.
What's more, if you don't have a card that's accepted in the US, Bundle Box will buy on your behalf!
This is not just for fashionistas either. Think of those US TV series you can snap up before they've even hit British screens. And for beauty junkies, all those elusive, exclusive American brands are just a click away. Check out a few price comparisons below to get the idea.
Bundle Box have kindly given handbag.com readers a voucher code that entitles you to £10 off your first shipment. Just go to bundlebox.com, register and enter the code RXB2oz when you pay (valid up until 31 December). If you're quick off the mark there's still time for Christmas shopping, Bundle Box's last shipping date is 10 December.
Here's an example of some of the impressive savings you can make:
Apple i-pod touch 32GB
UK price: £229 (apple.com/uk)
US price: $299 (store.apple.co.uk)
Bundle Box price to ship to UK: £180.48
Marc Jacobs Stam bag
UK price: £925 (harveynichols.com)
US price: $1,350 (bloomingdales.com)
Bundle Box price to ship to UK: £814.75
Tiffany shopping bag keyring
UK price: £150 (uk.tiffany.com)
US price: $195 (tiffany.com)
Bundle Box price to ship to UK: £117.71