Shopping online has never been easy, especially you’re shipping an item from abroad into the Philippines. I discovered this My Shopping Box (MSB) when my co-team in a project introduce this to me. It is a freight forwarder and shipping service that gives you personalized address in the US. This address can be used as a shipping address when you purchase an item online either from eBay, Amazon, Newegg and other online stores. Some online shop doesn’t shipped item in the Philippines, only in the United States and this shipping service is the right solution for it. You can also use this service to receive your gifts from your friends and families.
My Shopping Box is now FREE
The good thing about MyShoppingBox, their subscription is now for FREE – meaning you don’t need to pay any more for a subscription and what you only need to do is to Register and get your personalized US address. Before, you have to pay $25 for a one year subscription to get a US address from them.
You can register to MyShoppingBox at https://my-shoppingbox.com.
Cost and Types of Shipment
They have two types of shipment via Air and via Sea. In my experience, the Air shipment takes about 10 to 15 days for your item to arrive in the Philippines – that’s when your item came in their warehouse. While in Sea shipment it takes about 45 to 75 days to arrive to your doorstep. For item with lithium-ion, this item is prohibited in AIR shipment, and the only way to ship this item is via SEA.
For the cost, Air shipment has 2 classes one for the non-electronics product which is $5.99 per lbs, and the other class is for electronic product which is $8.50 per pounds. In Sea shipment, it only cost around $2.99 per lbs for any item. Note, the cost may also vary in package sizes or weights – they charge based on whichever is greater.
To give you an insight of how their charges work, here are some of the charging cost for specific items based from my experience:
- Macbook Pro laptop – $17.97 up to $38.87 for SEA only
- Big Graphics card – $59.90 for AIR and $29.90 for SEA
- Big Motherboard – $51.00 for AIR and $17.94 for SEA
- Big Wireless Router (Amped Wireless) – $23.96 for AIR and $11.96 for SEA
- Big Microphone (Blue Yeti) – $29.95 for AIR and $14.95 for SEA
- Gaming Headset – $29.95 for AIR and $14.95 for SEA
- Gaming Headset Stand (Corsair RGB) – $35.94 for AIR and $17.94 for SEA
- Mobile phones – $2.99 for SEA only
- Processor – $11.98 for AIR and $5.98 for SEA
- PS4 and XBOX game controllers – $5.99 for AIR and $2.99 for SEA
- SSD storage – $5.99 for AIR and $2.99 for SEA
- Hard Drive storage –$17.00 for AIR and $5.98 for SEA
- Game disk for PS4, PC, and etc – $5.99 for AIR and $2.99 for SEA
- USB flash drives – $5.99 for AIR and $2.99 for SEA
- Desktop RAM kit – $5.99 for AIR and $2.99 for SEA
I also use their service to ship one of my HUGE package the 22inch Cintiq Wacom tablet in which they charge around $281.53 for AIR and $139.69 for SEA. The weight of this package is around 46 lbs.
My Exciting Experience for Shipping a MacBook Pro
Buying MacBook pro in the US especially on eBay and Amazon is quite cheaper than buying here, or in Apple Store, you can save around 20% to 30%. And since I am already using MyShoppingBox and has trust on them, I am decided to purchase on eBay instead of buying here in the Philippines. The downside on shipping laptops in MyShoppingBox is your item will only be shipped via SEA, and you have to wait for an average of 60 days to get your item.
So fast forward, I bought a MacBook from eBay – If you want to know where I am buying Apple product, you can check 6ave in eBay. The date that I purchased my laptop is September 7, 2017, and the seller dispatched my item for delivery is night after I buy. Here is the tracking history of my item going through from New Jersey to California (MSB Warehouse):
|Time and date||Place||Message|
|Thursday, Sep 7, 2017 12:00 AM||KEASBEY , NJ||Picked up|
|Thursday, Sep 7, 2017 7:55 PM||KEASBEY , NJ||Arrived at FedEx location|
|Friday, Sep 8, 2017 1:08 PM||KEASBEY , NJ||Departed FedEx location|
|Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 1:51 AM||NEW PARIS , OH||In transit|
|Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 1:58 PM||CATOOSA , OK||In transit|
|Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 2:05 AM||ALBUQUERQUE , NM||In transit|
|Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 2:30 PM||HESPERIA , CA||In transit|
|Monday, Sep 11, 2017 9:00 AM||RIALTO , CA||In transit|
|Monday, Sep 11, 2017 9:03 PM||RIALTO , CA||In transit|
|Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 1:56 PM||RIALTO , CA||In transit|
|Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 7:08 PM||BLOOMINGTON , CA||Arrived at FedEx location|
|Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 11:33 PM||BLOOMINGTON , CA||Departed FedEx location|
|Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 7:21 AM||SUN VALLEY , CA||At local FedEx facility|
|Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 10:51 AM||SUN VALLEY , CA||On FedEx vehicle for delivery|
|Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 4:51 PM||Burbank , CA||Delivered|
So it takes about 7 days before my item arrived in My Shopping Box warehouse. Once the item arrived in MyShoppingBox, it will take another 1 to 2 days for it to get listed in your MyShoppingBox dashboard. Once it’s registered, you can now pay the shipping fee for the Item. Since it’s an SEA shipment, I pay lower fee at around $2.99 per lbs and a total amount of $38.87 the chargeable weight is 13 lbs. To pay the shipping fee, you can use your Debit/Credit card.
Tracking My Shopping Box shipment from the United States into the Philippines is quite limited, and you can only track it in 2 types of status. In Transit or Delivered. So, the best thing to do is trust MyShoppingBox and wait for your item to arrive in Manila or to your doorstep.
At exactly 60 days after I pay for the shipment from My Shopping Box, I contacted their customer support for follow up, and status of my item and they usually reply you immediately (1 to 2 days) and when they reply – they will usually give you the AIR21 tracking number. Tracking in AIR21 is not real time and it will take 4 days for the status of your package to appear in their online tracking system, so the best thing to do is to call their local landline number if you want to follow it up.
The next day (Day 61), I finally received my MacBook Pro 15 inch at no damage even the boxes. As expected my package just arrived on time.
To summarize, the time you bought your item online will take you about 60 to 70 days to received your item. Note, this is for SEA shipment only.
About AIR shipment
Fewer worries in AIR shipment, since this is the fastest. In my experience, AIR shipment usually takes about 10 to 15 days for your item to arrive in the Philippines, including Manila to Provinces. If you include the time seller shipped the item to MSB warehouse, just add 3 to 7 days to it.
Handling of Package and Condition
Handling of the package is exceptional, every item that they shipped are all in excellent condition and in a good shape including outside of the box, no sign of dents or anything. Yes, they open your package for inspection, but they do not tear or open the actual box of your item, meaning your item are still sealed and in tack.
My Shopping Box is the most trusted freight forwarder that you can find online; they have customer support that you can reach anytime to kill your worries. One of the thing that I’d like most is they don’t require you to pay additional Insurance fee.
Regarding Sales tax, some states in United States charge for a sales tax and since MSB warehouse is in California and covered with this fee. Some online stores especially Amazon and Newegg adds about 3% to 5% sales tax on it. For a tip: Most sellers in eBay don’t charge for it 😉
Hope this review of mine will help you decide or eliminate your worries on using MyShoppingBox for your online shopping. Register here https://my-shoppingbox.com
We’re excited to see more feature from My Shopping Box this coming 2018.
Since this review is becoming popular, we got so many inquiry from our Facebook page and emails. Here are some top questions that we receive and can answer based from our experience.
Invalid Credit Cards when Paying Your Shipments
The payment gateway My Shopping Box is using sometimes decline credit/debit card especially prepaid card like PayMaya, GCash, Pioneer, etc.. To fix this, just wait for a couple of hours or even day and pay again using that card again, it should be successful afterwards. The probably reason for this is the payment gateway is unable to reach your bank payment service provider.
Do they ship Mobile Phones, Laptops or Electronics with Lithium-ion Battery?
Yes, they will accept and ship this item. Just make sure it’s brand new or used but the item must be in original packaging. I’ve tried ordering a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S6 and they do accept it. Also, take note that they only shipped it via SEA.
Will they open the Package?
As stated in our review. Yes, they will open the package for inspection, but they will not open the box of your item. In our experience, all of our package are on its original seal and no sign of opening especially brand new item.