eCommerce Titans: What Are Amazon And eBay?
When it comes to online shopping, the US is ahead of its time. After all, the country has Amazon and eBay: two of the most popular eCommerce titans in the world. If you have never used these sites before, you likely need to have a quick and fast introduction to these two giants.
This article will explain who and what they are and how you can enjoy online shopping through them without worrying about shipping, even if you live outside the United States. To complement these sites, you will need a trusty package forwarding company for your international purchases. This is where Shipito comes in handy. Sign up for a free account today and instantly get a US address so you can start shopping.
What Is Amazon?
Amazon.com is one of the biggest Internet-based companies in the world. It is famous for its online retail shop, Alexa, eBook reader, and various online services. Most of the products sold on this site are from independent retailers who use Amazon as a selling/eCommerce platform.
How to Shop on Amazon
Before you do some Amazon shopping, it is best to sign up for an account on Shipito and on Amazon. Once you create an Amazon account and log in, you can start shopping. You can search for items by typing their name or description in the search field located near the top of the page.
If you download the Amazon Shopping app, you can look for the item you want to buy by taking a photo of the product, scanning its barcode, or asking Alexa. If you have already decided to purchase the product, you can click or tap on the Add to Cart button
Note that some items will be unsearchable or unavailable to your country. You can have full access to all Amazon products by changing your location to the US by using a VPN or entering a valid US zip code. To do that, click the Deliver to image on the top left of the page in your browser or access the Amazon app's settings page.
To checkout, click on the cart button on the upper right corner of the page or screen.
What Is eBay?
eBay is primarily known as a peer-to-peer online marketplace. It allows users to bid on items sold by other users. Unlike Amazon, items sold on eBay vary a lot and may include uncommon
items you will not ordinarily find. From discontinued Nike shoes to vintage car parts, you can find almost anything here as long as there is a demand for it.
How to Shop on eBay
Just like with Amazon.com, eBay shopping is straightforward. You need to register for a new account, and you will be ready to go. Thankfully, the web and mobile layout of Amazon and eBay are almost identical. If you have already shopped on Amazon, you will not get lost on eBay.
International Shipping Concerns
When you buy from the USA, the biggest concern you might face is shipping. There will be times that some products and retailers on Amazon and eBay do not ship outside the US or ship to your county.
You can overcome this hurdle by using a package forwarding service provider like Shipito. By signing up for Shipito, you can get a free virtual US address that you can use to receive the items you want to buy from Amazon and eBay
When the warehouse receives your items, Shipito will then ship them to you regardless of where you are in the world. You can even choose your shipping carrier and submit any special requests.
We understand you have options when it comes to selecting a package forwarding company. Here are the benefits of shipping with Shipito:
- You can sign up for basic membership for free.
- You can save up to 80% on shipping related costs.
- You can get quick and reliable customer support in over 12 languages.
- You can take advantage of its handy and convenient features.
Additionally, we are one of the only package forwarding services that translates our website and all content into over 12 languages, which means no more Google translate.
Assisted Purchase Service
Aside from handling shipping, Shipito can do your shopping for you. With the company's assisted purchase service, you can tell the team about the items you want to get, provide a link, and we will buy it for you. Once the items arrive at the warehouse, we will take pictures and notify you asap.
You can leave your packages in Shipito's care for up to seven days on arrival, free of charge. This allows you to purchase from multiple shops and get all the items shipped in one big package saving you over 80% in shipping costs.
If you are not in a hurry, you can leave your items for 45, 60, or even 90 days if you need to. However, you will need to sign up for a premium membership to enjoy this feature.
If you plan to keep shopping on Amazon and eBay for a long time, it will be convenient to use Shipito's Fast Mailout feature. With it, you can just set your preferred carrier, payment method, and shipping address. As soon as the items you bought arrived in the company's warehouse, it will be immediately shipped to you.
Shipito has a handy international shipping calculator that you can use anytime—you do not even have to sign in to use it. With the calculator, you can determine the following:
- Shipping Methods
- Postage cost
- Estimated Delivery Time
- Tracking (if available)
- Weight details
- Shipping limits
Shopping Knows No Bounds
Thanks to Amazon and eBay, people have full access to almost any item in the world. And thanks to Shipito, you can shop on those two eCommerce titans without worrying about shipping or where you live. Sign up today to get started!