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Old 22.03.2016, 14:30
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Mail forwarding from neighboring & CH, parcel forwarding from Germany, bonus: US

I'm looking for one or two addresses, with the following parameters:

First, the parcel forwarding address: I see many of you use a Lieferadresse or Grenzpaket address (is this the right term, the latter?) to drive across the German border and get your stuff from Germany, where life is cheaper. There's a whole industry thriving north of the Swiss border specializing in these services. But some of you may not live close to the German border, may be closer to the Italian or French borders, but still, German shops are generally the cheapest, so instead of driving, you may opt for forwarding. Or, you are living anywhere or you are a digital nomad and wants goods like high fashion shoes delivered from fashion capital Germany. Yes, that's me. Shipping charges of these package forwarders vary greatly, so I'm looking for one which has in general cheap prices to anywhere. Yes, to anywhere, because the destination can vary. Besides cheap prices, service should not suck, either. In fact, with US shipping addresses, you can read many horror stories across the net.

Bonus! my US shipping address recommendations: BedaBox and Stackry.
Seriously, check them out on the Better Business Bureau site, and also on SiteJabber.com and compare them to the competition. I mention them here because searching for them on the forum gave no results.

I wonder, is there a SiteJabber or Trustpilot-like site for reviews for package forwarders based in Germany? Otherwise, it's a hit and miss.

Mail forwarding: it does not have to be in Germany (but somewhere near the heart of Europe), but for economies of scale, it very well might be there: as it has the biggest supply of these forwarders. The service can be even in Switzerland, though I'm not sure if Swiss people ever expatriate and use such services to receive mail, cheese, chocolate and bank statements from home.

I'm especially looking for a service which does not prohibit in its terms to receive mail from banks, including cards. (Swiss Post Box does not prohibit it.) If you are a digital nomad, sometimes its best to receive your cards in this box, not to a hut in Indonesia with no reliable postal service. Of course, I'm not looking for an address which looks like a real, home address, to make the bank think I'm living there, an address with a box number is perfectly fine. Banks allow you to give them separate residential and mailing addresses and I'm looking for one to fill the latter category. Still many package forwarders prohibit letters from banks and cards, I don't know why. Paranoia? Then, I don't want to deal with such businesses.

I searched the forum and will list here a few of my findings (these would be OK for both mail and package):

https://www.deutsche-lieferadresse.com/ - From EUR0.99
http://www.europaketshop.ch/ - Free
http://www.grenzpaket.ch/de/ - CHF, EUR1
http://www.las-burg.de/ - EUR1.50
http://www.lieferadresse-konstanz.de/ - EUR1.50
http://www.swiss-paket.de/ - Free
https://www.worldpaketshop.ch/ - Free

The price show forwarding a single piece of standard mail, add + postage to every listing. I haven't checked their example prices for packages to various destinations, nor their policy on mail from banks with cards. I'm asking for your experience, but of course, not only with the above, but any service.

As I'm looking for a service or two to deal with remotely, I care more about their web presence, as compared to their warehouse looks nice, if I were to pick up my stuff in person. Some services offer you the possibility to log in to their site and do your stuff there, some not, for example.

Here I'm asking about private business recommendations, because it might be worse to deal with a government-run postal service - but is it really worse? The Swiss Post Box charges CHF5+postage for mail forwarding, which is quite steep for the free to EUR1.5+postage offered by most above forwarders.

I would exclude two other options as well: Dropscan (the only option for payment is a German direct deposit, which gives you less freedom than paying with any card) and ClevverMail (though give you an address without a box number, they ask 2 forms of ID in exchange! no thanks, I somehow don't feel comfortable with them). Both also specialize in mail scanning, have higher prices for forwarding than the forwarders.

The two addresses (mail and package) can be one and the same, of course! (But it helps a bit if the mailing address looks like a bit more 'normal,' not exactly like a warehouse address.)
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Old 05.04.2016, 17:05
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Re: Mail forwarding from neighboring & CH, parcel forwarding from Germany, bonus: US

Sorry, I'm not quite sure in which branch this topic fits best.
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