By Elizabeth McCauley,
On October 13, Purse.io launched native international shipping support. This new development opens the door for more shoppers in areas Amazon does not serve. The new integration, with USendHome, caters to shoppers who want an in-app solution. USendHome also provides additional guarantees such as product pictures, advanced package tracking and fast shipping. Even better — they accept payment in Bitcoin.
Purse in the News
Those unfamiliar with Purse.io’s services, can tune into a recent podcast Bitcoin.com did with Purse co-founder Kent Liu. Not only does Purse.io enable customers to pay for Amazon products and services in Bitcoin, it also secures top discounts.
Providing Access and Avoiding a Middleman
Purse formed the partnership to serve all customers worldwide. This includes customers using the Buy Now and Name Your Discount features to receive packages at a USendHome facility. Customers can also utilize one-click reshipment and receive packages at their home address. Amazon sends all shipment notifications directly to the customer, without third party interference.
Purse originated the USendHome partnership after it noticed increasing customer concerns with shipping forwarders’ security. With a global customer base, Purse frequently sees packages shipped to Venezuela, Singapore, Canada and the Philippines.
With international customer numbers growing, the company then evaluated several shipping forwarders and found USendHome provided the best options in security and expediency.
‘Flattening the World With Bitcoin’
Purse’s founder and CEO, Andrew Lee, told Bitcoin.com:
“At Purse, we’re committed to flattening the world with Bitcoin. When we first noticed packages being sent to shipping forwarders, we assumed privacy-conscious shoppers. After talking to our top customers, we learned that the vast majority of these orders were being shipped internationally to countries including Venezuela, Singapore, Canada, and the Philippines. American goods are very popular overseas, and they sell for insane premiums,” said Lee.
“After evaluating all the shipping forwarders, we found USendHome to be a clear winner and convinced them to accept Bitcoin. We built a seamless integration – shoppers can generate a US address with 1 click. They will get notified of delivery and receive a picture of the delivery so they can release escrow. USendHome consolidates packages to minimize shipping costs and take care of customs.”
With the USendHome partnership, international users gain not only a simplified payment flow, but also Amazon products at a discount.
Purse’s research showed international customers’ demand for access to Amazon goods — but also revealed their struggle to find appropriate shipping methods. Moreover, it wanted to give them the option to pay in Bitcoin from start to finish.
By generating a U.S. with USendHome, all of your U.S. Amazon.com purchases that you complete via Purse (including Buy Now & Name Your Discount purchases) are shipped to and held at their distribution facilities. Packages are then reshipped to you and tracked via their advanced package tracking system, with realtime tracking updates notifications along the way. A full list of supported countries USendHome supports can be found on their Package Shipping Calculator page.
How Does It Benefit Me?
USendHome’s service has some unique features as well that will provide our international user’s peace of mind when discount shopping with bitcoin on Purse, from almost anywhere on the globe:
Package Content Photos
On your request, USendHome will take photos of your goods so you can verify from across the globe that everything is in your order, and nothing is missing or damaged.
Package Tracking & Fast Shipping
Their state-of-the-art distribution center is located in California is located near the LAX international airport. This means that your packages can processed and dispatched to you shortly after they’ve been received. Tracking numbers are bundled with every order that you process through USendHome. Their package tracking system will email and notify you accordingly of any new shipping information as it comes in.
Privacy & Bitcoin
How Do I Get Started?
You’ll need to open a new account. International shoppers will see a new option to generate a U.S. shipping address on product pages and during checkout.
Step 1: Click “Get a free package forward address”
Step 2: Fill out the USendHome sign-up form with your email, first, and last name.
Step 3: Once you have your new U.S. Shipping address, you can then proceed to checkout with your new address. You will receive an email from USendHome that will require you finish setting up your account to manage your delivery.
Step 4: Your new address will be provided autoselected for your order completion when using Buy Now. If you are wishing to use your new U.S. address with Name Your Discount, you’ll need add the U.S. address to the particular wish list you are trying create under the Amazon wish-list settings
You can add your new U.S. address to Name Your Discount wish lists orders as well.
From there you’re all done! USendHome will handle the rest, and you’ll track your orders/packages progress through their site once they’ve processed and shipped on Purse. You’ll have to set up where you want your package forwarded to, and handle any additional charges on their end in relation to customs, tariffs, etc if necessary.