The smarter way to buy from the USA

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Now that Eyjafjallajokull has calmed down a bit and planes are flying again we have resumed sending out delivery shipments. We are continuing with practicing how to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull.

If you are not in a hurry, we advise to wait with booking your delivery shipments until next week, until the airlines and Fedex have cleared their backlogs. We have temporarily suspended our storage fee, so you are not faced with additional charges if you decide to postpone your booking for a week. Now you can keep your purchases in your BundleBox free of charge for 45 days.

Happy bundling

Andre

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Due to overwhelming demand we have stopped taking new orders for the iPad.

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Hi All -

We are ready to take on new iPad orders tomorrow. Here is the deal:

- You can start placing new orders on Wednesday April 21st, 10:00 UK time.

- One iPad per customer.

- Only WiFi models (16WF, 32WF or 64WF), we are not processing orders for the 3G version currently.

- The order is only for an iPad. If you desire accessories such as the iPad Dock, Keyboard or Case, please fill out an additional BFM request for accessories.

- Orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis, until we have reached our capacity.

We hope that we will be able to make more Apple Ipad fans happy!

Happy bundling

Andre

Bundleer of the Week- Amy Dillon

We are delighted to introduce a lady who knows a thing or two about make-up. Amy Dillon, Editor of the highly regarded Irish website makeupandbeauty.ie shares her expert beauty knowledge and offers us a few tips on where to shop in the USA.

Amy Dillon

Amy Dillon from makeupandbeauty.ie

Hi Amy, when did you get interested in cosmetics and make-up?

I have been a make-up addict since the age of 5, I got my little hands on my grandmothers Revlon lipstick and it was love. I then trained as a make-up artist.

Tell me about how you went about setting up your website Makeupandbeauty.ie

I set up Makeupandbeauty.ie to offer tips and advice to ladies who are interested in makeup and beauty products. I also wanted to offer makeup video consultations. I particularly enjoy showing women how to use ingredients they already have in their kitchens to make their own skincare.

What in your opinion are the must have make-up bag essentials for every woman?

I think every woman could survive with Mascara, concealer and a lipstick…if we had to.

Do you have tips for shopping for cosmetics in the USA? Favourite websites?

I like beautycrunch.com for cheap makeup deals, Victoria Secret for fragrances and cosmetics.

Beautycrunch.com

Beautycrunch.com

How often do you shop USA from the USA?

I like to compile a list over a few months and then order everything in one haul.

What was your experience of BundleBox?

BundleBox are professional and friendly. All of my queries were answered within a few hours. It seems dedicated to providing an exceptional service. It’s very helpful to have a customer care rep on Twitter, that means you can get a very quick response to general queries.

The site is easy to use and the company updated me regularly on my account via email. The quotation and repackaging service are a great idea. It is also great that BundleBox can order on your behalf if a company will not accept a credit card from outside the US.

What tips advice would you give people when shopping from the USA?

Plan ahead. Order everything you want so that your items arrive to BundleBox at roughly the same time and can be shipped together. Try and order from companies that are offering free shipping within the US, then there are not charges to have these items delivered to your BundleBox.

I would also recommend that people take advantage of the quotation service, then you know roughly how much shipping is going to cost. If you have multiple packages it might be useful to avail of the repackaging service to cut shipping costs. If possible avoid buying very heavy items as this will increase the cost of shipping.

An image made available by NEODAAS/University of Dundee which shows the volcanic ash plume from Iceland, top left, to the north of Britain as received by NASAs Terra Satellite at 11.39 GMT Thursday April 15, 2010.

An image made available by NEODAAS/University of Dundee which shows the volcanic ash plume from Iceland, top left, to the north of Britain as received by NASA's Terra Satellite at 11.39 GMT Thursday April 15, 2010.

Hi all -

It has been quite a week at BundleBox, with the continuation of the iPad avalanche, then someone copying our site, then a server glitch and now we have volcano Eyjafjallajokull preventing BundleBox packages to reach Europe!

On Friday we have held all the booked shipments at the BundleBox warehouse, as flights to the UK and mainland Europe were canceled. We will continue to do so, until the air traffic ban has been lifted. For the UK, the air traffic ban is currently in place until this Sunday, April 18th. You can continue to book your shipments as usual, and we will send them out as soon as the air traffic ban is lifted.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you updated with any developments on http://www.bundlebox.com/blog/.

Andre & the BundleBox team

Tech Must Haves USA

At BundleBox we love directional Tech Gadgets that channel traditional design. It would seem that combining the future of technology with retro style is aesthetically cool in the home. In the USA, many designers weave an element of nostalgia into their creations giving them some added character and dynamic. We have hand picked a few of our favourites below.

Lasonic X Famous i931 from $250

Lasonic X Famous i931 from $250

The street savvy Lasonic X Famous (from $250) Ghetto Blaster is New York cool and completely wired in terms of its compatibility with iPods, playing Mp3s, it’s flash memory and above all else- the optional microphone which will let you address throngs of gathered folk enjoying your tunes.

Vuzix Wrap 310 Widescreen Video Eye wear $249

Vuzix Wrap 310 Widescreen Video Eye wear $249

These super tech ‘Back to the Future’-style video glasses ($249) will transform your small video screen into a widescreen home theatre. The perfect choice for travellers and commuters as you can link to your iPhone/iPod and watch your favourite films or TV shows.

All View Mirror $59.95

All View Mirror $59.95

The All View car mirror offers an exciting new solution to an old problem. No more stretching to see behind as the panoramic view will give you a clear picture behind your vehicle. Talk about having eyes on the back of your head!

Happy Bundling

The BundleBox Team.

Oh my, they copied our site!!!!

Some company copied our site!

Dear Bundleers -

Today we discovered that some company basically copied our site. They even used the same pictures!!!! It created quite a stir at the BundleBox HQ. “That’s not very nice, copying is not allowed” said Emma, my five year old daughter. Even she was upset.

There were some heated debates but quickly we concluded that copying our site is one thing, but copying our service will be much much harder.

Interesting to note is that the only part that they did not copy is our copyright policy. I guess there is little to worry that another company will make a copy of a copy.

Happy Bundling

Andre

From time to time we check in on the tantalising and amusing products legendary US retailer Sky Mall has on offer. You could describe some of the items as wacky, funky or even strange but there is always method to the madness as many of the products are practical and intriguing.

By viewing the Bundle Buzz you will see that Bundleers shopping from the USA love to buy home products, beauty and cosmetic, tech gadgets, fashion, accessories and books. The pet lovers among them will seek out the must have USA products for their furry friends and purchase them via BundleBox.

We have found a host of fantastic pet products on Sky Mall to inspire Bundleers and get tails wagging!!

Pet Doorbell set $69.95

Pet Doorbell set $69.95

The Pet Doorbell is nothing short of genius! Avoid any nasty accidents indoors by giving your pet the freedom to let you know when they need to go outdoors for toilet time. An extra paw can be purchased for placing outside the door so when your pet wants inside again, they will let you know!

Travelling Pet Seat $99.95

Travelling Pet Seat $99.95

The Travelling Pet Seat is a safe, practical and comfortable way for your pet to travel. The seat adjusts to fit your dogs size and the thick foam padding can be removed for washing. Talk about travelling in style!

Pet Crate from $199

Pet Crate from $199

Blend your pets resting quarters stylishly with the rest of your home decor with this gorgeous Pet Crate. Your dog will feel like royalty and you will have a handy spot for perching your cup of tea! Going on holiday soon? This could also be the perfect means of transportation for you pet.

Casita & Bungalow Cat Trees from $48

Casita & Bungalow Cat Trees from $48

Do you happen to have a playful cat at home who enjoys nothing more than clawing, exploring and generally leaving their mark on your nice furniture? The Casita & Bungalow Cat Tree is the perfect solution. Created using faux fur or sheepskin, this fun device with give your pet hours of fun and apparently withstands the toughest claws!

Happy Bundling,

The BundleBox Team.

And, we are back!!!!!!

Hey Guys -

On Saturday 17:20 GMT our BundleBox server got tired after a week of hard work and had some hick-ups. I am happy to announce that after some patching up it is back on its feet and humming along nicely.

Thanks Andy, Aleksandr, Alex and team for fixing this over the weekend.

Happy bundling

Andre

The iPad has Landed!

It has been a phenomenally exciting few days as the first Apple iPad’s started arriving in the UK via BundleBox. We are honoured to introduce you to some of the first iPadding Bundleers. Check out their grins!

Peter Cooper with his new iPad

Peter Cooper & his shiny new iPad

Peter Cooper is an author, professional blogger and creator of numerous web properties and technologies had his iPad shipped via BundleBox. We were delighted to have Peter’s first thoughts on his coveted new iPad:

‘The iPad has its pros and cons but they still seem to be changing on a daily basis for me. In terms of reading e-books and browsing the Web though, it excels!’

‘The experience of buying it through Bundlebox worked out very well, although there were plenty of finger crossing moments. I can see Bundlebox’s process being incredibly slick and stress free – great job guys!’

A very chuffed looking Matthew Green with iPad

A very chuffed looking Matthew Green with iPad

Matthew Green from Devon is over the moon to be an iPad owner.

‘I am an iPhone (and by default iPad) Developer based in Devon, UK. With BundleBox’s service I would still be unable to develop and test my iPad Apps because of Apple’s policy of releasing in the USA only first.

I am no longer at a disadvantage to competitors and should be able to secure some work in the weeks building up to the release of the iPad in the UK by having the device to work on now

Thank you BundleBox for providing this service which was speedy and simple’

iCreate Journalist Ben, has also shared the moment he received his iPad via BundleBox by posting a video blog on the iCreate website and Twitter.

 And finally, another happy Bundleer Andy Mallins shared his iPad moment with us below.       Happy Bundling!!

'It's Mine, don't touch' Andy Mallins with iPad

'It's Mine, don't touch' Andy Mallins with iPad

 

Home Gadget Must Haves from the USA

We love gadgets and gismo’s from the USA at BundleBox. At this very moment a swarm of shiny new Apple iPads are making their way to savvy pre-ordering Bundleers in the UK. Super exciting!

There are however many fun USA products to marvel at including those that make home life that little bit easier. Perhaps justifying the coveted piece as a multi-tasking essential will make purchasing all the more exciting!

The revolutionary and beautifully sleek Tweeting kettle  is designed by Ben Perman and Murat Multu. It tweets via WIFI to alert you when it has boiled.

Tweeting Kettle $115

Tweeting Kettle $115

A very clever built in device tells you how much water you have boiled each week. Reported to retail at approx $115 when it is released in the USA soon. We will be keeping a close eye on gizmodo.com for news on the launch.

Moving from the kitchen to the living room we are getting slightly far fetched here but who does not want a iRobot Roomba vacum cleaner!

iRobot Roomba Hoover $335.56

iRobot Roomba Hoover $335.56

This super cool home priority will whizz around the home cleaning carpeted and hard floor surfaces.

The Muvi Micro camcorder is apparently the smallest in the world and how cute it looks too!

Muvi Micro Camcorder $99.99

Muvi Micro Camcorder $99.99

It can be worn around you neck and comes with 2GB hard drive space.

Happy Bundling,

The BundleBox Team.