Hassle-Free International Shopping starts here: GCASH American Express Virtual Card+GIVEAWAY CLOSE
If you're an avid reader of my blog, you know that international shopping has played a big part in the creation of The Beauty Junkee. I would have to credit my adventurous and curious nature for my penchant for international makeup brands, especially those that can't be found locally. Add to that, I want to give my fellow Filipinas a glimpse of the good products from the other side of the world, I love the good feeling I get knowing that I've purchased the product/s cheaply, and the thrill I feel whenever I receive a package. It was fun at first but when I've started valuing time and money, I've realized that I always end up spending more in international shopping: The ridiculous taxes I have to pay, the travel time to and fro the Customs office plus the waiting time to release my package, (time is equally valuable too!) and the sneaky officers who'd furtively entertain me as I wait in line and end up asking for a bribe if they sense that I don't want to waste my day waiting for my package. Ugh!
This problem has spawned a breed of local pre-ordering websites. It was cool at first, knowing that someone's willing to go through the hassle of international shopping for you and without the ridiculous taxes, but I started questioning why most of them would have their own exchange rates, and what their list of miscellaneous fees is for. In the end, I also have to pay more than what I have to.
One of my international purchases from Lime Crime
Since those realizations, I've hibernated from international shopping. But I can't deny that sometimes, I still feel the urge to shop or contact local pre-ordering websites, but I vowed to be more wise with my time and money.
I'm an avid user of GCASH because I believe that it's one of the best payment methods ever invented in our country. It's so easy and quick to use, and I use it most of the time in online shopping. I think I have just been turned into a zealot when I've found out about Globe's newest GCASH service, GCASH American Express Virtual Card.
Online shopping fans, rejoice! We can now shop both in local and international websites sans the ridiculous costs, and without the commitment of applying for a credit card! Globe has recently tied up with American Express and created this newest, easiest, and fastest way to pay for our international online orders. In a nutshell, GCASH American Express Virtual Card is just like a credit card, but sans the interests!
Anyway, Black Friday Sale is coming up! To those who are not familiar with the Black Friday sale, this is a nationwide sale in the US where all online and physical boutiques and stores go on a crazy sale! Black Friday Sale is starting on November 23, so now is the perfect time for you to sign up for an account! (I just did!) Click READ MORE and find out how GCASH American Express Virtual Card works, plus check out what I've ordered for myself and my readers. Yes! I have a giveaway so read the rest of this post now! :)
I'll walk you through the process of signing up so you can spend the rest of your time jotting down what you'll buy on the Black Friday Sale. :)
Sign up for a free trial. Fill in all the necessary details and that's it! What I love about their signing up process is it doesn't require you to fill up pages of surveys and information forms. Such a time saver, eh? For prepaid subscribers, you will be asked to verify your account. A pop- up window will appear and please follow the prompt contained in it. For postpaid subscribers, just fill in the form and you're done, unless Globe requires you to accomplish a few more details to verify your account. I'm a postpaid subscriber and in my experience, I didn't have to verify anything anymore after the initial sign- up. But of course, this may vary. :)
If you want to continue your subscription after your free trial expires, you can purchase any of their subscription plans:
Only P25.00 to maintain your "credit card." Isn't that amazing?! :)
After signing up, you will receive a text message containing your own personalized passcode, then you will receive an email from Globe. Click the hyperlinked word here, and it will redirect you to this page:
This is where you will view all the confidential information about your account. It's secure!
After entering your personalized passcode, you will be redirected to a file containing the following:
1. Credit card information (number and expiry date)
2. Personalized US Address (where you will ship all your orders from US websites)
3. Personalized US Telephone number
You guys might be wondering if the personalized address and telephone number are secure. Yes! They're legit and have been approved by Globe. :)
Shortly, you will receive an email from My Shopping Box, the partner courier of Globe. When you sign up for a GCASH American Express Virtual Card, you will be automatically signed up for a My Shopping Box account as well. (How fast and convenient!) Go to My Shopping Box's website.
Key in your own username and password contained in the email.
Fill up this mini form. In here, you must put your Philippine address and contact details. My Shopping Box will take care of the shipment of your package from abroad to here. Your items will be shipped directly to your doorstep. No ma, no need to go to the Customs office to endure long lines and pay questionable taxes!
And you're all set! Just wait for an email from My Shopping Box containing all the necessary information for you to track your package. :)
The shopping diva side of me came out all of a sudden so I went shopping right away using my GCASH American Express Virtual Card. Where else? From my dream store, SEPHORA! Check out what I bought:
When I've finally accomplished my Sephora orders, the money in my GCASH wallet has been cashed out thereafter. No verification whatsoever needed!
These are some of the websites where you can readily use your GCASH American Express Virtual Card:
iTunes (both US and Philippines)
Please be advised that this payment method is not only limited to these sites. You can use it to shop in other websites, provided that they accept payments through American Express.
For me, GCASH American Express Virtual Card is the coolest way to shop online to date. I never knew international online shopping could be this easy! Christmas time is near, so sign up for your own account, snag that dream item you've always wanted, and shop for your loved ones on the Black Friday Sale!
I am ending this post with an early Christmas giveaway courtesy of Globe and The Beauty Junkee.
I have personally handpicked these prizes, and made sure that they will please every discerning beauty aficionado. (Like me!) So read the mechanics thoroughly and find out how you can bring one of these fab items home!
Four downright lucky readers will take home one of the following best sellers:
1. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Best- selling Eyeshadow palette)
2. Ciate Caviar Mini Bar Set (Best- selling nail polish kit)
3. Beauty Blender Cleanser+Sponge Set (Best- selling sponge)
4. Korres Lip Blockbuster Volume 2 (Best- selling lip balms and glosses)
Here are the mechanics:
1. The participant MUST be a Globe Subscriber.
2. Like THE BEAUTY JUNKEE on Facebook
3. Follow THE BEAUTY JUNKEE on Twitter
4. Answer this question: "What do you want to buy online this Black Friday Sale? Why?"
5. Publicly share this giveaway on your Facebook profiles with the sentence: The future of international online shopping is here! Join GCASH American Express Virtual Card and @The Beauty Junkee's giveaway! (Link to this post)
** Make sure you mention my FB Fan page, and include a link of this post in your post
6. Tweet this: OMG! I can't wait to shop with GCASH American Express Virtual Card! #GCASHAMEX (Link to this post)
**The item of choice depends on you. Make sure you mention my Twitter account on your tweet. To shorten links, please go to bit.ly.
7. Comment the following below this post:
Link to Facebook Post
Link to Tweet
Answer to the question
That's it! Please follow the mechanics accordingly. I would like to stress that the participant must be a Globe subscriber. The four winners will be chosen by Globe and I. Winners will be announced on the arrival date of the package and will be asked to send their mobile numbers to my email for verification.
The items are already on their way to the Philippines. :) This is just a very quick giveaway! It's perhaps my grandest Christmas giveaway to date, so join now! A very merry (and early) Christmas to everyone! :)
This post is brought to you by The Beauty Junkee and Globe
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