Christmas Shoppers Should Go Online To Find Black Friday Deals, Says Parcel2Go

Britain’s leading online parcel delivery specialist Parcel2Go has reminded shoppers looking for great deals on their Christmas presents this year to remember to capitalise on Black Friday on November 25.

The annual event, which marks the start of the Christmas shopping rush in America, is designed to inspire US consumers and get the tills ringing at the start of the festive season. But thanks to the internet, next week’s shopping bonanza won’t be restricted to people living in the United States.

Amazon UK is one retailer that is joining in to bring British shoppers deals on a range of goods from books and music to fashion and beauty products, and Parcel2Go has reminded people not to miss out. Amazon will be offering timed deals between Monday, November 21 and Black Friday on the 25th.

Richard Mercer, marketing director at Parcel2Go, said: “Black Friday might have begun as a US tradition but deal-conscious shoppers from the UK now have the chance to beat the Christmas rush and grab themselves a few bargains.

“Online shopping has completely revolutionised the way people buy presents at Christmas and as long as people make sure that their gifts are being shipped with leading couriers then buying online is a great way to avoid the queues at the tills. There are sure to be plenty of Black Friday deals to be had next week and by choosing to send presents to friends and relatives using Parcel2Go, shoppers will be able to save even more money.”

Anyone thinking of ordering goods from American businesses on Black Friday might find that some retailers will only ship to US addresses. Parcel2Go offers customers the opportunity to rent an American address and have goods forwarded to Europe with professional couriers such as DHL and FedEx, so buying direct from the US is no problem at all.

Richard added: “The US address rental service has become incredibly popular and we’d expect to see an increase in demand from European consumers as Black Friday draws closer.”

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Parcel2Go Urges More Retailers To Consider Selling Online

Following a report showing that only 14 per cent of EU companies sell goods and services using the internet, despite an increase in buyers, online parcel delivery company Parcel2Go has urged businesses to reconsider their trading strategies.

A study by international administrative department Eurostat has revealed that the number of online consumers in the European Union doubled between 2005 and 2010 – from 20 per cent to 40 per cent – but this growth has not been matched by a growth in the number of businesses using the internet to sell their wares.

With so many sales methods accessible online and a range of cheap courier services on offer to transport goods directly to customers, representatives of courier comparison website Parcel2Go have expressed surprise that more companies are not taking advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Parcel2Go Marketing Director, Richard Mercer said: “Online shopping gets bigger all the time, especially with the accelerated evolution of smartphones and tablets in recent years. Businesses which don’t use this avenue to sell their products are losing the chance to appeal to huge swathes of consumers.

“In today’s world, selling items online is a straightforward and accessible process with plenty of resources available to support it. Whether you are a sole trader or the proprietor of a large operation, online sales could do wonders for your bottom line.”

The Eurostat report showed that household internet access in the EU had reached 70 per cent by 2010, with clothes, travel, computing and electronic goods among the most commonly-bought items.

The data also demonstrated that most internet users prefer to focus on their home markets when shopping online; though this did vary from country to country, with more than 90 per cent of Maltese shoppers buying from another member state and thus requiring international shipping services, while only 10 per cent of Polish consumers did the same.

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Get The VAT Rise Licked By Using A Parcel Price Comparison Service

Already hard-pressed business and residential customers now have an extra rise in costs to contend with, following the introduction of VAT on the price of sending many items by post from January 31.

Imposed as a result of a European Union ruling, the changes mean that the 20 per cent standard rate of VAT is payable on sending packages via Royal Mail.

With the changes likely to hit already hard-pressed businesses heavily, parcel and mail services broker Parcel2Go is taking the opportunity to remind companies that they can shop around to find a better deal on their parcel delivery costs.

“We have had deregulation of the parcel delivery market in the UK for a few years now, but many people are unaware of the potential it can bring for cash savings,” said Richard Mercer, Parcel2Go.

“The addition of VAT to the cost of sending a parcel is an ideal time for them to discover just how much they could save by shopping around.

“At Parcel2Go, we help thousands of people every day save precious money on these costs. And when large numbers of parcels, or large consignments are being sent, those savings can soon add up.”

It’s simple to track down a better deal, whether it’s just one parcel or 1,000 which need to be sent. Visit www.parcel2go.com and enter the details of the package being sent, to get a quick quote.

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