How to buy items in the US without a US credit card

How to buy items in the US without a US credit card

Not all US online stores will accept your local or International credit card and will require you to have a US credit card to purchase from them. So here’s my guide on how to work around it.
You should only consider these steps if you can’t buy using your normal credit card. Otherwise, read my guide on How to buy directly from US websites and have it shipped to you via freight forwarder – comGateway.

So, how to buy items in the US?

One way is to use a freight forwarder.  It’s essentially a freight forwarder is an organisation that will receive freight (goods/ items) on your behalf and forward it to you.
comGateway with their BuyForMe service (US founded) and vPost4U from SingPost (Singapore founded) offers you the ability to buy from an overseas merchant that does not accept international credit cards. They both work by allowing you to pay them first, and then they will buy the item/s on your behalf. They both will ship to many countries around the world such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.
Here’s how I used comGateway’s BuyForMe service to buy items for me.

Step 1 – Sign up for a US address at comGateway

As soon as you register with comGateway, you’ll be given a free, sales tax-exempted U.S. shipping address, and the fun can begin!

Step 2 – Start shopping and find the items you want

Start shopping and find the item that you’re looking for. That is, shop at your favourite U.S. online stores, ship packages to your new U.S. address. As the store won’t accept your credit card, we will use comGateway‘s BuyForMe service.

Step 3 – Once you find your items enter the details in the BuyForMe section of comGateway

Once you find your items enter the details in the BuyForMe section of comGateway. This is under the “Tools” menu.

Fill in your items in your BuyForMe cart

Step 4 – Check out at BuyForMe

Once you are ready, check out and pay for your items with your local or International credit card. comGateway will then buy your items on your behalf.

Step 5 – You will see a confirmation BuyForMe screen

Step 6 – You’ll also receive a confirmation email

You’ll also receive a confirmation email with details on your comGateway BuyForMe purchase.

Please note the 5% service and admin charge below that comGateway will add to your bill for buying the item on your behalf and factor this into your costs.

comGateway
Dear Vu,
Thank you for shopping with comGateway BuyForMe service.
We have received your order request with AMAZON.COM. View your Orders here.
BuyForMe order Confirmation
Product Description Quantity Unit Price Sub Total

AMAZON.COM
TP-LINK N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (TL-WA850RE)
Amazon.com
1 US$19.86 US$19.86

Sub Total US$19.86
BuyForMe service charge US$0.99
Total US$20.85
You have chosen free or lowest cost domestic delivery.
You have chosen to hold the order if one or more items are unavailable.

Next Step:
We will proceed to place your order within the next 48 hours. We will send you another email when your package arrives at your U.S. Address.

Step 7 – Check your Dashboard for your items

Check your Dashboard for your items. Once they are received by comGateway, you will see them in your dashboard.
comGateway dashboard. Packages will be here once they arrive from the US online stores

Step 8 – Packages are shipped to your US Address at comGateway

comGateway notify you as soon as your packages arrive. When you log in, you’ll have full control over what happens to your package next.
This includes:

  • View full scans of each package’s invoice and chargeable shipping weights
  • Enjoy 30 days of free storage while all your shipments arrive for consolidation
  • Make easy returns if you change your mind
  • Manage international shipping options and track your packages
Tip – It’s generally best to group all your items together if you are buying from many different US online stores. This helps you to maximise your purchases and make save you from paying more than one freight postage costs.

Step 9 – When you’re ready, ask comGateway to ship your packages home

Make sure everything you ordered has arrived, tell us how you want them packed, and give us the OK to ship them to you. You’ll be able to track the packages until they arrive in 3-8 business days. comGateway uses FedEx and DHL to manage their logistics delivery here for you.

Step 10 – Enjoy your new items!

Enjoy your new goods, shipped directly from the US.
Sound good? Check out more details here at comGateway. Happy shopping!

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Remove or update outdated information from Google

How to remove or update outdated information from Google

If you have a website, or you see information has been deleted from a webpage, but still shows in Google Search results, you can ask Google to update or remove the page.
This is a pretty cool feature that I just discovered, so I am highlighting this in case you didn’t know there was such a feature available.
This is great for me right now, as I recently just changed my subdomain name and need to make sure people are not hitting blank pages. From an SEO perspective, this is very important if you have pages that you may have deleted permanently so that you can let Google know before it plays a factor in your website ranking.

How to remove outdated content

Remove a page that was already deleted from a site from search results

  1. Go to the Remove outdated content page
  2. In the “Enter URL of outdated content” box, paste the URL of the page. (Learn how to find the URL of the page)
  3. Click Request removal.
  4. If you see the message “This content is gone,” click Request removal.

Note: If you see the message “The page is still live on the web” but the page has already been removed, click Submit feedback and we’ll look into the issue.
Here’s an example of a page of mine that I am removing.

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How To Cancel GoDaddy Private Registration

How to Cancel GoDaddy Private Registration

First of all, why would anyone want to cancel Private Registration after paying for it?

I’m looking to consolidate my domains to one domain name registrar, mainly just to keep things simple so I can focus on my blogging, as I love blogging. I have chosen Hover (you can read more about why I like Hover here), as they include WhoIS privacy for free (something I paid GoDaddy for a few years back).

Canceling Business Registration

From GoDaddy – “You can cancel the Business Registration for your domain name at any time.”

To Cancel Business Registration:

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Go to the Payments tab.
  3. Click Product Billing.
  4. Use the check boxes to select your Business Registration account, and then click Cancel Item.
  5. In the Cancel Selected Items window, click Confirm.

What happens when you cancel GoDaddy Private Registration?

From GoDaddy – “When you cancel Private Registration, your personal information, including your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number, displays publicly in the Whois database.”

Here are steps that GoDaddy advise you take:

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.
  3. How you cancel Private Registration will depend on how many domains you currently have in your account.

What this means for you and I?

Now, if only that was it and I could easily cancel my private registration. You actually need to make sure you have certain documents to confirm your business registration before being able to cancel your GoDaddy Private Registration. It’s understandable to have your Government ID, but it’s not everyone is going to have their online domain name registered as a business – so that’s where I am stuck right now.

Why?

From GoDaddy – “The Protected Registration service must be cancelled by submitting the online request form and providing the required documentation. Because of the services this protection provides, there is no option to turn off the auto-renewal”.
To summarise, here are the documents you need to have:

  1. A copy of your Government ID – be that a passport or something similar (see their instructions in the screenshot below).
  2. A copy of business documentation for the company listed as current registrant – Again, I’m stuck on this step, but once you are able to provide this, you will be able to remove the Private Registration.

What exactly did GoDaddy ask me to give?

To be clear, here are  the documents that GoDaddy asked me to give from their team at protectedreg(at)godaddy.com.

Information regarding your request
Our support staff has responded to your request, details of which are described below:

Discussion Notes
Support Staff Response
To process this protected registration cancellation request, we require a color copy, scan, or digital picture of the following:
1. A clear, readable copy of the government-issued photo identification in which the pictured person, name, signature, and expiration date are clearly identifiable. The copy of the government-issued photo identification we received is expired.   You can feel free to block out information such as the date of birth, height, weight, eye color and the license number.
2. A copy of business documentation for the company listed as current registrant.
(Examples of acceptable government-issued business documentation)
A copy of a government-issued business license, which is issued from a local, county, state, or federal agency.
*For U.S Based businesses – We can accept an EIN/TIN Assignment Letter from the IRS. You may request a copy of this letter by contacting the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.
**Note: We cannot accept copies of articles of incorporation/organization, applications, and documents printed from the internet or tax returns as business identification.
Once this is received we will inform you of what is needed to process your request or we will let you know that your request has been completed.


Thanks,
Customer Service

Once I am able to provide the business documentation, I will share how successful and easy the next steps would be. I just wanted to share some initial details with you for now so you know what to expect. More on this in time…

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