While American consumers gear up for the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, international consumers are left on the outside looking in. Retail giants such as Amazon and Best Buy offer incredible sales, but only if you live within the USA.
Big Apple Buddy, a shopping concierge service located in the heart of New York City, aims to connect international consumers with American retailers. An innovation in the fast-growing world of international e-commerce, this startup will be putting the latest gadgets into the hands of eager technophiles around the world this Black Friday.
While the latest gadgets are a click away for domestic consumers, international consumers without US credit cards or shipping addresses can find themselves locked out of Black Friday deals. Big Apple Buddy helps consumers buy their chosen items from any US online store and ship them to your doorstep.
After moving to the US, Big Apple Buddy co-founders Phillis Chan and Ben Chaung found themselves swamped with requests from family and friends looking for the latest American gadgets. Two years later business is still booming, with thousands of international consumers looking to Big Apple Buddy for handling the process for the client.
For an affordable service fee ($50 for the first item and $15 for every additional item), the company will source your chosen items for the best price, check and repackage the goods upon arrival at their facility, prepare all necessary customs documentation and have the parcel shipped to your doorstep. The service fee includes all the legwork that makes global commerce effortless for the consumer, including discount negotiations, packaging, shipping and providing personalised product and shopping advice.
“Since launching the company, we have developed a loyal client-base in over 110 countries around the world. Our clientele is primarily made up of tech enthusiasts who simply want the latest products quickly and hassle-free” says Ms. Chan.
“We wanted to be a buddy to our clients around the world, to leave no stone unturned to ensure that they receive their desired goods promptly and reliably. We advise on products, pass on shopping discounts, form relationships with stores so clients can access extra savings and exclusive products, and answer questions around the clock,” says Ms. Chan.
American consumer culture is the envy of the world, as U.S. citizens are granted immediate access to all the latest inventions, innovations, and designer products. For Big Apple Buddy, the mission is to bring American innovation to the global marketplace, especially during a holiday season full of Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales. From virtual reality to wearable tech, Big Apple Buddy is the international consumer’s new best friend this Black Friday.