If you are planning on doing your Christmas shopping online, like a lot of people this year, 2013, you will be interested to know when the last shipping dates are so you get your delivery before the day.

Tiananmen Square, National Day of the PRC, October 1, 2006

Today, Tuesday 1st October 2013, is National Day and the start of Golden Week (黄金周) in China, one of the the longest public holidays in the country.

According to Wikipedia "The Central People's Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China on December 2, 1949 and declared that October 1 is the National Day."

 

It can be quite difficult, sometimes, to find something on eBay, such as an iPhone, that can be shipped overseas, to your country.

 

Many shoppers, worldwide, have used the services of a freight forwarder or a US or European mailing address provider. Such as Aramex, ShipandShop and Borderlinx - and sometimes these are great.

But, how many people realise that many of the best UK, US and European shopping sites will deliver to most countries in the world directly, without using an intermediary?

Marks and Spencer's new Autumn collection has been photographed by acclaimed snapper Annie Leibovitz, in a campaign called Britain's Leading Ladies.

 

PayPal and Neilsen research have just produced a report into cross border shopping in 6 markets around the world. Neilsen analysed the behaviour over 6000 consumers in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, China and Brazil who shopped at overseas websites with the previous 12 months.

What did they find? - Well their findings are interesting and, perhaps not entirely surprising. Here is a breakdown of some of the figures for international shopping:

 

Amazon has made some changes to their Super Saver Shipping offer in the UK. It is not certain, at this stage, what effects this will have on Amazon Global International Shipping, if any.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has wrapped up newly born baby Cambridge in an Aden + Anais swaddle.

Inevitably the UK press is reporting that they have just sold out!

 

Amazon Global, the international shipping arm of the US web giant Amazon.com now has included some extra Asian countries to its list of places it delivers globally to, notably Singapore and India.

Expectant mothers around the world are watching what Kate Middleton is wearing whilst pregnant, looking for inspiration or wardrobe ideas.

ASOS have recently released a photo of The Duchess of Cambridge wearing one of their off the shelf maternity dresses, the ASOS Maternity Belted Dress With Scoop Neck, see below.

Of course, as we international shoppers all know, ASOS is one of the leading fashion and clothing websites in the world, and offers FREE INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY, which includes countries like, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and many more.

The dress comes in two colours and, after this picture is seen around the world, won't be available for long. More information about ASOS international delivery.

The UK government's business secretary, Vince Cable, today announced a raft of new measures to help global growth for the UK retail industry. 

The UK Retail Industry – International Action Plan, which was launched after the UKTI had extensive consultation with some of the largest UK retailers, sets out a 2 year action plan has 7 points of focus to help drive international shopping.

One of the longer lasting fashion trends of the moment is black and white stripes.

Valentine's Day 2012 Calendar

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day for 2013.

Money

It is not just travellers who know that a strong currency can be a blessing or a very expensive holiday! 

Importers and exporters too, live and die at the hands of the foreign exchange market; their goods are either cheap or expensive depending upon the strength or weakness of their currency.

Hello, this is a new website, its aims are to help shoppers buy, over the internet, from online shops in different countries.

We are roaming the internet looking for the best shops with international delivery. These are then entered into our directory, with details and information about their delivery and returns policies, to make it easy for you, the shopper, to find and compare the shops you want.