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15.9 million cross border shoppers were identified in the UK in 2013, spending over £8.5 billion and these figures are on the rise

*NB: Specific Black Friday offers and voucher codes available for International sites which ship to the UK

With the biggest dates in the online Christmas shopping calendar on the horizon it would be easy to be tempted by the offers on the table from major UK online retailers - but savvy shoppers should look further afield according to MyInternationalShopping.com. The site claims that shoppers could save up to 40% by cross border online shopping this Christmas.

A report commissioned by Paypal last year estimated that there will be 18.5 million cross border shoppers in the UK by 2018 spending up to £18 billion a year. 15.9 million cross border shoppers were identified in the UK in 2013, spending over £8.5 billion and these figures are on the rise. The key shopping categories are clothes and shoes, home electronics, computer hardware and health and beauty items bought in the US in the main, but also China, Hong Kong, Germany featured high on the list.

The benefits are clear. The biggest reason to shop globally is of course to make a cost saving. Even taking in to account shipping, buying from abroad can be cheaper than shopping from a UK site. However an increasing number of retailers are also now offering free International delivery - a directory of the key retailers providing free shipping is available at MyInternationalShopping.com. Choice is another key factor – why restrict your options by what is available on your home turf?

This was the key reason for launching www.MyInternationalShopping.com according to founder Nick Beeny, “The website was born out of a desire to find a wider range of shops whilst living for an extended period in New Zealand. We discovered that many shops from around the world will deliver internationally, some for free, or at least for less than you might think. This meant we could continue to purchase products we were used to buying in the UK, but could not find locally, and also find things that were cheaper elsewhere”

Top Global Christmas Shopping Swaps

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera - £1070 from Currys.co.uk

Same camera USD$1230/£785 from Aliexpress.com or $1421.05 which is about £907 from Adorama.com

**Saving £285**

Frozen Elsa and Anna Dolls - £16.99 each at Argos.co.uk - £33.98 for two

From Hong Kong dinodirect.com £12.99 for two with free international shipping to the UK.

**Saving £20.99**

Transformers – Bumblebee Transformer £18.29 at Argos.co.uk

From aliexpress.com Bumblebee AND Optimus Prime for £19

**Effectively two for the price of one**

In many cases the cut off date to order internationally to be delivered in time for Christmas is around 10th December (and later in some instances) so there’s still plenty of time to click across the pond and save this Christmas. According to Nick, “Last season, retailers like Bloomingdales, True Religion, and Macy’s offered automatic upgrades to express shipping for shoppers in key markets like Canada and the U.K. This allowed shoppers to continue shopping up until the week before Christmas.”

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For more information please contact Rachel Corcoran or Linda Cohen @ Lily Pad PR on 0844 35 11 484, 07791 110910, 07791 110906, rachel.corcoran@lilypadpr.co.uk linda.cohen@lilypadpr.co.uk

About MyInternationalShopping.com:
MyInternationalShopping.com is a directory of online shops that deliver worldwide. The aim is to help shoppers to find what they want to buy cheaper from the best shops online. The site also provides delivery and returns information and allows shoppers to write reviews about their experiences to help future users make decisions about where to shop.

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