New Christmas Shopping Trend: Shop Online Directly From U.S. Stores


­ Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 1.07.36 PMIt¹s almost this time of the year again ­ Christmas is just a couple of months away. As it happens every year, shopping for friends and family leaves many puzzled and stressed, considering that everyone needs to come up with original gift ideas year after year. In addition, shops start to become crowded before the holidays, adding to the hurdles of the biggest shopping season of the year.

Those who are looking to really surprise their friends and family with unique gifts, and are not big fans of spending their time in crowded stores, now have a solution.

Big Apple Buddy, a U.S.-based online shopping concierge, is a new service that offers access to the latest tech gadgets and fashion brands directly from the U.S. stores, delivered in 2-4 business days. With just a few clicks, the dream gift for your loved one, unavailable in Singapore, will arrive to your doorstep.

The company was founded by two Australian ex-lawyers in New York, who launched the startup after having had the experience of shipping latest gadgets and fashion items from America to friends and family in Australia. They realized that many of the newest tech gadgets and fashion brands were only for sale in American stores.

Similarly, if your family member is addicted to the newest technology, you might consider one of the new Huawei Watch designs, the Nexus 6P smartphone or the Amazon Echo, a smart speaker with an inbuilt voice control assistant. None of these highly popular tech products are available in Singapore at the moment.

If you are looking to surprise someone who loves latest fashion, consider one of the  highly sought after brands, such as Ralph Lauren, Levi¹s Jeans, Lilly Pulitzer, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and Coach. The same as with technology, most of these brands¹ new releases are only for sale in the U.S.

When the perfect gift is selected, the next step is to order it online. The process will normally take just a few minutes with Big Apple Buddy. All costs are set out in a free quote with a minimum service fee of $40 per order. The product cost and shipping charges are passed on without markup.

Big Apple Buddy takes care of the entire shopping process from start to finish, including discount negotiations with the stores, packaging, shipping and providing personalized product and shopping advice, just as your best friend in New York would do. Their concept is all about developing personal relationships with customers. ³It¹s not uncommon for us to receive selfies from clients sporting the smartwatch we just helped them buy or requests for restaurant recommendations for our client¹s upcoming New York trip,² says Phillis Chan, the founder of Big Apple Buddy.

It looks like the personalized gift shopping from the U.S. is becoming the new trend this year, with Big Apple Buddy doing most of its sales during the time before Christmas. The company has processed thousands of orders last year in just two months leading up to the holidays. All in all, Big Apple Buddy has a growing base of customers in 150+ countries around the world.

This year, Christmas shopping has gotten a tiny bit easier.

To get more information, visit www.bigapplebuddy.com.

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