As a business owner, online shopping may be integral to the survival of your business. You may have inventory to import from the United States to countries such as Trinidad and Tobago. You may also have certain online fees that can only be paid via a credit card. These fees include domain name and hosting fees that are required for a professional website design project.
Here are the steps of how to easily shop online with a Skybox Address and a Credit Card:
1. Have a Shipping Address or Skybox Address
When you purchase goods online you have to ship them to a location. This location is called the Shipping Address. If you are shopping from local Trinidad and Tobago online e-commerce stores, then your shipping address would be the local address you want the goods delivered to.
If you are shopping from US-based online shopping sites (eg. Amazon) that allows international shipping, you can ship directly to local countries such as Trinidad and Tobago. This option may be costly, however.
The ideal option would be to obtain a US-based shipping address and ship your items there. This works out great too if some sites only can ship within the US.
To get a US address, you sign up with a Freight Forwarding a.k.a. Skybox company. Skybox companies give you a US address a.k.a. Skybox address. There are numerous Freight Forwarding/Skybox companies within Trinidad.
The following are some of the more popular skybox companies in Trinidad and Tobago:
These skybox companies handle all the hassle of Shipping, Customs, Vat, and Freight charges for you and in return, they charge you for their services. Each Skybox company has its pros and cons. Some of the Skybox companies charge an annual subscription, some charge based on the weight of the item per pound, kg, or volume, some deliver to your door, some are slower in delivery, some are more expensive and some have organizational issues. It is up to you the user to do your research and choose the most suitable skybox company for you.
2. Have a Credit Card
To pay for items online, most sites require a Credit Card. A credit card is a short-term loan that you repay with interest. Visit your local bank such as Republic Bank or First Citizens Bank to sign up for a Credit Card. Be mindful that Credit Cards normally have high interest rates and require certain documentation to qualify for the Credit Card from the banks. Some qualifying information that may be required includes a job letter, payslip, or prior credit record. You may also have to present multiple forms of identification or a utility bill with the bank.
3. Know your Billing Address
Most sites ask for a Billing Address when shopping online. The Billing Address is the local address you gave the bank when you registered for your card. For your order to be approved when shopping online the billing address you enter has to match the registered address on the card. This is done for online merchants to protect themselves against card fraud.
Despite getting the card, however, please note that some sites such as ‘Newegg’ or ‘Bath and Body Works’ do not accept International Cards (ie. Cards with a Non-US Billing Address). You may get around this hurdle by requesting your bank to place your US or Skybox address as your secondary address on the card. Doing this still does not guarantee that it would work for all sites. If the secondary address does not work, then the only workable solution would be to utilize local companies that can buy the item on your behalf.
4. Add Item to Cart and Checkout
So, when you are online and see an item that you wish to purchase, add the item to your cart then proceed to Checkout. Enter your US skybox address for the Shipping Address fields, enter your local address in the Billing Address fields and enter your Credit Card details in the fields. If you registered a secondary address with the bank for the credit card, enter that in the Billing Address fields. Also, note that some Credit Cards processing sites may require you to enter a CCV2/CVV2 Number. This is the 3 digit number at the back of the prepaid card.
When all the Shipping, Billing, and Credit Card details are entered, click on Place Order Now. You should receive a success message and if available, the option to print the order if you so desire.
So there you have it, folks. The above was a guide on how to shop online with a Skybox and Credit Card. The next time you see an item that you want online, be brave and order it! However, please follow the recommended safety tips when shopping online.