A good re-shipping service in the UK?
April 23, 2012 3:17 AM   Subscribe

I've ruined two of my favourite shirts and am desperate for replacements from Uniqlo. Sadly, they won't ship outside of UK and I can't go right now. Can you recommend (or do you know of) a reliable UK service that I could use to forward my package to Finland? I've previously used Shipito with US-only vendors and was hoping for something similar.
posted by Orchestra to Shopping (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is not the answer you're looking for but I was literally in exactly the same position, and all the alternatives I could find in the UK were either kinda sketchy seeming, or so expensive as to render the exercise nearly pointless (like, over $50 bucks for shipping for a couple of shirts to Australia, total rip off if you're familiar with royal mail rates).

It was frustrating and annoying. Perhaps a kind UK mefite will take pity on you.
posted by smoke at 3:39 AM on April 23, 2012

I'd be happy to do this - you could post the package to my work and I can pop to the post office on the way home easily enough - but the turnover on the high street here is so high that it's unlikely you'll find an exact replacement anyway. I wanted to stock up on their scoop-neck tees with the puff sleeves and get another red lacy tank - they don't sell these this year.
posted by mippy at 4:21 AM on April 23, 2012

I too have the Uniqlo-blues. I mailed them earlier this year about when they'd finally ship to mainland Europe but got a non-committal "we're looking into it" back from them. Meanwhile, my favorite pair of chinos are quietly disintegrating.

I don't mean to cause a pile-on, but mippy: does your offer include others? (namely, me)
posted by ar0n at 6:31 AM on April 23, 2012

It seems mippy has you covered, but as a data point, I just read about AlphaSent yesterday. Its sole purpose is to help people receive purchases from UK companies when the stores won't ship to their locales. Timely question -- as it was the last thing in my browser from last night! :-)
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 6:35 AM on April 23, 2012

Uniqlo UK mention in their FAQ that they "are hoping to expand our shipping options to include Mainland Europe in the very near future". Not holding my breath, however. I visit London a few times a year, and always include a Uniqlo pilgrimage.

Anyone have experience of AlphaSent?
posted by daveje at 7:08 AM on April 23, 2012

No experience, but a little playing with their quotation tool (assuming a 1 kg 10 x 10 x 10 cm cube) shows a minimum shipping charge to Qatar of about £23. You'd have to want the stuff pretty bad.
posted by Logophiliac at 7:58 AM on April 23, 2012

Response by poster: Thank you for your tips and sympathies. AlphaSent's calculator suggested a rate of approximately 40 euros which is steep for a couple of shirts but not unbearable if one can put together a group order of some sort. Still, I feel I just might have to take your incredibly kind offer, mippy. First I'll have to check with the Uniqlo people whether or not they will be re-stocking their button-down oxfords any time soon. It seems to be mostly linen for the summer.
posted by Orchestra at 7:59 AM on April 23, 2012

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