Brand not bringing in the latest products? Prices more expensive? Lack of variety? Being based in Southeast Asia, we definitely feel your pain. Holiday trips to the US opened our eyes to the lack of selection and inflated retail prices in countries like Singapore. We wanted greater access to our favorite merchants that sadly, didn’t ship to Singapore). Bothering our friends or relatives to bring back items from the States wasn’t feasible, and traditional forwarding sites were hard to use and charged exorbitant shipping fees.
That’s why we developed AORABuy. AORABuy is a premier online buying service that makes overseas shopping easily available to everyone. And which better market to give people access from than the US, where the best brands, latest products, largest variety, and best prices can be found.
For some shopping inspiration, here are some of our
Amazon.com – The Undisputed King of Online Shopping
Hailed as the king of marketplaces, an estimated 75% of consumers in the US shop on Amazon, and for good reason too. Amazon is the largest marketplace in the world with over 600 million products available. But it isn’t just an availability game with Amazon – the marketplace also has one of the best prices around across multiple categories of consumer goods. Its huge selection and reasonable prices make Amazon the primary marketplace to start searching for products and to compare prices.
Carters.com – Quality Outfits for your Kids that Doesn’t Break the Bank
Attention, all moms! Carter’s will be your new favorite site when you’re looking to pick a new outfit (or five) for your child. With their pieces adorning adorable prints on quality soft fabrics, it’s no wonder that Carter’s sells 10 items for every baby born in the US. To get comparable quality here in Southeast Asia, expect to pay double or more for the price. Carter’s is a personal favourite of our co-founder (and new dad to an adorable baby girl), Cedric – and we hope it becomes every parent’s new go-to site as well.
Sephora USA – The Holy Grail for Makeup Lovers
Your local Sephora might be easily accessible, but Sephora USA is easily the place with the greatest deals. Sephora USA has all the beauty brands you love, even those that aren’t available here locally in Southeast Asia. But what really excites us about the USA site is that their sales section features products that go up to 50% off retail price in Singapore.
PS: One of our staff scored an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit at SGD 35 after shipping and other fees, when it was at SGD 70 in Sephora Singapore! As Sephora USA does not ship to Singapore, use AORA to get access to all these great deals!
Glossier – A Millienial Favourite
Every, and I repeat – every, make up fanatic knows about this brand. Glossier has been taking over the makeup world by storm with their no-makeup makeup look because no one wakes up looking that fabulous), and from the never-ending hype and gleaming reviews from Youtubers and beauty gurus, they are here. to. stay.
But as much as you want to get Glossier in your hands to figure out what the damn hype is about, you can’t because they do not ship out of the United States (urgh.) But with AORA, we will help you to buy from the US. So you can now get your hands on Glossier’s iconic Cloud Paint and Jelly Cleansers.
Newegg.com – PC Parts, Laptops, Electronics and More
Based out of sunny California, the renown site is one of the best places to shop from when you’re looking for the best deals on electronics. Whether it’s computer hardware, consumer electronics, or the latest products that have just rolled out in the market, Newegg has it all. While they have localized sites in a few Southeast Asian countries, their US store has tons more variety and better prices
Pro tip: remember to switch your country settings to US to view the best deals.
shopdisney.com – The Official Disney Store
From the newer Frozen to the old school Winnie the Pooh, we can all agree that Disney holds a special place in our hearts. Their products often make for the perfect gift for young children, and its great to buy directly from the source to make sure you get the genuine article.
You can now buy directly from Disney in the US itself to ensure 100% authentic Disney products. Check out the latest Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel merchandise with prices much cheaper than sold retail here in South East Asia. We particularly love that you can
AllPosters.com – The Largest Poster and Print Site on the Planet
Love Van Gogh’s Starry Night? How about Picasso’s The Old Guitarist? Or Banksy’s Balloon Girl? Us too. If you’ve always wondered what it feels like to be a multi-billionaire with a penchant for fine art, we’ve got the perfect website for you.
AllPosters.com is the largest online store for decorative posters and prints in the world. With over 3,000,000 images to choose from, selections include movie, pop-culture, motivational, classical & modern artwork posters and prints which will satisfy any decorator looking to spruce up any space. There are even multiple framing options available to make that piece truly your own. They recently closed their international shipping to focus on the US market (Dec 2018), but don’t worry you can still purchase your favorites using AORA.com.
JomaShop.com – The best online luxury watch shop in the USA with huge savings
With up to 80% discount and thousands of popular luxury watches in stock, JomaShop is our pick for the #1 online watch shop (surpassing Amazon) to search and look for great timepiece deals. With their long online reputation and easy to browse site, we not only find browsing (or checking prices) a breeze, but are also assured of genuine purchases on our favorite buys.
With AORA’s favourable FX rates, efficient shipping and insurance, this is a great site to use with our platform for fantastic value.
Shop from Our Favourite Merchants via AORA.com
Though many of the merchants mentioned above do not ship outside of the United States, AORABuy will buy it on behalf of you and ship it to you! AORABuy is your dedicated buying concierge service that helps you to buy from the United States, and we integrate cost-efficient shipping, a quick one-stop checkout from multiple stores, and great FX rates to make your cross-border shopping experience seamless and fast.