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iPostal1 VS US Global Mail – Which Mail Forwarding Company Is Right For You?

In our latest blog, we spoke in great detail of the differences between US Global Mail and other Virtual Mailbox & Mail Forwarding companies. The majority of these service providers simply outsource their work to the lowest bidder. It’s a technique well known among roofers and home improvement companies, which has proven time and time again that quality of work is hindered and does not do good for the customer. Putting profit over customers is a bad way to run any business anyway, not just a mail forwarding business.

 

Today, we will be covering extensively a particular mail forwarding company that fits perfectly the outsourcing profile; iPostal1.

 

As a reminder, our aim is not to tarnish the reputation of iPostal1 or any mail forwarding company for that matter. Simply put, our purpose is to lay out all the common areas & differences in the services that two mail forwarding companies provide.

 

We will present the data, and from there using your own judgement and due diligence, you will be equipped to make a decision that’s right for you.

 

So happy reading and happy picking!

 

Map of the USA showing all 50 states iPostal1 has virtual addresses in

 

One main distinction between iPostal1 & US Global Mail are the number of available locations, for customers to get their mail sent to. At first glance, having several available locations looks like a good idea; “why wouldn’t I want to have my mail forwarded to a location of my choice? Flexibility is always good, right?” 

 

Yes…

 

If you can service that many locations though. 

 

You see, what it really drills down to, is the fact that no mail forwarding company can operate 1000+ locations, simply because there is no mail forwarding company that is that large. So the only way for a company like iPostal1 to offer that many locations, is by outsourcing all that mail work to a third party local postal service.

 

But then you might ask: “Doesn’t it matter what location my mail arrives to?”

 

No.

 

All mail, whether iPostal1 or US Global Mail service it, is uploaded onto the cloud and you get to view it from there (virtual mailbox.) In other words, what location your mail is initially sent to does not matter one bit. And the only reason a company would offer several locations to begin with, is to give you this idea of “variety and options.” The reality though is, that unless you intend on picking up mail in person (beats the purpose of having a virtual mailbox,) where your mail is sent to does not matter; it will all eventually end up in the cloud.

 

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When you think of cable companies & TV program providers, having hundreds of channels at first sounds like a great idea. You have options. But in reality, how many different channels do you switch through in a week? Probably just a handful. And with streaming services like Netflix (by the way, they are a customer of US Global Mail,) you can just pick what you see, on demand. 

 

The reality is, no one ever watches through 500 channels, and it just sounds good in an advertisement, but that’s about it.

 

Well, it’s a similar but for the virtual mailbox industry. Sounds great for marketing purposes to have variety, but at the end of the day, your mail will only end up in one place. And that is your virtual mailbox (i.e phone or computer.) 

 

Now, to put things in perspective, we are not suggesting that if you work with iPostal1, you will have a negative experience. But what we are saying is, that iPostal1 will not be the company servicing you. It will be some local postal service that is juggling between its virtual mailbox and physical mailbox customers. To be frank; iPostal1 is simply a middle man and they offer the virtual mailbox software but that is about it. They do not actually do any of the mail forwarding themselves. And they do not handle customer support either. So after you sign up with them, and depending on the local postal center your mail is outsourced to, you can have a positive or negative experience with not much control over it (aside from cancelling.)

 

And it gets worse when you consider that they do not work necessarily with the same provider across all 50 states. Which means that if you see a positive review someone posted of Ipostal1, and that individual is located in Pennsylvania, you won’t necessarily get the same customer experience if you are located in California. Simply because those are not the same service providers filling & processing your mail. 

 

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Mail Theft is a big issue in this country, with identity theft being one of the most frequent ways criminals get access to your personal data, social security number, credit card numbers etc.

 

When you outsource a mail forwarding service to another company, someone will have to take a monetary hit in order to be able to compete and not increase the service rates. There are one of 3 parties that will foot the bill:

 

  1. The sales company (iPostal1)
  2. The subcontractor (whoever does the actual mail work)
  3. The customer

 

Since margins for iPostal1 are already thin and they do not want to increase the pricing for the customer, in order to remain competitive, the subcontractor is the one who ends up being squeezed. From surveys we have conducted, most of the third party postal centers, are not happy at all with the margins they get with companies like iPostal1. And we do are not claiming that if US Global Mail were to use an outsourcing model like that, that we would do a better job at it.

 

What we are saying is, that this model does not seem to work, where all parties are happy. Which is why we have so far, decided against outsourcing mail. 

 

In summary, these are some of the things that happen, when you outsource mail: 

 

  1. Workforce is underpaid and thus less talented people are recruited
  2. IT infrastructure and protection against data breaches and mail theft will be poorer
  3. Incentives for everyone involved are removed from the picture which leads to poorer customer service.

 

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To be fair, there are cases in which having a multi location service can be a positive thing. For example, if you want to have an office in Manhattan because that is where you do business in and want a prestigious location, then that would be a case where you would potentially want to compromise with who’s handling your mail, in exchange for a prestigious location. 

 

Pricing 

 

We spoke of the enormous consequences outsourcing your mail to other companies has. Someone may argue however that getting that prestigious New York location is a worthy advantage.

 

But what about pricing? 

 

iPostal1 generally states that their mail forwarding services start at $8.25/mo for an annual plan. However in the example of locations such as New York the plans range from $19.99 to $39.99! That is double what you see in a typical ad they post. So if you are looking to sign up for a premium location, prepare to pay a premium price for it.

 

At US Global Mail, you know upfront the cost for all our plans. Our plans start at $9.95/mo for an annual plan and up to $24.99 for an annual business plan. Not only is the pricing more favorable, but it also comes with five added advantages, above and beyond of the fact that the work is completed in-house:

 

  1. Unlimited Business Name Registrations
  2. Unlimited Personal Names
  3. Permanent US Street Address
  4. Unlimited Incoming Mail
  5. Free Check Deposit

 

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At this point you may ask yourself, “how is it possible for a company like US Global Mail, that handles all of its work in-house and that offers all these free perks, to still be a cheaper alternative to iPostal1?”

 

The answer to that can be broken down to the following 2 reasons:

 

  • When a company decides to outsource, no matter how low of a wage the subcontractor pays its workers, it still needs to meet certain legal standards. In other words, the margin to outsource versus the margin to complete the work in house is a lot smaller. Therefore, and in order to keep up with the costs of doing business, they need to increase the rate for each mail forwarding plan. Some could say they took the “idle” way out by pushing the envelope (literally!) off to another company. 
  • Economies at scale US Global Mail is a larger company that has been in business since the 90’s with over 80,000 happy customers under their belt. A company at that size, has the flexibility to offer lower rates and to be able to compete. 

 

So with US Global Mail you get both outstanding in-house mail forwarding, and a price no one else can beat.

 

What else could you ask for? 

 

In Summary

 

The main issue we are trying to address with this review and what needs to be pointed out when considering to sign up with iPostal1, is whether you want the outsourced mail experience or not. And to be fair, Ipostal1 does have some pretty good reviews out there and has been a company that lead the effort to bring processing of mail to a local level.

 

At the same time, this outsourced model is in no way one that will give you a cheaper virtual mailbox or a better experience. If anything, you are going to probably pay a similar rate, whether you sign up with iPostal1 or US Global Mail. However, we are certain, that you will have a much better experience when working with us, because we have control over our in-house operation; both when it comes to the processing of mail and our customer service team (both in the same facility and just a few feet away.)

 

A final thing to consider; when completing a change of address (a requirement to sign up for a virtual mailbox company,) and if that change of address is permanent, you cannot change your provider in the future. Which is why it is very important, that the choice you make, is the right one right at the beginning.

 

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US Global Mail; A More Reliable Alternative

 

This is the part of the review, where we get to tout our own horn for a bit. We have already covered some of the reasons why the outsourcing model has some serious flaws that affect your experience as a customer.

 

In addition to that, US Global Mail has been working with expat employees of Netflix, Chubb & Shell for several years. For large corporations like that, to entrust the oldest mail forwarding & virtual mailbox company in existence (1999!) we think means a lot.

 

US Global Mail started off as a mail forwarding company in 1999, for professionals who were located abroad and still needed to access mail from the US. Over the course of years, it started developing its virtual mailbox software, to provide a more digital experience for its customers. Up until a few years ago, US Global Mail focused almost exclusively on expat customers.

 

In recent years however, it has been investing a lot of resources into creating a customer experience and technology that is meant for domestic customers. One thing that our management team is proud of, is our customer service team. Objectively, US Global Mail has the greatest reviews than any other mail forwarding and virtual mailbox company out there.

 

Managing expat mail, is more demanding and has more things that can go wrong (shipping, delays etc.) That meant that early on, management had to take certain steps to ensure that not only are its customers happy with our work, but most importantly, problems are solved. In our industry, and with millions of mail pieces being processed, error is inevitable. So you need a team that is dedicated to solving such issues for the customer. That is something that you will not get from a local small business owner, who is already over-stressed with managing its existing physical mailbox customers.

 

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Why do People Get a Virtual Mailbox? In 2020…

Before we get into why you should get a virtual mailbox, you’ll need to know what a Virtual Mailbox is. A virtual mailbox is a service that offers a permanent street address.

 

Basically working the same as a traditional PO Box with some digital enhancements, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of all worlds when it comes to these two completely different forms of modern communication.

 

You’ll be able to receive snail mail new this virtual mailbox just the same as you would at a physical address or at a PO Box, but after that mail has been received (packages, parcels, and envelopes – everything goes) and then goes through a digitization process that makes these solutions so special.

 

Once you receive mail at this address, its exterior is scanned and uploaded and you can decide whether to have it opened and scanned, shredded, or forwarded to a different address.

 

The best thing about this entire approach – and the number one thing that makes virtual mailbox services so different and so beneficial – is that you are in complete control of your mail in a way that just isn’t possible with any other approach.

 

The amount of control that you are able to exert over your mail – how it is handled, whether or not it is opened and scanned, how it is destroyed, or how it is forwarded to an address of your choosing – but you firmly in the driver’s seat.

 

Instead of having to handle your mail on the terms of the USPS, picking it up at the post office during specific hours, having to physically go there to get your mail, and dealing with all that headache and hassle you become your own postmaster.

 

It’s a game changing paradigm shift and there are plenty of reasons why so many smart and strategic business owners and individuals are making the switch to virtual mailbox is today.

 

Here are 5 reasons why you should get one:

 

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It prevents Identity Theft

 

 

Mail theft is one of the most common ways for someone to steal your identity. By rifling through your mail, a thief can collect:

 

  • Your name and address
  • Social Security number
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email address(es)
  • Employment history 
  • Credit card and bank account information
  • Pre-approved credit card offers

 

This information could allow them to easily run up credit card bills and commit fraud in your name.

 

The security of your mail is more important than most people would think. Is it really safe for your mailbox to be on the street where not only your neighbors, but strangers can walk up to it and pick a lock?  If you have a virtual mailbox, only you can access your mail online. And the warehouse your company stores it in is protected by an alarm system, security cameras, and a key-card lock.

 

When you really think about it, our traditional mailing system is anything but secure and locked down.

 

Sure, it is a federal offense to tamper with someone’s mail – and a huge crime to even open up a piece of mail that hasn’t been addressed to you – but there aren’t a lot of safeguards put in place to protect your package or your parcel as it moves through the mailing process and then gets delivered to your doorstep or to your PO Box.

 

There are a lot of “weak links in the chain”, so to speak, that can become compromised without a lot of effort – but even worse, those weak links can become compromised without you knowing there has been a compromise or without the USPS becoming aware of the compromised, either.

 

That’s a huge problem.

 

By taking advantage of virtual mailbox services you patch a lot of those flaws in a way that just wouldn’t have been possible going the “traditional” route the way that millions of Americans do with their mail each and every single day.

 

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It Prevents your house from being burglarized

 

More people are beginning to realize the dangers of advertising when they go on vacation. 75% of burglars use social media to find their targets and ⅔ of burglaries occur when people aren’t at home.

 

But have you ever thought of how your mailbox advertises your whereabouts? 

 

An overflowing mailbox is an obvious sign that you’re not at home and an open invitation for a nefarious passerby to swipe your belongings. 

 

With a virtual mailbox:

 

  • no one is aware of your absence
  • There is no overflow, you can receive an unlimited amount of mail
  • If you expect an important document to arrive while you’re away you can just check your mailbox online while still enjoying your vacation

 

We live in a world that is a lot less accepting of privacy than ever before, with people online constantly looking for ways to identify individuals that they disagree with – often times over the smallest things imaginable.

 

The last thing you want to do is make it even easier for these individuals to find out where you live, to potentially burglarized your home, or even to terrorize you and your loved ones. No one wants to worry about someone that may mean them harm finding out where they live just because your mailing address is attached to your physical address.

 

With the help of a virtual mailbox service you’re able to eliminate those issues entirely, but you’re also able to eliminate the issues we highlighted above of overflowing mailboxes making your home look like an easy target.

 

The mail is kept safe and secure, you are still immediately notify about any packages or parcels that come into your mailbox – as they come in, in real time – and you have a whole lot more control over what happens to your mail moving forward.

 

It’s Great  For Small Businesses

 

Operating a business out of you home has many advantages. You choose your hours and there’s no commute. However, when it comes to receiving mail, you may have to use your home address which has many disadvantages:

 

  • Strangers now know where you and your family reside, any disgruntled customer or vendor could show up at your home 
  • If you are ever sued, the summons will be served at your home alerting the neighbors to your situation
  • You may appear less professional  
  • And as business is picking up, you’re also going to have to spend an enormous amount of time checking the mailbox

 

Being able to separate your residential address – or even just your business address from your mailing address – provides an extra layer of safety, security, and (some) on anonymity that business owners deserve these days.

 

As we highlighted above, nobody should have to worry about complete and total strangers – especially potentially disgruntled or unhappy customers or clients – showing up at your doorstep unannounced and unwelcome just because your mailing address was the same as your home address.

 

By adding this extra buffer layer you’re able to add a bit more protection and security for yourself, your loved ones, and your property.

 

The other benefits that you’ll enjoy – appearing more professional and more credible, enjoying more control over how your business mail is handled, etc. – go hand-in-hand with the security and safety benefits that you get out of a virtual mailbox account.

 

This is one of those “must-have” business investments you’ll want to make that pays out significant returns on its overall cost, and does so almost straightaway. It really doesn’t get much better than that!

 

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With a virtual mailbox:

 

 

For example:

Heather’s Flowers

1321 Upland Drive #XXXX

Houston, TX 77043

  • Your family’s privacy isn’t comprised
  • You can sort through company mail from your laptop
  • You can retain limited liability for business activity or debts

 

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It helps you sort through your mail

 

When you order from a magazine, or give out your address to a store or business for that enticing coupon, marketers descend on your mailbox like a pack of wolves. No one wants to check their mail for an important letter only to go home with piles upon piles of junk mail that they’re now responsible for discarding

With a virtual mailbox you can:

 

  • discard junk mail before it ever approaches your doorstep
  • Scan or forward the important documents you’ve been waiting for

 

Some people even use their Virtual Mailbox address solely for sign up purposes, so their mailbox at home is reserved for more personal letters like grandma’s birthday packages.

 

Sifting through your mailbox can take a lot of time, especially if you are running a small business or are particularly active on mailing lists.

 

With a virtual mailbox you’re able to separate out your business mail from your personal mail, you’re able to have junk mail discarded before it even hits your hands, and you’re able to keep track of all the mail that you are receiving with digital records of that piece of mail, the information regarding who sent that mail, and important timestamp information that you may need moving forward.

 

Combine all of that with the digital archival data that you can easily search and scan (as necessary) and it isn’t hard to see how this modern mailing system is so much more advanced than the one we all have been using for hundreds of years.

 

Imagine being able to not only quickly sift through all of the mail that you have received, but also easily being able to search all of the mail that you have digitally – going back years, even – just the same way you would search for something online through Google.

 

That’s not the kind of feature you’ll likely ever get to take advantage of directly from the folks at the USPS.


You can access your mail from anywhere in the world

 

Some people may opt to have a P.O. box instead of a virtual mailbox, but this last reason will reveal while the latter is the smarter choice. What happens when you move? Maybe your spouse gets a promotion in another state or even another country? Maybe you’re retiring and want a life of nonstop travel? How are you going to get your mail? 

With a PO BOX:

 

  • You don’t have the option of going to pick it up in person anymore. 
  • Some will not forward your mail to you
  • Even if they do forward mail, they won’t sort through it, so you’ll have to pay for those extra pounds of junk mail

 

With a virtual mailbox you can:

 

  • have a permanent address you can maintain for anywhere in the world.
  • forward only the important mail at discounted rates
  • have your mail scanned and available online
  • Shop in the US and have your purchase shipped to you for less

 

Ready to get your own virtual mailbox?

 

At the end of the day, all of the benefits that we highlighted above only begin to scratch the surface of the advantages you’ll be able to leverage when you choose to move forward with your own virtual mailbox.

 

On top of that, there are very few negatives to moving forward with these kinds of services – and none of those drawbacks would be considered deal breakers by any stretch of the imagination.

 

When you choose to move forward with a trustworthy virtual mailbox company, a company that has a real reputation in the industry as being a legitimate operator, as constantly innovating and improving their services, and a company that is committed to offering great solutions at affordable prices, there’s next to nothing to worry about.

 

Obviously, you’ll need to do your research and due diligence. This is, after all, decision that is going to hugely impacted the way that you interact with your mail from here on out.

 

This is not the kind of decision you want to make on a whim.

 

At the same time, while you’re conducting your research and due diligence you shouldn’t at all be surprised to discover glowingly positive reviews of all that US Global Mail services bring to the table.

 

There’s a reason why these services are considered to be some of the best in the business, a reason why the customer service is so well-regarded, and a reason why US Global Mail is so frequently recommended by people that have actively switched to a virtual mailbox and are loving the results.

 

Sign up with US Global Mail and get a physical street address in the US and get notified of its arrival through your virtual mailbox!

 

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