Does Mailbox Forwarding Really Work?

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Does Mailbox Forwarding really work?In what could be the ultimate bridge between the past and the future, Mailbox Forwarding says they can let you read your paper mail on your computer. This is definitely a service that would be used by those following the Four Hour Workweek, because it allows you to have a mailing address, but read and keep track of all of your mail from anywhere with an Internet connection. Seems very cool, but does it really work, and what are some examples of how it could benefit you?

Overview
It’s been a long time since the Internet hit the tipping point and more people were using email than those who weren’t, but the USPS is still around, despite everyone saying it wouldn’t last. Sure, they’re struggling, and have for years, but paper mail still gets delivered. They’ve threatened taking away Saturday delivery, but they somehow manage to keep running at a billion dollar deficit, all the while raising the price of a postage stamp to try and increase revenues. Apparently they’re not going anywhere any time soon, and Mailbox Forwarding is here to help you deal with your real mail needs.

The Claim
Mailbox Forwarding claims that no matter what you have sent to your virtual mailbox, they can handle it. This includes all of your paper mail, but also includes packages. This allows you to send everything to one address, and then use your account like a command center to determine what to do with it. If something is junk you can have it shredded and recycled. If you want to read something, you can have it opened and scanned so you can read it in your email. If you want it forwarded on to another address, it can be done. You can also receive faxes with their service.

The Cost
It’s $14.95 per month to use Mailbox Forwarding, which if you compare this to other mailbox services is a very reasonable price, considering most other services don’t include scanning and shredding and recycling as part of their price. You can get your first month free by entering the promo code “freemonth” when you’re checking out.

That’s if you’re happy with a Michigan mailing address. If you want to have a Florida or a California address it will cost you extra. This doesn’t seem like a very good business model as far as scaling things goes. They should have it set up so that it doesn’t matter which state you’re in, you should be able to use it at no extra charge regardless of where you’re located. It’s clear their headquarters is in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean they need to be charging a surcharge because you want an address that isn’t in Michigan.

The Commitment
You don’t have to be signed on for any long-term contracts, you can cancel your service at any time, and any further mail will be forwarded to you for up to 6 months, at your expense, so you’d want to get the address changed at the time you cancel.

Evaluation
Sometimes it’s hard for a business or an individual to avoid paper mail. Between junk mail and important bills and paperwork, it’s not like you can just function without a mailing address. More and more files are being sent electronically in PDF format, but until the day comes when everything can be sent that way, it’s still necessary to deal with snail mail. If you’re always on the go ordinary mail can be quite inconvenient, because it means you have to stay in one place if you want to receive it. With Mailbox Forwarding you can literally go anywhere and not worry about missing an important piece of mail.

One concern that people may have is they don’t like the idea of someone opening their mail, and scanning it. This is just something that you’d have to get over if you want to use the service, because until they figure out how to train helper monkeys to open mail and scan it, you’re out of luck. You’ll just have to trust that the employees there just open and scan, and not open, read, and scan. Unless you’re receiving rather sensitive material, or the secret recipe for KFC chicken, you’re probably alright.

Final Mailbox Forwarding Review

Mailbox Forwarding is receiving our Thumbs Up review, based on the price as well as the amount of features it includes, and how handy it is. They’re still a relatively small start-up, but we suspect that this is a sound business model and they should be expanding into other markets soon, with other addresses available to sign up for. Right now they have three to choose from, Michigan, Florida, and California. It seems the next logical addition would be New York. If you don’t care where your mailbox is located, go with Michigan for the most cost-effective option.

Our Recommendation
Try them out for the free month, but be prepared to stay on, especially if you don’t mind having your mail sent to a Michigan address. If you’ve always wanted to blur the line between your real world mail and your email, this is the way to do it. Whether you want to give the appearance of having a real world presence, or whether you just want all of your mail sent to one address and then you can decide what to do with it from there, this is set up to take care of anything you can think of.

What do you think? Does Mailbox Forwarding work or not?

25 Customer Reviews on “Does Mailbox Forwarding Really Work?

  1. I’m an expat and have been using MBF for 8 years. I’ve set most things up to receive electronically, but there’s still a few pieces of physical mail. They scan, I save the PDF on my computer. Once in a while the bank sends me a new credit card. MBF forwards it to me. It costs about $60 to do so (priority mail) but it’s worth it. Standard mail would take longer and doesn’t have tracking.

    One complaint: I entered a different card to use for my monthly payment with them. The next payment however came out of old card which caused me a lot of difficulty. It was why I updated the card info in their system ahead of time in the first place – to avoid putting charges on the old card. When I went back into my MBF account, my new card info wasn’t there, only the old. When I asked MBF, they said: “We had a database problem and had to restore from backup.” Yet they never advised their customers. A database restore rolls all customers back to a certain point – and ye they never thought they should let their customers know. If they had, I could have updated my CC info again before billing time.

  2. We are expats from California, living in Spain, and have been using the service for 2 months now. We simply couldn’t be happier! The toughest part of using the service is the USPS itself – it seems to take them FOREVER to forward mail to Michigan from California. Anything that we have changed our address on gets there just fine, it’s just the items that the USPS has to forward.

    I like that you always know what something is going to cost before you spend the money. For example, we needed to have an item forwarded to us here in Spain, and when you set up the forward request, they provide a link to USPS, FedEx, etc, in order for you to make the decision. I’m glad they did because instead of spending $165 for FedEx Ground, I was able to choose USPS International Priority for only $35.

    Their support has been quick and responsive when needed.

    I can’t say enough about how much we love the service, and how easy it has made our transition overseas!

  3. I have used them for a couple years without problems, then they stopped notifying me when mail arrived, thus racking up charges. I tried to get it resolved but did not get an answer. Most recently I forwarded some mail to myself and received a package with someone else’s mail. It was a set of checks from their newly opened bank account! I notified mailboxforwarding and they asked me to shred the mail for them and said the customer “didn’t want the mail” and hadn’t been paying on his account. Meanwhile, where did my mail go? Still unresolved after several interactions. If it goes well, it goes well. But things can go quite wrong also.

  4. Good commentary . I was enlightened by the specifics – Does anyone know where I might be able to obtain a fillable USPS PS 1583 document to fill out ?

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