Strangely, I have been receiving quite a few mails/comments concerning this topic lately.
To tell you the truth, the postal / zip code thing still remains a mystery for me but you can easily get around the system by fooling a bit while entering your address in eBay, Amazon, Paypal or any other web sites.
To prove you what I just said, here are screenshots of my account/shipping details from my different accounts :
And what about 742CU001
Many people (including some sites) advise people to use 742CU001. While you might sometimes be lucky on some web sites, it might not work on others. As far as I remember, I had to fool around the ebay/paypal registration process to be able to create my account. This 742 thing did not work there.
As you noticed in my screenshots above, I have used the following different zip codes :
- 230 with state set to <blank>
- <blank> zip code and state
- 00000 with State set to “default”
- 00230 as zip code and NA as state.
You might say that I am wrong but unfortunately things do not always work the same way in all web sites. Many have implemented different types of validation for the shipping address.
FYI, Mauritius has no states. This field is rather used in the United States. And technically, Mauritius has no zip codes too. The ones used are just to fool the system. and 230 is rather our international telephone prefix number. Hope that this post will help you while shopping online! Don’t forget to read The Ultimate Guide about eBay/Amazon purchases from Mauritius.
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