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A Box, Shipping, and Me
December 25, 2011 10:57 AM   Subscribe

This is probably a really easy question, but I can't seem to find the answer. It involves shipping, and paying for said shipping, but not being in the place where things are being shipped from.

So, a friend of mine would like to send me some old computer parts of his. Problem being, he can't afford to ship them to me. I would be perfectly happy to pay for the shipping. However, since we are on opposite ends of the east coast, I can't figure out how to pay for the package to be shipped.

So what do I need to do to pay for shipping for him, and get that box of parts sent to me?

Ideally I'd like to ship it via something other than USPS, but I'd be willing to do that too, if I had to.

Any ideas, hivemind?
posted by strixus to Shopping (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
It's quite easy. Have your friend weigh (or guess how much the parts weigh). Then go to UPS.com or Fedex.com, get a free account (linked to your credit card), and create a return shipping label (from him to you). Choose own box (for packaging), enter the weight, and speed (ground, 2day etc).
Then email the label to him so he can print it. If that's not possible for him, print out the label yourself and mail it to him. Then all he has to do is package the parts, stick the label on there and hand it to the nearest UPS/Fedex truck/pick up location/drop box.
posted by babby╩╝); Drop table users; -- at 11:04 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


The above answer has it. You can also create prepaid shipping labels in Paypal, which you can then email to him. A third option is to ship C.O.D. (cash on delivery) but I know that through UPS you cannot insure what's in the box against loss or damages.
posted by sm1tten at 11:21 AM on December 25, 2011


Unfortunately, theres a major problem with this. My friend has no access to a computer right now.
posted by strixus at 8:26 PM on December 25, 2011


Can you just send him a check or cash? Takes a couple days?
posted by amanda at 8:35 PM on December 25, 2011


Unfortunately, theres a major problem with this. My friend has no access to a computer right now.

In that case can you print the label yourself and send him a copy in the mail? Then all he has to do is to get the box over to the carrier in one of several easy ways (including a free home pickup).
posted by babby╩╝); Drop table users; -- at 10:51 PM on December 25, 2011


When I needed a letter ASAP, I fedexed an envelope with a prepaid fedex return label and an envelope in the package. Worked great.
posted by rockindata at 10:39 AM on December 26, 2011


You can just go to the UPS or FedEx store and buy a label (if you have a weight) then express/snail mail it to him. Or just express/snail mail him the money. Or C.O.D.
posted by sm1tten at 11:29 AM on December 26, 2011


Thanks guys!
posted by strixus at 8:25 PM on December 29, 2011


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