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Expat filter:How to ship small items to China from America?

As the title says, I want to be able to ship small items to China for my personal use without bothering my family members. Is there some service available? If not, how would I go about finding someone? [more inside]
posted by chinabound on Sep 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Shipping container donation

We are looking to expand our lab in the university, but the uni doesn't fund construction projects (!). We can however get around this by setting up our lab in a converted shipping container. Are there organisations that donate shipping containers? I'm in Mexico, and the lab does research on animal behaviour with an emphasis on agricultural insect pests.
posted by dhruva on Sep 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Buying & shipping service in Marrakech

There is a perfume called 'Fes, Jardin d'epices' which is beloved of my beloved. The perfumer is in Marrakech, and does not ship. Does anyone know of any service where someone in Marrakech would buy & post items to the UK?
posted by Spanner Nic on Sep 1, 2014 - 5 answers

I am in the UK. Recipient is in the US. How to send her Amazon books?

I am in the UK and have a UK amazon account. My recipient is in the US. How should I send her books? The books are available on the US website - can I save money and shipping by having them sent from the US? if so how can I do that from my UK amazon account? Thanks, I fail at googling this!
posted by Mistress on Aug 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Get my eBay bike from Brownsville, TX to Phoenix!

There's a bike that I want to buy from a pawn shop on eBay for local pickup only. It's a screaming good deal, of the exact size and frame that I have been looking for. Obviously, living in Phoenix, I can't pick it up, and the pawn shop won't ship it. Any ideas (hopefully from a Brownsville native)? [more inside]
posted by john the fourth on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Is Greyhound shipping too good to be true?

Greyhound shipping seems to be a hell of a lot cheaper than the other options I've seen for shipping furniture. Is it for real, and will my stuff really arrive in one piece without much damage? [more inside]
posted by freelanceastro on Aug 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Basic n00b info for international container shipping?

n00b wants to do international container shipping. Please advise and assist. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Shipping a significant quantity of books from US to UK. How? How much?

I'm moving soon (UK Home Office and God willing) from the US to England. I will be there for roughly 3 years, give or take, and am hoping that I can have a portion of my substantial amount of books there with me. Previous suggestions on shipping indicate USPS M-bags as the go-to choice, but USPS no longer offers anything but air service on media bags, pushing the cost to around $175 for 44 lbs. This is more than I want to spend. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Aug 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Moving Canada to US; UPS or Fedex?

We're about to move from Toronto to San Francisco. (Yay!) But we have to move our things. (Nightmare!) We live pretty lightly, and aren't moving furniture, so we're thinking the best thing to do is ship a big pile of boxes using UPS or FedEx. Any thoughts on which is preferable? I have the impression that FedEx can be a bit nightmarish when borders are involved, but have zero experience with UPS international shipments.
posted by kaibutsu on Aug 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Shipping a Surfboard: Safety and Expense concerns

I'd like to ship a 9 foot longboard from Florida to Arizona. No, I'm not pre-planning for global warming + rising ocean = oceanfront property in Arizona. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot on Aug 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Air Cargo E Container in Boston

Where can I find large and sturdy corrugated shipping boxes in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Jul 31, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I ship a small papercraft clock?

As part of an artist trading card swap, I made a bunch of little clocks. Only after I was finished did it occur to me that the little clock hands bend (and presumably break) easily, and there are a lot of places where bits could get bent or otherwise messed up in shipping. What's my best bet for packing and shipping these things? More fun: one has to go to England.
posted by hishtafel on Jul 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Best Books on shipping mail/news/orders/etc?

What is the best book on the history of sending mail, news, orders and other information by ship?
posted by michaelh on Jul 18, 2014 - 1 answer

Driving cross-country from NYC to LA

What is the best way for a student to move her things cross-country? She will be making the drive across, spending time in a few cities along the way. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Shipping food across the country - ice packs necessary?

I want to ship (locally store-bought) chocolate and (homemade) jam across the country (US). Will the quality noticeably diminish if I don't use ice packs? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Getting a package shipped to the US

I'd like to purchase something online however it is only available for sale in Canada and the UK at this time, and they are not yet shipping to the U.S. Is there a way that I could arrange for an intermediary to get it shipped to a place in Canada and then forwarded to me? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jun 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me move a concrete birdbath 1800 miles

I have a tall, concrete bird bath that I need to get moved or shipped. It probably weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 pounds. It will need to get from Duluth, MN to Portland, OR. What is the best option here? Do we call a moving company there and try and get it to hitch a ride? Hire a college student on a road trip? [more inside]
posted by mimo on Jun 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Sending Small Package NYC -> London

What's the cheapest way to send a small-ish (<5lb, maybe 6"x6"x6") box from NYC to London (for delivery to a lab with a receptionist) within a week or less? I could easily price USPS, UPS, and FEDEX, but I've heard there are smaller int'l carriers.
posted by Quisp Lover on May 30, 2014 - 1 answer

Best methods for gauging the reliability of used cars

So I'm in the market for purchasing my first ever (used) car. I'm definitely a planner, but I'm having a bit of difficulty gauging how reliable a used car will be. There are tons of resources whenever I just google the car model + year, but I have no idea how reliable these reviews are or whether they're statistically significant. Want to get a bit more info besides my friend's first-hand accounts of their car problems, but I'm having trouble with this. Any recommendations for websites or tools to help me parse this data? For what it's worth, I'm looking for a small, manual car under ~$9000 in the PNW.
posted by aleatorictelevision on May 29, 2014 - 24 answers

Moving a Step-van Pt. 2

I need recommendations for a vehicle shipping company, with some snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Apr 21, 2014 - 6 answers

How to ship the motherload

Hoping to ship my mom a gift basket including a pint or two of cold brewed iced coffee concentrate... is this possible? [more inside]
posted by rubster on Apr 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Bar and Kitchenware wholesale from Asia?

How does one go about finding wholesale suppliers or bar and kitchenware from China and Japan? I'm looking to do bulk purchasing on things such as Yarai style glassware and mixing glasses, Yukiwa jiggers, fancy bitters bottles, and all things tiki related. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Apr 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Shipping a set of china to internationally

My mother is giving me her china. She and the china are in the US. The destination is Australia. Can you recommend a shipping company that specializes in international shipping of fragile items like this who will come pack it all up for her? If you don't have specific recommendations, are there things to look for/ask about when I talk to shipping companies? Are there other issues I should consider?
posted by olinerd on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

It's cold back here

How would I ship snowballs to my friends in Los Angeles, CA without their melting, and how much would I have to pay for it? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Moving to California from NYC: How... to do that.

So I've just gotten a job in San Francisco and my GF and I will therefore be leaving New York and moving. I've never lived more than 125 miles from NYC before, so I need help with understanding the logistics here. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Feb 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Shipping Computers and Other Hassles

I'm going to be spending 3 months in California, staying with my girlfriend, starting in March. I'm not moving house, exactly, but I do want to move some large/heavy/bulky things (like my beast of a desktop) and I'm not sure of the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Feb 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Practical gifts for parents of newborn Twins? In Singapore...

Hello, My brother and Sis in law are expecting twins in a couple days. What gifts can I send them? It has to be able to ship to Singapore, around $100 (USD) or so, and best if it can ship through Amazon Global. [more inside]
posted by greta_01 on Feb 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Moving a step-van coast to coast.

I (might) need to move a vintage step van from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon and need help sorting out my options. The van does not move on its own volition. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Feb 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Shipping books from Germany to the U.S.

I'm looking to ship a box full of books from Berlin in Germany to New York City, USA. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Feb 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Non-freezing shipping

I'd like to ship glass containers carrying liquids to a friend in a Northern state (opening them up and placing them in another container is not an option, as they are carbonated.) It is currently winter and frequently well below freezing outside. Is this possible to do without the contents freezing solid and exploding? FedEx recommends placing thawed gel coolants in a package to prevent freezing as a "heat sink". How does this even work?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Does anyone have access to maritime fleet tracking databases?

I am trying to find out the name of a vessel that arrived at the Port of Long Beach from the Philippines on September 9, 2013, carrying a shipment of bananas (see details pasted below). Does anyone have access to any of the databases that might supply this info? It was possibly a Dole-owned/operated vessel, but even a list of all the arrivals at Long Beach (maybe narrowed to arrivals from the Phlippines or the specific departure port, again below) would be a good start. [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jan 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for a furniture restorer and shipper near Glasgow

My mother has a toolbox made by her father; it's in pretty rough shape and was made during WWII out of very cheap materials so has nothing but sentimental value (but a lot of it, so cost of repairs are not so important - I'd rather get a good job done and pay more, than be unhappy and save a few pounds). She's offered it to me and I'd love to get it restored and then shipped to me in Canada (Vancouver). She lives near Glasgow and I was hoping to get recommendations for someone there or S. Ayreshire - but Edinburgh would work in a pinch.
posted by lesbiassparrow on Jan 5, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the best option for shipping 300 pounds of goods two states?

I've been tasked with moving the contents of a friend's storage unit in Seattle to his new home in San Francisco. The locker contains six dining-room chairs, a large pendant lamp, and a few more boxes of miscellaneous household items. I boxed everything but the chairs (boxes shown here, to give you an idea of the total volume) and have been trying to find a way to get this stuff to the bay area for less than $1000. [more inside]
posted by cirocco on Jan 2, 2014 - 21 answers

How can I redirect my FedEx package to a different address?

I am in Texas right now for the holidays, I have a package arriving to my apartment in Ohio which is very important (it will allow me to renew my drivers license). I am flying back to Pittsburgh this Sunday night, and I'd like to have the paperwork in Pittsburgh with me, otherwise I'd have to drive to Ohio to get the paperwork, and then drive back to Pittsburgh. I called FedEx and they said only the shipper (with a FedEx account number) can re-direct the package. I'm wondering what are my options to save me a trip of driving to Ohio and back. Can I ask my package to be held at FedEx in Ohio, and then pay for them to send it to me in Pittsburgh? Can I authorize a friend to go pick it up from the FedEx location instead of me and then have them send it to me? Are there any other options? Thanks for the help askmefi! Please feel free to ask me more questions if anything is unclear
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Dec 25, 2013 - 4 answers

What can a customer do?

I placed an order on The Body Shop's website on Dec. 1 for cyber monday. There was some issue with shipping (where the courier company was given insufficient information, and never delivered and instead returned the package), and I never got the package that I had paid for. I have called, emailed, and tried numerous time to get in touch with a customer service person. I was on hold for more than half an hour each time, and no representative ever responded to my email. I am infuriated now-- they charged my credit card. What options do I have at this point? What can I do? I want either a refund or my order. I don't care which. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Dec 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Shipping my Purolator..."received by Barry"?

I bought something online on November 30th, and just realized that I haven't received the package yet. It turns out the company shipped by Purolator. In my tracking history it says that shipment was delivered. It was picked up by "Barry" at "shipping dock" on Dec. 13, and that it has arrived at the sorting facility at Purolator International YYZ. I don't know Purolator at all...does that mean it's returned? I am really confused. I've received one phone call that sounds very scammy and told me to go pick up my "freight" in Etioboke (I live in downtown Toronto)...and otherwise no other information about the package. WTH is going on?
posted by redwaterman on Dec 15, 2013 - 5 answers

What is normal when shipping furniture by freight?

I think this situation is crazy, but maybe it's par for the course. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Dec 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Shipping fees refund: what is reasonable?

An Amazon.com seller failed to deliver on time, and is now quibbling about refunding shipping costs. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally on Dec 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me ship!

I have sold a small bunch of prints and have made the foolish choice to distribute them myself. I have questions about shipping from Canada and hope you might have some experiences... [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Dec 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Impossible to have flammable material shipped to Hawaii?

Hello--I'm very interested in buying this spray fixative called Fixatif Lascaux but can't seem to find a way to have it shipped to me. [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Nov 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Cheddar for Christmas

I am mailing my friends a package for Christmas. They live in Africa; I'm in the US. They asked for cheddar cheese (among other things). How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Shipping songs?

I'm looking for songs written from the perspective of someone who is expressing admiration for another couple (in a shipping sort of way). Any suggestions?
posted by ericbop on Nov 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Moving a digital piano. Difficulty filter: UK to Belgium.

Further to my earlier question, I want to have my digital piano with me in Belgium. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Nov 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Why won't you just leave the package?

We're getting increasingly frustrated with the UPS driver refusing to leave our (no signature required) packages at our front door. Would a small sign help? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 12, 2013 - 20 answers

How to best deliver a used kid's mountain bike from the US to Canada?

Our family of four will be flying to Vancouver, BC, soon to visit my brother and his family. One of the things we'd like to do, if it makes sense, is bring along our daughter's 20" mountain bike to give to his kids. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Nov 7, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I weigh this giant box?

I have a large road case (2.5 / 2.5 / 3 feet) that I need to weigh. It is too big to fit on one scale. Would it work to place one scale under each of the 4 wheels and average the 4 weight readings? My physics-fu is not strong enough to figure this one out on my own. Help!
posted by TheCoug on Nov 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Shopping Detectives, find this boot or one similar? (Shipping problem)

So, I found a short boot I'd love to get, but nowhere that's stocking it will ship to Greece. Can you either find someplace that will (highly doubtful; I've searched a lot), or help me find one very, very, very similar? [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Why is my jacket being held up in Frankfurt?

I ordered a jacket from Taiwan on Oct 2. According to the tracking ID, it arrived in Frankfurt on Oct 5. There have been no further updates on the "foreign information" tab since then. Why is it stuck there for 11 days now? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Buying online and shipping O/S. UK -> Aus

How do I purchase this cooker in England and get it shipped to Australia? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Shipping laptop from US to Canada

I'm buying a new laptop and the one I want isn't available in Canada, as far as I can tell and I won't be going back to the US until December. If I have it shipped to a friend in the US, what's the easiest and cheapest way to get it to me?
posted by raeka on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

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