A friend would like to send me some things from Canada, and I want to check up on the legality and potential hassles of doing so. Any input would be appreciated. [more inside]
So I'm working on a piece of fiction, in which one of the characters needs to have a job at the harbor... [more inside]
I'm moving with a relatively small amount of stuff (probably 15-20 boxes, either no furniture or only small pieces) across the US (DC to Seattle) next month. I've done this before via USPS, but I'm wondering if there are other options I haven't thought of. Would like to keep this under $1,000. [more inside]
Be glad you are not me. :) I just landed at JFK without my apt keys. I'm going to stay with a friend or get a hotel tonight. There has GOT to be a service that can deliver the keys same-day Sunday, right? FedEx says no dice. (Courier service?) The keys are in Hilton Head, SC. Thank you! Worse things have happened to people, but goddamn I am an idiot.
If I put a few cookies in a bag, bubble wrap the hell out of it, and place it in a USPS small flat-rate box, will they emerge at their destination intact? [more inside]
(Asking for a friend) I need to ship most of my worldly possessions from Hong Kong to the US -- I will start teaching on the east coast in February. Most of my things consist of books, but there are also some other items including clothing, kitchenware, etc. What is the best option in terms of price? And would most of the items arrive by February? Thanks!
I need to check about 10 wine bottles on a flight. I want to pack with cheap molded pulp inserts (either two-across or three-across), which I'll pack into a box like this. But I'm having trouble finding/buying those molded inserts. I need 4 or 5, and if I can buy them locally in NYC (or, better, my destination in Austin/Dallas), that would be great, as I leave pretty soon. [more inside]
I'd like to send a bottle of single malt from Germany to a friend in Montana as a gift. Has anyone done this before? What do I need to be aware of, in terms of customs, import tax / duties and federal and/or state alcohol laws? [more inside]
I have 7 boxes (each 65cm x 40cm x 35cm) that weigh a total of 125kgs I need shipping from Liverpool, UK to Toronto, Canada as part of my Permanent Residence application. I've never done this before and I need company recommendations.
Have you ever shipped something to Saudi Arabia? Do you know about organic grains? If you answered yes to either, you might be able to help me. [more inside]
I live alone in West LA. I have a tiny car with no trunk to speak of. I would like to start shopping for some used furniture, but it won't fit into my not-trunk. Everywhere else I've lived, I've known friends or family who have access to pickups, SUVs, etc and coordinated with them when I needed furniture moved. Not here. How do people manage this single-handed? [more inside]
Can I ship excess baggage to a US address from somewhere in JFK airport on a Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
I'm seeking recommendations on how to move my worldly goods (not furniture, but maybe my bike) from Toronto to Vancouver. Specific questions below the fold. [more inside]
My friends are moving the family from the US to Germany. They are planning on getting rid of most of the things they own, but would like to keep a number of the children's toys and books, some instruments, clothing, and miscellaneous other items. I'm guessing they're looking to keep around 250lbs of stuff to be shipped in boxes. What is the least expensive way of shipping several 40ish pound boxes from the US to Germany?
I quit Amazon because all my packages ship via USPS, either directly or FedEx SmartPost. Now I'm looking for online retailers who let me choose UPS or FedEx. Are there any? Also want to avoid SmartPost and its UPS equivalent. (Some merchants tell you a shipment will use FedEx/UPS but you find out after commiting the order that USPS handles the last mile. Right now I'm waiting on a SmartPost package turned over to USPS 150 miles from me and it will take 3 days to get it delivered from there.)
Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
I'm shipping some stuff from Germany to the US. I have the choice of sending these items as letters or as parcels. I'm using DHL. Which option will be faster? [more inside]
I'm moving out of my 1 BR apartment in Madison. Most of my possessions will be shipped. Illness set me back on getting ready, and now I need to find folks (paid or charitable) who can help me pack and ship last minute. More details inside. [more inside]
Asking for Gnik Nus. Flying across the country to go rock climbing, a sport which relies on lots of heavy (and need I say pricey) gear. Will also be taking a bus from the airport to the destination. So, in an attempt to avoid lugging all the equipment, thinking about using USPS flat rate shipping boxes to have the stuff go to the house that's been rented specifically for this trip. [more inside]
Thanks to a recent move, have many lightly-used Uline cardboard boxes of various sizes (including big wardrobe boxes). Cost hundreds of $ to buy. Now need to move an apartment from NJ to CA. It might be less expensive to ship the boxes to NJ than buy new ones again. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
I need to order some art supplies from this place and have them delivered to my residency outside of Toulouse. The problem is, they don't give me the option to add in my US billing address; they only offer France and Morocco. Any ideas about how I can get around this? Or perhaps there is another art supply store I could order from that acknowledges foreign billing addresses?
Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
My things are moving cross-country at the end of the month, to a friend's house that will be my new address. I, however, am travelling overseas for a couple months between moving and getting there. Advice on shipping stuff affordably with a minimum of inconvenience to my friend is welcome, snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I've been really surprised by how shady the car shipping industry is, with shell companies, brokers, fraud reports everywhere, high-pressure sales tactics, etc. I'm looking for first-hand advice and experience from anybody who has had a good experience shipping their car. [more inside]
I am moving cities, and need to get my stuff (small furniture and some boxes) to a city 3-4 hours drive away, but without driving it myself or asking a friend to drive me. How? [more inside]
I have extra clothes and shoes I would like to ship home to the US before I go backpacking but am curious as to the cheapest but safest method. [more inside]
I have to mail a large number of packages containing electronic devices, say printers, to a few dozen military sites overseas. If I am shipping to a foreign Air/Army Post Office (APO) or a Fleet Post Office (FPO) on a US Military Base, do I have to pay customs duties and taxes on those goods? [more inside]
This is a two-part question on how to properly and responsibly sell on EBay 1) used vinyl records and 2) a used guitar. [more inside]
I don't just mean in a taxonomic way, but in terms of sorting and ease for the handlers -- is the postal code the most vital part? What's that last line for? [more inside]
I'm looking for a service that will, say, receive/collect UK/European packages purchased on eBay, arrange international shipping to the US, and send them to me. These would be for auctions where international shipping isn't an option. So, if it's a UK auction, I'd be looking for a UK service that could accept the package on my behalf and forward it to me. I know this service exists, but what should I be googling to find it? Is it courier shipping? Does anyone have any recommendations for particular companies/individuals who offer this service?
I need to arrange for a very large (73.7 x 81.4) fine art painting to be shipped from New York to Ireland. The painting is acrylic on cotton duck, stretched canvas. Can anyone point me to a fine art shipping service in Manhattan that will collect from a secure art storage facility in Brooklyn, crate and ship? [more inside]
Wifey and I sell on Etsy, and we're getting into small pieces of furniture -- but they're not "small" by UPS and USPS standards; the post office won't even take them for being too big, and UPS wants $200+ based on size. Do any of you know how best to ship a piece of furniture, delivered to a person's front door? [more inside]
I moved to the Bay Area a year ago and have no complaints about the weather thus far. On the other hand I really miss the Chicago breweries that aren't available in stores out here. I'd love to get my hands on some of their new releases, particularly their stouts and porters. Anyone know if it's legal and possible to ship beer to CA for personal consumption and how to go about it?
Mrs. procrastination is traveling for work in India and has arranged to stay a few extra days to tour. In the rush to get her out the door, we forgot to pack our very nice camera, which she had hoped to use. I would like to ship it to her. She has a few days in a high-end hotel, so I am confident that there is a safe place to receive it. Does anyone have experience with this type of shipping? What can I do to keep it from being caught in customs? Will there be unforseen customs charges? Anything else I should be thinking about? I would have to send it out tomorrow morning.
My fiance sold and shipped some very expensive, heavy, one-of-a-kind electronics to an online friend overseas. They were damaged during international shipping. The purchase price was over a thousand dollars and the items are literally irreplaceable. Who is legally liable here? What are the ethics? We *cannot* afford to reimburse this expense. [more inside]
I'm looking for Shipping Container Conversion Courses/Schools. [more inside]
I have a very important document that I need ship on Friday evening(I can't ship it earlier) from California and it must arrive by Saturday in Ohio. Of the three major shipping services(USP, FedEx, USPS) which one will be best opinion? Timing is critical and money is less important issue.
I ordered heavy, cast iron materials for a construction project. I made an initial order, and then a follow-up. The first shipment went to the correct shipping address, which was different from the billing address. When I made the subsequent order, there was no discussion regarding where to ship. It was like, now send us item x. The second item was sent to the billing address. [more inside]
I ordered something from China, and now I need to return it. If you've done this, do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
I need suggestions as to the cheapest way to ship a small item, but it needs to ship refrigerated. This would be within the US. [more inside]
I've been asked on short notice to take over a shipping position or role in addition to my usual work flow. This would primarily involve using Fedex to ship to destinations domestic and internationally. How can I get up to speed on this? [more inside]
Something strange happened to me at Christmas and I'm curious if the green can shed more light onto it. I bought something online from a trusted retailer that I've bought from frequently. This was my third purchase this fall to the same address. It was due to be delivered on the 23rd via a combination of UPS and USPS but never arrived. When I followed up a week or so later, the trusted retailer described it as "irretrievably lost" and overnighted replacement items. [more inside]
I sent some friends in Sicily a gift via USPS Priority Mail International. I am trying to reach someone responsible for local/last leg delivery in Sicily, but who would that be? [more inside]
I need to ship a large apparatus (think something like a Poang Chair, but taller and more delicate) from downtown Los Angeles to Sunnyvale, CA. Can you recommend a local crater/freighter that won't break the bank? [more inside]
A friend of mine lives on the island of Cyprus and needs a few computer upgrades. I already have the SSD and would buy the RAM from Crucial and ship both. It is incredibly expensive to buy the same stuff there. [more inside]
I'm looking to buy an item of clothing online, but I need an address in Spain or Italy to do so. I know there are companies that provide you with an address in the US or the UK or Japan and will then forward your package on to you, but I can't seem to find anything like this for Spain or Italy. Does anyone know where I might find such a service?
I'd like to ship a new iPad from the US to France as a gift (I haven't bought it yet). It needs to arrive there in about a week and a half. A few quick online searches reveal this may be more complex and costly than I thought - USPS apparently won't deal with anything containing lithium batteries, and FedEx seems to have special requirements and rates for this kind of shipping as well. Anyone know the best way to go about this? And is it likely to be cheaper just to order directly from the Apple store in France, with all the extra shipping and customs fees I might have to pay?
There are certain items I cannot buy in China. So I tend to use Amazon for cases like this. But there are some items they refuse to ship to me here. [more inside]
I had to rush a print job while preparing internet orders for my web store and my "NetStamps" postage printed less than perfectly. Can I use them stamps or change them without my shipment failing? [more inside]
I ordered a thing off of eBay, and there is a shipping problem. The seller wants me to solve the problem. What do I do? [more inside]