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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 - 8 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

I want to play GTA 5 the instant it comes out. I'm also lazy.

Hope me, mefites with experience pre-ordering video games in Canada! I want to play GTA 5 right away but I don't really have the inclination to go to the store and get one. I ordered it from amazon.ca with priority shipping (1-2 days) but my order confirmation says the delivery estimate is Sept 23/24 - this is not ideal: release date is Sept 17. a) it this in your experience correct? and b) can another online retailer do better? I'm in Vancouver, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by doublesix on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Need to ship cars from Florida to San Francisco Bay Area

Asking for a friend. We've seen this question, but figure there might be more up-to date info: I need to ship 3 cars from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Francisco Bay Area. What car shipping companies are reputable and who should be avoided? Any recommendations or warnings? Thanks
posted by rsclark on Aug 7, 2013 - 1 answer

Mini move from the US to the UK

My husband and I will be moving from Boston to the UK after a year-long stay: What would be the best (safe and reasonably cheap) way of shipping accumulated belongings, books, CDs and a few other household items that will not fit my luggage? [more inside]
posted by zany pita on Aug 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Cats on a plane!

What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Shipping to rural Alaska

This may seem strange, but I would really like to ship some ice cream from Oklahoma to Alaska, and I know it must be possible, but it seems like a logistic nightmare. [more inside]
posted by maleru on Aug 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Cheap(er) international book/media shipping?

I need to ship a bunch of books internationally; is there a better option than USPS M-bags? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Jul 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Best "white glove" cross-country moving service for a "van load"

My septuagenerian parents are moving about a van load of their belongs (computers, television, clothes, kitchen dishes, etc.) from coast to coast. Ideally, the company hired would come to their house and respectfully pack everything and then ship it across country where, once again, they would unpack everything. Do you know of such a service? (Related, but not exactly: do you recommend a service for moving a car – vehicle – cross country?) Thank you!
posted by noway on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips for painless eBay packaging and shipping

I have a few things I need to eBay. I'm a very casual seller. For me the biggest pains are packing and shipping. Hints? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Jun 19, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I label customs forms when shipping personal effects to the US?

I am about to send some used personal effects to the US from Europe. I'm sending four boxes of used books and clothes. Each box weighs about 20kg. What should I put on the customs label? In particular, how do I estimate the value of used personal effects? Is it zero? I don't care about insurance/replacement value, I just want to minimize/avoid customs charges. If it matters, I'm in Germany, and will be sending by DHL. I'm a European citizen who will be moving to the US for three years with a J-1 (academic) visa. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jun 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Cross-border buying/packing/shipping service?

I live in the Bay Area and often find myself wanting things, especially delicious location-specific foods, from stores in other cities that don't offer e-commerce and/or won't ship to me. (Example, example, example.) I want to pay someone --companies, individuals, I don't care-- to buy the things, pack them up, and ship them to me. This seems like it'd be a fairly common need/want, so someone must have set up a business offering it, right..?
posted by Susan PG on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Ship a laptop from US to Poland

I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target on May 3, 2013 - 8 answers

What happens to packages shipped without the addressee's phone #?

I recently ordered something something from the US via eBay to be shipped to Canada, but did not include my phone number with my mailing address. What will happen to the package when it reaches customs if my number is not on it?
posted by Gin and Comics on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Shipping clubs

Can you explain the logistics of shipping golf clubs? [more inside]
posted by Cuspidx on Apr 11, 2013 - 5 answers

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