I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack
my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jul 1, 2012 -
I'm moving in about ten days, I'm disabled, and my mother (who is in her mid-sixties) is here helping me pack. I've got four of five hundred books, mostly paperbacks and mostly genre fiction, about which I'm finally being sensible and eliminating. The problem we're having is that it's almost as much trouble to get rid of these as it would have been to pack them. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich
on May 19, 2012 -
I feel overwhelmed, maybe because I am down with a bad cold, so I am hoping you can tell me how to get three bookshelves of books from CA to NYC. Constraints: cheaper is better, heavier is worse, and being home to get the packages is a serious challenge. Should I be shipping them in dozens of little boxes? Is there a better way? How am I ever going to get my collection out of my parents' basement and into my apartment? Like an adult? Move ALL the books? Cough cough help.
posted by prefpara
on Dec 30, 2011 -
Can you recommend any good books (and other resources) about moving that would be appropriate for a 2 year old? [more inside]
posted by stefnet
on Mar 1, 2011 -
What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on May 23, 2010 -
How does the Post Office confirm that media mail is actually media mail
? I'm shipping four boxes of books from Los Angeles to Arlington. Each box contains a hodgepodge of hardback and paperback books. To keep everything from getting jumbled up, I've included either a bunched-up towel or canvas bags as filler material. Will the Post Office hold or return my boxes if they find out? Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?
posted by invisible ink
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Please help me save my books. The movers just dropped off several rooms worth of my pretties, which have been sitting in a storage facility in Kansas for nearly two years. I was, needless to say, ecstatic, until I realized that fully a quarter of the boxes show signs of wetness around the bottom. Looks like they've been sitting in an inch or so of water for Logos knows how long. At least the bottom layer of each box is thoroughly soaked, and stinky. What is my best path at this point to dry out/preserve/resuscitate/de-mildew?
posted by gleuschk
on Aug 27, 2004 -
Metamoving. If you're of a slightly artistic bent and have boxes of books, photos, artwork, etc. many of which don't seem to have as much relevance as they did ten years ago, how do you decide what to keep and what to throw away?
posted by jeremias
on Aug 18, 2004 -
I'm moving about 2000 miles across the continental US and I have around 2000 books. What's the cheapest way for me to get them there? Just get my movers to do it (lots of weight), ship 'em via book rate at the post office, rent a uhaul and drive? Advice appreciated. Selling them isn't an option.
posted by warhol
on Jan 19, 2004 -