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Sending framed photo to England w/o crazy shipping costs?

I want to send my dad, who lives in England, a framed photograph (preferably the stand-up-on-a-desk kind rather than the hang-on-the-wall kind). I'd like this photograph printed and framed by an online company that will then mail it to him. I thought I could pick a British company so as to avoid large shipping costs and a long delay, but the sites that I've tried won't accept payment from a credit card with an American billing address. Anyone know of a place that would accept an American credit card, or have clever alternatives?
posted by pie_seven on Jun 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Can electronics, hard drives survive in a car for a week?

I will be shipping a car in the US and this is estimated to take 4-6 days in an open transport. I will leave some things in the trunk (yes, I am aware it can be stolen). Since it is summer weather, the car may be potentially on the top, so it will be subject to significant heat, I wanted to ask if things such as hard drives and electronics will make it through the trip. Thanks.
posted by eliluong on Jun 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Shipping stuff from Sweden to US

There are many potential shipping options. Does anyone have a specific shipping company to recommend for getting books, small furniture, etc. back to the US from the greater Stockholm area? Have much less than a container's worth but too much (too heavy and/or awkward) to ship via mail. Help much appreciated!
posted by Bella Donna on Jun 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Shipping things halfway across the world

I have an antique armchair that lives in Vancouver and I want to know if it is feasible to move it to Berlin. What's a reasonable amount to expect to pay to have it shipped? Also, if I have some boxes full of things what's the best way to send them? [more inside]
posted by anybodys on Jun 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Is it really this hard to ship to Mexico?

I went to a fed-x today to try to ship some chocolate and OTC headache meds to my friend in Mexico. It got complicated fast.... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on May 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Shipping blood samples to Israel

Any idea how I can get a couple of non-infectious blood samples drawn in the NJ/NY area and shipped to a lab in Israel?
posted by blueyellow on Apr 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Give me your best packing and moving trips, tricks and hacks!

I'm moving from Boston(actually Somerville/Cambridge) to Bombay (Mumbai). I need to know how to pack and ship a ton of stuff, and am looking for your tried, trusted methods, checklists, tips and tricks to pack boxes and household goods. [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Apr 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Selling/Shipping Large Lots of Items on eBay

Due to some unforeseen expenses, it looks like I may need to liquidate some of my larger collections (dolls, toys, etc). Theoretically I'd like to sell them en masse (i.e. 20 dolls total in one lot) rather than individually. These aren't small or sturdy items. Is there a standard practice for shipping that many semi-fragile items (all bubble wrapped) at once to a buyer? Can you do multiple shipments through eBay, like how Amazon sometimes splits orders up? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Hermione Granger on Mar 22, 2016 - 6 answers

How to ship heavy stuff without bothering the shipper

My retired uncle is gifting me a virtual stockpile of power and hand tools. This is awesome. But the catch is that I have to find a way to get them shipped from his house to mine, at my expense, and with as little effort on his part as possible. [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Mar 18, 2016 - 21 answers

Shipping case for a scanner

Right now, I'm looking at buying a Canon LiDE 220 for shipping to various document collectors around the world multiple times. The problem is that, given the sensitivity of scanners, I need not only a secure way to ship these scanners both domestically and internationally but I also need a little extra room to pack in some scanning essentials: cleaning supplies, cables, driver discs, etc. [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Feb 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I ship alcohol and/or cheese from Canada to Bulgaria without hassle?

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]
posted by jpziller on Jan 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Odd jobs at the harbor?

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]
posted by breadfruit on Jan 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Best way to move a small amount of stuff cross-country?

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]
posted by lunasol on Dec 28, 2015 - 16 answers

Landed in JFK without my keys. Does anybody deliver on a Sunday?

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.
posted by jessca84 on Dec 26, 2015 - 24 answers

Holiday cookie mailings make me neurotic.

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]
posted by elisse on Dec 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Shipping advice (HK to the US)--what's affordable and relatively fast?

(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!
posted by wallawallasweet on Nov 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Cheap Molded Bottle-Shaped Shipping Inserts

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]
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 4, 2015 - 13 answers

How to ship a bottle of whisky from Germany to Montana?

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]
posted by starzero on Oct 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Shipping personal effects from UK to Canada, which company?

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.
posted by asharchist on Oct 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me ship a package to Saudi Arabia

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]
posted by CtrlAltD on Sep 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Tiny car, big furniture?

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]
posted by Alterscape on Sep 5, 2015 - 24 answers

Is it possible to ship excess baggage from JFK airport?

Can I ship excess baggage to a US address from somewhere in JFK airport on a Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Aug 30, 2015 - 11 answers

[Canada Filter] Boxes Across Canada

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]
posted by monkeymonkey on Aug 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Getting the clothes and toys from the US to Germany

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?
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Aug 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How Can I Avoid USPS When Shopping Online?

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.)
posted by justcorbly on Aug 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Cheapest way to send household stuff and artwork from UK to USA

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]
posted by theory on Aug 7, 2015 - 2 answers

What travels faster: parcels or letters?

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]
posted by Too-Ticky on Aug 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Moving help in Madison, WI

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]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Risks of shipping in lieu of packing it on a plane?

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]
posted by Neeuq Nus on Jul 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Best & least expensive way to ship bunch of empty boxes cross-country?

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]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jul 18, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I get things delivered? (France edition)

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?
posted by degoao on Jun 26, 2015 - 3 answers

I need to ship an item from the Russian Federation to the UK...

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]
posted by davemee on Jun 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Ship *all* the things (US)

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]
posted by momus_window on Jun 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Long distance car shipping advice needed.

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]
posted by odinsdream on May 28, 2015 - 19 answers

Moving a carfull of stuff between US cities - without driving it myself

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]
posted by une_heure_pleine on May 18, 2015 - 14 answers

How best to ship extra stuff from Spain to the US?

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]
posted by clarinet on Apr 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I shirk my duty?

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]
posted by cross_impact on Mar 24, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I EBay: Selling Vinyl Records and a Guitar edition

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]
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Are UK Postal Codes Analogous to US Zip Codes

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]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Receiving international mail from sellers who won't ship internationally

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?
posted by Mael Oui on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 answers

International Fine Art Shipping ex Manhattan

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]
posted by DarlingBri on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Furniture, Direct To Your Front Door

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]
posted by AzraelBrown on Mar 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Miss Spiteful and Pipeworks brewing in Chicago, how can I ship them?

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?
posted by Carillon on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Quick shipping of personal items to India from US?

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.
posted by procrastination on Mar 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Collectible items damaged in international shipping. Liability?

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]
posted by Rach3l on Feb 24, 2015 - 17 answers

Shipping Container Conversion Courses

I'm looking for Shipping Container Conversion Courses/Schools. [more inside]
posted by looknevada on Jan 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Best Overnight Shipping Option on Friday Evening

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.
posted by Carius on Jan 21, 2015 - 20 answers

Does an order confirmation absolve a merchant of responsibility?

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]
posted by elf27 on Jan 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Returning merchandise to China, navigating shipping and customs

I ordered something from China, and now I need to return it. If you've done this, do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Jan 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Cheapest way to ship something refrigerated?

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]
posted by vignettist on Jan 13, 2015 - 10 answers

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