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Economics of online glasses sellers

I am looking for background on the means of production for the well known online glasses retailers (Zenni, 39dollarglasses, etc.) How are orders fulfilled, from placement to delivery in stores such as these? It is an intriguing business, but there is little background information available for the curious. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Feb 2, 2013 - 14 answers

 

What do modern sailors do when their ship is docked?

Do the crews of ships such as container and bulk good carriers leave the ship and get to see the place they are visiting? If not, why not? General descriptions of the lives of modern seafarers that illuminate this question are more than welcome. [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Jan 20, 2013 - 19 answers

Shipping labels to return lost items

I accidentally left a bag in someone's car, and we are now in different states. I want to make it as easy as possible for him to return it to me, as we are not even really acquaintances. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 9, 2013 - 12 answers

I need to buy more of the jewelry things!

I'm getting a start making jewelry and am looking for suppliers for inexpensive beads and pendants. Most of what I've been using has been cheap stuff from Fire Mountain and I've been really happy with the stuff I've gotten for them in the 75 cents to 2 dollar range but am looking for more variety. I'm more interested in pendants and other focals than beads, but I'm addicted enough to the bead part that I'll look at sites that focus on those too :) [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Shipping a soundbar

How to pack a soundbar? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Dec 30, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I send these perfumes?

Can I ship bottles of perfume from Canada to the US? Can I ship them within Canada? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Dec 30, 2012 - 2 answers

It shouldn't be this hard when Toronto is barely 100 miles from Buffalo, OK?

I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Dec 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Can I ship the bacon jamz?

Is it ok to mail a jar of "bacon jam? that I made? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Best shipping method for home business.

Help me decide on my small home business shipping system! [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Dec 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Need help easily mailing 100 DVDs overseas

I need to ship almost 100 DVDs, many going overseas. How do I do this the easiest way possible? I know I have to fill out customs forms, determine postage to each country, etc. but is there an easy way to do this online? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Something smaller than a moving pod?

Is there a smaller option for a cross-country move than a moving pod? [more inside]
posted by Peemster on Dec 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Shipping from France to USA

How can I order from amazon.fr marketplace from a seller who doesnt ship to the USA? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Nov 27, 2012 - 7 answers

shipping a large, heavy package

I am considering purchasing a large and heavy item on Ebay that is listed as "local pick-up only," and then finding and paying a shipping company to pick up the item and ship it to me. Good idea or bad idea? And, if feasible, what would be the best way to manage this? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Nov 15, 2012 - 15 answers

F**k the Truck

Every weekday my commute is either easy -- because there are almost no big trucks on the road -- or terrible -- because the freeway is packed with a solid line of big trucks. Why is it like that? What do I not understand about shipping, trucking and/or logistics that makes this such an either/or proposition? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking to ship a couch across the Juan de Fuca strait without it costing an arm and a leg. How?

I've apparently been gifted with a couch and a chair from relatives in Victoria and I need to figure out the best way to get them to the Fraser Valley. Are there any movers that will move such a small number of items for a not-crazy price? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Need reliable US address package forwarding (to Canada) recommendation.

I'm trying to find a decent, reputable company that offers a US address and package forwarding / reshipping to Canada. Seems like there are a LOT of options (myUS, shipito, viaddress, BongoUS) but not a lot of information on which ones are good, and lots of sketchy 4 star reviews.
posted by theNonsuch on Oct 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me get this thing shipped from Los Angeles to Wisconsin, please!

How can I get something shipped from L.A. to Wisconsin when the seller won't ship it, asks for cash, and I don't have any friends there? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Oct 2, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I ship perfume, nail polish etc abroad from the UK?

Is there a way to ship perfume and nail polish abroad from the UK? People are telling me there isn't but I don't quite believe them. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Sep 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden?

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Any suggestions for artwork packaging?

I work for a company that ships mounted photographs on a regular basis. Can you recommend any materials for packaging that is almost as durable as plywood, but lighter and cheaper? [more inside]
posted by joni. on Sep 21, 2012 - 8 answers

how to know when spending more for free shipping is a good deal

Going to purchase something online. Shipping is expensive. A larger purchase will get me free shipping, but the cost would be more than the cost of the smaller purchase plus shipping. How do you analyze decisions like this? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Sep 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Amtrak shipping for dummies

Shipping stuff tonight on Amtrak for a cross-country move. Give me the nitty-gritty details! [more inside]
posted by jabes on Aug 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Traveling on the cheap when you're a hollow log

What is the cheapest way to send bulky items from the Dominican Republic to the U.S.? Time isn't important. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Aug 13, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I get an item I had to leave in Hong Kong if I'm now in the U.S.A?

How can I get an item back from Hong Kong if I'm in the U.S? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Aug 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Get these turtles to their new home, alive please

How can I ship two live turtles from NY to TX? I have found some info, but instructions are confusing and I need a walk-through from someone who is familiar with shipping live animals. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I purchase/donate/ship computers to a Third World school?

How can I go about purchasing computers to donate to a school in a developing country? That is, a _specific_ school -- the woman in my life is in the Peace Corps, and one of her dreams since she's been there has been to find some way to update the ancient computers at the school where she teaches. (This goal is shared by local teachers and administrators at the school.) This sort of targeted giving seems to fall outside the scope of most charities I've looked into, such as OLPC. Are there organizations suited to this kind of project, or which could offer advice on handling this (from the U.S.) as an individual? Is the latter remotely feasible? If so, what should I keep in mind, as far as insurance, taxes, shipping, customs, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Jul 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Is it really more of a liability to pack my own boxes?

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 - 12 answers

Moving across the country! Boxes to ship! Help?

Moving from Brooklyn, NY to San Diego, CA. Have about 10-15 large/heavy boxes to ship to CA. A few boxes are primarily books and DVDs. The others are clothes and shoes. Nothing super fragile. I don't have a car. What is the best/easiest/most affordable way to do this? Halp!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Trying to get my stuff to NY from Finland!

Shipping filter- Moving from Helsinki, Finland back to NY and struggling with getting my stuff shipped. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Jun 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Super light, super small mosquito tent, available in Australia?

What is the smallest, lightest mosquito tent available in Australia (or to be shipped to Australia within three weeks for a non-ridiculous price)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me ship a years' worth of personal effects from Netherlands to Southern California

I'm looking for the cheapest options for shipping <20kg of personal effects from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Southern California. [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on May 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Can I sue a freight forwarder for loss of future business?

My company lost its largest customer due to a freight forwarder screwing up and delivering an order a month late. Can I sue the freight company? [more inside]
posted by PSB on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

How to ship cheap and reliable to PR?

I need to purchase network cables and other computer cables from a vendor to ship to Puerto Rico from U.S., to arrive at most 1 week from now. Please recommend vendors with decent prices on network cables and the like.
posted by indigo4963 on May 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How to ship to the Basra Airport?

How can I mail/ship a manila envelope directly to the Emirates office in the terminal at Basra International Airport (BSR) in Iraq? I'm looking for address info and shipping methodology. [more inside]
posted by eyesontheroad on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

What's the cheapest way to ship a book from the US to Japan?

What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Apr 24, 2012 - 5 answers

What do I need to know to be an effective and prepared expat American in Belgium?

What are the quirks to living in Europe that will surprise me as an American and what do I need to know to be an effective and prepared expat American in Belgium? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Apr 23, 2012 - 50 answers

A good re-shipping service in the UK?

I've ruined two of my favourite shirts and am desperate for replacements from Uniqlo. Sadly, they won't ship outside of UK and I can't go right now. Can you recommend (or do you know of) a reliable UK service that I could use to forward my package to Finland? I've previously used Shipito with US-only vendors and was hoping for something similar.
posted by Orchestra on Apr 23, 2012 - 7 answers

advanced shipping/packaging solution

I am working on a school project where I need to figure out if a specific combination of different shaped items can be successfully packed into a known box size. One Example: I am shipping a small statue, a toaster box, and coffe cup into a 20x20" box. (I can measure the individual items) I will have many different items or combinations of items. I need to know if there is a calculator or computer program I can use to know if selected items will fit in my shipment box. Anyone know how to be pursue this? THanks!
posted by kmurray24 on Mar 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US?

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Mar 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me mail my bagels

How can I ship bagels from NYC to Middle America with maximum tastiness? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking on Mar 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I get an item only sold within Japan to the U.S.?

I want to buy a specific Japanese item, but neither the maker nor amazon.co.jp will ship this item to the U.S. This item is not being sold in the U.S. or the U.K. I don't currently have any friends in Japan. Do I have any options?
posted by TayBridge on Mar 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Get it out of here

How do I ship my ex-fiancee's stuff across the country? [more inside]
posted by TrialByMedia on Feb 14, 2012 - 33 answers

Cheap eBay goods

What are the best $1-2 deals on eBay? [more inside]
posted by sarae on Feb 8, 2012 - 12 answers

importing a small item from the USA

I want to buy a $12 item of clothing from the USA and have it delivered to the UK. Can I do this without spending $30+ on shipping? Also, are the Carhartt Leather Fencer Gloves (or something as good) available in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jan 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Cheapest Way to Ship Boxes from LA to NYC

I lived in LA several years ago and still have a storage locker there filled with my old stuff. Most of it is in moving boxes, but there's also a table in bubble-wrap. I want to move it all to a storage locker in Brooklyn, New York. (1) I want to do this the cheapest way possible. I don't care how long it takes to get from Point A to Point B. (2) I checked out the UPS and Fedex Freight sites but they're *extremely* confusing. (3) I am only going to be in LA for THREE DAYS to arrange this so I need some method that can be concluded quickly. (4) I am leaving for LA TONIGHT! My thanks in advance to all you MeFiers for this very-last-minute question. :)
posted by laswingkid on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Lost in Transiliteration

Help my package not get lost in transliteration! How do I address (Roman or Cyrillic) a package to Moscow? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 8, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I ship booze from Ohio to Australia?

How can I ship vodka to Australia from Ohio?!? I know the USPS won't ship hooch, but is there ANYONE that will. I'm trying to send some locally-made vodka to a very special lady in Sydney, but it's starting to look dire. HELP!
posted by Capt.DooDooFace on Dec 30, 2011 - 10 answers

The answer isn't in the books I guess.

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 - 30 answers

MS Access newbie needs advice!

MS Access 2010 Help - I need to create something that allows a small group of people to add records and search records within a database and after much googling I'm thoroughly confused. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Dec 30, 2011 - 5 answers

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