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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

Argh, packaging for shipment!

I need to pack three fairly delicate, 1" thick panels which are 18" by 15". Ideally all three would be in the same container, but I'm having difficulty navigating the world of hard shipping cases... [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Apr 11, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the safest method to ship to Hong Kong?

I have a $2,000 piece of artwork that needs to get to Hong Kong. I am not sure what carrier I should go with and would love insight. I am pretty nervous about this, but also don't want to spend a fortune if I can help it. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Mar 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Cost-effective strategies for moving from Hawaii to LA

I'm trying to plan our move from Oahu back to Los Angeles. We have too much for airline baggage, but too little for a shipping container. We're selling all the furniture and big items, and planning to buy used replacements when we arrive. We're paring down our belongings as much as we can bear, but it's still not going to fit in airline baggage. I'm talking medium-value, medium-sized things like baking pans, shoes, small kitchen appliances, and books. What's the cheapest way to ship all this little stuff? [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Off-the-shelf shipping company job board application or site?

I have a meeting next week with a Seafood distribution company that wants an application that can match up truck drivers with people needing stuff shipped. Before I go into the meeting I'd like to be able to provide a short list of existing services or applications that can provide some of this functionality. I'm having problems locating anything and I'd like to know what the alternatives are before I pitch them a $10-12K development project. I'm assuming that they're going to need something that drivers can access from their phones that can provide them with a list of jobs near their location or along their planned route. We've discussed using Access or SQL server integrated with IIS or Sharepoint, but a hosted solution that uses PHP/mySQL is also on the table.
posted by daHIFI on Mar 6, 2013 - 2 answers

San Francisco -----> Halifax: Parcel Edition

What's the cheapest way to get a large box from San Francisco to Halifax, NS? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

What happens if a cell phone alarm goes off while it's in the mail?

So I broke the screen on my new Nexus 4 and just mailed it off yesterday to be repaired, and I realized too late that the daily alarm clock may go off while it's in transit. What will be done with the package if that happens? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Feb 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Charlie don't surf (but needs to ship a board)

I am in San Francisco for a few days visiting a friend. My friend has a board that needs to be shipped to Texas. I have called the local surf shop (Wise Surf), but they don't have any board boxes at the moment, and won't have any until well after I leave. Is there a service (UPS, FedEx, etc) that will take a board, package and ship it for us? I can't find any such on the Googles. Cost is not a huge issue, we just want to get this done.
posted by drfu on Feb 9, 2013 - 13 answers

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

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