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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -