Smartest way to consolidate a large international order from Amazon.com? A big enough order to get free shipping within the US, and of mostly small and light items from multiple vendors, but international shipping will add several hundred to the cost. This is to Singapore, but the Singapore service (Vpost.com.sg) is frankly lousy, and I'd like an alternative.
posted by viggorlijah
on Oct 5, 2011 -
My company sells a premium nutritional supplement product targeted to middle-aged women via our web site. I would like to include a "thank you favor" in the box when it is shipped to the customer. Please recommend what you think would work here! [more inside]
posted by blargerz
on Oct 5, 2011 -
How can I make sure that absolutely nothing - not letters, not catalogs, not packages, nothing - with my name and old address on it is ever left at my old place? I am in the US. [more inside]
posted by yomimono
on Oct 5, 2011 -
I ordered this item
from Amazon.com last month and when I ordered it, I noticed that the shipping date was September 28-October 29. That seemed a little weird so I contact Amazon and the rep just confused me more. Do you know the inner workings of Amazon? Can you explain this to me? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque
on Sep 22, 2011 -
UPS has decided to stop delivering without a signature after a package went missing. Now what should I do? [more inside]
posted by runnergirl
on Sep 21, 2011 -
How can I wrap up a birthday cake to send it from Toronto to my son in Los Angeles by UPS/Fedex? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood
on Sep 19, 2011 -
I want to order from a chocolate shop in Paris, Jacques Genin
, and have it shipped to the United States. But, Jacques Genin doesn't seem to even have a website, let alone online ordering. Is there a service I can use to buy and ship the products for me? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG
on Sep 4, 2011 -
UK to Europe: One Way Car Hire is it possible?
I want to move some personal effects with me from London to The Netherlands and thought I'd investigate One Way Car/Van Hire options but I can't seem to find anything. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne
on Aug 31, 2011 -
I just got back from a 500 mile road trip on the New York Thruway. Spotted three cars with Hawaiian license plates. I have never seen one
before. Obviously, they didn't drive to the mainland. Two were older cars, mid-ninety's econoboxes, one a big SUV. About how much would it cost to ship a car from the islands, or did they just bring their plates and buy a car locally?
posted by Marky
on Aug 20, 2011 -
I'd like some suggestions on inexpensive but reliable shipping companies for shipping boxes from the US to Canada. [more inside]
posted by elisynn
on Aug 14, 2011 -
I need to ship a package from the US to Brazil about once a quarter. I want a way that will guarantee it arrives. The package is not especially large (up to shoe-box size), heavy, delicate or cumbersome, and there is no time requirement. Anyone with experience shipping to Brazil? [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy
on Aug 9, 2011 -
Boyfriend is biking down the West coast. His suitcase is in Montreal. It needs to get to LA by the end of August, before we leave for an extended trip to Australia. We don't know anyone in LA to whom we can ship the suitcase. Help? [more inside]
posted by OLechat
on Jul 29, 2011 -
I'd like to learn a lot more about shipping things. For instance, manufactured goods from China to the US. What is the process? How is the freight billed? How do you take possession of the goods once they arrive? Who insures the freight being shipped?
Is there a good reference for this kind of thing that doesn't pre-suppose familiarity?
posted by mulligan
on Jul 28, 2011 -
I have a a couple questions about your experience with freight forwarders. In particular, shipping containers via ocean from China. [more inside]
posted by PSB
on Jul 28, 2011 -
What is the best way to ship an iPhone from the US to China? [more inside]
posted by jef
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Shipping dilemma: I have 30-40 boxes at my house I need to ship via parcel post. I thought I could print the labels at home and then have them picked up for a fee by the post office, but I've hit a snag... [more inside]
posted by whoaali
on Jun 26, 2011 -
How can I affordably and safely transport my large dog 1,200 miles, when I am not traveling with him? [more inside]
posted by letahl
on Jun 25, 2011 -
Have you ever shipped a car to Hawaii? From Long Beach. Boating advice requested. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom
on Jun 24, 2011 -
Opening an online store shipping physical products. You've been there, done that. What tips, tricks, and advice have you learned about handling the actual order/shipping workflow that you wish you knew starting out? [more inside]
posted by webhund
on Jun 2, 2011 -
What's the cheapest way (speed not an issue) to ship a 2400lb milling machine, roughly 5'x5'x8', 700miles from Albuquerque, NM to Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan
on May 31, 2011 -
I ordered a product
that can be damaged by heat. The company I ordered it from shipped it from Arizona, and as I just found out, did not include an ice pack with it. It's been in Arizona, where temps are over 100 for two days so far according to the tracking information. I'm thinking of returning it. Is this unnecessary?
posted by long haired child
on May 28, 2011 -
Do I have to pay customs duties to have a computer I left behind in Ireland shipped to California? [more inside]
posted by AndNeverWell
on May 6, 2011 -
I have 2 large boxes of used clothing/shoes to ship to the US soon, and the post office employee told me the volume of items would definitely not pass the border unless I have a Certificate of Disinfection. Unfortunately, this document seems non-existent. There is NO information in Google, answers are always something along the lines of, "Ship it in several smaller boxes!"
or "Don't say it's clothing!"
which are avoiding the point: I am trying to do this by the book (legally).
Does anyone have experience with this particularly evasive document, or parameters that would let Customs determine the packages are okay?
Or another way I could *legally* ship the clothing to the US? [more inside]
posted by Geethebluesky
on Mar 28, 2011 -
We want to send some balloons overnight via Fed Ex to our boss. Will he open a box of deflated, sad balloons and promptly fire me? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews
on Mar 22, 2011 -
I ordered something from an Etsy seller located in London on November 15th, and I still haven't received it. Seller claims she shipped it in November and blames the crazy snow in London on the delay. So, my brothers and sisters on the other side of the pond, is it true? Have you had the blizzard of the century, or what? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Jan 12, 2011 -
I'm near Ottawa, Ontario; I need to ship a defective video card to California. What way gives me the best combination of low cost/speed/reliability? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday
on Jan 4, 2011 -
I was selling off old textbooks on Half.com and mistakenly sent a book that was about twice the selling value. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus
on Jan 2, 2011 -
I just sold my laptop on eBay... my first eBay sale. The buyer was in Poland. I've never shipped anything internationally. Looks like I can ship the package for about $40. It also looks like this sale might require someone to pay a Value Added Tax or import tax of some kind. What do I need to know about how this works? Do I pay or does he? Anything I should consider in the course of this sale?
posted by shanevsevil
on Dec 6, 2010 -
I need some shipping boxes for larger items. Unfortunately I only need one or two, so it doesn't make sense to buy from Uline. And the freebies from the grocery/liquor store aren't appropriate. Is there a more affordable vendor than an office supply or specialty shipping store for this stuff? Thanks!
posted by herrtodd
on Dec 4, 2010 -
Need reliable shipper for art. I need to ship two framed paintings from Connecticut to Seattle. These are family antiques that I could not bear to lose. I already had a wooden crate made. I need to get the crate shipped.
- Highly reliable and insured
- Speed and delivery date are flexible. I can arrange to be available to receive shipment on short notice.
- size: the crate is about 2' x 3' x 1'.
- Cost... looking for lower cost options, but reliability is key.
- The paintings have not been appraised, nor do they have any documentation. I'm sure they are worth money, but the real value is sentimental. I'd rather not go to the expense of having them photographed and appraised.
I've already requested a quote from Art Logistics
. I haven't heard back yet, but I suspect the cost will be very high. And I'm not sure they ship to and from private residences.
fyi... an earlier thread about shipping art
posted by valannc
on Nov 13, 2010 -
How can I most easily and inexpensively send small holiday gifts from France to the US? [more inside]
posted by sucre
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Where can I find a comprehensive list of all the ports in the United States that are capable of receiving an international cargo shipment that will need to be cleared through US customs? I know that this includes seaports, but I think that it also includes "dry ports" and "intermodal hubs."
posted by iknowizbirfmark
on Nov 10, 2010 -
I'm moving from New York City to Oregon at the end of the year. What's the cheapest way for me to move all of my things--mostly books, papers, and clothing, enough to fill a 10-foot U-Haul van? [more inside]
posted by thecolor12
on Nov 7, 2010 -
Can I get package delivery companies to just leave the package rather than leaving an InfoNotice/"you weren't home, we'll try again tomorrow" slips? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes
on Nov 5, 2010 -
I am sitting here drinking coffee from a Crate & Barrel jumbo mug (ie reasonably specialist item), made in China. What journey did it take from its origin in China to get to my kitchen? I'm particularly interested here in how freight & distribution of specialist items works - ie if you're shipping rice, I'm guessing you just fill an ISO container with rice and send it off, but if you've got lots of weird little things, how is the contents, packing, count, destination etc of a container determined?
posted by forallmankind
on Sep 19, 2010 -