Definitive list of online retailers who ship to USVI
I saw a post asking about clothing retailers but being a guy I'm naturally more interested in electronics 🙂
That said I couldn't find a definitive list of online retailers who will ship to the USVI. We're not there yet but I did start a list a couple of weeks ago as part of my due diligence for a relocation. What I did was go through some random sites of interest, added an item to the shopping cart, and then confirmed that the shipping address includes an option for 'VI', "Virgin Islands', etc. (I initially made a mistake of assuming that if a shipping cost estimator took a USVI ZIP code it was a sign of success but I found many would take a USVI ZIP but didn't include a VI address in shipping options.)
Here's what I have so far. Please add your own known retailers to this thread:
p.s. - I was amazed by the number of sites I found that would ship to Puerto Rico but not the Virgin Islands (e.g., Sears.) Is there an economical way of establishing an address in PR and getting items forwarded to USVI or picking them up yourself in PR from time-to-time?
EBay is my number one electronics shipper, fewest hangups about shipping to a po box, followed by amazon.
Sears? Hey, we have K-Mart/Sears! They have a customer service area with an on-line catalogue. I know that you can order appliances through it, don't know about other stuff.
You'll really be amazed at the places that will send you to some distribution center in Mexico. They have this idea that we are "international." La-dee-dah!
Pottery Barn has electronics? We have had difficulty getting Amazon to ship anything besides CDs and books. Don't burn your bridges back home. You can always use a friend or two to re-ship stuff to you! 😉
EE, they probably heard you singing "that song" & thought this WAS Mexico. 🙂
ebay.com (some sellers)
westelm.com (some items)
Thanks! I'm glad to have a more comprehensive list, too although I am not there yet. I am going to need new living room furniture for sure (I live in the mountains and have sort of "lodgey" style furniture that definitely won't work on an island!) Pottery Barn has some great "island inspired" stuff in their new spring catalog!
PB wont ship furniture here 🙁 They tend to only ship towels etc - but at least it's something 🙂
Ugh, Pia I was afraid that might be the case...I was also thinking if I decide on doing something from PB I'll just order beforehand and it ship it down with the other stuff. Thanks for the heads up!
You can ship big things--furniture--by www.vicargo.com
I haven't found many places that won't ship to the VI, but I frequently run into this problem: when trying to order online, the drop-down menu used for selecting the state does not include "VI" and the state must be selected in order to continue with the ordering process. In that case, I have to call the company and complete the order by phone.
Re: Definitive List
These are notes from my recent Amazon.com shopping research -
Amazon lists the VI as a US Protectorate .
U.S. Protectorates (PR, USVI)
Only the following items CAN be shipped to U.S. Protectorates:
* baby items
* VHS videos
* video games
This list is only for items shipped directly from Amazon. Items shipped from their retail partners are subject to their individual VI shipping policies. You may end up with specific line items on your order that will not ship to the VI.
Although software appears on the above list as an item Amazon will ship to the VI, I ordered VMware Fusion software directly from Amazon in January and they refused to ship it to the VI.
I asked why. I had received DVDs recently and the software is on a CD. They they had no answer that made sense, despite escalating the issue up two levels.
On the shipping page, if the state list doesn't contain Virgin Islands, then look in the country list. Also look under "U", as in U.S. Virgin Islands.
As noted above, I have found many sites which say they ship to the USVI, but it turns out they don't, or they only ship limited products here.
When I lived in the states, I used to order a lot of things online, and it really annoyed me that I couldn't do it here easily. Now I realize that I spent too much money back then, and the restriction is more of a positive for me.
If there's no VI in a drop down list I usually just put VT since T is pretty close to I and just hope that the zip code is good enough to get it shipped anyways.
Has worked so far
U tricky Noah!
They should first go by the zip code.
But then I have shipped stuff via the P.O. to Ontario Canada and it goes thru Ontario California before getting to Canada. Obviously someone is reading the names and not the zipcode.
I wonder how CaptJay's Walmart shipment is doing or did?
Hey Noah, I always use VA with the local zip code figuring As and Is are both vowels!
Hmm...here's a question for which I couldn't find an answer using the search tool.
When should you expect to pay Custom Duty charges on a mail order item? I received a Garmin Nuvi navigation system I ordered from Abe's of Maine last week and it came with a 6% COD charge from the local U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. Is this normal when ordering an item from the U.S. for delivery to the U.S. Virgin Islands? If so what's the rationale for paying 'extra' over what I would pay in the continental U.S.?
(I knew there was a similar charge for vehicles brought here that aren't made by a U.S. company in the U.S. but didn't know it might apply to everything?)
p.s. - I bought the nav unit for the Mrs. who wants one for when she and my son move here in a couple of months. I must say it works pretty well with many stores, banks, recreation areas, etc. of STX mapped. It's also nice to have bluetooth phone integration since you can't legally use a hand-held phone while driving here.
GTG: Where was the unit made? And how did it arrive? (USPS or not)
East Ender, I just checked and the unit says designed in USA and made in Taiwan. It was shipped via UPS.
Are you saying it makes a difference if it's shipped by USPS instead?
No customs duty if it comes via the USPS
Yes, as beachy said- UPS goes straight to Customs and with the Taiwan tag- BINGO! $$$$ This is why folks here love their US Postal Service.
USPS shipments can also have customs duties. On a couple of occasions while I was purchasing agent for a business on STX, I had to make arrangements to pay duty and pick up items from the Post Office. I never really understood what triggered their interest in a particular shipment. That was 2 years ago, so maybe things have changed.