Home Electronics shipments to STT
I know that this has been covered in previous posts, but has anyone had any luck in buying/shipping home electronics from Amazon sources? It appears that most of their affiliated companies do not ship to the USVI, if not Hawaii. I'd like to take advantage of some terrific sales off island.
When I want to make a purchase and they won't ship here OR they want to ship Fedex or UPS, I have the item shipped to family and they then send it to me. Some items I have purchase thru Amazon has shipped here and other wouldn't, depends on the seller.
On line purchases are the best way to go, but sometimes we DO NOT EXIST!
I have built a $12,000 Home Theater by using eBay instead of Amazon, just cuz I can usually get them to ship via USPS, which saves tons of money over UPS and FedEx, which consider us "International". I also used www.videogon.com and www.audiogon.com to find great deals...the forums are very informative, and they will direct you to a lot of Internet Direct Companies, which offer some fantastic values....if you have any questions, feel free to PM me....
I have shipped lots of stuff to Miami and then cargo it here. Youy need to go through customs and pay the fees but in the long run it is cheaper to do on most stuff. I also have shipped stuff down by the post office. It is cheap for a smaller bon (20x20x20) for about 50 bucks. You can send it special delivery for about 100.
Beware of the warranty situation. Many local companies are not paid to do warranty work. This I found out the hard way when I shipped a frig down in a trailer.
Amazon is very limited. Need to find a company that uses USPS, then no problem. Alot of companies, I think, only use certain shipping companies that pick up at their warehouses. Most don't use USPS, but rather FedEx or DHL or UPS. I look around the internet until I find someone who will use USPS. They will ship to Mail Hub in Red hook, which has a street address, in addition to my PO Box, so I can circumvent the PO Box shipping restriction that some companies have.
Thanks everyone for the replies. For small electronic items, shipping USPS is the way to go. The problem is with items like flat screens. I did some research and none of the vendors currently listed on Amazon, ship to USVI. Circuit City (desperate now that they are chapter 11) does state that they do ship to the territories, but when I called to verify, they stated that they no longer do.
Given the drop in prices due to volume and excess inventories, I don't see how any on island vendor can come close to the large retailers off island.
Be sure you are comparing delivered cost. With shipping to a freight forwarder, plus the freight from Fla to the USVI and then having to pay duties and the 4% tax on the value over $1,000 you may not save as much as you think. You will also probably want to insure a flat screen in transit from Fla - USVI and that will also cut into your savings.
Two yeara ago I saved $500 by ordering a TV in Atlanta, but that was before Cost U less starting selling flatscreens. K-Mart/Sear's prices aren't bad either. Now I don't think the savings are enough to justify the small savings. If the TV I bought would have been defective out of the box my freight to return it and then get a replacement from Atlanta would have been more than my savings.