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July 15, 2009 1:14 am  

Hey EE

I was having a "moment" - sorry - you are correct no shipping from L'Occitane 🙁 I had just purchased quite a few items from them and for some unknown reason I was sure they were shipped but "non" I got them at the San Juan airport - oops- so cross that off your list (lol)

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July 15, 2009 3:27 am  

I don't understand this, and I used to think it was our post office that was the problem, but HSN states on their shipping info page that shipping to a post office box takes longer. It's true. When I have something sent to MailBoxes, it doesn't take nearly as long as when sent to my po box. Just seems it should be the other way around.


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July 19, 2009 9:30 pm  

I forgot to add that if you are looking to purchase a new bed that Sleep Number will ship the entire bed for approx $130 UPS - love my sleep number 🙂

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July 19, 2009 9:34 pm  

We bought sleep #'s through QVC--first time I ever bought from one of those TV places...and they each shipped for $55.00 via UPS. We didn't believe it till it happened.


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July 20, 2009 11:06 am  

$55, $130 for a Sleep Number bed? Un freakin believable! I just got a quote to ship a little laptop computer from the states, UPS > $210.

I guess that the Sleep Number company was paying part of the shipping??


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July 20, 2009 11:55 am  

I think some national retailers have contract prices with some of the shippers like UPS. A friend bought a set of golf clubs and they were shipped to stx for $16.
Our SN beds (we bought two at once) took about 5 days to arrive on stx., ten big cartons total. The UPS guy took a WEEK to deliver them to our house (on a main road) because it was SO FAR....


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July 20, 2009 12:37 pm  

sometimes QVC has free shipping on items. i checked and they said when they have that special it also includes the V.I. so i wait until the days they have free shipping on ALL ITEMS. then i stock up.

Called Brookstone and boohoo they only ship UPS. and international rates at that.


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July 20, 2009 7:50 pm  

If I was governor (yeah right) I'd set up an "office of mainland integration" that ensured that VI was in all web page state drop downs and would work with companies to allow shipping to the USVI at reasonable prices, either via USPS or with negotiated deals with UPS.

One can dream 🙂

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July 21, 2009 8:47 pm  

And you would be rapidly voted out of office after all the local merchants align against you for taking away their business since they couldn't compete with mail order prices...

If I was governor (yeah right) I'd set up an "office of mainland integration" that ensured that VI was in all web page state drop downs and would work with companies to allow shipping to the USVI at reasonable prices, either via USPS or with negotiated deals with UPS.

One can dream 🙂

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July 21, 2009 9:03 pm  

And you would be rapidly voted out of office after all the local merchants align against you for taking away their business since they couldn't compete with mail order prices...

Like I said, one can dream. IMO if you can't compete with someone in the states with shipping added on top of the cost then you are probably doing something wrong. Generally I find local merchants to be priced right about the same as ordering stateside when you factor in USPS..the time factor pushes me towards the local vendor. On some items we get gouged though (flatscreens, you can beat the island vendor's by 30% even after paying VI Cargo on these). My idea would help us for the items that simply aren't available in the VI.

OTOH, I do understand that there is an inherent unfairness though towards local merchants as the 4% GRT they pay has not been paid by those shipping things in since the personal use tax was deemed illegal. This is not fair to local merchants and should be rectified.

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July 21, 2009 11:22 pm  

I usually find stateside merchants to be cheaper not the same when you add in tax. So many online merchants will offer free shipping or some kind of coupon that takes away the shipping. Like you said time is the only reason I by local. I don't know why anyone would open retail here. I don't do any clothes shopping here for example. Its either too expensive or too cheap quality. You buy something at Mariannes and its rip by your second wear. I really don't mean to put local merchants down but the stuff is too expensive and not of the best quality usually and its just not fair. So I ship a lot of things.


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July 22, 2009 8:01 pm  

We buy produce and home improvement/gardening items here out of necessity. I NEVER buy electronics locally. I can always do better buy using a shopping engine and paying for shipping or waiting for my next trip to mainland and going to Frys, Costco, etc.


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July 22, 2009 8:53 pm  

For larger electronics the baggage charges can be cost prohibitive.


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July 23, 2009 6:00 am  

When the Kenmore appliance store opened they had decent electronics prices, maybe a small markup over mainland with shipping/VI Cargo on things like flat screens but close enough where the time savings made it worth it. Then they jacked their prices way up to the point where you would have to be crazy to buy from there. So disappointing, I love the idea of buying locally, giving them a decent markup for saving me time and providing me with a place to return items if they don't work right. But at some point it becomes price gouging and I won't let them get away with that when there are better options.

Sean


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July 23, 2009 1:45 pm  

I noticed the same sadly. I was excited I might be able to buy a LED TV locally at a not so exhorbitant price but then they jacked up all their prices. They want the better part of an extra $1K for most large TVs and they tend to be last generation models to boot. They can bite me...

Here's another disappointment with the Craftsman side of the store - can you imagine a Craftsman store that doesn't sell table saws?!?

When the Kenmore appliance store opened they had decent electronics prices, maybe a small markup over mainland with shipping/VI Cargo on things like flat screens but close enough where the time savings made it worth it. Then they jacked their prices way up to the point where you would have to be crazy to buy from there. So disappointing, I love the idea of buying locally, giving them a decent markup for saving me time and providing me with a place to return items if they don't work right. But at some point it becomes price gouging and I won't let them get away with that when there are better options.

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July 25, 2009 9:10 pm  

Just an update on CVS - I just placed an order and you now need to use a credit card with a Stateside address - new rule 🙁

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July 26, 2009 12:36 am  

I bought my new appliances from Sear/Kmart. YES, the prices are much higher. I did a lot of "shopping" and finally bought locally at 20% off the "local retail", which brought it kinda/sorta near the online prices. But...the warranty is good, the shipping is included, they brings techs over from Puerto Rico (we'll see how that goes). We bought our fridge about 4 months ago. Arrived on time, intact, no problems. The range, micro, dishwasher are on the boat.....This isn't for everyone, but we used the Sears credit card deferred payment plan. That means I keep my money (bearing interest for a year in my account), and the interest comes off the price of the appliances. It really did come to within just a couple of hundred dollars, and I have the "promise" of local service. AM I DREAMING?

Great, friendly service, if you go on the right day and get the right people!!!


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November 28, 2009 9:46 pm  

I think this is a great thread so I'm giving it a bit of a **BUMP** but I'm curious... does anyone have an idea about shipping with Overstock.com?


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November 28, 2009 10:17 pm  

Add two more to the list:
1) B&H Photo Video (will use priority mail) - anything photo, also lots of electronics and computer items
2) AutoZone (also priority evidently, still enroute)

On the other hand I had absolutely zero luck with Amazon. Other than books they won't ship anything useful here.


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November 28, 2009 10:56 pm  

Last I explored (5 months ago) Overstock does not ship here. Let us know if you find out differently!


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November 28, 2009 11:58 pm  

Overstock wouldn't ship for me either & as was said, a lot on Amazon other than books & even most of the used books won't ship here. I think most of the other items on Amazon come from manufacturers which probably explains it.


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November 29, 2009 2:41 pm  

When shopping on E-Bay I look for the sellers who ship USPS. I can always find someone with the item I'm looking for who will and it comes quickly priority mail.


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November 29, 2009 3:18 pm  

I have used amazon successfully on three different occasions and the shipments were extremely speedy, the longest taking 4 days. Very impressed. Purchased DVD's, books, camera and a PS3. The trick is to buy from their warehouse. If it says "ships and sold by amazon" then you're good to go. You can usually tell from the options. Buy new=Amazon usually, # new from=elsewhere and # used from=elsewhere.

Example:

PlayStation 3 120 GB by Sony PLAYSTATION 3
Buy new: $299.99 (amazon)

29 new from $298.25 (elsewhere)
9 used from $297.00 (elsewhere)


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November 30, 2009 12:49 am  

Amazon's "Marketplace" sellers will now ship here only if they have selected "will ship internationally" in their settings when listing the item. Dear Amazon: It's the same freaking COUNTRY!! :-X


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November 30, 2009 1:03 am  

Amazon's "Marketplace" sellers will now ship here only if they have selected "will ship internationally" in their settings when listing the item. Dear Amazon: It's the same freaking COUNTRY!! :-X

I'd like to say that Target and Overstock.com! (I looked into it - they don't ship here)


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