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foltzie
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August 1, 2014 7:39 pm  

Good day. We are moving down to STX Monday and I have a question about receiving mail. I know I've read it somewhere but could not find it now, about Po boxes.
Am I correct remembering that most people get a Po box? I did see somewhere, but am unsure if it was STX or STT that there are shipping stores that have boxes for rent as well.
The reason for my question is we have a ton of boxes being shipped USPS and I thought that I read somewhere that the post office will not tell you you have a box and has no real storage area for them and the shipping stores use their physical street address and accept all incoming boxes for customers.
Example:
Po Box 123. Or. 123 Rattan Dr
Christansted. Box 456
Christiansted

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks!
Amanda


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ernieandmaryjo
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August 1, 2014 8:45 pm  

We have a USPS PO box and have had no trouble getting packages. May depend on which post office as far as service and space. Ours (Kingshill) always puts a notice in the box. If you don't pick up after two days, you get a "second notice", then a "third notice". After the third notice they will return to sender, which is common throughout USPS unless you're personal friends with the postmaster. There are places like Mailbox, Etc., but I've never used them.
Welcome in advance to Paradise!


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August 1, 2014 8:51 pm  

there is also a mailboxes plus? cant remember the name, in sunny isle.


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August 1, 2014 8:52 pm  

you will need to get a p.o. box when you get to STX. the downtown christiansted post office is much less busy with hardly any line waiting times, also the staff are friendly and helpful there. if you need to ship boxes before you leave the states by usps, ship to the post office using general delivery as address and go to office a couple times a week to see if they have arrived. once you have a p.o. box you get a yellow slip in your box and simply get in line and receive it.


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foltzie
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August 1, 2014 9:35 pm  

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the info.


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Alana33
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August 1, 2014 9:35 pm  

Most residential properties do not get mail delivery so if not you'll need a mail box whether from USPS or private mail service. Depends where you rent. You do need to go in to pay for a box and set it up, whichever service you use.

The address for a PO box would be:

P.O. Box 1234
St. Thomas, VI 00801 (or island/whichever zip that post office uses)


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August 2, 2014 12:25 am  

I have a private mail box on STT. I prefer that to a p.o. box, because I don't have to stand in line to pick up a package, and they either notify me if I have a package, or I can call. Private boxes cost more, but it saves me trips because I know ahead of time when there's something there.


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August 2, 2014 1:04 am  

I have a private mail box on STT. I prefer that to a p.o. box, because I don't have to stand in line to pick up a package, and they either notify me if I have a package, or I can call. Private boxes cost more, but it saves me trips because I know ahead of time when there's something there.

All the packages sent to me come Priority with tracking #s so I can schedule my PO trip as soon as I see on USPS tracking that whatever is out for delivery. It may be weird but if there's a line of people waiting at Sugar Estate it's usually absolutely worth it as I bump into people I don't see much these days - some days it's like Old Home Week! USPS boxes are $68 a year, $34 for six months.


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August 2, 2014 1:17 am  

Mine went up to $99 or something like that and I don't have a large commercial box!
May have to check why!


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August 2, 2014 1:57 am  

Netflix doesn't come Priority, but it's my priority. I get other mail that doesn't come Priority and it's easier to call instead of checking each one.

The social aspect is good, but sometimes you want to get things done.


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AandA2VI
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August 2, 2014 4:48 am  

Gads. I pay like $160 for 6 months at the mail place in tutu next to subway and they're A-HOLES!! I can't even go in there anymore - make hunny do it. I even asked him once if I offended him somehow. Nope - just a sh%#y attitude.

Recently our neighbors left island leaving us their mailbox at the end of our road. How do we set that up for us to use? I was told I just have to wait and tell the postman? Lol is that for real? I'll ship boxes to BFs work but I am NOT paying that mailboxes place another dime.

Sorry to hijack op 🙂


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August 2, 2014 6:03 am  

I think you need to go into the post office to set up home delivery, if that is an option for you. You can call them to inquire what you need to do before going in. Lucky you! I'd love to forgo the once a week trip to the post office in sugar estate.


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August 2, 2014 9:35 am  

Mine went up to $99 or something like that and I don't have a large commercial box!
May have to check why!

Hmmm, don't know. Just renewed mine last week.


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August 2, 2014 11:21 am  

Recently our neighbors left island leaving us their mailbox at the end of our road. How do we set that up for us to use? I was told I just have to wait and tell the postman?

Just start using it. Have mail sent to the mailbox, and the carrier will deliver it. They don't care what name the box is in, or what name is on the mail. It worked with my last two STX mailboxes.


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August 2, 2014 12:51 pm  

Recently our neighbors left island leaving us their mailbox at the end of our road. How do we set that up for us to use? I was told I just have to wait and tell the postman?

Just start using it. Have mail sent to the mailbox, and the carrier will deliver it. They don't care what name the box is in, or what name is on the mail. It worked with my last two STX mailboxes.

You may want to send a trial letter to yourself to see if delivered.
I believe one has to pay for home delivery just as you do a PO Box.
Call the PO.


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TheSandlers
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August 2, 2014 3:32 pm  

I live in downtown Christiansted and have no need for a PO Box.


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TheSandlers
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August 2, 2014 3:32 pm  

and order things from the states all the time.


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Alana33
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August 2, 2014 4:54 pm  

Well, goody for you!


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August 2, 2014 4:56 pm  

I believe one has to pay for home delivery just as you do a PO Box.

Receiving mail is free, other than the rent on a PO Box, or the cost of installing a street mailbox.


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August 2, 2014 5:50 pm  

I believe one has to pay for home delivery just as you do a PO Box.

Receiving mail is free, other than the rent on a PO Box, or the cost of installing a street mailbox.

Interestingly, the move has been on for some time to phase out home delivery of mail throughout the US as the US Postal Service continues to lose money. It won't be long before home delivery is a thing of the past and street-side mailboxes will become collector's items!


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TheSandlers
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August 2, 2014 6:18 pm  

Well, goody for you!

It is good for me. I don't waste my time staring at tracking numbers or waiting for a parking space at the post office. What was your point in saying that? I was saying that depending on where you are you may not need one. Before I moved here I read a lot of misinformation. My mail lady and man wouldn't have a job if all of us had a po box. The businesses all along this street get mail and packages delivered to them through USPS with no problem. There is plenty of room for people here without having to scare them off all the time. I will deliver your mail for you if it makes you any less miserable than you are.


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Alana33
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August 2, 2014 7:12 pm  

Well, goody for you!
A bit touchy aren't ya!
Lighten up. You'll live longer, not to mention last longer living here in our wonderful islands.

We certainly don't go about scaring people off but give honest advice based on collective experiences from living here. I mentioned calling the post office because year's ago when I moved to this location, I inquired about getting home delivery and was told there was a charge which was higher than the cost of my post office box.

If you live in town and some other locations, you may be able to have delivery to your door but that's often not the norm.

So how does the post office pay their mail delivery persons without a charge if someone lives in outlying areas that is not on a normal route?


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August 2, 2014 7:51 pm  

So how does the post office pay their mail delivery persons without a charge if someone lives in outlying areas that is not on a normal route?

It's always been free and the cost is borne by the postage costs. But, as I mentioned earlier, USPS has been failing financially for a long time now and home delivery is rapidly coming to an end to reduce the huge financial burden. I think that in some mainland areas, houses in new developments already don't have home delivery as part of the phase-out.


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August 2, 2014 10:11 pm  

Most mailboxes are not secure. Many identities were stolen using info gleaned from stealing mail. Hopefully yours is secure.

I went to several places before I decided on where I wanted my box. I also didn't want to rely on an employer accepting my mail.

You have to figure out what's most convenient for you.


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August 2, 2014 10:29 pm  

I just move here 2 months ago. I must say 90% of stuff posted here is completely BS.
as soon as I got off the plane and entered into the terminal area, I see a sign that says "must declare firearms" to police dept. within 24 hrs. I actually felt my heart sink and started second guessing whether or not I made the right decision to accept this job and move down here. I remember saying to myself, "this is downtown Beirut". "Oh shit".

things quickly changed as soon as I stepped into the taxi van en route to my company paid hotel. the taxi driver was extremely pleasant compared to the ones in Houston. the hotel staff was surprisingly very friendly. I bought some stuff at the local Plaza market and found the prices to be quite competitive to the Krogers I am used to in Houston.
I find a lot of stuff written here about crime to be completely untrue. After numerous conversations with co-workers and locals alike, the consensus is that if you stay away from the projects and whore bars, you'll be just fine. No one is gunslinging in the shopping malls and supermarkets. I know a lot of misinformation is coming from people with an agenda, I know. like I understand some are left wing nuts, who believes that hugging trees is beneficial to the emotional growth of the trees and believes their branches and twigs have feelings. and believing that eating sheep goat and tuna is bad. because those animals are there for our viewing pleasure and not for our consumtion.
I get it. I really do.

back to the topic at hand. I have lived in a lot of rural areas in texas and have never heard of the postal office charging for regular mail delivery. that service is paid for by the federal government. really weird for someone to say that the postal service will charge you for delivering your mail. unless these islands are not part the united states, then I could be wrong.


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