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using postal service to move

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I am in the process of shipping our stuff to the islands via the US postal service. I have found a few "tricks" to save money but I thought it would be great if we started a list of ideas on how best to use the postal service. What are the do's and don'ts? Here are a couple of things I have found out:
1. Media rate is cheap. So, sending books, cd's, dvd's, etc. is easy.
2. Use the flat rate containers for HEAVY small things. You can pack a lot of tools in a $9.80 flat rate box!
3. Keep a record of what is in each box... just in case:)
4. For fragile items- go ahead and purchase insurance. It only costs a few bucks more to insure something around $200.00

Any more ideas to add to the list??

Topic starter Posted : August 9, 2008 2:40 pm
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get delivery confirmation on any package you can.

Posted : August 9, 2008 3:32 pm
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USPS is great, 15 boxes ranging from 20-65 lbs, up to 24 x 24 x 20 and it only cost me 700 dollars from NY to STX

They got there in THREE days, using "priority" mail and all insured.

If you insure for over 200 dollars it requires a signature on the receiving end.

Posted : August 9, 2008 5:18 pm
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Thanks for the info, it's a great help for comparing whether or not to pay for extra suitcases when moving this month.

Anyone know how to transport a parrot to STX? We've had her 30 years and don't want to give her up but having problems finding how to get her there.

Kay/Columbus, Nebraska

Posted : August 9, 2008 9:45 pm
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We have had a few very easy and reasonable experiences with Tropical. Someone does have to be there to pick it up, of course.

Just sent around 1000 lbs of tile from New Jersey for around $150 including insurance.

In the winter sent 18 cubic foot fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven, cooktop from Florida for a little over $400 including around $3000 worth of insurance; bought stuff thru AJ Madison in NY (no tax) who shipped for free to
Tropical in Florida.

Posted : August 11, 2008 1:14 pm
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