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Bratt
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November 14, 2012 7:04 pm  

Speedy, if you plan it right, and buy in bulk for your needs, VI Cargo is relatively cheep and you still save money. However, if you order 14 different things, it could come in 5 or more boxes so not cost effective. IF you planned it right, for example, ordered 6 tubes of toothpaste it would ship from the same place, in one box.

Target won't even ship to VI Cargo, b/c it is a shipping company.

So sad the limitations we have. It's certainly frustrating.


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beachy
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November 14, 2012 7:18 pm  

caribtrans in FL will let you consolidate items for one shipment..you can get them to hold things as they arrive and wait until you tell them everything is there. And, you can clear the shipment yourself, saving all those extra fees. Not a big deal to do it if you are able to get out to the airport area during the day on a weekday, and not at luchtime when the VI office closes. You need the same documentation you would have to provide to any of the shippers/clearing houses, go to a few offices, fill out some forms, pay duty etc if required


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November 14, 2012 8:38 pm  

what is the real cost for shipping it to vi cargo?? i don't just want to hear that people think it is a good deal, i want to know what it costs

Here is what I paid for a box containing two bicycle wheels

Weight 14Lb

Cubic Feet 6.25

Declared Value for Customs $125

Insurance Fee $2.48

Customs Duty $9.00

Ocean Freight $55.00 (Which works out to $8.80 per cubic foot )

Total $66.48


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November 14, 2012 9:16 pm  

was that cheaper for you than buying them on island jimdandy?


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November 14, 2012 9:34 pm  

That seems quite high JimDandy...recently, I ordered 4 big 3lb tubs of protein powder and shipped to Vi Cargo. It arrived in two boxes, total cost $11 or so. Last month, i ordered a bread machine (weight 19lb) and a blender (weight 11bs). Insurance fee 1.60, customs 6.30 and ocean freight 35.00. Total was 42.90 even though my stuff weighed more than JimDandy's (these numbers are straight from my invoice).


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speee1dy
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November 14, 2012 10:39 pm  

even that seems high stxem


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November 15, 2012 2:21 am  

Well, Amazon wasn't shipping that stuff here directly so it was my only choice. And standard shipping from amazon can be really high on large items since prime membership (which is supposed to give free shipping) doesn't apply for the most part. I'm just glad VI cargo is an option and I tend to use it quite frequently. It would really suck not to have any options...


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November 15, 2012 10:59 am  

Amazing how well we managed to get by not even that long ago when online shopping wasn't an option and the biggest store we had here was Woolworth's ... No internet forums on which to bemoan our state either. 😀


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November 15, 2012 12:07 pm  

lol oldtart, i guess that was your only option stxem-i did the one month free membership of prime and found out we don't get free shipping so dropped it


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Jim Dandy
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November 15, 2012 6:49 pm  

was that cheaper for you than buying them on island jimdandy?

A friend didn't want them so he sold them to me at a friendly price. They are not available on island and would have had to be special ordered anyway and shipped by VI Cargo.

FYI Ocean frieght is calculated by volume not by weight unless the shipment is extremly dense such as granite, tile, cement, etc.

Stateside shippers that use UPS don't pay much attention to volume, as long as the package isn't oversize, so most of the time the rate is determined by the number of pounds and what zone it is being shipped to.

Got hammered once when I ordered a small part for my generator and it was packed in a small flimsy 6" x 6" x 32" box. So what did the shipper do, he packed the parts in a very sturdy box for a lawnmover and sent this giant parcel by UPS to VI Cargo. Shipping from VI Cargo cost me twice as much as the parts.


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speee1dy
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November 15, 2012 9:34 pm  

lol jimdandy


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November 16, 2012 11:34 am  

We have been ordering from WM for quite some time and have experienced only minor problems. Sometimes, an item ordered is shipped and the next time it is denied and cancelled!

In October, we placed an order and most of it was cancelled even though it was in stock and they had shipped the identical items to us previously! The remainder was shipped and arrived within a week or so.

Yesterday, we decided to try again and it appears as though the order was accepted. The only strange thing is that it is forecasted to be delivered on December 26!


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November 16, 2012 12:02 pm  

i will give it another try and see what happens, shipping times , i guess could be blamed on the holidays


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November 16, 2012 6:45 pm  

Well, everything we ordered last night except for one item, which are all food items, shipped just moments ago!

The original estimated date was Dec. 26 at the time of the order, and it still indicates Dec. 26! I'll bet they get here before that. They were shipped USPS. I understand that the dates have been pushed out due to the Walmart workers striking at the distribution centers because of having to pay a bit for healhcare beginning in January and having to work on Thanksgiving Day evening. At least they have a job!

One interesting note is that in October, we placed our usual order which included 4 large boxes of Minute Rice which was not sent due to carrier restrictions. We had ordered the Minute Rice many times previously. This time, no problem...it is on it's way so we will get the chopp sticks ready! 🙂 Hope this is all fixed as many of the items are much cheaper or you can't even acquire them locally.


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November 19, 2012 12:55 am  

I work at Kingshill Post Office and have noticed a lot of Walmart boxes lately, so I guess they are shipping to us again. I'm gonna have to try it out soon !!!


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Bratt
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November 19, 2012 4:43 am  

Tried to purchase items in my "cart" today and still carrier restricted. 🙁


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November 19, 2012 12:01 pm  

heard the tail end of a conversation on the vibe this am-seems walmart stopped shipping as it was costing them too much money.
that is the gist i got from what i heard


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November 19, 2012 12:32 pm  

Well, all of the stuff we ordered from Walmart on November 16 has shipped, except for one item and it has just left Puerto Rico!
The order consisted of food items, many of which were cancelled from our order last month due to carrier restrictions. So, not sure what changed this month?

The estimated delivery time on the order and the shipping confirmation was Dec. 26. I think we will be receiving it in the next day or two.
It was all sent USPS Priority as usual.

Last month when we ordered we had all sorts of problems and just gave up. The previous months and this month, no problem.


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Bratt
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November 19, 2012 1:18 pm  

Still no luck getting the order to go through.


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November 19, 2012 4:28 pm  

There's an article in today's Daily News which states basically that the shipments have been cut back because of costs and that it's purely a business decision. Hopefully better information will shortly be forthcoming which will indicate which items can't be shipped so that buyers will know in advance of ordering.


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November 19, 2012 6:31 pm  

I don't understand, shipping USPS is EXACTLY the same cost!!


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November 19, 2012 6:57 pm  

Possibly relates to which things come from which distribution centers. Although it certainly doesn't make much sense when Wally World can ship me a multifunction printer at no cost (I don't know of another company anywhere that will do this to the USVI) but won't ship me a box of granola bars at any price!


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November 19, 2012 7:51 pm  

so oldtart, what that means is they will allow shipping sometimes but not always just depends on their mood that day??
oh good grief


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November 19, 2012 11:40 pm  

Same problem. They shipped per food container and computer case. The restricted swiffer dusters and shout color catcher cloths.


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November 20, 2012 11:51 am  

Here's the full article from the Daily News:

http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/walmart-no-longer-shipping-consumables-to-virgin-islands-1.1405150

It's odd that the thrust of the cutback seems more to do with cost of shipping than with type of products. USPS rates are the same to the territories as between the contiguous states so that doesn't make sense ...


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