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Hi All

I'm looking for your favorite web sites to have stuff sent to
St Thomas.
I don't want to always carry stuff down in a suit case and I
don't especially like to spend time out shopping.

I'm looking for things like interesting stone ware baking dishes, serving dishes,
kitchen gadgets, a vacuum cleaner, sheets, interesting and different rugs..........
just general house keeping items.

Bed Bath and Beyond does NOT ship to the VI's
Walmart.com does but do they use the United States Post Office? or the more
expensive UPS?

Pottery Barn ships as does LL Bean and The Company Store.

Give me your favorites, please

Nancy G

Posted : July 18, 2011 8:02 pm
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Hi Nancy,

Walmart does ship here via USPS, but it takes forever. I know the mail here, but I placed an order and it took about 6 weeks to get here.
I know Macy's and Kohls ship here. Have has very good luck with purchasing small appliances and the like on eBay.
Some day, the rest of the world will know we are part of the U.S. One question maybe someone knows the answer to...if a company ships via USPS why will they not ship to a P.O. box?

Posted : July 18, 2011 8:32 pm
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Thanks for the info.

6 weeks huh? I suppose if I know in advance I won't
be too cranky.


Posted : July 18, 2011 8:35 pm
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Nancy: This is the thread I was telling you about in our private conversation!;)


Posted : July 18, 2011 9:03 pm
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Thank you East Ender, glad to see you back on this web site.


Posted : July 18, 2011 9:25 pm
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I like QVC, and I'm usually happy with the items. If you request Off Shore Priority shipping, it's pretty fast, about 3 days and same cost as non-priority. I don't know if they fit the bill of what you mentioned you are looking for, but they even have their own line of stoneware. I have a couple of pieces and it's great, but a bit too "traditional" to be called interesting. Happy shopping!

Posted : July 18, 2011 9:53 pm
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For linens I love LinenSource.com. While it's not for some of the things that you asked about, one of my most used sites is cvs.com. It's great for so many things and shipping is free for orders over $50.

Posted : July 18, 2011 10:41 pm
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How is Target for shipping?

Posted : July 19, 2011 2:10 am
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I have bought a lot from JC Penny over the years. Sounds like you can get just about everything you are looking for from them. They ship via USPS Priority Mail. I've even bought some small furniture from them and they shipped it Priority Mail.

I used to order from Linen Source quite a bit, but they started sending things Parcel Post and it takes forever to get to me. I do like their linens though, good quality.

I don't think Target will ship. I've tried them more than a few times with no luck.

Posted : July 19, 2011 10:15 am
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when did kohls start shipping here? years ago when i checked they did not

Posted : July 19, 2011 12:22 pm
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One question maybe someone knows the answer to...if a company ships via USPS why will they not ship to a P.O. box?

I would love to know the answer to this question too. It irks me to no end when I am refused, which is often.

Posted : July 19, 2011 8:40 pm
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I don't see that Khol's will ship here....am I doing something wrong? There is no "VI" in the drop down menu. They do mention that they ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and the Armed Forces though.

Posted : July 20, 2011 10:36 am
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i checked again last night too, and it appears they do not ship down here. i checked back in 2004 or 2005 and they did not ship here then. i could not even order something and have it shipped to the states. and of course, the same thing with target.

Posted : July 20, 2011 12:08 pm
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Sorry, I should have checked more before posting. Several years ago Drugstore.com would ship here even though VI was not on the drop down. You entered the island and zip and for state entered HI (Hawaii) and the order was processed. I used to order through them all the time. They have since added VI to their drop down. I was told that it is the same thing with Kohls, but have not verified.
I have had a ton of trouble with Amazon. Spend time placing the order to get to the end and have everything noted as not being able to be shipped here. I have called and emailed and they couldn't care less.

Posted : July 20, 2011 1:13 pm
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Much of Amazon's stuff will not ship to the VI. If you're on STX and you desperately need something from Amazon, then have them ship it to VI Cargo in Florida. I've done it. It's more time and money, but you'll get it.

But I usually shop on eBay first. Most of their sellers ship to the VI, via USPS.

Posted : July 20, 2011 2:08 pm
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I shop on Drugstore.com all the time... Just got a package this week in fact. I do pay extra for "priority mail" otherwise it takes 4-6 weeks.

Amazon is tricky - but more and more of their stuff does ship here... just take it to your shopping cart to see if they will ship to your address.
I get all kinds of things from them.

for clothing - Macy's ships here, Victorias Secret, and the Gap compaies (Gap, old navy, banana, athleta), Jcrew does too - I just don't shop there much. LOFT does not.

Another lesser known company that I love - Sierra Trading post.

Companies that should but don't ship here: Overstock.com, target, and so many others...

Posted : July 20, 2011 5:23 pm
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B&H Photo will ship to the VI and they sell way more than photo gear. I've recently bought PC ram and an iPad from them.

Posted : July 20, 2011 6:37 pm
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I have used RepairClinic.com several times for appliance parts, such as a refrigerator defrost element, a four burner glass replacement cooktop, and a dryer electronic control panel. They ship here via Priority Mail, are one of the cheapest sites on-line (and way cheaper than anywhere on island assuming they actually had it in stock), and the items will arrive within a week. Bass Pro Shops also ships here (but not via Priority Mail) - they sell clothing, such as quick-dry action shorts, that I like as work shorts.

Posted : July 20, 2011 7:20 pm
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If you need car parts, vie been using rock auto parts. They ship your choice of USPS priority or express or fedex/ups. It's nice to have the choice of shipping.

I like amazon too--but it's strange what stuff they do/do not send. I ordered a roomba vacuum cleaner the other day, normal shipping and it arrived in 2 days through USPS.

Posted : July 20, 2011 9:25 pm
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Rock Auto Parts
Amazon sometimes
B&H Photo
Ace Hardware
Abachon Hardware
Old Navy
JC Penny
Toys R Us
Tire Rack via VI Cargo
Home Depot
Elkhorn Trading for SS screws

You just have to careful about shipping

Posted : July 20, 2011 10:02 pm
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Here's my revised list.........

* J Crew www.jcrew.com
* Nordstrom www.nordstrom.com
* Beach Bliss www.beachbliss.com
* Pottery Barn www.potterybarn.com
* CVS www.cvs.com
* Drugstore.com www.drugstore.com
* Dermstore www.dermstore.com
* Ebay www.ebay.com (some)
* Lands End www.landsend.com
* JC Penny
* Amazon.com (some but I have had good luck)
* Aveda
* Bed Bath and Beyond (if you get the right "customer service" rep as you have to call them)
* seapet www.seapet.com (excellent pet supplements)
* Aloha Orchids (should you like exotic orchids that you can't find here)
* Orchids by Hausermann (same as above)
* Old Navy
* Gap
* Banana Republic
* Macy's
* Petco
* 1-800 Pet Meds
* Victoria's Secret
* Zappos - Free shipping and returns
* Revolve Clothing - Free shipping and returns
* Bluefly
* La Mer
* Isagenix (I am a supplier if interested)
* Dillards
* Bloomingdales
* Mpix - fabulous printing of photos


Posted : July 20, 2011 11:19 pm
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For mariners and fishermen, West Marine and Cabela's ship orders Priority Mail USPS.

Posted : July 21, 2011 11:26 am
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There are two factors which effect shipping to the VI:

1) ...What the product is. Some things, like some electronics and software, are licensed for sale to specific regions. Different companies license and distribute their products in different ways so, for us here, it can seem arbitrary which products we can buy through Amazon and which we cannot.

2)...Who the product is sold by. Amazon maintains a huge and varied inventory, but they also sell products for a vast number of other online retailers. On the Amazon product screen, check the line below the product name and price. It says something like, "ships from and sold by _______ " If it comes from Amazon, you can buy it, provided it isn't subject to some licensing restriction like "1" above. If it indicates it comes from another vendor, you may still be able to buy it, if that vendor is set up to handle USPS.

If the item you are trying to purchase comes from another vendor and that vendor won't ship USPS, go back to the item page and find where it says, "more buying choices." Below this is a list of other vendors for your product that Amazon represents and the various prices they charge.

Click 'Add to cart" below any or all of the other choices, and then check your shopping cart. Usually at least one of the alternate vendors will accomodate USPS to the VI for a comparable price. Then just remove the items that are red-flagged and check out.

Good luck and happy shopping.

Posted : July 21, 2011 1:25 pm
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The Delegate, Donna Christensen, just posted this on facebook:

"If anyone has had problems having products shipped to the VI, please send name of company to me at delegatedonna@yahoo.com "

Posted : July 27, 2011 1:29 pm
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One question maybe someone knows the answer to...if a company ships via USPS why will they not ship to a P.O. box?

I would love to know the answer to this question too. It irks me to no end when I am refused, which is often.

What has worked for me is to never use PO box or PMB. I just use the PO Box #. Example - "#133"

That works for me about 99% of the time. Good luck!

Posted : July 27, 2011 6:41 pm
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