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Shopping & Mailing

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Shopping & Mailing

Will be shopping & want to mail back home.

Has anyone done this? Ideas welcome!

Troutdale, Oregon
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for Hood River, Troutdale, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Portland, Oregon
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1. Re: Shopping & Mailing

We did while we were in Hawaii and it's lots cheaper and easier than luggage! make use to get boxes if you can for whatever you buy. They are very expensive at the post office. Ask at the post office which kind of shipping to use. First class is expensive.



Eugene, Oregon
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2. Re: Shopping & Mailing

1. I've shipped quite a few boxes Priority Mail in recent months and found the rates to be almost the same as what used to be called Parcel Post; or just a few cents more expensive. I've used my own boxes, but Priority Mail boxes are free with USPS and offer the additional benefit of, as the commercials say, "if it fits, it ships,"

2. I would also check with the front desk at your hotel to see what shipping arrangements they have with USPS, UPS and FedEx. They probably have pickups and deliveries all the time.

3. Also check with the store about shipping. I've had mixed results on this score, with sometimes paying too much for shipping or not getting the item for a month or more, meaning it just sat in the store all that time.

4. For any really big items (statues, large canvases, etc.), definitely discuss shipping by seller/store before buying...and certainly negotiate the shipping into the price while bargaining.

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3. Re: Shopping & Mailing

I shipped a box home from Alaska. It was fairly heavy and about 18"x18". As it turned out, shipping it as the 2nd piece of luggage on the airplane was quite a bit cheaper than either USPS or UPS!

Something to consider :-)

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