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Old 08-11-2017, 11:34 AM
 
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Just priced out media mail shipping up there. Not so bad. Then priced out packages via usps ground. Dang!!! $50 for 20# package. Then went to UPS thinking that would be more reasonable. Holy crap! $116 roughly for 20# package.

So, for the occasional shipment up of boxes of non-media-mail items, is it best just to stick with the flat rate medium boxes, or am I missing a better way to go about this?
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Flat rate is your friend!!! USPS is always the cheapest. I still run into businesses in the lower 48 that think Alaska is a foreign country. You will find that FREE shipping doesn't include Alaska or Hawaii most of the time. Look at Package Forwarding to Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Territories, and APO/FPO addresses | Aloha Forwarding too.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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The package forwarding service looks like it will come in very handy. Thanks! Going to stock up on flat rate boxes.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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I don't know about Anchorage, but FedEx or UPS has literally never delivered on time to anywhere I've lived in the Fairbanks area, or anytime I've shipped to -48 from here. So, I ship FedEx 2-day, then file the service failure claim and get my money back. The FedEx lady actually taught me that!

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USPS one rate shipping rates are pretty reasonable, though. And, you can print a label from home and save the hassle of going to the PO.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I don't know about Anchorage, but FedEx or UPS has literally never delivered on time to anywhere
Same goes for Anchorage!!
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Lol, i like how you snipped my sentence to say that they have literally never delivered anything on time to anywhere, period. Probably more accurate.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:44 PM
 
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Don't get me started.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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You guys really need to get on the 'Submit Service Failure Train'. It feels good.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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I recently shipped some stuff back that didn't make it when I moved out and was reacquainted with the "Alaska tax" anything other than flat rate is brutal. Glad I didn't have too much else left!
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:31 PM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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I don't know about Anchorage, but FedEx or UPS has literally never delivered on time to anywhere I've lived in the Fairbanks area, or anytime I've shipped to -48 from here. .
If you really want/need stuff fast, become a freight shipper with Alaska Airlines. With priority freight, your package is guaranteed to travel on the next available flight. So, something shipped from the East Coast in the afternoon can be available for pickup the next morning.
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