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Old 04-29-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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I'm moving to Vegas in July. I want to start shipping my stuff out to family there so they can store it in the garage until I arrive. Has anyone shipped things using the post office? I'm going to ship blankets, towels, sheets, books, and clothes. I'm taking my tv, pc, printer, video equipment and other stuff in the car with me since i'm driving.

So for those who have shipped things should I put my things (not books) inside garbage bags then box them and ship them?? I was thinking that way because of the weather.

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I'm moving to Vegas in July. I want to start shipping my stuff out to family there so they can store it in the garage until I arrive. Has anyone shipped things using the post office? I'm going to ship blankets, towels, sheets, books, and clothes. I'm taking my tv, pc, printer, video equipment and other stuff in the car with me since i'm driving.

So for those who have shipped things should I put my things (not books) inside garbage bags then box them and ship them?? I was thinking that way because of the weather.

Any suggestions?

Check the rates and if UPS has a better rate use them.
Books due to the weight are going to cost you
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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Ship books, tapes, magazines media mail. Lots cheaper, they may give a hassel on magazines containing ads. But most don't.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Ship 4th class might be cheeper.... & yes line the box with plastic, inside plastic put a clearly printed lable/paper to where its going...just in case it gets seperated from the box!!
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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Definitely use media mail for books, dvds/videos, and CDs! It is much, much cheaper, though arrival times can vary. I sent 8 or 9 boxes from my mom's house in IL to my place in Seattle and it cost around $10 per box (smallish), some arrived 2-3 days later, others took 10 days. For that price, who cares?!
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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I have roughly .... 100-200 books. Would it be better to split them into maybe 3 -4 boxes or 9-10 smaller boxes??? Do they go by weight when you use media mail??
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:28 PM
 
Location: WA
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They do weigh the boxes for media mail. I wouldn't box anything up heavier than you can lift, as you will have to go drop boxes off! Also, makes it easier on the postal workers. For books, about a 1.5 cubic foot box is best.
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY native, now living in Houston
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Have you considered downsizing your books? Just a thought.


Has anyone ever shipped clothes via the post office or UPS? Any tips?
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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Have you considered downsizing your books? Just a thought.


Has anyone ever shipped clothes via the post office or UPS? Any tips?
Downsize my books.... lol ummmm no!!! ha ha ha

I was thinking of shipping some clothes too. However, I'm kind of concerned ... they might not make it there.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:12 AM
 
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When I moved from CA to NY I shipped books and videos/dvds via media mail. Was really cheap for big heavy boxes! Be aware they do reserve the right to check so don't cheat. I shipped other stuff like clothes via fedex ground/home, which was slightly cheaper than UPS at the time and that included the pickup from my house. USPS may have been cheaper (didn't check) but with 10 huge boxes I wanted a pickup - and US mail did not do that in my area. It ran around $40 per box, but these were BIG boxes.
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