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Old 06-21-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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"Do they charge more to ship to Hawaii or Alaska? PR is probably closer."

With USPS size is limited period whether it be between the contiguous states or the US territories or commonwealths. Likewise for shipments to Hawaii or Alaska although I believe (and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) both Hawaii and Alaska are states and not territories or commonwealths.
both Hawaii and Alaska are states

Wow, really! When did that happen?

/joke

Seriously, my point was that the only legitimate reasons to charge more for shipping is size and distance. It should cost more to ship to Hawaii and Alaska because of the greater distance.
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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It should cost more to ship to Hawaii and Alaska because of the greater distance.
This should be true, but is not. Puerto Rico, because is not a state, most of the business charge more to ship to PR. Only UPS charge the same for PR and US mainland, Alaska, Hawaii... I recieved at one time a package with free shipping from UPS to PR.
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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It is all conspiracy to keep Puerto Rico down!!!
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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Items I have been unable to get shipped to PR are not necessarily large, in fact some have been quite small. There are just a LOT of big and small companies (half.com, many products from amazon.com, certain products from Dell, etc.) that won't send stuff here. It can't be the cost or they would just pass that on to the consumer. When I tried to change my son's college mailing address to PR there were problems getting that done also. It wasn't on the drop down menu under either states or international and when I called the university they told me due to some restrictions it had to be manually entered. I am just curious what those restrictions are and what makes it so much harder to send stuff here than other countries/places.

Its silly that they would do that! I had stumbled up something similar while I was in school abroad. There are stores like Amazon etc that wouldn't send me my items internationally but after some online research I found a parcel forwarding company called Shipito that would let me buy anything i wanted online and they shipped it to me. I thought it was great; as a student I didn;t have much money to spend and they had resonable international rates. Give it a try; you might like their service too!
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Thanks and rep for a good suggestion!
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:56 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Most Americans don't even know that we have overseas possessions.

As for Amazon:
http://www.m.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=468636
US standard

Amazon.com Help :U.S. Protectorates Shipping Rates and Times
US territories and protectorates

It's actually not that much more expensive if you choose standard shipping.

EDIT: ugh my links are messed up and I can't get them to work
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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The problem is that they will not send certain products not that they are charging more.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I can offer another reason too and that has to do with major postal theft problems in PR. It's been ongoing for years and as soon as they clean up one clique another one pops up. Mail to the USVI is routed through PR and our Delegate to Congress has been trying for years to get it sent directly here because of both the theft and huge delay problems.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:49 AM
 
Location: DF
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I can offer another reason too and that has to do with major postal theft problems in PR. It's been ongoing for years and as soon as they clean up one clique another one pops up. Mail to the USVI is routed through PR and our Delegate to Congress has been trying for years to get it sent directly here because of both the theft and huge delay problems.

NO WAY! Why should you guys get unstolen intact mail. You're going to suffer just as much as we do!!!

I use private couriers. If I know I'm going stateside, ill order stuff online (bodybuilding supplements, electronics, etc) and have them mailed to friends or family.The USPS in PR is a joke, just like any other government office in PR. It used to drive me nuts. Now it's just a fact of life for me.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:55 AM
 
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Somehow I have a feeling part of the problem is although sometimes PR is listed as a state, the place doing the shipping has to fill out an international waybill, customs declaration all that paperwork as though they're shipping international.

Tried ordering a laptop computer from Dell off their U.S. website, even called the customer service hotline. Seems you have to order of the PR website and go through the P.R. customer service. They don't offer the same products on the PR website either. Wound up ordering off US website, having it shipped to company home office and forwarded to me here. Still took two tries, unsuccessful as even home office didn't fill out the proper customs paperwork. Finally had to have it hand carried down.

So, I suspect reason places won't ship to PR is more not wanting to deal with customs regs. I usually have stuff shipped to my mom's address in the states, then have her either express mail or Fedex it down. The new singe rate express mail gets here in a couple of days, no difference in price.
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