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Old 06-19-2009, 04:38 AM
 
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Why do so many on-line businesses refuse to ship to Puerto Rico?
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Because the US Post Office charges international rates. It's crap IMO. They lose ridiculous amounts of money every year, so I guess they try and make it up where ever they can.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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Because the US Post Office charges international rates. It's crap IMO. They lose ridiculous amounts of money every year, so I guess they try and make it up where ever they can.
Can't the businesses just charge more to make up for the additional postage/shipping costs? Why refuse to ship at all?
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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I have recieved shippings to Puerto Rico from US stores and business by USPS, UPS, DHL, FedEx... So I don't know why some business do not ship to Puerto Rico. And on some sites, Puerto Rico is listed as a state and as a country, and sometimes choosing PR as a state is more cheaply.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Because the US Post Office charges international rates. It's crap IMO. They lose ridiculous amounts of money every year, so I guess they try and make it up where ever they can.
Really? In the USVI we have similar problems with stateside suppliers who think we're "foreign" (but it's MUCH better than it was years ago!) but USPS charges no more for mail here than to anywhere else on the mainland.
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Westnury, NY/STX, USVI
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With USPS we a limited to a certain size, but as you said its better than it used to be.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Do they charge more to ship to Hawaii or Alaska? PR is probably closer.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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Do they charge more to ship to Hawaii or Alaska? PR is probably closer.
Interesting question.

Also, places like Amazon will not ship some items to PR because it is not a state, for example some electronics, etc. That is just nuts, since all of this stuff is sold at Best-Buy anyways.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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With USPS we a limited to a certain size, but as you said its better than it used to be.
"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.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:34 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.
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