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12-28-2009 07:31 AM  7 years agoPost 1
skytrekin

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I see more and more ads saying only continental US shipping. The postal service ships the same places in all 50 states and then some with about the same services as the bigger shipping company's.

The price is the same for shipping.

We are not a island in the pacific, and we can get the same things everyone else can for similar prices. I don't know about the bigger shipping company's, but shipping to the other 2 states is NOT that much more!

So what are peoples thoughts if your one of those that won't ship to me?

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12-28-2009 02:26 PM  7 years agoPost 2
tarzan_eb

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I shipped some stuff to Alaska and it was just as easy as sending it anywhere else. As long as the product is paid for and buyer pays shipping shouldn't be a big deal. Sorry about your shipping problems, it sucks to be excluded. It takes awhile for items to arrive but they get there.

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12-28-2009 02:48 PM  7 years agoPost 3
ShuRugal

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Killeen, TX

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If you're shipping a large (larger than 9"-cube; heavier than 5-10 pounds) item, then going to Alaska or Hawaii is considerably more expensive than shipping within the lower 48. If the seller is eating the shipping charge themselves, the difference will often make it not worth selling the item.

Also, a lot of sellers just don't like dealing with customers bitching about the rate. Company i work for deals in selling surplus inventory online (mostly ebay) and not a week goes by we don't get an angry call, email, or canceled-sale because someone in Alaska thinks we should charge the same shipping as if it were going to Illinois.

If its an item you cant get elsewhere, offer to arrange shipping from your end, all they gotta do is box it and wait for UPS to grab it.

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12-28-2009 03:39 PM  7 years agoPost 4
USNAviationjay

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just sent a T700N canopy to HI and it killed me 40 bucks to send =/

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12-28-2009 03:48 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Carey

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Allentown USA

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I sell stuff on ebay all the time with explicit 'Continental US Shipping only!'.

1 in 10 winners are folks in Canada and they are like 'Cool heres my shipping address!'.

Ok... shipping prices just went up and now I have some ghey customs thing to fill out. All to sell my damn junk.

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12-28-2009 03:48 PM  7 years agoPost 6
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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I usually ship UPS, I hate the lines at the post office.

The only way to get something to Alaska or Hawaii is next day or 2nd day.
No ground service. Then it costs you. Like has been said, it is the difference between selling the item or not bothering because it is not worth it.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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12-28-2009 09:22 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Elgreco

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Many people don't like shipping up here in Canada which always frustrated me because as long as we cover the shipping, then it's nothing more than just taking it to the post office and shipping it.

It really does not involve any complications as some people have used in the past as an excuse.
I ship all the time to US and all I do is pay the price and THAT'S IT !!

I even got an answer once from a guy here: "Does UPS ship to Canada ?"

Come on people, what planet are you from ?

I don't want to get flamed here and I don't mean this to be disrespectful to our neighbors but it is only intended to the few ignorant out there.

At least I have had some experiences like that with absolutely stupid excuses. Our hobby is unique and we could all use some good deals going on out there. Shipping generally is not, and should not be complicated.
You pay the price, and the shipping company takes care of the rest.

Just venting....

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12-28-2009 10:15 PM  7 years agoPost 8
Saint728

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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I usually ship UPS, I hate the lines at the post office.

The only way to get something to Alaska or Hawaii is next day or 2nd day.
No ground service. Then it costs you. Like has been said, it is the difference between selling the item or not bothering because it is not worth it.
There is ground service to Alaska and Hawaii. I worked for UPS and a lot of people ship large items here UPS ground service. FedEx has ground shipping to Hawaii as well.

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12-28-2009 10:23 PM  7 years agoPost 9
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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About 6 years ago I used to ship a lot, all over.
I was told at that time UPS only has 2 ways to ship to Alaska and Hawaii. Next day air and 2nd day air. No other options.
Now these are packages you can pick up and carry in your hands. Maybe they do have large freight ground service, fork lift stuff, I don't know. Literally slow boat service.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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12-28-2009 10:32 PM  7 years agoPost 10
Saint728

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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UPS ground service to Hawaii is actually by air, it just takes longer, a week instead of 2 to 3 days. The difference in price is not that much between UPS ground and UPS 2nd day air. This applies to normal sized packages. Over sized packages I would only send UPS ground because the cost difference is huge.

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12-30-2009 04:08 AM  7 years agoPost 11
skytrekin

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Youngtown, AZ

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glad to hear a few different opinions.
Im of the one that as long as Im paying the shipping, what does it matter where I live?

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12-30-2009 04:57 AM  7 years agoPost 12
2tall

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Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA

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UPS and FedEx charge more to ship to AK and HI than does the post office, but they are both far more efficient at processing claims for damaged or missing shipments. UPS and FedEx resolve claims in days, the post office takes weeks if not months. At work we have unresolved postal claims for missing Canadian shipments that are more than a year old now. Meanwhile the customers have received full refunds from us. If we had not agreed to the refunds we would have lost via the credit card charge-back route. To protect ourselves we will no longer use the post office to ship anything, anywhere, valued at more than $100. Our risk exposure using the post office is too high. Near as I can tell claims processing is the only significant drawback to the postal service. If they fix that they can rule small package shipping.

I lived in AK for 14 years (started with RC helis there in the mid 70s). I appreciate the frustration but understand the reality.

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12-30-2009 05:34 AM  7 years agoPost 13
cyclicopath

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Lost Coast, CA USA

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Here's some info from someone who does this for a living: We ship musical instrument items worldwide at a rate of about 2000 packages per year. We only very rarely use anything other than the US Mail. Most times we use Priority Mail. We very often use the "flat-rate" boxes provided free by the Postal Service. We ship to AK and HI, as well as to military (APO etc.) addresses. It costs exactly the same moderate amount to ship a given flat-rate box to ANY state or other US address. If you live in an urban area, the P.O. will pick up your packages, and if you have a decent internet connection you can print your postage and labels via the PO's web site. We have had nothing lost or damaged for over five years. Once in a while a package will take longer than it should to arrive, but that's rare.

Regarding insurance, it is true that the Postal Service coverage is not so great, not only because claims can take time, but also because the rate charged is quite high. We use a private insurance company that covers not only our outgoing packages but also our incoming merchandise (almost all of which also comes by mail, at our request). It costs us much less, and claims are handled right away. There are several such companies out there, google around and check reviews.

Bottom line is that many merchants simply haven't really looked at the U.S.Mail. We couldn't be happier using it, and a lot of people in the mail-order hobby business could do themselves and their customers a favor by doing the same. As a customer, I always try to educate a seller in this regard, especially when I see money being left on the table.
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12-30-2009 09:25 AM  7 years agoPost 14
asm

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California

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Agree, new USPS's flat box is great.

Believe or not, I bought 50lb of Lead off eBay and the seller fit all the lead in one Priority Mail flat box and paid ~$10 for shipping.

I don't think my mail man was too happy that day.

But for large item or more expensive item, I can understand why seller does not want to use USPS.

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