How to ship something at a cheap rate

  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 27, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    I have between 5 and 10kgs of personal items, books, clothing, etc, that I need to ship from the UK to the US, and I can't seem to get a reasonable quote. Any ideas on how to do this cheaply? Tried ParcelForce (Royal Mail), DHL, FedEx, etc, and all are quite expensive.
  • outbackdude

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    Aug 27, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    5-10 kg wouldn't be cheap in anyway.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 27, 2013 2:49 PM GMT
    outbackdude said5-10 kg wouldn't be cheap in anyway.


    Yes I have established that. Unfortunately, as I have no powers to alter weight or teleport things, I need a way to find the lowest possible cost of shipping.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 27, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    See if you can pay a bus line to transport at the rate of a passenger ticket ... place an ad in your local paper to see if some one is moving to where you want to send it and see if they would take your stuff with them for a small price to be paid upon arrival.
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    Aug 27, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    are you gonna be moving to the US?

    I'd try putting my things on eBay & just keeping the stuff that I might deem absolutely irreplaceable.

    otherwise shipping by sea is prolly your best bet.

    FedEx is the most expensive way of sending anything anywhere.
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    Aug 27, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
    I had... quite a lot more than that to ship. More like 100 kg. But I was also going myself. I found that the cheapest way to ship it was to pay excess baggage fee to the airline. I did have to upgrade my ticket, but it was still cheaper than any freight service. I felt like a Diva, going through airports with two baggage carts. icon_redface.gif

    The only actually "cheap" option I've found was when working on a government -sponsored project. If you can ship your stuff as official (US) government business, it can go free on military transport to the nearest military base. However, it isn't on any kind of a schedule. They fit it on a plane if and when they have extra room.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 28, 2013 11:29 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidSee if you can pay a bus line to transport at the rate of a passenger ticket ... place an ad in your local paper to see if some one is moving to where you want to send it and see if they would take your stuff with them for a small price to be paid upon arrival.


    Unfortunately during the privatisation craze in the UK railways and bus lines shipping parcels was done away with, and it would not help me much as I need to ship it across the ocean.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 28, 2013 11:30 AM GMT
    patito saidare you gonna be moving to the US?

    I'd try putting my things on eBay & just keeping the stuff that I might deem absolutely irreplaceable.

    otherwise shipping by sea is prolly your best bet.

    FedEx is the most expensive way of sending anything anywhere.


    Yes I will be. I found ParcelForce offers a sea freight rate starting at £54 that takes 28 days or more. That is still a lot of money though icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 28, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    Why don't take it along with you ..
    Check with the airline you have bought your air-ticket with , it might just be cheaper to pay for extra ..
  • adultoreo

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    Aug 28, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    How about selling it online, get the money and buy it back home.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 29, 2013 10:00 AM GMT
    neffa saidWhy don't take it along with you ..
    Check with the airline you have bought your air-ticket with , it might just be cheaper to pay for extra ..
    $100 USD, not cheap
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 29, 2013 10:01 AM GMT
    adultoreo saidHow about selling it online, get the money and buy it back home.


    You can't do that with books.
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    Aug 29, 2013 12:18 PM GMT
    Just an idea, dunno if it would work or not, but find a 'repositioning' cruise ship that may be headed to the US from Europe and ask them.
    or, book passage on a freighter. Lousy accommodations, but you might be able to bring all you can carry yourself.
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidbook passage on a freighter. Lousy accommodations, but you might be able to bring all you can carry yourself.

    I enjoyed the following book; they used a freighter for one leg of their journey. I never knew that was an option.

    http://goo.gl/lQ6N2D
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    Aug 29, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    adultoreo saidHow about selling it online, get the money and buy it back home.


    You can't do that with books.

    What kind of books?

    I had a coworker friend who was an obsessive compulsive hoarder. After seeing her place I realized I had accumulated a lot and needed to throw stuff out. When I went through my bookcases I had a lot of books that I was emotionally attached to but I realized that the likelihood that I'd read them in the near (and not so near) future was nil.

    Reference books, like cookbooks, I keep. But novels, history books, biographies, etc. I'm very unlikely to reread.

    The problem with books, in addition to being heavy, is that we get emotionally attached to them. Try and be detached and figure out which ones you're really likely to reread.

    And you may be able to find them in the US; there are plenty of used bookstores here. And libraries. See if your friends or family can keep your books in their attic or wherever.