I miss USPS International Ground Shipping
Posted on March 24, 2009 by pacificyorkshirebird
When I moved here about 4 years ago, I spent a day or two moving most of my stuff to storage and about 1 day packing 2 suitcases and 1 box. It seemed pretty stressful back then, but in reality the hardest part was lugging my 2 suitcases through the airport. The day before I flew, I lifted my 1 box into my mom’s car, drove 2 miles to the USPS office and paid about $100 to ship the box over land and sea. It arrived about 8 weeks later.
This time, Mr. Charismatic and I have 2 suitcases each, 3 suitcases for our various family members to bring with them when they fly (lucky for us we have several family members coming and going for upcoming wedding celebrations), and no boxes to ship. This is because international ground doesn’t exist anymore! Now, shipping the SAME box would cost us around $400, now multiply that by 2 for say 1 box each… yikes! The companies that gave us quotes ship them much faster and some of them even pick them up for you. But it is no longer possible to ship a box cheaply. We purged as much unneeded stuff as we could, and we still have 5 suitcases.
Does anyone have any suggestions for future movers?
And, as Peaceful and Yankeebean filled you in on their moves, I’ll remind you of mine. Mr. Charismatic and I got engaged last year and have decided to get married in the US and stay! We love our families on both sides of the pond, but it just feels like the right time to be in the US – our careers and our families are changing these days and it just made sense for us to make some big changes too. I will always have mixed feelings about where we live but I am definitely ready to be back in the US and I’m so excited for Mr. Charismatic to begin his international adventure!
Our move is still a couple of months away (we are moving now to stay with family for a couple of months) but I really look forward to being able to post for you ladies as the US correspondent.