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Shipping vs. repurchasing? - July 24th 2015, 10:53 PM

Hey all, as some of you know, I'm moving across the country. There are a few items that I already own that I will need once I move (things like blankets, a lounging chair, a standing lamp, laundry baskets, etc). However, it's looking like it may be cheaper to just buy them again once I move instead of shipping them. As an environmentalist (and somebody who gets too attached to items especially when they're my teal cute ones ) this really annoys me, haha. Many of these are things I will need in my apartment, and it irks me that in one month I'd be selling and then repurchasing the same item. I just want to be able to ship a few larger items to my next home. Granted, shipping requires gas, but at least it wouldn't be another unnecessary plastic item to be molded, you know? None of these items weigh very much, but they'd be too bulky to try to do as a checked bag or something. Does anybody know of a cheap way to ship a few things across the United States? I may try Greyhound, but I've never used them for shipping, just for traveling. Any experience with them? Other companies? Or should I just suck it up, try to sell the items here, and buy them again?

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Re: Shipping vs. repurchasing? - July 28th 2015, 09:28 AM

Hey Traci,

I don't know a lot about shipping in the US but I can offer some suggestions. Is there a company in the US that packs a truck of items and travels to a certain area? Like, car pooling but putting items in a truck and your things are labeled and the truck travels to other states dropping off items for others and then yours? Not sure if there is such a thing in the US.

Greyhound is another option. I know here in Canada the Greyhound has a bit of issues with losing items and not sure if the Greyhound in the US has any reports of peoples things gone missing. Greyhound is the more cheaper route to ship items. If you go Greyhound make sure you have your contact information on every item.

Another idea is, do you know if family or friends are going out there in the near future? They could help bring some things with them to you.

You can purchase the odd things like:
  • tooth brush/tooth paste
  • brush/comb
  • shampoo
  • toiletries
Those things you can easily purchase when you arrive so it's not taking up room in your bag.

Are any of your items can you remove the screws to any table or night stands? If you can you can break them down like that and put them in your bag when you travel. It's less bulky and it might be heavier.

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Re: Shipping vs. repurchasing? - July 28th 2015, 01:38 PM

I don't have a lot of advice even though I moved so recently, i happened to have moved a block away (literally)
Being an environmentalist type person too, I can hear you with this. However, I don't think keeping things due to environmental reasons is necessary. There may be ways to give things away, sell things, exchange things, or recycle them.
In my city there has been events such as stop and swap and free-cycle
I don't know how much time you have to dedicate to this, but if not perhaps having a yard sale/garage sale or something of that sort?
When my family and I moved as an emergency sort of reason, we had to leave in the middle of the night and there was no chance to even turn back. My dad stayed behind and ended up putting everything in storage without sorting through anything because there was no time to. It was a *lot* of things and some heavy things too so I'm sure it's do-able. We moved from Montreal to NY though so I'm not sure how relevant since that's a much shorter distance but it is crossing borders. So yeah, storage and then moving company I believe...maybe you can try that for the big items.
Another thing is looking into those dorming site discounts if you repurchase. Okay don't quote me on this but I think it *might* be cheaper because there's discounts for students. Such sites like http://www.dormco.com/
I'm sorry I don't have more advice...the times I've moved have been such rare cases that it's hard to give practical sounding advice. Best of luck though!

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Re: Shipping vs. repurchasing? - July 28th 2015, 09:08 PM

If you do end up having to buy a whole load of new things, try to source them from charity shops, from buy and sell pages on facebook (I know my city has one) or you might be able to find people giving stuff away for free (again, facebook). That way even though you're getting 'new' things at least you're giving home to old things so they don't get binned.

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