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What are cheap ways to send a box of clothes (about 50-80 pounds) from Seattle to Northern California?

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What are cheap ways to send a box of clothes (about 50-80 pounds) from Seattle to Northern California?

We don't require overnight or speedy service. Low cost is what's important.

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UPS or FedEx Ground preferably to a commercial address (to avoid residential surcharges).

Be mindful of the box size so you don't exceed UPS/FedEx's dimensional weight threshold (calculate here: http://shippingeasy.com/dimension...alculator/).

Shipping is less expensive using additional smaller boxes than fewer larger boxes.
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I work at a college and the student post office will let us know which service is cheaper when mailing a package. Is there a mailing store near you that would provide a similar service?
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Amtrak offers a shipping service https://toughnickel.com/real-esta...ak-Express

Three weeks ago I shipped 5 boxes from Seattle to Chicago without going over the flat rate of $67 for your first 100 pounds.
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Quote from thumper1 View Post :
I work at a college and the student post office will let us know which service is cheaper when mailing a package. Is there a mailing store near you that would provide a similar service?
Thumper, thanks for your comment. Well, since you work at a college, can you let me know what the student post office would answer? Smilie

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Amtrak offers a shipping service https://toughnickel.com/real-esta...ak-Express [toughnickel.com]

Three weeks ago I shipped 5 boxes from Seattle to Chicago without going over the flat rate of $67 for your first 100 pounds.
Iona28,
Thank you for your answer. Learned something new and helpful from you!
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Try Craigslist, I'm sure nice people are driving that route everyday with room in their vehicle. Maybe $10 up front and $30 from whoever they drop it off to? That would sure help their gas bill too!
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Quote from oilspill View Post :
Thumper, thanks for your comment. Well, since you work at a college, can you let me know what the student post office would answer? Smilie


Iona28,
Thank you for your answer. Learned something new and helpful from you!
I'm sure they'll tell me to bring it in so they can compare. You may be able to make the same comparison at Staples (they offer some mailing services) or at a specialty mailing store. USPS has a 70 pound limit.

I didn't know Amtrak had a service available but I had heard that Greyhound does package delivery. I doubt that either does door to door.
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There is a site called bikeflights.com, I use it to ship bicycles when I sell them and a lot of triathletes use it to ship their gear if they are traveling for a race, they have really good fedex rates. Here's the thing....they let you enter in box dimensions and weight and then you just print off a fedex label, so you don't really have to ship a bike or anything bike related. Basically it's just a shipping portal that lets anyone take advantage of their fedex rates rather than paying retail.

I got quoted $49 for an 80lb 24x24x24 box going from Seattle to Sacramento.
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Greyhound used to have package shipping.
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Are you going with it? Grab a Southwest ticket, pack two big luggage with 40 pounds each, and check 'em for free.
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Quote from ninanima View Post :
Are you going with it? Grab a Southwest ticket, pack two big luggage with 40 pounds each, and check 'em for free.
Thanks, Ninanima, But flying Southwest is not an option for this route.
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Try Craigslist, I'm sure nice people are driving that route everyday with room in their vehicle. Maybe $10 up front and $30 from whoever they drop it off to? That would sure help their gas bill too!
I second this. There are many people that are willing to do this to help with gas. SEA to SF should be a really popular route.
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Thanks, Ninanima, But flying Southwest is not an option for this route.
I think you only said N. California in general? I'm sure SW flies cheap from Seattle to 2 or 3 of the 4 N. Cali cities? Try SFO, OAK, SJC & SAC.. 2 free 50 lbs bags for each person flying!
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Greyhound bus is how we usually mail heavy items.
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