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  • AGL4now
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    Wow........I see that this is an area that I want to learn everything that is learn-able about. I am accessible to the road system; However I loath the drive to the city in the winter, in the dark. It costs me about $105.00 round trip for fuel.

    NOTE to MIKE........this subject could be a wonderful "SUB-FORUM" with lots of interest.

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  • Brian M
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    I read recently about Amazon Prime being quite the steal for rural Alaska customers. Free shipping on everything - even to Bush Alaska - and there is a pretty amazing variety of goods available. The article talked about king size mattresses and even a log splitter being delivered for free.

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  • Yukon Cornelius
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    Originally posted by Amigo Will View Post
    I order stuff and have it sent USPS. I order wolf brand chili by the case stright from the factory for frito pie and chili dogs.
    I've thought about ordering straight from company before. Do you order in bulk? Curious how you do it.

    Btw ow flat rate box with in the state of Alaska is only cost efficient if you mail at minimum 20 lbs. you can get 20 cans in a long large flat rate box btw. I was able to ship 60 lb adjustable dumbbells, power tech ones, in a large box from GA. Lol. Would have cost me $155 priority, got it for $17.95.

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  • Amigo Will
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    I order stuff and have it sent USPS. I order wolf brand chili by the case stright from the factory for frito pie and chili dogs.

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  • Yukon Cornelius
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    Originally posted by AGL4now View Post
    Do you use Northern Air Cargo.......??? Or how are they shipped......??? Do you use an Anchorage expeditor....???
    Never freighted. I know that Fred's charges a $35 fee to carry to freight, then the freight charges. I have a full freezer, and we bring chick and pig back with us. Not sure if the freight makes it worthwhile.

    I will ill say that this summer, i
    we plan on going to Fairbanks and doing our shopping there and barging all our no perishable stuff. Lot cheaper. But we are pretty well stocked. Can foods are getting low.

    Most expeditors charge more more than the stores for handling. But they do go where you want them to.

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  • Yukon Cornelius
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    Originally posted by AGL4now View Post
    Does anyone have experience ordering groceries from Lower 48 or Los'Anchorage, or from anyplace and having them shipped by USPS or FEDEX or UPS or any shipper.......????
    I have more time now. We've been mailing our groceries for three school years now. We no longer order from lower 48 stores except amazon.
    If you wanted to go lower 48 route the flat rate boxes are a deal if you are ordering around 20 lbs or more and they fit. I've had family send produce up in flat rate bodes as well as canned stuff. Lower 48 shipping prices have more than doubled in our time up here.

    We we find places that offer free shipping to AK and those places aren't numerous. I will contact places that offer free shipping to lower 48, and I ask for a discount in shipping equivalent to the free shipping. No one has taken me up on that offer and I cancel my order ($2-400 worth). These are usually organic veggie type places.

    Many stores in town run bush programs. I know Fred's, Walmart, three bear, and possibly costco do. I refuse to use walmart. I have been told that three bears might be best option. We do use Fred's quite often. The debar/Muldoon location has the bush dept. I can get 5 dozen eggs for $9. We have ordered 25 dozen eggs this school year and have lost one dozen total in breakage. That's pretty impressive. I order produce, coconut milk, eggs, bacon, cheese, and other groceries that are mailable. No issues. I'm charged a $10 less than $100 or 10% fee over $100 and that includes packing and handling. Shipping is separate but the rate is pretty good (contract with USPS) and it arrives within three days unless weather is bad. I go online and look at their flyer. I don't mind the 10% fee! because I don't have to pack or mail. I get them to freeze the bacon and it arrives still cold. I just refreeze. I've also ordered gas cans, household stuff, etc from Fred's.

    Supposedly three bears doesn't charge a handling fee. I've yet to check it out.

    When end we make town trips we carry 18 gallon rubber totes as luggage. Our clothes are always mailed back and we bring totes with chicken and pig and seafood and fresh and frozen veggies. We hit up Costco for a bunch. Each trio we will spend $1500 in groceries and odds and ends. Then we carry it all to the post office. Don't secure until you weigh. We use a drill to drill holes in the lids/lips of the totes. I label each tote with a symbol, number, math problem to match up. Makes it easier to match lids that way. We also color code our totes. Blue will be groceries, red is non perishable etc...makes it easier when we get home. 2 story house. Food upstairs, no food items downstairs. I ship everything priority unless I'm not in a rush and it isn't busy season. Them I will mail parcel, but a 60lb tote will cost about $35 to ship,priority. We mail apron the airport PO around closing time. They usually arrive the next day in our village. We do have daily air service.

    We don't use ups or fed ex. They contract through USPS, and their rates are nowhere near what we get. I've never had anything lost, had maybe two boxes have some damage,but all items were good.

    If you want to know more specifics, send me a PM.

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  • AGL4now
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    Do you use Northern Air Cargo.......??? Or how are they shipped......??? Do you use an Anchorage expeditor....???

    Originally posted by Yukon Cornelius View Post
    All the time. What you need to know?

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  • Yukon Cornelius
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    Originally posted by AGL4now View Post
    Does anyone have experience ordering groceries from Lower 48 or Los'Anchorage, or from anyplace and having them shipped by USPS or FEDEX or UPS or any shipper.......????
    All the time. What you need to know?

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  • "GROCERIES" shipped by U.S. MAIL....ANY Experience..?????

    Does anyone have experience ordering groceries from Lower 48 or Los'Anchorage, or from anyplace and having them shipped by USPS or FEDEX or UPS or any shipper.......????

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