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I went on holidays to the US last month and bought some stuff that was too heavy and some prohibited from bringing back with me on the plane (lithium tool batteries). I tried a new shipping service that DaninVan found and told me about. It's called Kinek and what they do is allow you to ship to a number of locations just over the border from us and will email you when it arrives. They will hold the package for 30 days without penalty waiting for you to pick it up. I shipped a 20 pound box and it cost me $4 for them to handle it for me. Max is 60 pounds and the max cost is $8. The handling charge goes up as weight increases. My pickup point was a video store in Oroville, Washington. For those Canucks who live close to the border this may be of interest. Lots of stuff I look at down there offers free shipping to a US location but cross border shipping makes the deal prohibitive.

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I use Montana shipping outlet . Basically the same idea . There making a killing to, but it helps with many companies , as most have free shipping within the 48 states

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I went on holidays to the US last month and bought some stuff that was too heavy and some prohibited from bringing back with me on the plane (lithium tool batteries). I tried a new shipping service that DaninVan found and told me about. It's called Kinek and what they do is allow you to ship to a number of locations just over the border from us and will email you when it arrives. They will hold the package for 30 days without penalty waiting for you to pick it up. I shipped a 20 pound box and it cost me $4 for them to handle it for me. Max is 60 pounds and the max cost is $8. The handling charge goes up as weight increases. My pickup point was a video store in Oroville, Washington. For those Canucks who live close to the border this may be of interest. Lots of stuff I look at down there offers free shipping to a US location but cross border shipping makes the deal prohibitive.

Thanks to Dan for finding that for me.

Does the $4 include shipping? I wouldn't think so. It looks like to me that if they could ship it to a video store they could ship it to your house.

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Does the $4 include shipping? I wouldn't think so. It looks like to me that if they could ship it to a video store they could ship it to your house.
free shipping to the video store and you drive down to the store and pick it up???

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Does the $4 include shipping? I wouldn't think so. It looks like to me that if they could ship it to a video store they could ship it to your house.
No that's separate. But for an example I was looking at a set of woofers to replace the ones in a really good set of speakers I bought years ago and they offered free shipping to anywhere in the lower 48. Shipping to my house was an extra $100. To ship the 20 pound priority box that I did ship cost $19 to ship from Alabama to Washington state and would have been as high as $75 to my house but I couldn't ship it across the border anyway because of the lithium batteries.

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free shipping to the video store and you drive down to the store and pick it up???
Depends on who you are buying from and sometimes what you are buying as in the example above. To make that specific deal even worse, the only way they would ship those speakers was with a courier so that adds a $40 to $50 broker's fee onto the tab. The two lithium batteries were 4 amp hour 18v Milwaukees which I got for $29 plus change each off ebay with free shipping to my brother's place. I researched every possible way to get them up here and most methods were prohibited by law. The only other way was by courier with the brokerage fee which would have made it pointless. Up here those batteries sell for $140- 150 each. I was able to ship from one part of the US to another US location without it causing an international incident if I got caught at it. It's allowed as long as it is from one US destination to another instead of an international one.

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