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Old Jul 10th 2012, 7:20 pm
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Hello,

New members who are both glad to be here. Currently still residing in the UK but going through the process of a US visa for the male half, the female being a US citizen already.

Everything is going okay so far, just slowly of course and full of paperwork....but it is going as it should.

We do have a question though if we can....

We aren't looking to take any electrical items or any furniture with us as we already have a place in the US that we own.
So just boxes of personal stuff like CD,s/DVD,s, tools, books, hobby stuff.....to be honest the lot would probably fit into the back of a Transit van.

No idea of total weight but I can't imagine more than 1,000kg....and probably much less.

The problem is we haven't been able to get a quote for moving as the people we asked wanted to know the volume required and until we've packed it up we just don't know.

So, any ball park figures for the kind of amounts we are looking to move from Staffordshire to Wisconsin would be appreciated?

Or if we clearly need to know more information then that as well.

Thanks.
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We had quotes for 125 cu ft (a 5'x5'x5' cube if you like, maybe your Transit example) to move to California. They ranged from 600 quid to 1500 quid IIRC. Add a bit more for insurance and random customs fees. Wisconsin... shorter distance but more land travel required which I'm guessing would bump the price up a little. Shipping by sea is by volume, not by weight.
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Which part of Wisconsin are you moving to?


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Hello,

New members who are both glad to be here. Currently still residing in the UK but going through the process of a US visa for the male half, the female being a US citizen already.

Everything is going okay so far, just slowly of course and full of paperwork....but it is going as it should.

We do have a question though if we can....

We aren't looking to take any electrical items or any furniture with us as we already have a place in the US that we own.
So just boxes of personal stuff like CD,s/DVD,s, tools, books, hobby stuff.....to be honest the lot would probably fit into the back of a Transit van.

No idea of total weight but I can't imagine more than 1,000kg....and probably much less.

The problem is we haven't been able to get a quote for moving as the people we asked wanted to know the volume required and until we've packed it up we just don't know.

So, any ball park figures for the kind of amounts we are looking to move from Staffordshire to Wisconsin would be appreciated?

Or if we clearly need to know more information then that as well.

Thanks.
I shipped 40 cuft, which included things like you've mentioned; clothes, books, CD's/DVD's, iMac, music recording equipment (mixer, guitars etc). In total it was 13 boxes I think and was about 900 quid (all in including insurance etc in Jan 2010) from Berkshire, UK to Houston, TX.

EDIT: I just pulled up my quote and it was 495 quid for the shipping with insurance on top. My insurance was quite high as I had several valuable items that I itemized and had to pay additional cover for.

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.... CD,s/DVD,s,.
I ripped my CDs and DVDs. took the drive, saved space and the content is much easier to access now.
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Which part of Wisconsin are you moving to?


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LaCrosse....it's on the border with Minnesota.
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LaCrosse....it's on the border with Minnesota.
....and just up the road from me. I'm in Dubuque, Iowa. There is a "British Pub" in De Soto, WI, just South of La Crosse. I think it's called the Red Lion.

Good Luck with the move.


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I ripped my CDs and DVDs. took the drive, saved space and the content is much easier to access now.
I wondered about doing that - I only ever play music on my PC anyway, or one of the music channels on the TV. But is it actually legal - your CDs in one country, you using copies in another, assuming you have kept the CDs? Just wondering, not judging.
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I wondered about doing that - I only ever play music on my PC anyway, or one of the music channels on the TV. But is it actually legal - your CDs in one country, you using copies in another, assuming you have kept the CDs? Just wondering, not judging.
It's just not the same as having a big pile of CDs gathering dust and taking up space!
For me at least, there's a certain satisfaction about skimming my finger through a CD collection looking for something to listen to that I just can't get from going to my iTunes library.
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I wondered about doing that - I only ever play music on my PC anyway, or one of the music channels on the TV. But is it actually legal - your CDs in one country, you using copies in another, assuming you have kept the CDs? Just wondering, not judging.
I am not entirely sure, ripping in the states, if the original has copy protection on it, is illegal; but you could always say that you did it on a trip to Canada where I understand that it is legal. My layman's understanding of the US law is that the act of ripping copy protection is illegal, not the possession of it.

I do not know the current situation in the UK, it was illegal, but there were plans to change it, I do not know if those changes have occurred, were dropped or went ahead.

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It's just not the same as having a big pile of CDs gathering dust and taking up space!
For me at least, there's a certain satisfaction about skimming my finger through a CD collection looking for something to listen to that I just can't get from going to my iTunes library.
Remember when you complained about CDs over LPs?
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....and just up the road from me. I'm in Dubuque, Iowa. There is a "British Pub" in De Soto, WI, just South of La Crosse. I think it's called the Red Lion.

Good Luck with the move.


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Do you ever get up to the House On The Rock? It's about 50 miles from Dubuque as far as I remember. We went twice last year and are heading out again this year, it's well worth a visit.
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Do you ever get up to the House On The Rock? It's about 50 miles from Dubuque as far as I remember. We went twice last year and are heading out again this year, it's well worth a visit.

Been there several times. Yes, well worth visiting if anyone is in the area.


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Been there several times. Yes, well worth visiting if anyone is in the area.


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We're hoping to get to the Cave on the Mounds this year as well, they're supposed to be good, too.

Quite nice up that way, it's a bit more hilly than where we live so I like it!
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We're hoping to get to the Cave on the Mounds this year as well, they're supposed to be good, too.

Quite nice up that way, it's a bit more hilly than where we live so I like it!
Stop off at the "Piggly Wiggly" Grocery Store in Dodgeville, WI. You maybe able to find some Pastys there, to take back Home with you.


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Stop off at the "Piggly Wiggly" Grocery Store in Dodgeville, WI. You maybe able to find some Pastys there, to take back Home with you.


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Good tip, I will try to remember to do so.
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