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Old Oct 10th 2011, 5:54 pm
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https://www.usps.com/shippingdates/welcome.htm

I know last year it was a nightmare with the flights being delayed due to the bad weather etc and some of us recieved and vice versa, parcels weeks after Christmas so be prepared this year
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Thanks for the info. I really need to get my backside in gear and sort out gifts/cards for the UK. My mum sent my kids stuff for last Christmas around Dec 6 and it finally arrived mid January! Must do better this year!
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Thanks for the info. I really need to get my backside in gear and sort out gifts/cards for the UK. My mum sent my kids stuff for last Christmas around Dec 6 and it finally arrived mid January! Must do better this year!
Yep same here every year I say it "must do better this year" do I!!!
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https://www.usps.com/shippingdates/welcome.htm

I know last year it was a nightmare with the flights being delayed due to the bad weather etc and some of us recieved and vice versa, parcels weeks after Christmas so be prepared this year
Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to make this a sticky
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Yep same here every year I say it "must do better this year" do I!!!
Same here...
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So what prices are people getting?

The medium sized flat rate boxes that are $10 anywhere in the US, cost $45 to the UK.

A similar sized Priority Air Mail box is $38 for 4 pounds of weight.

Might be cheaper to send multiple smaller parcels, anything under 4 pounds is easier anyway...
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So what prices are people getting?

The medium sized flat rate boxes that are $10 anywhere in the US, cost $45 to the UK.

A similar sized Priority Air Mail box is $38 for 4 pounds of weight.

Might be cheaper to send multiple smaller parcels, anything under 4 pounds is easier anyway...
Really on the $10 box that's odd I sent one a couple of months ago for about $20 something I thought!
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Really on the $10 box that's odd I sent one a couple of months ago for about $20 something I thought!
Yeah, cheeky sods raised the cost and it's probably only going up because of the holidays...I asked this morning....not to impressed
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Yeah, cheeky sods raised the cost and it's probably only going up because of the holidays...I asked this morning....not to impressed
Pleased you mentioned that, I wonder how many poor sods will get caught out!!
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Not only have they put the prices up but the flat rate boxes are smaller. I have one I received a couple of years ago and its huge by comparison to the large size boxes now.

Just sent a 17x17 box to the grandudes ... $58 :\ Dread to think what the smaller parcels to the UK are going to cost. The guy at the post office said if I get them off by the end of this week they should be there in time for Christmas ... should ... hmmmzz
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I just sent Christmas gifts to my friends newborn son in the medium sized flat rate box to N. Ireland and it was $45.50 while the website says it is $43.23 international. Not too much of a difference thankfully or I would have been really annoyed.
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I sent one off yesterday back to NI. Had to use our own box as the medium flat rate was too small. Cost $59.40 for a 10.5 lb parcel, said it would arrive 6-10 working days, so by the 20th/21st.
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I got an email from my friend in Magherafelt, NI that the package I sent her on Monday morning arrived with her today.
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I got an email from my friend in Magherafelt, NI that the package I sent her on Monday morning arrived with her today.
Hell's bells. Did you send it priority, or bog standard cheapo mail (like I did )?

At least my folks will get their presents before Christmas this year, I think it was December 29th when I sent their box last year ...
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Hell's bells. Did you send it priority, or bog standard cheapo mail (like I did )?

At least my folks will get their presents before Christmas this year, I think it was December 29th when I sent their box last year ...
I thought regular airmail but looking at the receipt it says Priority on it. Would that be because I used one of their flat rate boxes do you think? All the cards etc I am sending seem to be arriving in about a week. Mailed a friend a card with a fridge magnet in it, as she wanted one from Canada when I went there last month, on Thursday last week and it arrived today too.
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