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Old 01-03-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Ship supplies to yourself

Has anyone ever shipped supplies to themselves at a future destination? We are going to Alasaka and have heard food cost were very high so we would like to ship supplies to ourselves at a destination to be held for pickup.

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Interesting idea, however I would think that the freight charges would eliminate any potential saving.

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:08 PM   #3
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When we went to Alaska in 2009 we did not find the prices objectionable. However, we were going to send a box from Alaska to one of our daughters and found that we would be almost home by the time the box got back to Texas!!
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If it's just groceries than I don't think it would save much. If it's some type of supply you can't buy there (medical?) then it might be OK.
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Originally Posted by tylerdmoore View Post
Interesting idea, however I would think that the freight charges would eliminate any potential saving.
^^ This. Shipping to AK is very pricey.
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If you have the time to use UPS ground shipping or USPS Flat Rate you can hold the cost down. Our groceries in AK are more than when I travel to Ohio but unless you are planning on sending a bunch of stuff the cost of shipping to AK may eat up the cost savings. The only reason our groceries and everything else for that matter is higher than the lower 48 is that everything we get comes by truck, plane or barge.

If you want to send me a list to compare for you I will do it next week on my market run.

If you are talking about buying groceries in the bush or smaller villages then definitely ship them. But if you are going to be in a big City (Anchorage or Fairbanks) buy locally. Price and brand availability will be an issue in small villages and some smaller towns.

If you decide to ship you can ship to my office (in Anchorage if that is on your way) and the girls will hold them for you. Alternately we have relationships with several of the local hotels in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai we could help you in making arrangements to ship there.

Feel free to message or email me with any questions.

You can look up Fred Meyer online. They are part of the Kroger chain and will honor your Kroger card if you use one. You may be able to do a little price comparison online. Carrs is another grocery chain in AK. Both are full service groceries stores.

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