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Julia Wilkinson is Editor of the AuctionBytes Blog and is author of the "eBay Price Guide," "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks," "My Life at AOL" and numerous ebooks about selling online. You can also find her writing on Yard Salers.
Wed Nov 28 2012 16:21:12

Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know

By: Julia Wilkinson
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Did you know that the cutoff date for shipping to US military addresses is fast approaching? Monday, Dec. 3 is the last day for someone in the U.S. to ship Priority Mail packages for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 for delivery by Christmas Day; and it's Monday, Dec. 10, for all other APO/FPO/DPO ZIP codes. (More info on shipping to U.S. military addresses is at the USPS web site).



As a seller, you could be cutting off a significant portion of sales by not offering shipping to APO addresses. According to a spokesperson for DymoEndicia.com, the U.S. Postal Service offers the only way to ship directly to APO/FPO/DPO at domestic shipping rates, without additional delivery fees or surcharges. "However, even though USPS domestic rates apply, shipping to APO/FPO/DPO addresses does still require a customs declaration form and a special round date stamp." While you can get these at local Post Offices, "merchants can save money and make this process more convenient by using electronic postage solutions like DYMO Endicia, which automatically generates a combined shipping, postage and customs declaration label bearing the required round date stamp," said the spokesperson. Users can print the label and affix it to their packages, which can then be picked up at no charge by a local mail carrier right from the merchant’s home or office.  

But whether you use DYMO Endicia or take your packages to your local post office, bear in mind this is a considerable and important group of folks awaiting their holiday packages; being open to shipping to these addresses and even marketing your items as such may bring in extra sales.

As a seller, are you open to shipping to military addresses? If so, have you encountered any problems? Do you market your items so that people shopping for gifts for people in the military will be able to easily find them? Post a comment here!



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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset
       
Wed Nov 28 19:44:29 2012
The flat rate boxes are the best deal for heavier boxes.  $13 and change to send for large Flat Rate.  You CAN add delivery confirmation, but it is only good from the post office to the USPS drop point.  

Communication CAN be a problem as access to computers can be spotty with blackouts and general tech problems. If you have to email an APO-FPO  buyer & they don't get back to you right away, they may not be able to.  Patience is required.

I HAVE shipped apo-fpo without problems to eBay buyers. I also ship APO-FPO to my son who is currently in the middle east area.  Using the large USPS Flat rate boxes for him - recently one took 2 months to reach him, one took 11 days. You just never know delivery time.

On the customs form, there is an option for the sender to choose to have the package returned to them if it is undeliverable for some reason.  You do have to pay return postage to pick up.

The latest list I saw of things that should not be sent to APO-FPO addresses included batteries. Now I am not 100% sure that is correct, but you might want to check if you are sending a batteries included item. The different zip codes for APO-FPO have different exclusion lists from what I understand.

They LOVE mail call. If you are on Facebook, a photo of mail call on a US Navy aircraft carrier can be found on the USS John C. Stennis FB page. Choose ''photos'' & You have to scroll to November 24th photos for the mail drop photos.  Tons of USPS Priority boxes & lots of smiles!

AND they share! If someone with a lot of ''moms & grandmas'' gets way to much stuff - they make sure the ones who don't get packages at all will get some goodies!


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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly
       
Thu Nov 29 07:25:22 2012
I know numerous sellers who do not ship APO because they do not support the unjust ''wars'' and the killing and maiming of innocent men, women and children. That is a cause more dear to their hearts than profit and murder.
Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know   Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know
This user has validated their user name. by: Basset
       
Thu Nov 29 08:26:40 2012
Well Ed, you can still wake up every day and wonder what the hell we are STILL doing in Afghanistan or wherever else.

And at the same time you can have a spouse child friend or relative who as an adult, joined the military along with MANY other of our spouses, children, friends & relatives - all across the spectrum of ethnic group, race, mostly middle class & poor.

I'm sure they have differing reasons for joining, but they are there and anywhere else they are told to go.

I totally understand disagreeing with and not wanting to support  the wars. But by your rhetoric I take it you don't have a spouse or child in the military.




 
Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know   Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know
This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless
       
Thu Nov 29 15:10:58 2012
Welcome to 1975, Ed!
Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know   Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know
This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless
       
Thu Nov 29 15:18:40 2012
Here's a new Nigerian holiday scam.

Last week a middle school aged young woman and her father were in the Post Office sending her old iPhone to a "soldier" in Nigeria.

Neither of knew what an APO/FPO address was. The window clerk kept asking her if she was absolutely sure she wanted to send her phone to Nigeria. The young woman insisted she did.

Finally the window clerk asked me if I would send a $250 item to Nigeria. I said wouldn't send a 25 cent item to Nigeria. The young seller was disappointed, but her father imtervened and told her wasn't shipping.

I advised them to call PayPal and report a suspicious transaction because all military have APO/FPO mailing addresses.

Scammers never sleep.


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