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post #1 of 22 Old 01-04-2014, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Amazed about shipping costs!!

Generally speaking, when you order stuff from up here, it takes minimum of 2 weeks to get here, if not longer. I ordered a set of NR CL850 bags from MotorcycleGear.com (formerly Newenough.com) and a set of PMR racks, both on December 31. They arrived in Anchorage already, and the only reason I don't have them in hand is because they have to be trucked out here on the USPS truck, and so they won't make it to my front door until Monday. But I was amazed at the quick service. Two thumbs up!

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post #2 of 22 Old 01-04-2014, 11:41 PM
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Looks like you caught Santa on his return trip. :mrgreen:
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-05-2014, 09:59 AM
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I have found living in Fairbanks really sucks when in comes to ordering things. It's not the time it takes, but the money in shipping. It cost me over $250 to have my Jesee panniers shipped here last year.

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I have found living in Fairbanks really sucks when in comes to ordering things. It's not the time it takes, but the money in shipping. It cost me over $250 to have my Jesee panniers shipped here last year.
Yup! Over the years I've come to believe that when it comes to shipping stuff to Alaska, there's something about sending it here that means an automatic increased rate, purely because it's Alaska. Something magical/mystical about Alaska that seems to mean a higher price is in order.

One time I was at a car dealer in Anchorage and noticed on the window sticker that there was an "additional dealer markup of $2500.00. I asked a salesman what that was about, and he told me that that was because it was in Alaska!! My response was that if I had actually been shopping for a car, that would be the first thing to come off the table, even before discussing a deal and making an offer. He seemed to be offended.

Something else you'll discover, if you haven't already, is that when there are price reductions at stores and fast food places, often those "special" prices don't apply to Alaska and Hawaii. Ain't it fun? What might cost, say $8.00 to UPS or FedEx something in the lower 48 states can cost up to $20.00 or more to ship it up here or back down there. I feel so special.

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I just shipped a small eBay item I sold via Priority Flat Rate and it was processed through Anchorage from Colorado Springs in two business days. Not too bad I thought.

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+1 on Motorcycle Gear/New Enough dot com! Fantastic outfit. Friendly and very helpful. I've gotten some great deals there. They are my new #1 apparel provider.



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yes. plus 1. motorcyclegear.com is a good co., and resides in texas.

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Something magical/mystical about Alaska that seems to mean a higher price is in order.
Uh, yeah, that "something" would be Canada. A huge chunk of which is in between you and the lower 48. :biggrinjester:

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Why is anyone surprised it would cost more to ship stuff to a place that's significantly further away, across a lot more remote/ barren terrain (or via ship)?

Met some locals in the Caribbean who were complaining about the prices of everything on their tiny tropical island paradise. Everything on the island is imported. EVERYTHING. Every drop of fuel, every piece of equipment/ machinery, every brick, every stick of lumber, every piece of meat, every sack of grain.

Gee, 'ya think shipping prices might be a little higher there?
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