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RE: New South Dakota resident - akrvbob - 08-21-2015

I use http://jbmailroom.com/ in Pahrump NV. It's owned by a nice, older, retired lady who runs the business out of her home. He home address is my home address so no need for a suite # or anything like that. She does an outstanding job!! She does everything you would expect plus she will deposit a check for me to Either Bank of America or Wells Fargo because both have a branch in town. Pahrump is in Nye county so it has no emissions test or vehicle inspections.

Highly recommended!!!

Most mid to large towns will have a UPS store, they will accept UPS or FedEx for you. Up till now it has always been $5 a package fee, but the last two places I called were both $10. Both were in ritzy Colorado towns so hopefully it's not widespread (Steamboat Springs and Vail, CO)

On a very regular basis I can find a mom-n-pop mailbox store just like the UPS Store but they usually charge $1 or $2 per package.
Bob


RE: New South Dakota resident - WheelEstate USA - 08-21-2015

Martin...General Delivery does accept packages sent using USPS and within their guidelines.
Margie just got a b-day box from her sis. We use GD for our mail service to forward to wherever we are when I call.

I just ordered a roof ladder rack from Amazon. I had to borrow a friend's address since it will ship FedX.


RE: New South Dakota resident - Optimistic Paranoid - 08-22-2015

(08-21-2015, 10:56 PM)bindi&us Wrote:  I just ordered a roof ladder rack from Amazon. I had to borrow a friend's address since it will ship FedX.

Both Fed-Ex and UPS have numerous locations where their packages can be held for pickup.

Fed-Ex: http://www.fedex.com/us/services/hold_at_location_overview.html

UPS: http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/shipping/time/service/value_added/hold_pickup.html

Both of these sites allow you to search for the nearest location where your shipment will be held for you.

Of course, you DO have to know which service Amazon is going to use . . .

Regards
John


RE: New South Dakota resident - Optimistic Paranoid - 08-22-2015

(08-21-2015, 08:59 PM)akrvbob Wrote:  I use http://jbmailroom.com/ in Pahrump NV. It's owned by a nice, older, retired lady who runs the business out of her home.

Maybe it's just me being paranoid again, but in a set-up like that, I would worry about what would happen if the lady goes into the hospital or dies or something.  Unless you know that some relative works for her and would keep it going, or at least arrange an orderly shut down, I would be concerned about losing important mail and packages if that happened.  Not to mention the sudden scramble you'd have to go through to get a new address and change everything - DL, Credit Cards, etc. - over to it.

The big organizations like Escapees and St. Brendan's Isle and Your Best Address strike me as being much less likely to be an eventual problem.

Regards
John


RE: New South Dakota resident - cyndi - 08-22-2015

Please be aware that not all post offices offer  the general delivery service, anymore. Some you have to register to use the service and some will only allow you to use the service for a limited amount of time (2 weeks, 30 days, etc.)


RE: New South Dakota resident - akrvbob - 08-22-2015

(08-22-2015, 04:58 AM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote:  Maybe it's just me being paranoid again, but in a set-up like that, I would worry about what would happen if the lady goes into the hospital or dies or something.  

That used to bother me as well, but her business grew so big and she was getting older, so she hired a woman to work with her. The young lady she hired is a younger woman (40s) and worked for the Post Office for a long time so she knows all this stuff in and out. I deal with her fairly often and she is great!

I'm sure the plan is that the young lady will buy the business at some point or if a medical problem makes Marianne give it up she will take over. Who knows, she may be a partner now?

Bottom line it's a non-issue and I get extremely good, personalized service. 

Very highly recommended! 
Bob


RE: New South Dakota resident - akrvbob - 08-22-2015

You can't generalize about General Delivery, every town is different. I think it all boils down to the local postmaster. Does he/she just want to follow all the rules to the letter and do the minimum or does he/she want to serve the people who come in the door as well as possible?

The only way to know is to walk in and ask.
Bob


RE: New South Dakota resident - akrvbob - 08-22-2015

I'm in Leadville, CO right now (population about 3000) so I wandered around town and lo and behold there is a mom n pop pack and ship in town and they will receive any package from UPS FedEx or even USPS and it costs $3.50 a package.

Look around, you'll be surprised how often they are there. A very good idea is a do a google search and call them and when you get to the town your package will already be there. I've done that numerous times. We are going to be here for a week or so, so we will just wait for it to get here.
Bob


RE: New South Dakota resident - mockturtle - 08-22-2015

Cyndi is right that some post offices don't do General Delivery . I found one small post office in the SE where the clerks had never even heard of the service. I had a package mailed there and, fortunately, they recognized my name and retrieved it from the outgoing mail. So now I phone ahead just to make sure before I have mail sent that way.


RE: New South Dakota resident - Optimistic Paranoid - 08-22-2015

The US Post Office has a toll free number to assist with this kind of thing.  Call them, tell them where you are and that you need to have a package shipped to General Delivery, and they will tell you where the nearest Post Office is that can help you.


800-ASK-USPS (800-275-8777)


Regards
John