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Anyone interested in sharing good places to shop online? I'm tired of all the extra fees we have to pay to have merchandise ship here. It's so frustrating! Anyone find any places who don't discriminate, or at least not as much?<br><br>
I need to start doing some baby shopping, so I'm especially interested in places to find quality baby clothing and gear, especially wooden toys and organic clothing.
 

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I don't know how much she has left or what the shipping is but I would check out this site first. <a href="http://naturalfamilyboutique.com/" target="_blank">http://naturalfamilyboutique.com/</a> She is going out of business and everything is marked down. I wanted to get a lot of stuff, but my husband said no.<br><br>
We do alot of shopping on amazon.com because a lot of items we can get, even to AK, shipped free with the super saver shipping. We've gotten a stainless steel pot and pan set, toaster/toaster oven, and brother sewing machine that was shipped UPS second day free. I also get smaller things alot cheaper than here with free USPS priority shipping. Not a lot of natural familiy living stuff, but great for general item things.<br><br>
This is another site. <a href="http://hyenacart.com/" target="_blank">http://hyenacart.com/</a> Alot of WAHM's have little internet shops on there kind of like ebay, but for like minded items. Again, shipping can probably be worked out. I usually end up paying like a dollar more to make sure it gets sent out USPS priority, if it is stated parcel or otherwise.
 

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<a href="http://www.willowtreetoys.com" target="_blank">www.willowtreetoys.com</a> is a pretty good site. I just bought DS (3) some good birthday presents from there and to have it all shipped to Homer AK was only 13.00$. I was surprised by that. It's a Waldorf toy site mostly, but they have some good baby things.<br><br>
Otherwise, I second Amazon. I kind of hate the hugeness it has become but you can get some stuff shipped free.
 

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I usually just shop around. There have, however, been lots of time I have had things sent to my mom in FL and then sent to me and it was cheaper. But those were for items I could only find in one or two places. There are a few places in Alaska themselves that sell natural products. I have not done a lot of searching, so am not positive what there is. I have found, however, that especially for natural childrens items that the stores are generally run by moms and they are willing to work something out. I know that cottonbabies.com and betterforbabies.com charge what it costs them and that is it. They are mostly cloth diapers, though, which I don't know if you're interested in.<br><br>
I tend to shop with several windows open, putting things in several carts and starting the checkout until I get to the shipping part and then compare from there, since the basic prices are generally pretty much the same. There is always Ebay and Craigslist, too.<br><br>
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Argh, I guess I should have added a few places of my own.<br><br>
Baby Center (just got free shipping for an order over $49) I was pleased to see a large selection of Zutano clothing, plus they also have some Under the Nile products.<br><br>
Amazon<br><br>
Walmart (say what you will, but their shipping isn't outrageous)<br><br>
Target (offers free shipping quite often)<br><br>
Nikkis Diapers<br><br>
Abby's Lane<br><br>
Momma Commune<br><br>
Montana's Diaper Store
 

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Have you had good luck with them? I have heard several complaints about this particular online store.
 

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No complaints at all. I've ordered from them twice in the past year and haven't had any problems at all.
 

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Amazon has done me good over the years. Their "partner stores" are a little stingier, though... DH and I tried to order some books and a rubbermaid water container, and the water container had "geographic restrictions" because it was sold through Amazon by someone else.<br><br>
Bulkfoods.com used to be awesome (free shipping!), but when I went to do an order last week, found that they had changed their AK/HI shipping policies... jerks.<br><br>
Target is good, too.
 

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old navy has a $5 flat rate shipping!<br><br>
kmart DOES NOT ship to Alaska<br>
Burlington Coat Factory DOES NOT ship to Alaska
 

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Drugstore.com is another that used to have totally free shipping but now have a surcharge for AK (and HI too, I think). Really makes me mad, but I still end up saving money despite it.
 

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I thought there was a Burlington Coat Factory in Anchorage.<br><br>
Barnes and Noble has free shipping when you spend at least $25. Children's Place also has reasonable shipping rates, but terrible shipping service, so don't order from them if you want it quickly.<br><br>
Yeah, not impressed with drugstore.com. I ordered my daughter's pacifiers from there. Bought 2 packs, so 4 pacifiers total, and they wanted to charge me, like, $15 to ship them up here. Hello -- they only weigh all of 5 ounces. Had it shipped to my mom in FL and she shipped them up along with some other things I had ordered. I don't know what I'd do if my mom wasn't willing to do that for me.<br><br>
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Yes, there is a Burlington Coat Factory in Anchorage, on Dimond Blvd, in south Anchorage.
 

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sweet, I had no idea there was a BCF in Alaska.
 

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oh thank you so much for this thread!!! We just moved to Pelican (90m west of juneau) and whoa, this is a major culture shock to be in the bush--I used to live in a town of 60,000!!! Now I'm in a town of 150!<br>
Anyway, shipping has been giving me some serious sticker shock already, so, like I said, THANK YOU for this thread!!!<br><br>
What do you folks do for groceries? My dh is flyuing into Jnu and going to costco this weekend and bringing it out on the ferry...we figure to do that about quarterly, and that's great for dry goods, but what about perishables? I can have them flown out from Juneau, but that's 50ents/lb on the sea plane, and that adds up fast...are there alternatives?<br><br>
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I order from Sierra Trading Post quite a bit. Their shipping rates to AK are reasonable and fast - *and* they carry irregular smartwool socks - about my favorite clothing item ever.<br><br>
As far as perishables - you could sign up for Full Circle Farm - <a href="http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/locations_sealaska.phtml" target="_blank">http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/locations_sealaska.phtml</a> their map has a red dot at Pelican. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (I remember growing up in Sitka with very few fresh fruits and veggies - they weren't available, for any price.)<br><br>
Also I know Fred Meyers will ship a box order for you. I think you can even submit your list online.
 

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Fred Meyer's online shopping was, at least as of last spring, sketchy. I placed my order, but my credit card NEVER worked (they said they were having problems with their system, but it was a problem like three or four times over the course of a few months!), so I'd have to call in anyway to give them my CC#. But, they're very friendly and cool when you call them. A case of soymilk got lost in the mail, and they were wonderful about sending me a replacement. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Edited to add: I'd LOVE to do Full Circle, but the nearest pick-up site is Bethel, and I just can't commit to going into Bethel once a week... at least not until after freeze-up. Then maybe DH would be willing to trek in by snowmachine once a week. One (maybe more) of our coworkers might also be interested, so we could even alternate weeks or something. I just don't have the energy to organize anything right now.
 

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I shop at Cabela's alot and I do some Ebaying but with this I am very careful to look at the listing and make sure that they will ship to alaska with out a surcharge. I also use amazon but not the partner sellers and i am a part of the Full Circle CSA. Other then that I make trips to Anchorage to shop.
 

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With the holidays right around the corner, I thought it might be nice to post if you see any free shipping deals that pertain to Alaska. It's so hard to find reasonable shipping and even harder to find free shipping for online purchases sent to Alaska.<br><br>
LL Bean <a href="http://www.llbean.com/" target="_blank">http://www.llbean.com/</a><br>
*Free shipping and handling applies to L.L.Bean’s delivery service in the United States, Canada, APO/FPO and US Possessions addresses. US orders require a USPS deliverable address. Most US orders arrive within 5 to 7 business days. Offer expires at noon EST on December 21, 2007 for US addresses (9:30 p.m. EST, December 16 for Canadian addresses).<br><br>
To ensure Christmas delivery please order by the following dates:<br>
US addresses: noon EST on 12/21<br>
Canadian addresses: 9:30 p.m. EST on 12/16<br>
APO/FPO and US Possessions addresses: 9:30 p.m. EST on 12/6<br><br>
Free shipping does not apply to home delivery freight charges on furnishings or other special items, nor is it valid for Direct to Business orders, orders shipped to international locations, or purchases at L.L.Bean Outlets® . Please see our Shipping and Delivery Help Desk for shipments overseas. Promotion will automatically be applied at checkout. No coupon or promotion code is needed.<br><br>
Baby Center <a href="http://store.babycenter.com/home.do?..._Global_TopNav" target="_blank">http://store.babycenter.com/home.do?..._Global_TopNav</a><br>
Bargains page with shipping deals <a href="http://store.babycenter.com/jump.do?...G&bcbargains=1" target="_blank">http://store.babycenter.com/jump.do?...G&bcbargains=1</a>
 

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Here's a trick for Amazon shopping. If you know what you want, go online and look at it a few days in a row. Then check what is in your treasure chest when ready to order. It's normally a discount on what you have been looking at.
 
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