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Best way to send a suitcase back to Australia from Whistler

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Spyder_Man, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. Spyder_Man

    Spyder_Man Hard Yards

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    Hi there All

    Some advice needed....
    We only just flew into the country yesterday from the US, but upon leaving whistler last week, between us and the bell tower, a suitcase got left behind at the hotel upon checkout... we couldn't wait around the airport for the hotel to drop it off, because we had connecting flights, so its in safe hands at the hotel for the moment...
    However, it now poses a logistical nightmare on how to bring this suitcase home... spoke to travel insurance, they wont cover frieght of left behind lugguage, but will cover lost items of personal items... if i can show receipts of purchase...
    Any leads anybody can reccomend on how to get this lugguage back safely ?
    Cheers
     
  2. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I recently shipped some gear (via a friend) I had bought on backcountry.com from the US to Australia. After postage and import duties (new gear) it would’ve been cheaper to get a discount airline ticket and fly over and bring it back!

    If it were me making this choice I’d source as many receipts or proof of purchases for items you think are in that bag and make the insurance claim.
    If there is something small of great sentimental value in there get the hotel staff to remove it and send it to you. The remainder of the bag donate it to the local goodwill.

    Just my thoughts...
     
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  3. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I once sent a box of gear from Salt Lake City back home via cheapest freight (which was by sea) and it wasn't particularly expensive. That was a long time ago though. Having said that I'm sure that snail postage services should be able to get your case back to Oz for a not outrageous fee.

    I'm able to get skis to Oz via LevelNine for $29 USD. That's an exceptional rate, but for a multiple of that I'm sure you could get a suitcase back via post.
     
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    Another option is a freight forwarding agent like www.hopshopgo.com which I’ve used many times for shopping.

    If you look on the site you can get an estimate for shipping costs.

    However I’m guessing it will be well over $150, plus whatever to get it from Whistler to USA
     
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  6. jabiru

    jabiru One of Us

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    are you able to find out the weight and dimensions of the bag and exactly where it is ? can look at options with this info ,,
     
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  7. MisterMxyzptlk

    MisterMxyzptlk Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can I just be a bit of a prophet of doom
    This happened to me in the US and it was a nightmare
    Getting someone to take a personal interest in getting your suitcase to a courier is no easy task
    We tried everything.
    The Hotel was nice but didn't want any responsibilty for shipping/packing/contenst etc which is kind of understandable
    In the end a distant relative drove up to LA from San Diego and sorted it out
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah ... thats pretty much North America to a tee. Strangely Europe/Asia is much more considerate.

    A suitcase from Whistler to Sydney would be ball park 600 bucks (plus) on DHL and a bit more on FEDEX.
    Once its loaded into a carton and Con note/Commercial invoices lodged.

    *I would have just claimed it as lost luggage on my travel insurance.
     
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  9. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have used Luggage Forward to ship a double ski box back from Snowmass a few years ago. Very efficient - the skis beat me back. Around US$350. A suitcase is smaller so will be cheaper. They will collect it, and the paperwork is straightforward - mostly pre-populated.

    A couple of other options http://www.ipsparcel.com/index.cfm or the post office.

    But the basic rule is slower = cheaper.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    It is classic "fabulous North American service" myth. Fabulous if what you ask is within their routine. Absolutely appalling if what you ask requires a bit of imagination and initiative.
     
  11. Spyder_Man

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    LMB.... my head is where your heads at !
    There is some stuff in that bag that are not replaceable definately...
     
  12. Spyder_Man

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    Yes
    Sizes are lenght 30inch
    Width 18 inch
    Height 18inch
    Dakine Split Roller
    22 kgs
     
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    Thank you for all the responses guys, yous have given me enough leads to run with to see where i get too !
     
  14. Hoodie

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    Try your travel insurance
     
  15. Ralph_Plow

    Ralph_Plow One of Us

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    Pay some aussie youth with leftover allowance $100 to bring it back.
     
  16. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Read first post - he already did.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    How dumb would you have to be....

    Not that I’m saying the OP is dodgy but the suitcase could be filled with headphones ;)
     
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  18. Ralph_Plow

    Ralph_Plow One of Us

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    Canada is a pretty low risk, and let them look in it first!

    If it were me, unless there was some really valuable stuff in there, i'd consider it gone. I suspect if there was that much value in it, you would have gone and got it.
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I posted a suitcase back from Canada about 10 years ago
    the multiple is many multiples - I think canadian post is expensive
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    has the hotel suggested anything?
    they have probably dealt with this before
     
  21. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Trust me it’s all replaceable.

    We lost 6 suitcases going to Heathrow. Got 5 back after a few days but the 6th with ALL the valuables in it never showed up. And we had stuffed up the insurance so weren’t covered.

    Ten years later the only thing I’m remotely sad about is not having is the video footage of my youngest singing the Christmas solo in his school play. But I never watch that stuff anyway!
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    When I moved 10 years ago, I inadvertently put one photo album in a box that was destined for the bin. Pre digital, no negatives, my youngest from pregnancy to age 2, eldest’s first day of school. I felt sick. I’ve since called in all the copies I’d sent to family, but still. With FB and iCloud these days, that’s hopefully no longer a worry.
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Try clicking “get a quote”. I got one to send a skibag back from USA. It’s still coming to Fiji.
     
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    MisterMxyzptlk Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    These guys were great in Queenstown
    Somehow managed to leave my beloved Salomon carbon fibre poles at the Novatel
    The lady wandered over to reception , picked them up, packed them and they arrived by courier 2 days later
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    so without clicking through all those steps, how much is it?
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    No idea. I only did my ski bag.
     
  29. Mannix Freight

    Mannix Freight First Runs

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    Hi we are able to send back a Ski Bag or anything from Whistler to Australia or New Zealand. We have been doing this for over 10 years. Just as an example someone above in this chain said it would cost them 600+ to send one back back home, we can ship a ski bag back for the base cost (20kg) for $270 CAD. Check out our website if you need to send anything http://www.mannixfreight.com or feel free to phone us at 604-275-8094
     
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    Whiteman A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    oh oh oh...someone use them and give us feedback. If they are good I am sure we will all bookmark them for our vast amounts of excess luggage or to send skis back so we don't have to lug to Fiji or Hawaii ;)
     
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