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Old 28th February 2010, 06:18 AM
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Hi, Twinks!
Funnily enough, I'm looking at that very thing right now. I've got a quote recently for sole use of a 20ft container. From Yorkshire to Dallas was just over £3000 for the container, then roughly another £1500 additional in total for hand packing, loading here and unloading and unpacking on that end, and customs clearance. The guy who quoted said that was probably the most economic option for anything 3bed and above. And when you pay for them to pack it, it is insured against loss and damage. The company that quoted ship weekly and say it is on the water for 16 days. Not too bad. Step up transformers should work for most things, and I've found a good site for those as well - in the US as opposed to in the UK.
I've decided that it would be more cost effective on that basis to pack up the house here and send it over.
I'm only one person, but hope that helps.
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Hi,

I'm sorry to jump in here...I think perhaps this might be rude.
I apologize.

Homeagain...could you tell me which company on the US side delivered your items to you. I'm going in the other direction....(US to France) ...you did well with your costs.

Again....sorry to intrude on this post.

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Hi,

I'm sorry to jump in here...I think perhaps this might be rude.
I apologize.

Homeagain...could you tell me which company on the US side delivered your items to you. I'm going in the other direction....(US to France) ...you did well with your costs.

Again....sorry to intrude on this post.

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Hi, KMM!
Sorry I can't help totally... got the quote, haven't done the move yet, so don't know who will be doing on that end. May be worth giving the firm a ring anyway, as I have been very impressed... they are 1st Move International. They can be found at all the w's 'shipit' dot co dot uk and 'moveme' dot co dot uk. They are in the UK, but they have been very helpful and may be able to give you the contact number for the guys on the US end? Sorry I couldn't help more!


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Sorry I can't help totally... got the quote, haven't done the move yet, so don't know who will be doing on that end. May be worth giving the firm a ring anyway, as I have been very impressed... they are 1st Move International. They can be found at all the w's 'shipit' dot co dot uk and 'moveme' dot co dot uk. They are in the UK, but they have been very helpful and may be able to give you the contact number for the guys on the US end? Sorry I couldn't help more!
Hi,

Thanks so very much for your reply....will try your contact.

Wishing you good luck with your move....

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One thought about bringing electronics, aren't your plugs different than US? And your video systems? Will you be able to get new games and dvd's here that work on your systems/hardware? I don't know the answer, but just a thought. There are stores here in the US that sell used video game equipment quite cheaply. Look at gamestop dot com

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Old 3rd March 2010, 07:34 PM
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One of the brightest points in the local social calendar is the Estate Auction. They used to be regular in UK but petered out in the early 60's - probably due to parking restrictions! Anyway, they are these auctions where you can buy almost any household item at 30-50% of store prices (if you don't mind 'pre-owned')
Hi Mole,

Love (lovelovelove) estate auctions...thank you for responding.

Am weeding through all the items I thought I was taking with me to cull out the items that will not work or are to expensive/problematic to bring.

Looking forward to estate auctions....are these advertised in local paper or..?

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One thought about bringing electronics, aren't your plugs different than US? And your video systems? Will you be able to get new games and dvd's here that work on your systems/hardware? I don't know the answer, but just a thought. There are stores here in the US that sell used video game equipment quite cheaply. Look at gamestop dot com
Hello Yolo,

Do not think I will be able to get DVD's that will play on US equipment....

Are you familiar with Netflix? Wonderful system. Is there a mail order movie company offering DVD's in English there?

Thanks for the reply.

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Do not think I will be able to get DVD's that will play on US equipment....
The DVDs you buy in a store will be locked to the local region.
DVD players you buy locally will be locked to the local region.

However, most DVD players can be made universal (set to region 0) with a quick and painless hack. Check whether your (prospective) DVD player is easily hackable here: DVD Player and Blu-ray Player region codes - VideoHelp.com

General advice if you're moving DVD regions:
* Take your DVDs with you.
* It's rarely worth taking your DVD player.
* When you get there go to Target, Carrefore, Aldi or whatever the local emporium of least hassle at a reasonable price is and buy one that can be hacked. The cheapest ones are usually more easily hacked than the more expensive ones.

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Is there a mail order movie company offering DVD's in English there?
No. You can get English language DVDs from Amazon.co.uk - but for sale, not for rent. (There is a rental system in the UK, but they won't send the rental disks to France.)

Some expat clubs have video and book libraries or exchanges for members. But English language material is difficult (and expensive) to come by otherwise other than via the Internet.
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* When you get there go to Target, Carrefore, Aldi or whatever the local emporium of least hassle at a reasonable price is and buy one that can be hacked. The cheapest ones are usually more easily hacked than the more expensive ones.
Many of the cheaper DVD players are sold unzoned in the first place, though these days they don't bother to mention that in the specs. No muss, no fuss, no hacking - though there is no guarantee until you get it home and try it out whether your region 1 DVDs will play or not.
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Are you familiar with Netflix? Wonderful system. Is there a mail order movie company offering DVD's in English there?
I'd guess you could probably use the Netflix live service with broadband and a US-based VPN -- just keep paying the $9 a month subscription and don't bother with the DVDs. And probably Hulu, too -- although its business model seems doomed to change in the near future with broadcasters moving away from it.

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