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Nov 22, 2010, 11:11pm   #16
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Thank you each and everyone for your kind advices. I feel safe now to ship to an APO/FPO address if the buyer's Paypal confirmed address is an APO/FPO address.

This forum is the most wonderful forum with all the wonderful members. I am so grateful to have received so many responses and guidance on this matter.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
Nov 26, 2010, 2:15am   #17
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Originally Posted by lucybelle
Been shipping to APO/FPO's for a decade now. I have never had one problem. Like BagloverBurr said, it is just like shipping regular mail, you do have to have a customs form. It takes an extra minute of your time, but is so worth it to military families!
Nov 26, 2010, 7:43am   #18
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Additionally, there are flat rate priority boxes and Tyvek envelopes available for APO/FPO. They can be ordered on the USPS website.
Feb 1, 2011, 4:41pm   #19
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I would like to know how you handle with APO/FPO address over $250 item.

I receive an offer from APO/FPO address member on eBay. I tried to find if I could add a signature confirmation service. But it seems not. Am I missing some details about shipping to APO/FPO address? Or no alternative service of the signature confirmation?

TIA
Feb 1, 2011, 5:29pm   #20
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It's been awhile since I shipped a bag to an APO but my understanding is yes, there is no signature confirmation. I was told the packages get scanned once they reach their destination. But I have no idea on how the military distributes these to the actual addressee. GL!
Feb 1, 2011, 6:21pm   #21
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I have APO/FPO/DPO address. Delivery confirmation - I am sure you can have. One time a seller had the item insured and as registered; it took additional 10-12 days for me to get the item because of that; that's what I was told by the mail room personnel.
Feb 1, 2011, 6:24pm   #22
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Originally Posted by bhalpop
But I have no idea on how the military distributes these to the actual addressee. GL!
All APO/FPO/DPO mails/parcels go to New York first; then get sorted out and then delivered to actual APO address like APO 09870 is in Baghdad. So from the sender's address > NY > Baghdad.
Feb 1, 2011, 6:56pm   #23
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Originally Posted by bhalpop
It's been awhile since I shipped a bag to an APO but my understanding is yes, there is no signature confirmation. I was told the packages get scanned once they reach their destination. But I have no idea on how the military distributes these to the actual addressee. GL!
Originally Posted by illusions
I have APO/FPO/DPO address. Delivery confirmation - I am sure you can have. One time a seller had the item insured and as registered; it took additional 10-12 days for me to get the item because of that; that's what I was told by the mail room personnel.
Thank you for your inputs, bhalpop & illusions.
If the item is less then $250, delivery confirmation is fine. And the service is provided. But over $250, signature confirmation is required for seller protection. But signature confirmation is not avilable for APO/FPO/DPO address.

So, it seems if I accept the offer, I need to do registered mail. But new question is, is it acceptable way for eBay seller protection??
Apr 11, 2012, 12:41am   #24
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Originally Posted by LoveM&S
Thank you for your inputs, bhalpop & illusions.
If the item is less then $250, delivery confirmation is fine. And the service is provided. But over $250, signature confirmation is required for seller protection. But signature confirmation is not avilable for APO/FPO/DPO address.

So, it seems if I accept the offer, I need to do registered mail. But new question is, is it acceptable way for eBay seller protection??
Great info on this thread...I know its from a while back but anyone have any answers/input to the question posed above by another TPF'er above [in quotes]...?
Apr 13, 2012, 1:22pm   #25
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I made an exception for a sweet buyer and shipped to an APO address once. The item stopped tracking information when it left US territory. The item was never "delivered" but the buyer sent me a message saying the item arrived safely and she left a positive feedback.
Apr 13, 2012, 2:41pm   #26
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Originally Posted by tamburger
I made an exception for a sweet buyer and shipped to an APO address once. The item stopped tracking information when it left US territory. The item was never "delivered" but the buyer sent me a message saying the item arrived safely and she left a positive feedback.
Same. 6 times sent to APO/FPO addresses and 6 times tracking said: delivery status not updated. 2 buyers left positive feedback, 4 I've never heard from. I am sure I would have heard from them if there was problem by now (its been over 2 months since my last sale to APO/FPO address). Because of this I no longer ship to APO/FPO addresses. I know most people are honest but I am just not going to take my chances.
Aug 15, 2012, 7:16am   #27
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I have a question - I printed the customs form online (via the link provided by paypal) Can I just tape this form to the box and leave it for my postal carrier to pick up? I like to get my packages out right away but I won't be able to make it in to the actual post office today. Any help would be appreciated :)
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