Saturday, August 13, 2011
Moving is a god damn nightmare. Getting a straight answer out of an international mover is harder than catching box jellyfish barehanded and not getting stung. How hard is it to really give a ballpark price. If you're a studio apartment looking to move to place X you can expect to spend around Y. The closest thing I've gotten to a straight answer on pricing is out of places like UPS, USPS, and FedEx, and they want $400 - 600 per box of stuff. I'm not even trying to move furniture. It's just roughly 2 bookcases worth of books, some game consoles, and 3 boxes of old toys. So it would seem, when I finally manage to talk to a human for a moving company estimate the price to beat is $14k USD, because that's what it would take to send the stuff I absolutely will not part with via USPS. If they can bring down the price to say $3-4K USD, I'm even willing to forgive the fact that shipping will take up to 6 months. Knowing how crappy things are however, I'll be lucky if they can do it for ONLY $10k in 6 months with little to no damage.