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Jester

Here in SW Florida the first 2 box's from LBC cost $5 each.  After that they are free.  The wife has been gathering up items for the box's and started to pack them, years past it was 1 then 2 now 2 is not enough and a third one is being filled.

 

The array of items going in the box's is mind boggling.  From school supplies to cans of hash to spam, cleaning products, articles of clothing, beef jerky, tools a couple of nice LCD Mag Lites, chocolate and cookies.  Large bags of miniature candy bars are opened and every tiny little  crevice is filled!

 

Too late now but next time I will add up the $$ of one of these box's, I think it will be shocking.

 

Then the weight, I am not a big strong guy but I am sure that 2 of me could not lift one of these box's. I have no means to weight them, but would like to know?  A little 70 year old Philippina lady is the shipping agent, she will come and muscle these behemoths into her mini van by herself if I am not here!!

 

Another adventure in being married to a Philippina..                     Whiner

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Salty Dog

Didn't even realize there was an LBC in Florida.

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woodchopper

Didn't even realize there was an LBC in Florida. ,,

 

LBC is fairly widespread thru the western world,,in particular.

 

LBC 'word of mouth" is that they transport whatever will fit in the box,,maybe give the woman agent a pre pickup call to bring a trolley?

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cebubird

Here in SW Florida the first 2 box's from LBC cost $5 each.  After that they are free.  The wife has been gathering up items for the box's and started to pack them, years past it was 1 then 2 now 2 is not enough and a third one is being filled.

 

The array of items going in the box's is mind boggling.  From school supplies to cans of hash to spam, cleaning products, articles of clothing, beef jerky, tools a couple of nice LCD Mag Lites, chocolate and cookies.  Large bags of miniature candy bars are opened and every tiny little  crevice is filled!

 

Too late now but next time I will add up the $$ of one of these box's, I think it will be shocking.

 

Then the weight, I am not a big strong guy but I am sure that 2 of me could not lift one of these box's. I have no means to weight them, but would like to know?  A little 70 year old Philippina lady is the shipping agent, she will come and muscle these behemoths into her mini van by herself if I am not here!!

 

Another adventure in being married to a Philippina..                     Whiner

 

Obviously the $5 a box is a misprint-maybe $55 for the smallest box.

BTW, where is SW Florida are you?

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Majorsco

 

 

Obviously the $5 a box is a misprint-maybe $55 for the smallest box.

 

$5 dollars is correct.  You have to buy the initial boxes.  Replacements for future shipments are free.  The shipping cost is separate and varies depending on where its going.  I used LBC from Chicago and shipped probably 50 boxes over the years.  Initially it was $90/box to Mindanao, but later it lowered to $75/box.  Very reliable, and I never lost a box, and not a single one was opened by anyone buy my family after delivery.

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cebubird

$5 dollars is correct.  You have to buy the initial boxes.  Replacements for future shipments are free.  The shipping cost is separate and varies depending on where its going.  I used LBC from Chicago and shipped probably 50 boxes over the years.  Initially it was $90/box to Mindanao, but later it lowered to $75/box.  Very reliable, and I never lost a box, and not a single one was opened by anyone buy my family after delivery.

 

Sorry--we're talking 2 different things here.

When I tell somebody how much a bb costs, I ALWAYS mean what it costs to ship it. Buying a box is no big deal. Where I always shipped there was never any mention of cost of an empty box.

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Mikala

I used to pay the 5 bucks for the box and then get a refund when I shipped the box. I totaled the cost for the usual box that I sent several times a year with spam, chocolates, beef jerkey, etc... and it was usually 5 to 6 hundred USD. Never lost a box. Great service. Depending on my location, sometimes a young Filipino guy would pick up the box, other times I'd drop it off at the local Filipino store. Have sent BB boxes from California, Hawaii, Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota. Just found a service that will do it from Korea.

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Salty Dog

Why are people always mentioning shipping spam? I can buy that anywhere I've ever lived in the Philippines.

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Mikala

Why are people always mentioning shipping spam? I can buy that anywhere I've ever lived in the Philippines.

 

I always shipped spam because it was relatively cheap and Filipinos love it. When it came to filling the BB, I asked for suggestions and was always told "spam!".

 

Now though, seems ridiculous to send much of anything. Most everything is available locally.

 

Haven't sent a BB in more than 4 years, but interested to send items that truly are not available locally to stock my micro-condo. Might even send my tools from Korea via BB when I'm done here.

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rfm010

for those thinking about sending boxes in time for christmas, you'd better get a move on.   the congestion at the manila ports due to the truck ban (recently removed) has slowed shipping time considerably. 

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bmoore

I always feel silly buying cases of spam. But that is what they like as well as corned beef, peanut butter, chocolate, vitamins and 4 boxes of other things my wife accumulates.

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smokey

Everyone knows I have been in manila for 6 weeks trying to get my cargo there are a few containers of boxes that have be listed as abandoned seems the tax doubled and the freight forwarders cant or dont pay causing the boxes to just sit these boxes will I am told be sold at auction please be careful on who you hire research current news on BB boxes and current problems lf I was still in arizona would I send a bb box now?

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KennyF

I always feel silly buying cases of spam. But that is what they like as well as corned beef, peanut butter, chocolate, vitamins and 4 boxes of other things my wife accumulates.

 

Spam in Australia costs about 210 pesos.

In my local super market here on Camiguin it costs 118 pesos.

 

Why would you send Spam???

 

KonC

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Majorsco

 

 

for those thinking about sending boxes in time for christmas, you'd better get a move on.

 

When I still lived in the US and was shipping to Mindanao for Christmas, I'd make sure I sent by Sept 15th at the latest, so I'd be sure it would be delivered in time.  Those going to Luzon or Cebu, obviously don't need to be so early.  Can't speak for the other provinces.

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Mikala

 

 

Spam in Australia costs about 210 pesos. In my local super market here on Camiguin it costs 118 pesos. Why would you send Spam???

 

Costco charges $2.94 per can (8 pack) for Spam. That works out to 132p. Walmart is $2.64, that's 118p. If it's only 118p in Camiguin, then it's a much better deal than Costco in the USA.

 

Note: I don't send foodstuffs anymore.

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Majorsco

 

 

I don't send foodstuffs anymore.

 

I only shipped food stuffs I couldn't get here.  BTW, I bought Jalapeno Spam yesterday in Dipolog City for only 110 pesos.

 

I only wish I could get some decent cheese here.  British Cheddar, I've only seen once, and it was good.  American Cheddar I only see a couple of times a year and buy it all every time, because it will be months before it's there again.  Australian cheese is always there, and I won't touch it.  I tried it twice, and I just couldn't handle the taste, thinking it's made from sheeps milk instead of cows milk, but regardless, I can't stand the stuff.

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Humboldt

My Wife is always buying case's of spam Costco . for every case she buys I buy bottle's of tequila

coffee beans peanut butter etc  

 

a real treat for my Filipino buddies is the dark chocolates shape like little bottles of booze loaded w/ spirits

the look on there face's priceless lol

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Mikala

My Wife is always buying case's of spam Costco . for every case she buys I buy bottle's of tequila

coffee beans peanut butter etc  

 

a real treat for my Filipino buddies is the dark chocolates shape like little bottles of booze loaded w/ spirits

the look on there face's priceless lol

 

I'm shocked though that a case of Spam at costco is more expensive than Walmart. I need to re-evaluate my Costco shopping.

 

I've seen (and tried) the liquor filled chocolates, but always figured Filipinas would not appreciate the liqueur inside. Do they like it?

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Majorsco

 

 

I'm shocked though that a case of Spam at costco is more expensive than Walmart.

 

I'm  not surprised.  Walmart has a lot bigger buying power than Costco.  They have all the Walmart stores plus all the Sam's Clubs, which vastly outnumber costco.  

 

I know Walmart drives very hard bargains, and they can wield their quantity purchases to drive prices low.  That's the advantage they have.

 

My company, before I retired was a supplier to Walmart.  In this case it was technology services, not products, but their purchasing style was unmistakable and they really raked us over the coals to every penny and then some.  Anyone who had anything to do with Walmart account, got to hate them very much, not because of their stance on cost savings, but rather on their tactics to get them.

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smokey

$5 dollars is correct.  You have to buy the initial boxes.  Replacements for future shipments are free.  The shipping cost is separate and varies depending on where its going.  I used LBC from Chicago and shipped probably 50 boxes over the years.  Initially it was $90/box to Mindanao, but later it lowered to $75/box.  Very reliable, and I never lost a box, and not a single one was opened by anyone buy my family after delivery.

well if you read the new papers two days ago there was a blurb about a few containers getting ready to be auctioned full of BB boxes .. .    well no one seems to be interested so all i can say is good luck with your shipments ...

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Majorsco

well if you read the new papers two days ago there was a blurb about a few containers getting ready to be auctioned full of BB boxes .. the fee to the fowarder has grown very fast and some do not want to or are able to pay the new fee..  ..    well no one seems to be interested so all i can say is good luck with your shipments ...

That's why you have to use a reputable shipper.  Also, if the price is so low as it's too good to be true, alarm bells should be going off.

 

If a shipper has a record of not delivering per their promised timelines, plus a little allowance for Christmas related delays, then stay away from them.

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smokey

That's why you have to use a reputable shipper.  Also, if the price is so low as it's too good to be true, alarm bells should be going off.

 

If a shipper has a record of not delivering per their promised timelines, plus a little allowance for Christmas related delays, then stay away from them.

sure christmas related delays.. but how about inspecting each and every container how about that delay..

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Majorsco

 

 

but how about inspecting each and every container how about that delay.. and how about the new fee for containers in port who will pay the shipper ?

 

Hey, I'm just a consumer, not a shipping company.  

 

  i was told clearing customs was a 3 week process and we are 100% legal and have all our permits and yet we are 70% done at 6 weeks..

 

Are you a shipper?  Normally people sending via BB's don't file permits.  I never had to for the close to 50 over the years.  I haven't sent any in the last 3 years since I've lived here, but others have and I haven't heard anything bad from them if they chose LBC.

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well if you read the new papers two days ago there was a blurb about a few containers getting ready to be auctioned full of BB boxes .. the fee to the fowarder has grown very fast and some do not want to or are able to pay the new fee..  ..    well no one seems to be interested so all i can say is good luck with your shipments ...

You must be buddies with the guys up there by now. Ask what companies are the ones which can't/won't pay the fees and let us know.

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big RB

Spam cost the same here on Negros that it cost in California. What needs to go in the BB box is vitamins and Advil liquid gels, etc. Nyquil too. The big Costco size is very expensive and hard to get here. Good, but inexpensive wine too. Razor blades of quality. Coffee in 3lb cans. Chili beans with meat. Any kind of hardware needed, dead bolts, hinges, etc.. Wood screws, and bits to turn them. Any sort of quality tool required. Drill bits, 24 volt cordless, craftsman hand tools, anything fit to use is more expensive here, if you can find it at all. Chainsaw blades (chains) if they have one here already. Then if a man is over here, send him shoes and T shirts that fit. I always need XXL tees and 13w sandals. Also large size helmets are not available here. I need a 8.5 hat size, and can use hats too' 


          Spam cost the same here on Negros that it cost in California. What needs to go in the BB box is vitamins and Advil liquid gels, etc. Nyquil too. The big Costco size is very expensive and hard to get here. Good, but inexpensive wine too. Razor blades of quality. Coffee in 3lb cans. Chili beans with meat. Any kind of hardware needed, dead bolts, hinges, etc.. Wood screws, and bits to turn them. Any sort of quality tool required. Drill bits, 24 volt cordless, craftsman hand tools, anything fit to use is more expensive here, if you can find it at all. Chainsaw blades (chains) if they have one here already. Then if a man is over here, send him shoes and T shirts that fit. I always need XXL tees and 13w sandals. Also large size helmets are not available here. I need a 8.5 hat size, and can use hats too' 

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