Amtrak Informative - Great Shipping Alternative
Someone I know is relocating from the east coast to the NW. They told me about this service Amtrak offers called Amtrak Express Shipping.
As anyone knows who has ever had to move long distance, moving/shipping companies are very expensive, even if you are just moving boxes and no furniture. I never even knew Amtrak has this service, and I'm wondering how many others know about this? It's not just for people moving, but for anyone shipping anything.
Here's how it works. You can ship up to 500 lbs in one day. Everything needs to be in cardboard boxes which have to be under 50 lbs each. You also don't need a reservation. You just show up at the station and drop it off. After it gets to destination (2-5 days), you have two days to pick it up.
The cost is $67 for the first 100 lbs, then $.57 per additional lb. So, if you ship 500 pounds, it will cost you a max of $295. That is way cheaper than any other moving/shipping company you will ever find. Of course, if you're moving furniture, this service will not work. But, after paying several thousand dollars for a moving company, your furniture could probably be replaced for less (at least for most people).
This could also be a great alternative when shipping packages at Christmas (or any other time of the year).
I will update after they use the service and let you know if it worked as well as it sounds.