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Blaine Postal Drop situation

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Blaine Postal Drop situation

Looks like a small number of postal drops have either decided to pack it in (like Pulse Packages) or downsize their operations (5D Packages from two outlets to one).

With April 1st rapidly approaching, is 5D still the best bet for the occasional package in Blaine?
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craftsman wrote: Looks like a small number of postal drops have either decided to pack it in (like Pulse Packages) or downsize their operations (5D Packages from two outlets to one).

With April 1st rapidly approaching, is 5D still the best bet for the occasional package in Blaine?
This is true right across our common Canada US Border from BC to NB
The entire biz model for these US Postal Drops was based on Cdns crossing the border to pick up packages, parcels, freight
When Covid meant the Land Border was essentially closed
Or the recent testing restrictions became too cumbersome = EXPENSIVE
Then Cdns weren’t crossing
And given 24 months of that… it’s no wonder some places had to pack it in

The Land Border closure although controversial…
Probably saved us a lot of grief (REAL GRIEF)
In the long run …
As the US Death Rates from Covid
Are about 3x what ours are
(USA = 3,001 / million pop vs CANADA = 977 / million pop )

The US Border Towns almost all depend GREATLY on Cdns travelling back & forth for biz or leisure
They really suffered without that daily / weekly / monthly / annual influx

I haven’t been across yet
But it’s my understanding
That a lot of places … various businesses … not just parcel drops … have gone out of Biz
A combo of Covid itself wrecking havoc with business closures
Plus the lack of Cdn Customers too

Prob gonna be a few years before areas of the US North Country are able to recover … if at all
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PointsHubby wrote: This is true right across our common Canada US Border from BC to NB
The entire biz model for these US Postal Drops was based on Cdns crossing the border to pick up packages, parcels, freight
When Covid meant the Land Border was essentially closed
Or the recent testing restrictions became too cumbersome = EXPENSIVE
Then Cdns weren’t crossing
And given 24 months of that… it’s no wonder some places had to pack it in

The Land Border closure although controversial…
Probably saved us a lot of grief (REAL GRIEF)
In the long run …
As the US Death Rates from Covid
Are about 3x what ours are
(USA = 3,001 / million pop vs CANADA = 977 / million pop )

The US Border Towns almost all depend GREATLY on Cdns travelling back & forth for biz or leisure
They really suffered without that daily / weekly / monthly / annual influx

I haven’t been across yet
But it’s my understanding
That a lot of places … various businesses … not just parcel drops … have gone out of Biz
A combo of Covid itself wrecking havoc with business closures
Plus the lack of Cdn Customers too

Prob gonna be a few years before areas of the US North Country are able to recover … if at all
I would expect many of the US gas stations within 10 Km of the border are also closed.
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I think 5D is still the best bet. They don't charge an annual fee, their hours are pretty good, and they include 30 days of storage as part of their service. And the $2 pickup fee is middle of the road. The UPS store in Blaine (next to 5D) only charges $1 for package receiving but only holds your package for 14 days for free before charging a storage fee.
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User452441 wrote: I started using Blaine Postal Center
https://www.blaineshippingreceiving.com/
Good rates, hold packages for 3 months, which is important for me, as I live on Vancouver island
$2.50 per package is pretty good with the 3 months of storage. Might be a good option as the COVID situation isn't exactly stable yet.
Last edited by craftsman on Apr 1st, 2022 2:37 am, edited 1 time in total.
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While I'll miss the 5D location on Peace Portal Way seeing as Peace Arch is my main crossing, I won't miss having to find parking. It was a gongshow and was pretty compact for it's location. Ever since they opened one up at the Truck Crossing, I've been sending my stuff there because there's a lot more parking spots (basically sitting in an empty plaza) and the retail store is bigger and has more space.
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Why the downvotes? Upvoted to counter the weird.
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berrytree wrote: Why the downvotes? Upvoted to counter the weird.
Thanks!

People are weird....
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berrytree wrote: Why the downvotes? Upvoted to counter the weird.
Likely because some people from Toronto have never heard of, or had to look up where Blaine was.
Newbie
Dec 18, 2008
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I just received an email that 5Dpackages is closed permanently.
Is there any other postal drops in Blaine (near Pacific Highway boarder)?
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Nov 30, 2010
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jaysaul wrote: I just received an email that 5Dpackages is closed permanently.
Is there any other postal drops in Blaine (near Pacific Highway boarder)?
I got the same email today as well.

Does anyone recommend any other reputable blaine parcel service that's still in business?
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prix57 wrote: I got the same email today as well.

Does anyone recommend any other reputable blaine parcel service that's still in business?
I use these guys, Blaine Postal Centre https://www.blaineshippingreceiving.com/
It works out well for me, as they will hold parcels up to 3 months. Use to use Mail Boxes International, 24/7, and the one previous At the Border Mail, but they closed due to the PANDEMIC.
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Phonophoresis wrote: Likely because some people from Toronto have never heard of, or had to look up where Blaine was.
It's extremely poor etiquette for members to say "I'm not interested in this thread myself so I'm going to downvote it"--if the thread isn't relevant to someone personally, they should just scroll on, rather than taking an impromptu action that maligns a post despite the fact that other folks may find it useful. It's simply selfish.
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Sep 23, 2006
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In regards to 5d, this is really unexpected, as they always had high teaffic and received a lot of parcels. Last few weeks things seemed weird, as they went from having 5+ people working there, to only 2. They claim staff shortages, but I always found that to be a weird excuse since they had all these people working for them all the time.

Guess I will have to find a different place now.
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TravellingChris wrote: It's extremely poor etiquette for members to say "I'm not interested in this thread myself so I'm going to downvote it"--if the thread isn't relevant to someone personally, they should just scroll on, rather than taking an impromptu action that maligns a post despite the fact that other folks may find it useful. It's simply selfish.
I have no idea if “downvoting because not relevant to Toronto” is what is going on here. But there seem to be RFDers with nothing better to do than downvote totally normal threads. Sad lives they have.
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Extremely bummed that 5D is closing. Every parcel pickup place I've looked at in Blaine is at least $3.50 per parcel under 50lbs.

Has anyone have any experience with Mail To Border?
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The UPS store in Blaine is $0.99 per parcel up to 18 in / 50 lbs with 14 day holding. They have a setup $10 fee and $10 annual fee. Its good for those ordering more than 10 parcels in a year with competitions currently at $3/ parcel.
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Jan 30, 2022
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It looks like there's a relatively new service - https://www.ship49.com/

No annual fee, parcels < 50lbs, $2.50 for single parcel and $4.99 for multiple parcels. Sundays are closed and the hours are limited to 10am to 5pm (except 7pm on Fridays) but recent reviews look promising. Anyone try this place out?

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