Will apple.com ship to P.O. boxes?

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  1. jamdr macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone had an experience with this? I want to order a new PowerMac and have it shipped to a P.O. box. Will Apple have any problems with this?
     
  2. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a

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    They won't do it. Period. End of story. If you have only a P.O. box you'll have to get your PowerMac at an Apple store.

    This has nothing to do with Apple though, and everything to do with the Post Office...It's the regulations the Post Office has...letter size items only to a P.O. box.
     
  3. jamdr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! That's just what I was looking for--a nice, unequivocal answer. :p I'll just have to make other arrangements, I guess.
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

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    Actually, it doesn't have much to do with size either. I don't remember if they ship Fedex or UPS mostly now, but PO Boxes are only for the Postal Service. They do have areas for larger size items, but only if it's shipped USPS.

    jW
     
  5. highres macrumors 6502a

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    the problem is somebody has to sign for it, with P.O. boxes there is no signature.
     
  6. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a

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    Apparently it isn't an unequivocal answer I gave, but I tried. ;)
     
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    What about college P.O. boxes? I had FedEx and UPS boxes delivered to me before. Can Apple ship to those types of addresses?
     
  8. Bear macrumors G3

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    Usually a college mailbox is not a PO Box, it is usually a PMB*. If Fedex and UPS can deliver to it, you're ok.

    A PO Box implies a box managed and rented out by the USPS.

    *PMB = Private Mail Box - for examlpe, one rented out by Mail Boxes Etc.
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I think shipping a Mac, or any computer product, to a "college" residence/dorm address is absolutely crazy. :eek:
     
  10. krimson macrumors 65816

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    When you get a package that you need to sign for, or requires an adult signature you get a notice in your POB that you need to go up to the counter and sign for it.
     
  11. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I've had a few things shipped to my college address from Apple and other places, no problem. The address is along the lines of:

    My Name
    Address of dorm building
    Room Number
    City, State, Zip

    Unless you knew it was a dorm, you'd think it would be an apartment number which of course they ship to. What my dorm does, is all the packages go to the front desk and are signed for by a college employee, then they put a slip in our mailbox telling us we have a package and to pick it up

    Abstract, it's secure. I'd never have a computer shipped to my college address since there's an Apple Store in St. Louis that I'm 10 minutes away from at home, and 90 minutes away from at college. But if there wasn't, I'd have no worries. The things I have had shipped from Apple were Tiger (no edu discount in stores) and a TV out adapter which I was not about to drive 200 miles round trip for. So no expensive computers, but I'd feel safe if I did have one shipped here. The way my dorm does it, is we get that slip of paper in our locked mailbox, and we take that paper and show our student ID (with our picture) to pick up the package. And they're nazis about packages too which makes it even more safe. Mail and the package slips aren't placed into our mailbox until around 4 PM, and the various companies deliver early in the morning, like 9 AM. There have been times when the tracking page shows it was delivered, way before we get the package slips, and I tried to get my stuff, but they won't give the package to you without the slip.
     

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