"We cannot ship to PO boxes." Do college mailboxes count?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by swac, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. swac macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    I'm about to order Snow Leopard, but I saw that little disclaimer as I was filling out my shipping address. I've had packages delivered from Amazon to my mailbox before, from UPS, USPS, and FedEx Ground. Should I go ahead and have Snow Leopard shipped to my box?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    It should ship there, unless the address is:

    Your Name
    PO Box ######
    Town, ST #####
  3. hotsoda macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    I tried ordering, but Apple wouldn't ship the order because I had a "box #...." in my address.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    You might try listing it as a "Room xxx" instead. The issue is typically that the non-USPS carriers cannot make deliveries to PO Boxes (on behalf of Apple or anyone else). A lot of times, University offices have a secondary address format that uses a street address instead of a PO Box for this reason. Usually there are room numbers associated with them; it might be that the "Box" just flagged a warning. As long as there's a person at a desk / office in your dorm (like there usually are) who accepts the mail on your behalf and puts it in the mailbox, there shouldn't be an issue using FedEx / UPS / etc.
  5. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    I Don't put box or anything.

    I just put:

    One Bear Place #____

    It always works...
  6. hotsoda macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    Personally, I would rather call in to order or get it at a local store instead of providing a different address. My university doesn't use the same box number as one's room. It just isn't worth the risk of loosing the package, having to go to a shipping center, or waiting until Apple receives the unshipped order before I get a refund.

    Thanks for the advice though!
  7. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Assuming my dorm's street address was 123 Main St, and my dorm's name was Hellhole Hall (which was an accurate name for our dorms) I would write my address as:

    My Name
    123 Main St
    #666 Hellhole Hall
    Bumf**k, MO, 12345

    Never had any problems ordering from Apple or anyone else.

    Speaking of hellholes, I really did live in room #666 my freshman year :D
  8. redking31591 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    If its anything like my school it works like this

    My Name Box Number
    31 McAllister Dr.
    New Orleans, LA 70118

    So the way they work it, the post office or any thing that delivers something just thinks that he number is part of my name and the campus mail service then knows what to do with the numbers after my name and the tell me I have a package.
  9. bonecandy macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2006
    It should ship there. I remember ordering an old G5 to my college mail box several years ago. No issues.
  10. Mr$Whale macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    Before saying "yes it will", depends on your college mail system. MOST college mail systems are not PO Boxes, which are literally boxes at your local Post Office that people get mail delivered to for various reasons rather than your home or business. I attended a small university, with a centralized mail room so everyone's mailboxes were in one place and not in the dorms. In this case, as long as my name was on a package or letter it would get delivered. As long as there is a physical address, UPS will deliver to that first, and then let the college sort out where it goes to.
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You could just put your school's address and let them sort it out. In my experience mail rooms can figure out that the person to whom the item is addressed does actually have a mailbox there.
  12. meccafork macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    "One bear place #___" that's for Baylor's mailing center, isn't it?? I Go there right now and having that specific example helped immensely for my question hha

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