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Online shopping in Costa Rica? [May. 28th, 2007|06:18 pm]
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My housemate and I are in the process of what we expect to be a long-term relocation to Costa Rica. She and one of our dogs are already in a townhouse in San José. I will follow, with another dog and a cat, in late June. Neither of us has been there before; her employer required the move, and her job was too rewarding to abandon. We will remain American citizens and keep an address here.

A rapidly-mounting frustration for her is that she is having trouble shopping for things for our new home. Here in the States, her property is in rural Arizona, about thirty miles from Phoenix; hence we have become quite accustomed to purchasing most durable goods on the Internet. We don’t expect to have a car there, at least not for some time, so looking for things in person is difficult.

Can anyone point us to some Internet retailers that either are in Costa Rica or ship products to Costa Rica?

I know Amazon will ship books and entertainment CDs and DVDs (not those containing software or games, for some reason) to Costa Rica, but nothing else; and I found that deviantART will also ship there; and, of course, some, though far from most, eBay sellers will ship.

I know I can have things shipped to a forwarding service here in the US and have the packages sent on to our home in Costa Rica, but it appears that will be maddeningly expensive. What’s the efficient way to order things for the house, electronics, computer equipment, art work and so forth in San José? My attempts to use my web searching skills to zero in on merchants who ship to Costa Rica have failed, miserably.

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[User Picture]From: adam__selene
2007-05-29 04:06 am (UTC)
You don't want to mail things to Costa Rica.

Open an account at Aerocasillas, you ship to a Miami address, they deliver to Costa Rica and handle customs processing.

http://www.aerocasillas.com

So the question is not who will ship (everyone will ship to Miami), but what is cost-effective to ship.
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From: tararee
2007-05-29 02:43 pm (UTC)
I am sure you can find plenty of places that will ship things to Costa Rica, but your chances of actually receiving any of the items are incredibly slim.
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-06-04 11:46 am (UTC)
San Jose has plenty of buses, taxis. You will have no problem finding all you need in San Jose. BTW, if you are planning on living in Costa Rica, you need to learn to shop like the locals. If you try to bring an american mindset here, you will quickly become frustrated.
If you do online shopping and the shipped package weighs more that 4 lbs, you need to go to customs to pick it up. It is a tedious bureaucratic process that will make you regret your decision to by online!
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