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ms.yt
08-30-2007, 03:47 PM
Which do you think is better, using Garden Grocer or sending a package to the resort ahead of you? I've previously sent a package with snacks, etc. and had no problem with it. This time it would be a larger package because it will need to include diapers.
Which do you think would be more economical (because I'm really, really frugal)?:rolleyes1 ;)

goofy4themouse
08-30-2007, 04:02 PM
I am having the same problem trying to decide. I look forward to hearing responses.

amcjeep4life
08-30-2007, 04:41 PM
If it doesn't cost more to ship it than their delivery fee, it is worth it. Plus, if you ship your own, you know you are getting exactly what you want. Aren't gardengrocers prices a bit inflated anyway? $3.99 for a box of Hostess seemed a little steep, when I can get them here 2/ $5. Personally, I'm shipping! And it's not like diapers weigh that much, right? Not really much experience there.

BlueFairy
08-30-2007, 04:56 PM
I'm interested to hear opinions on this, too. Only drawback to shipping that I can see is that DH likes having his beer handy, and delivery would be cheaper than paying resort prices.
Otherwise I'm considering shipping breakfasts and diapers. Last year I had enough room in checked baggage that we just carried it with us, but that included baby food (in glass) that I didn't want to ship. The advantage was that it was in a collapsible bag that we could pack or fill with souvenirs for the trip home.

3for Me
08-30-2007, 06:00 PM
I have done both and both times I had small issues with shipping my own package. At the CR it took them until the second day to locate my box, and at the Dolphin they found it later in the evening on check in day.

I LOVE Garden Grocer and I am frugal as well, but they were timely and bell services brought everything up with our luggage. I know it's a little pricier than normal, but hey, you're on vacation!:)

TigerKat
08-30-2007, 06:21 PM
Another vote for GardenGrocer. Their prices are in line with what I pay here in my grocery stores. Their customer service is top-notch. If there's something you don't see on their site just call or e-mail them, they'll do their best to get it for you. We'll never ship our own stuff again.:thumbsup2

ETA: We love our wine and had ordered it. It was ready & waiting for us, in fact we ran out mid-week and called them up and they came right out with more!!

hiddenj
08-30-2007, 06:31 PM
Are you flying? If so, and you don't have more than 2 checked bags/person, I would pack the box and check it. If you are taking Magical Express, you wouldn't even need to get it to your room, just to the airport. The best part is no shipping or delivery fee (unless you want perishables).

argue
08-30-2007, 06:36 PM
I just got back and ordered through GardenGrocer and everything was good, except that my water bottles (PolandSprings) were not available (backorder) so they sent me a complimentary 24 pack of ZephyHills with my order(i ordered breakfast,snacks,etc.) The next day i got my 48 pack of PolanDspring

ROBOTBLDMOM
08-30-2007, 06:56 PM
My vote would be for Wegoshop, I just returned from BWV and Marge and her service was great. She shopped at two stores for me and was able to find all my items. You can check the weekly flyers online for prices. I requested Publix and Sam's. Marge was right on with all the items. Everything was cold and fruit was perfect. I have used her service before and would not hesitate to recomend Wegoshop. THANKS AGAIN MARGE!

yesallmine
08-30-2007, 07:02 PM
Definitely Garden Grocer!Then you can order refrigerated ,glass,or fresh fruit, etc also. We went with a group and I placed one order that was large so our shipping was free. The service was flawless.Chances are between boxing ,shipping and your time you are not saving that much doing it yourself .

ms.yt
08-30-2007, 08:35 PM
Thanks for all the responses. I'm still undecided, but this gave me more information.:thumbsup2

mrstomrice
08-30-2007, 09:51 PM
We ordered from garden grocer and were very happy. Everything was just as promised. We traveled with a 10 month old, so we ordered diapers (not heavy but bulky), baby food, yogurt, bananas (both really expensive at the food court) juice boxes (we froze them to use as ice packs), breakfast snacks, and pretzels. I am a staples rewards card holder, so I had free shipping on water and I ordered 2 cases. Here's a suggestion off topic a bit if you like to save...bring mix ins for your water bottle and request the free ice water that is provided at any restaurant/food service area that serves fountain drinks...it was a big money saver!

eeyore45
08-30-2007, 10:18 PM
I've read hit and miss posts for garden grocer. You pay for them to shop the list you provide... and you give them a tip... OR you shop and ship --

for us, we shopped and shipped - I have the bubble wrap, so I wrapped our liquer, and champagne, I threw in champagne glasses (they were a freebie with a Moet champagne, that I dont care if they break... they end up being so sturdy!)

I also ship a soft sided empty suitcase!! :rotfl2: which holds our souveneirs and extra spillage!!

For us, and what we order (we dont order fresh fruit) it is way cheaper to go UPS (the post office is more expensive than UPS)

When I ship I know the resorts will hold our package for 2 weeks, but I ship UPS 1 week before we leave, and I include our ressie # - the last 3 trips, no problem whatsovever!!

RileyandMickey
08-30-2007, 11:26 PM
I agree garden grocer was the way to go for us.....we have thought about shipping but after we added everything up garden grocer was the easiest and cheaper way to go and they gave us a discount.

ms.yt
08-31-2007, 09:00 AM
ETA: We love our wine and had ordered it. It was ready & waiting for us, in fact we ran out mid-week and called them up and they came right out with more!!


Does Garden Grocer deliver alcohol? I didn't see it listed on their website.:drinking1

Picmac
08-31-2007, 09:09 AM
A co-worker recommended garden grocer for our Nov. trip. But, alcohol delivery is the question amongst our group of 13. I'm interested to know the answer also.

Skippy24
08-31-2007, 09:19 AM
On our first trip I shipped a good size box to myself at the BC in 2003. It arrives two days before we did and they charged me $9.00 a day to store it. The second year I just packed everything in a suitcase, but I didn't bring as much. So this year i'm trying out garden grocer. I know that's not much help, but I wanted to share my story.

ms.yt
08-31-2007, 09:26 AM
On our first trip I shipped a good size box to myself at the BC in 2003. It arrives two days before we did and they charged me $9.00 a day to store it. The second year I just packed everything in a suitcase, but I didn't bring as much. So this year i'm trying out garden grocer. I know that's not much help, but I wanted to share my story.

They charged you $9 a day to store it? Yikes! I was never charged the two times I shipped packages to ASMu and Pop. Is it different at the deluxe resorts?

TigerKat
08-31-2007, 09:27 AM
Does Garden Grocer deliver alcohol? I didn't see it listed on their website.:drinking1

Yes they do. All you need to do is call or e-mail them and tell them what you want. Read my previous post on this thread about the wine.;)

Skippy24
08-31-2007, 12:41 PM
They charged you $9 a day to store it? Yikes! I was never charged the two times I shipped packages to ASMu and Pop. Is it different at the deluxe resorts?

I don't know if they still do that, but that's what happened to me back in 2003.

3for Me
08-31-2007, 02:41 PM
Yes they do. All you need to do is call or e-mail them and tell them what you want. Read my previous post on this thread about the wine.;)

Now there's a good New Orleans girl for ya! Running out of wine mid-week! Bet you had a great vacation! Love your avator BTW!


O.K., back to your regularly scheduled thread....

TigerKat is right there is nothing on their list...you just have to add it and they'll get it.

LilyU
08-31-2007, 03:28 PM
If you ship stuff yourself, aren't you concerned about the heat affecting the food when it sits in the Fedex or UPS truck, or even in the baggage area of the plane? I would think Hostess stuff for example would melt or the cream inside them would spoil or something.....

Lily

madge
08-31-2007, 03:54 PM
has anyone packed a box and checked it as luggage?

TheBigQ
08-31-2007, 04:04 PM
We plan on doing both. I'm sending our toiletries, meds (otc), fans, misters, some snacks to our resort. And I'm using Garden Grocer for diapers (take too much room in box), swimmers, milk, juice, water & breakfast stuff. After reading this thread, I am thinking instead of a pkg sent to the resort I may just pack an extra suitcase and then use that for all the souvenirs we'll buy. Not sure yet.

TigerKat
08-31-2007, 04:11 PM
Now there's a good New Orleans girl for ya! Running out of wine mid-week! Bet you had a great vacation! Love your avator BTW!


O.K., back to your regularly scheduled thread....

TigerKat is right there is nothing on their list...you just have to add it and they'll get it.

:lmao: :lmao:

Not sure if anyone will understand this but I can't sleep without noise (box fan). While on the phone with Garden Grocer last year I asked them where I could purchase one nearby the resort. They offered to purchase one for me and deliver it. I'm telling you these people go above and beyond "customer service".:thumbsup2

madge
08-31-2007, 05:08 PM
We plan on doing both. I'm sending our toiletries, meds (otc), fans, misters, some snacks to our resort. And I'm using Garden Grocer for diapers (take too much room in box), swimmers, milk, juice, water & breakfast stuff. After reading this thread, I am thinking instead of a pkg sent to the resort I may just pack an extra suitcase and then use that for all the souvenirs we'll buy. Not sure yet.

I may do the same with the extra suitcase. In the past, we've shipped a box ahead ... but 2 of the last 3 times we've done that, it didn't work out real well. Once was the fault of FedEx and the other time it was the fault of Coronado Springs.

mb1976
08-31-2007, 09:23 PM
I was going to ship a case of water via 3 day UPS. As I recall it was about 50 bucks to do so! So the gardergrocer is much cheaper that shipping. Only 12 bucks to deliver. Either way you're gonna pay.

blumski
08-31-2007, 10:15 PM
Thanks for all the tips....seems like delivery will work for us!@

Lisa