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BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« on: December 27, 2020, 03:00:02 PM »
Amazon maintains a “Wish List” for charities (like a gift registry). Ours contains mostly day-to-day needs, but there are a few special projects that need materials. You pick what you want to donate, and Amazon ships it directly to us!

See what we need at:
www.wwfry.org/wishlist


There are some low-priced items, as well as some opportunities for more generous donors.
Anyone connected with the day-to-day operations of the railway should feel free to contact ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org with items to add to the "wish list".

To ship directly to the museum, use the address:
WW&F Railway Museum, 97 Cross Road, Alna, ME 04535

Don't forget to use smile.amazon.com - for ALL your Amazon purchases. Smile.amazon.com donates a (small) percentage of every purchase to the charity of your choice (hopefully, the WW&F.)
« Last Edit: February 12, 2021, 04:15:55 PM by Ed Lecuyer »
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2020, 05:25:19 PM »
FYI, there is a little "quote" popup over each item that explains what it will be used for.

For example, the Horse Tie Tethers are to add break-away functionality to the chains that run between the vestibules of passenger cars.
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2020, 07:25:45 PM »
Note that while Amazon sometimes offers a good price, that cannot be counted on. For instance, the 1000ft of UF cable on the WW&F Wish List is currently $588.53 at Amazon, but the Home Depot 'home delivery' price is currently $518.08.  Here are the respective  links:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08FH8WMFD/?ref_=smi_cl_ls_ldp_dp
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Southwire-1-000-ft-12-2-Gray-Solid-CU-UF-B-W-G-Wire-13055901/205346692

I would not expect those prices to be accurate at any given  day in the future, but the point is (assuming  you always :) hate to pay more than necessary) is to  seek comparative quotes.  In my experience, Amazon is not automatically the best price:o
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2020, 08:09:35 PM »
Good advice Graham.

That said, be sure to check with us before making a substitute on a different web site; sometimes there is an important detail that needs to be adhered to.
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2020, 08:33:01 PM »
I was noticing that the prices seemed high. If I were to buy that type of cable, I would buy (and have bought) the equally suitable 14/2 UFB for 449.85 from Home Depot. However, I thought that this whole Buy/Donate project was tied to Amazon.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2020, 10:51:20 PM by John McNamara »

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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2020, 08:47:53 PM »
Yes, the deal is with Amazon. Of course, if there is a better/cheaper substitute alternative, we can list it in this thread.
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2021, 03:17:48 PM »
It appears that using the WW&F "Wishlist" link posted above does not direct Amazon to load up the WW&F address as the "Ship To" address.   For example, I added the 12ga 50ft cord to the cart, but Amazon defaults to shipping that to me.

So is "97 Cross Road, Sheepscot Station, Alna, ME 04535" a suitable shipping address for the WW&F? And:
 Is there a follow-through system where Amazon notifies someone at the WW&F that a WishList item has been purchased & shipped?
And what happens if/when UPS/Fedex/etc delivers and no one is around? Leave it on the Percival porch?

 
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2021, 03:31:24 PM »
97 Cross is the physical address, PO Box 242 is the mailing. 

I believe UPS/Fedex will leave it on the back walkway if nobody is around.

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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2021, 04:01:12 PM »
Well, Amazon typically ships via the lowest rate carrier for a given package.  At my location that means most packages go to my USPS mailbox, but some packages go via  UPS / Fedex who cannot deliver to a mailbox.  For me my 'street address' is my only address, but a WW&F PO Box means that all USPS letters and packages go to the PO Box, but UPS and Fedex cannot go there.  But I don't know which carrier Amazon is going to use.
This can't be the first time this has come up? 
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2021, 04:14:56 PM »
Use "97 Cross Road, Alna, ME 04535" address for Amazon donations.

THANKS!!
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2021, 10:28:45 PM »
OK, I followed through on the extension cord purchase.  If anyone is interested to follow up, its Amazon #111-2618406-7329831

 I note that the sales tax I was charged on a $29.95 purchase was only $1.65, rather than the typical 9.75% TN sales tax for items delivered to TN where I live.  8)   (I really can't complain about TN sales tax too much, as in the long run, overall TN total tax rates are relatively low.) ;D
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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2021, 11:01:07 PM »
I note that the sales tax I was charged on a $29.95 purchase was only $1.65

That would be Maine's 5.5% use tax (which is identical to the sales tax). Amazon has gotten pretty good about collecting the right taxes, and they (rightly) collect it based on shipping address.

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Re: BUY/DONATE STUFF the WW&F NEEDS on AMAZON!!
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2021, 11:15:28 PM »
If someone wants to pay NO tax on their donated goods, feel free to ship it to me in New Hampshire (PM me for address) and I will deliver it to Sheepscot.

Live Free or Die! (at least for now, until I move to Maine.)
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