Shipping Gear is Not Affordable Anymore

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  1. stratotastic

    stratotastic Member

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    At this point in my life time is more valuable than money. I'd much rather just drive 5 min to the UPS or Fedex store with the loose item and have them do it than spend the time hunting down the proper sized box (or boxes if doubling up), packing it up, taping, etc. (Not to mention those packing materials can add up as well.) I don't care if it costs me an extra $100 for them to do it for me. Glad to pay it. One less thing I have to deal with. 2 hours of packing would be a nightmare.
     
  2. tenchijin2

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    I bought a pair of Vox blue alnico speakers from a seller on Reverb.com a couple years back. I was really excited to get them. The seller had Fedex pack them for him. THey arrived NESTED in each other. Needless to say the magnet/housing end of one had just blown right through the cone of the other. I was extremely disappointed as I'd been waiting for those speakers for a long time.
    Anyway obviously the seller refunded and I sent the broken speakers back. He really didn't even seem to care.
     
  3. MustardCap

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    Guy in front of me- some electronic company worker had a 7.5 lb box up on the scale- (Saw the weight) probably 14x12x10. Must have been a quote for 1 day shipping with a BJ. I heard him say the insured value at 700. She told him the rate was like $312. I kid you not. He took the box off the counter and said he would pass the quote onto his manager.
     
  4. Smacky the Frog

    Smacky the Frog Gold Supporting Member

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    I've never had an issue with Fedex but their estimated costs vs the actual cost has been ridiculous as of the last year. Quote a shipped guitar at $x insurance and giving correct dimensions and weight? $65 estimate. Two weeks later, email in in-box that the actual shipping charge was $100...
     
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  5. Jay Will

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    You could have shipped it via the post office that use a flat rate priority mail.
     
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    At least your item sold. I've got gear that's listed in all of the appropriate spots at a fair and reasonable price (usually 50-60% of new price) just sitting here collecting dust.... can't unload it to save my life.
     
  7. MustardCap

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    I hear you Brother. I'll give you 500 plus shipping and fees for your Heritage H150 sight unseen.:) BTW- I tip 50% and even higher depending on service. PayPal Gift?
     
  8. Doug's Tubes

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    It was a nightmare, but I'm not letting a UPS Store employee pack a 62 year old amp.

    We have a lot of packing material from our vendor tube shipments. I did go to Home Depot for sheets of open cell foam to cut to fit.

    Funny thing about the box, I was stressing on that, thought I had something in storage. On my way out the door, a tube delivery had arrived from Ruby Tubes. It turned out to be the perfect box.

    The amp arrived safely.

    Come to think of it, I'll pack anything for $50 an hour.
     
  9. Jon C

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    Never, ever at my house. Starbucks or some other nearby public place. :cool:
     
  10. stratotastic

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    yea... I'm not putting a 62-yr old amp in the mail no matter who packs it.
     
  11. TheWayfarer84

    TheWayfarer84 Silver Supporting Member

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    Box, measure and weigh at home. Buy a shipping label online. UPS will make you drop off at a regional center - NOT a store for 2k+. FedEx STORES have started tacking on mandatory 3rd party insurance for instruments and such.

    Don’t go into a retail location for pricing. Period.
     
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  12. Bluesful

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    Try being overseas.
     
  13. Trotter

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    Why didn’t you use USPS??

    Are you really surprised FedEx was stupid expensive?
     
  14. BlackbirdVintageMusic

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    Those of you who are done with shipping my consider selling in consignment through your favorite independent shop.
     
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  15. Jon C

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    That’s how I pack amps too. So far, no issues.
     
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  16. ch4920

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    Price goes way up if box is over 48”
     
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  17. Traintrack

    Traintrack Coolest Member Award Aug 2009 Silver Supporting Member

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    It takes time to pack an amp properly. Seeing how people pack on this thread is confirmation to never buy any amps in the emporium. It takes me over 2 hours to do it right. I pack the way I would expect a seller to pack. That doesn't happen.
     
  18. Old Possum

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    He probably got a five-finger-discount before they even got to you.
     
  19. Guinness Lad

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    Shipping charges are based on box dimensions not weight.
     
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  20. michael.e

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    I just shipped an “Ammo Can” head from SF CA to Tennessee. Double boxed via USPS. $500 insurance...

    $69.05
     

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