Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by tradarama, Jan 17, 2006.
What's the best method? UPS is like $350..can this be true?
UPS or DHL. $350.00 is reasonable.
It depends how long the person wants to wait. You can ship through the post office for $80-125 it could take anywhere from 3-30 days.
FedEx ships to Brazil, 300 bucks, 2-3 business days.
So far so good.
I shipped a guitar from Canada to England last year using UPS & it was about $250 Cdn. With all the horror stories I've heard about UPS I would be inclined to use FedEx.
I shipped a Tom Anderson Cobra to Spain for around $100 bucks via USPS. Pack VERY well. Its the most affordable way to ship a guitar overseas.
I had many guitars shipped from US to Switzerland with USPS, for about 100 USD like Andersonguy said, never had a problem.
I shipped one guitar to Italy and one to the UK, using USPS Air both times. It was around $80 or $90, and it took approximately 15-20 days. I would use USPS again.
For some countries there are size restrictions, so I had to go to a couple of Post Offices before finding one that would ship the guitar. Pack it extremely well.
I second the idea of doing USPS.
All of my guitts get here this way. So far no probs, except one.
But that one was not packed properly, had nothing to do with the courier IMHO (british BTW).
You should have the guy in Spain check out how much he has to pay for customs/VAT handling - if shipped by USPS this has to be done by the national Postal Service (at least that's how it's done in Norway). This creates a significant delay (1 week+), whereas UPS/FedEx do this much faster, and often cheaper than the Postal Service.
+1 on the packing.
Check your mail...
I've bought a couple of guitars in the US and had them shipped here to France by USPS. Takes at least one week, plus eventual customs time. Costs around $75...
I had a guitar shipped to The Netherlands for about 60 dollars. The neck was detached from the body btw so that makes a difference in price. Took less than a week to arrive.