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#4559835 - 10/31/17 06:17 AM Shipping Gone Wild
LoneRanger Offline


Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 4060
Loc: Midwest USA
So I took two packages to the FEDEX terminal to ship to the same address in Washington State. Approx 17"x 20" x 24" and 11 lbs each. $102 each, Fedex Ground cheapest rate. Nope, walked back out the door with them after a good laugh.

UPS no joy, within a few bucks.

US Postal Svc online quote by dimensions and weight, approximately half @ $57/ea (won't fit in any flat rate box). Greyhound @ $83 for both but 10 - 14 days and only goes to the nearest bus terminal and buyer has to go pickup.

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#4559837 - 10/31/17 06:22 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
My FIL works for the postal service here. What they are doing (postal service included) is subsidizing big customers shipping rates on the backs of consumers that ship the odd good. They jack the rates on folks like us in favour of the bigger volume customer say like Amazon because they don't want to loose the business and there is a constant war going on between UPS, FedEX etc.

frown


Edited by StevieC (10/31/17 06:22 AM)
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#4559855 - 10/31/17 06:38 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 07/02/07
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Loc: Midwest USA
Makes sense. But crikey, it's just a couple of motorcycle luggage bags. My first thought was how the hail can retailers offer free shipping when the rates are this high?
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#4559858 - 10/31/17 06:40 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8662
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: LoneRanger
Makes sense. But crikey, it's just a couple of motorcycle luggage bags. My first thought was how the hail can retailers offer free shipping when the rates are this high?


Because you are making up the difference.
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#4559862 - 10/31/17 06:42 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: The Midwest
Your first choice should be UPS. Fed ex ground/home is often more expensive and the drivers get paid half as much along with garbage benefits compared to a UPS driver.
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#4559863 - 10/31/17 06:42 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 09/26/10
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You may try opening a free account with Fed-Ex or UPS. I found that it dropped the cost by at least 40% versus over the counter pricing.
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#4559877 - 10/31/17 06:56 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: 2015_PSD]
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4064
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: 2015_PSD
You may try opening a free account with Fed-Ex or UPS. I found that it dropped the cost by at least 40% versus over the counter pricing.

Bingo. Get a FedEx quote and then give them your account number. The price always drops.

I use FedEx for larger items like wheels and UPS for everything else.
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#4559878 - 10/31/17 06:57 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
We have a FedEx equivalent in Canada called Purolator. And we joke that UPS stands for Use Purolator S-tupid because it's less expensive. LOL


Edited by StevieC (10/31/17 06:58 AM)
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#4559887 - 10/31/17 07:11 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
dan_erickson Offline


Registered: 08/05/10
Posts: 588
Loc: Crown Point, IN
Went thought the same deal trying to ship a car amplifier.
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#4559891 - 10/31/17 07:19 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: skyactiv]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21201
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Your first choice should be UPS. Fed ex ground/home is often more expensive and the drivers get paid half as much along with garbage benefits compared to a UPS driver.


I thought each FedEx ground was a franchise and they were non company employees.

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#4559892 - 10/31/17 07:21 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16832
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
I recently had to return a radiator. Ups wanted $202.40! I called the seller and they got me a return label at their cost of $10.
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#4559902 - 10/31/17 07:38 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
69GTX Offline


Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3815
Loc: Connecticut
Had to ship 4 car tires (F70x14) 3-4 yrs ago and got quotes of $120-$150 at first. The best rate turned out to be through an Office Plus store with a FedEx franchise - $83 total with 2 tires bundled separately.
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#4559916 - 10/31/17 07:58 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41795
Loc: New Jersey
Shipping is crazy. UPSand FedEx have always had highway robbery rates, but usps hasn't gotten up there too. Was trying to ship a flat buy longish (20") box last year to Europe. USPS no longer does mail by ship. Airmail only. The box was maybe two pounds.

Ended up buying the same item on Amazon and doing international shipment for like $8.

It amazes me that some people want to see the USPS disappear. Why, so we can have less competition on pricing?

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#4559920 - 10/31/17 08:04 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: LoneRanger]
CourierDriver Offline


Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 4952
Loc: Tn.
take it yourself,,lol
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#4559939 - 10/31/17 08:30 AM Re: Shipping Gone Wild [Re: StevieC]
paulri Offline


Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 755
Loc: CA, USA
Let me guess--the boxes they ship have lots of tears in them?

Sorry couldn't help myself....

Originally Posted By: StevieC
We have a FedEx equivalent in Canada called Purolator. And we joke that UPS stands for Use Purolator S-tupid because it's less expensive. LOL
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