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Old 03-06-2015, 07:21 AM   #1
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Any ebay or mailing/shipping experts out there? I've got a ? Pictures.

I'm trying to mail this slab of petrified wood in the States. It's about 23" across and 20-30lbs.

What's the most reasonable(cheapest) carrier to use? USPS, fedex, ups etc?

Any tips (packing etc.) would be great. I've only mailed smaller, light items.

This seems like it could be pretty expensive If I don't do it correctly.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:44 AM   #2
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Packing:


1. Get a box that is twice the size of the item to be shipped.

2. Wrap the item in saran wrap and then seal it in a garbage bag. Then seal it again in another garbage bag. The idea is to make it essentially waterproof inside of the "inner pack".

3.Open the box. Line the indide of the box with a garbage bag leaving the opening of the bax open. Imagine it like you were using the garbage bag as a sock and the box is your boot, the iem being what goes in the sock.

4. Get some spray foam, isulation type works fine. Has the same density as what I use professionally (froth-pak).

5. Spray a thin layer on the bottom of the box inside the bag. Let it set and fully expand. Should leave a 3 inch layer of hardened foam on the bottom of the box.

6. Lay your fully double wrapped item on top of the foam.

7. Fun part. Spray the item down with foam one small layer at a time allowing for full expansion before mocing onto the next layer. Do this until the box it 90% full.

8. Last layer- spray the foam with approximately how much you think is needed to fill the box the rest of the way. While it is still wet, shut and seal the box. The foam will expand and the tension of having the box shut will cause the foam to fill in any little areas in the box that havent been filled.

This method is the most secure way I know of to ship and protect high-dollar items during transport ($20M+ items without issues). The person on the other end will have to cut it out of the foam, but when they open the inner set of bags the item will be in prostine condition.

Hope this helps!
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:59 AM   #3
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I think Lance nailed it.

I know how this sounds, but....uhmmmm, nice looking .....wood
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:50 AM   #4
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Great info.

What about shipping carriers? Are the prices similar?

I gave the USPS an estimate of size and weight to New York and they said about $50.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:07 AM   #5
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as said above, use garbage bags and sprayfoam.

check with greyhound (yes the busline) as well as fastenal (yes the bolt people) both ship for very reasonable prices.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:21 PM   #6
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WOW that is neat!!!

I just shipped a seat in a 24x24x24 box that weight 17 lbs via FedEx Ground. Distance was relatively short, basically from Eastern Washington to Western Washington and it cost me $55!! I about crapped my pants on the expense of shipping. FedEx Ground is rumored to be cheaper than UPS but I can't confirm that, never checked with UPS for the seat I shipped.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:25 PM   #7
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The UPS/USPS prices vary day-to-day. Same with FedEx.

A recommendation would be to take it to a shipping store. Let them pack it professionally and get you the most reasonable shipping options.

But get estimates first!

Yeah, nice pet wood.
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:54 PM   #8
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For oversize items USPS and Fedex ground I have found to be the cheapest. Skip the shipping stores, they mark up the price. You can print a label at home and drop it off or have it picked up.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:15 PM   #9
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For oversize items USPS and Fedex ground I have found to be the cheapest. Skip the shipping stores, they mark up the price. You can print a label at home and drop it off or have it picked up.
Definitely not true.

I have taken a guitar to FedEx then my local shipping store.

They packed it and shipped it for 15% less than FedEx.

Lesson learned.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:35 PM   #10
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Definitely not true.

I have taken a guitar to FedEx then my local shipping store.

They packed it and shipped it for 15% less than FedEx.

Lesson learned.
You've had better shipping store experiences than I've had then :). Granted, it's been a while though, so I could be wrongs and things could have changed (or I just picked the wrong places ). I print all my postage here and do my own packing now, so it's a non-issue.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:51 PM   #11
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Lance has it right, basically you want this to survive being thrown against a wall multiple times. In 18 years of shipping I have seen drivers drop, kick, fling, throw, fold, spindle, and mutilate packages.

The carriers are pretty specific in their packaging guidelines that no part of what you are shipping should touch the inside of your box, and if you can still see box, you have not put enough tape on it.

As far as prices go, FedEx and UPS are pretty much the same for non-account holders but some stores (Mailbox Etc, UPS Store, FedEx Kinko) will pass along discounted rates if you use their packaging services (for a fee of course), you may have a better chance of winning a damage claim if you do go this route.

Assuming this is going to a residence, both UPS and FedEx will charge an additional fee, USPS does not.

All three let you quote shipping costs via their websites, I would be sure to enter the package dimensions so you don't get a surprise dimensional weight surcharge, as you could end up paying the 90lb rate for a 30lb box.

UPS https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request?...WT.svl=PNRO_L1
FedEx https://www.fedex.com/ratefinder/hom...&locId=express
USPS http://postcalc.usps.com/


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Old 03-08-2015, 09:59 PM   #12
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You might have luck packing that in a box designed for a flat screen TV. Wrap it in bubble wrap and then a ring of foam around the edge. I have shipped guitars, guns, stereo gear and I have only had one problem which was just recently. It would be hard to damage a piece of wood I would think. UPS has been a little cheaper than FedEx for me but that seems to be different depending on where you live and where you are shipping to. Godd luck.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:20 PM   #13
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Lance nailed it with the foam, I have done the same and it works. Make sure the edges are protected or even make up a ply box with 3x1 sides of wood. As for cost, if you open an online account with FedEx you get a discount. I find UPS to be the slowest carrier in the USA. Plus, buy plenty of insurance
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Old 03-09-2015, 12:22 PM   #14
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In my experience, using a UPS shipping hub is about half the price as the local UPS shipping store.

The shipping store charges what UPS charges, plus their premium.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:27 PM   #15
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Ups the slowest carrier ?

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