I'm trying to ship a Trico Iron Case (not even containing a bike! -- interstate CL sale (attempted anyways)). Published dimensions of 47 x 30.5 x 11.5 indicate they manufactured specifically to meet the 130in (length + girth) limit apparently shared between USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
UPS.com indicates large package surcharge is in effect when length plus girth exceeds 130in. I can play with their cost estimator, and sure enough, when I input a 130in total dimension (46x30x12), I get a shipping estimate (SoCal to WA) of $86. When I increase that by one inch (47x30x12) the price skyrockets to $147.
But when I take it to the UPS Store, they're wanting to charge me the $147, even though they measure it at 130in (46x30x12). For yux, the UPS clerk types in 45x30x12, and voila, the computer-generated price drops to about $90.
So the stores are charging differently than advertised on the website. (And this is not a rounding issue; all the rounding occurs before computer entry, and we're just dealing with integers here)
I did the same estimation experiment on the FedEx site (but haven't tried going to a FedEx store), and I know USPS has the same 130in threshold.
Anybody else have problems with bicycle shipping cases (Trico Iron Case or others) triggering this Large-dimension thing? How much do people typically pay to ship a bike in a case like this?