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Old 02-08-12, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
Is this for me?? If it makes it cheaper to ship to a commercial address, I can give you my work address, just let me know.
Ya, this yours whatwolf................I'm gonna check out Fed Ex this morning. As long as they don't try and give me a bath, it'll be on it's way.
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Old 02-08-12, 07:12 AM
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I shipped my Kestrel frame from MD to Ohio using USPS Priority Shipping and with $500 insurance for about $30. I used a box that was small enough to avoid oversize charges. I like shipping USPS so long as I am able to get what I'm shipping in a small enough box.
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USPS Parcel Post Or FedEx.
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On the measurements mentioned above, the two key numbers are 108 inches and 132 inches (as I recall, may have some memory fade). These measurements are the girth PLUS the length. Girth = 2xheight + 2xwidth. So shorting a box 2 inches can save 4 inches in this calculation. Bike boxes from bike shops usually come in on pallets. So their dimensions are not optimized for reshipping.

+1 UPS stinks. They are awful, will never use again. Fed Ex or US Post office. One advantage with the USPS is click and ship. Pint out your own label, and put it on the box, and take to the post office. Once they accept it, you are done. No charge backs later, and no upcharges for where you drop it off.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
On the measurements mentioned above, the two key numbers are 108 inches and 132 inches (as I recall, may have some memory fade). These measurements are the girth PLUS the length. Girth = 2xheight + 2xwidth. So shorting a box 2 inches can save 4 inches in this calculation. Bike boxes from bike shops usually come in on pallets. So their dimensions are not optimized for reshipping.

+1 UPS stinks. They are awful, will never use again. Fed Ex or US Post office. One advantage with the USPS is click and ship. Pint out your own label, and put it on the box, and take to the post office. Once they accept it, you are done. No charge backs later, and no upcharges for where you drop it off.

Same thing with FedEx but you need a account. Just as simple as USPS to set up though
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Old 02-08-12, 10:08 AM
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I went with FedEx.........Aurora IL. to Brooklyn NY was $41.04.......I can live with that.

I usually ship parts with USPS because it's convenient (I'm in a rural area) and it always seems to be a crap shoot there.........I get different charges on same weight/same size packages.

Thanks for the help all.
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When I ship across the ocean, I have to cut a box down to minimum size. And as that size goes up, so does the cost to ship - until it becomes a postal no go...
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Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars
Well I think there is your answer. Try bringing it directly to a FedEx location. Even FedEx Office/Kinkos supposedly marks up over company owned stores, but in my experience their actual price has always been very close (and often less than) the online quote like I pictured above.
I took your advice. Thank you. I just shipped a bike through a dedicated FedEx location. Cost: $80, which included $5,000 insurance. That's about 1/3 what Pakmail typically charged me.
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To summarize:
1. Take responsibility for the safety of the frame
A. Brace the dropouts
B. Pad the frame tubes
C. Immobilize the frame within the box
2. Minimize cost
A. Reduce box size below shipper's "magic number" of dimensional size
B. Use ground shipping
C. Cut out the middle man (retail shipping center)
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