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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably discussed before but, I have been asked by a few European customers to ship some $10 -$25 parts. The USPS website estimate is $25-$50. With these rates the buyers back out. Are there any alternatives for shipping to Europe?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

USPS is the cheapest.

It's best if they buy more stuff at once or even buy a ton so you can use a flat rate box. This is what I typically suggest.

On small parts I try to use a padded envelope if possible to minimize the weight and thus the overall shipping cost. I do wrap the parts inside bubble wrap inside the padded envelope for safety. For instance today I shipped 2 small parts to the UK for about $7 - the package was only about 3 ounces though.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:38 pm    Post subject: Internet buying Reply with quote

Something I use is if I'm buying a car. I first ask them are they close to the car if not let me know when they are. Once they are by the car I ask if they would take some pictures . First picture is of a code that I text them and they are to write that on a paper and have them hold it in front of the car. Then I proceed to ask them to send it within 5 minutes or so...then I want them to take a picture of the text message I sent them of the code in front of the car. So it shows my phone number and the code I sent them! That usually is the hard part if no one else is around to take the pictures!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found it cheaper to ship to a business address, I usually tell bus depot its a commercial address.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

Has anyone else seen crazy prices in the last year to ship US Postal Service First Class to Canada? A 9oz bubble wrapped envelope gave me a quote of $15.50 from the Northeast part of the United States. The postal code in Canada is T6W 2Y4.

Anyone have any tips for brochures?

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

Yes, the prices are crazy.
Don't use bubble wrapped envelopes, that may be cheaper.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:14 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

I have a rock and roll bed for sale and someone is interested in it that is located in PA. I am in CA. I was going to send it Greyhound but wondered on how they will accept it and how much they charge. I can't get a hold of anyone at Greyhound so far. Do I have to "box" it up or can I wrap it in plastic?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

You can look on the Greyhound web site and get an estimate.
http://www.shipgreyhound.com/

Last time I checked you need the weight and the length of the longest side.
As far as I know it has to be wrapped but not fully boxed.
I have never tried to send something with only plastic.
I have definitely sent a seat with the legs unwrapped, since they are metal.

Does it have upholstery? I would wrap the material in sheets of cardboard so it doesn't get punctured easily.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

thank Everett. That picture is perfect since that is exactly what I would need to do. Now I have to find out how much it would cost to ship.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

EverettB wrote:
You can look on the Greyhound web site and get an estimate.
http://www.shipgreyhound.com/

Last time I checked you need the weight and the length of the longest side.
As far as I know it has to be wrapped but not fully boxed.
I have never tried to send something with only plastic.
I have definitely sent a seat with the legs unwrapped, since they are metal.

Does it have upholstery? I would wrap the material in sheets of cardboard so it doesn't get punctured easily.
Middle seat example from another user
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Velvetgreen recently sold me a full middle seat (64-66 style) and packed it the way the pic above shows. Legs exposed. He did a nice job packing it. The greyhound express process was a breeze and in total it only took two days to get from San Diego to Seattle, WA! I was amazed. Cost was $145. One downside is you have to go to the bus station to pick up your package right away, or they charge you $5/day and you only have a few days to pick it up.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

What is it with the cost to mail things in the VW world?

Electrical part of an ignition switch for a Bay from Bus Depot to Utah is quoted at $13.97 on their website. A USPS 2-day priority small flat rate box is $7.20 - hell of a mark-up to get there in 3-10 days instead of 2 days...

Same item shipping cost is $12.95 on GoWesty, $9.99 on CIP1.

As a comparison, the other vehicle I'm currently working on is a 1976 Ford F250. Some of their suppliers are a similar price, but there's one company in California who say if the item is small, they will ship it either USPS or UPS, whichever is cheaper, and they did - the gasket for the speedometer head to instrument cluster came USPS for a couple bucks...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:50 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

Reason: Most businesses don't use USPS.

If you see minor differences, it's usually different charges/markups for packing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

Is there a way to ship battery by air? 6v battery is not available in my country. Couldn't get an ebay seller to ship an optima battery, neither would WW ship a dry battery.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

greyhound has no problem with parts only being plastic wrapped. I have sent dozens of items that way w/o issue.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

2019 shipping increases:

Dear werksberg,
UPS®, FedEx®, and USPS® announced their 2019 rate increases and the additional costs will affect your eBay business.

UPS rate changes went into effect December 26, 2018. They have increased an average of 4.9% across most services.

FedEx Express and FedEx Ground parcel movements increased by approximately 4.9% January 7, 2019.

USPS will be making the following changes January 27, 2019.

• USPS First Class packages are increasing an average of 11.9%*
◦ Note that USPS First Class Package Service pricing will change from a flat rate per ounce to zone-based pricing per ounce
• USPS Priority Mail increases an average of 5.9%*.
• Changes in weight distribution of packages will affect pricing on USPS packages starting in June.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Shipping Tricks and General Shipping Questions / Discussion Reply with quote

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Sent a pierburg fuel pump to California and weighed it in a box at 1 lb 10 oz. Sent it through paypal shipping usps. Now USPS is saying it weighed 3.35 lbs which is ridiculous. Paypal wants $6.75 and wont allow me to ship anything until I pay up. I filed a complaint with USPS but this pisses me off.
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