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How are you all legally shipping beer for trades?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by JoeAC, May 22, 2012.

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  1. ficklenicholas

    ficklenicholas Savant (350) California Jul 26, 2011 Beer Trader

  2. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

  3. bugdoc

    bugdoc Savant (300) California Apr 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    Newsflash: JohnB87 outed as "keeping up with the Kardashians".;)
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  4. Never been asked, but if I do, here's what I got...

    "I have no idea what's in the box, my boss told just told me to have it shipped out ASAP."
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  5. I sent some homebrew to my sister a while back. I think I told them there was beer in the box.
  6. Ungertaker

    Ungertaker Advocate (560) Minnesota Apr 30, 2010 Beer Trader

    As I have stated in plenty of other threads, I ship a lot of maple syrup, hand-crafted olive oils, snow globes, etc. I have never shipped beer.
  7. I work at a coffee company and ship through their account, guess liquids don't draw attention when the label lists a coffee roaster as the sender.
  8. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    I actually sent it to my dad and told him that that's what he needs to strive to be as a father. Haha, what a joke yahoo is. I keep it as my homepage at work just for laughs.
  9. Corbet

    Corbet Savant (430) Michigan Nov 7, 2010 Beer Trader

    If anybody from UPS/FedEx asks what I'm shipping, I'm just gonna tell them homemade soda. Seems like a good excuse for all the sloshing sound.
  10. I tried telling them it was bull semen, and lots of it. They didn't buy it, so I had to resort to it being a present to my sister for her first year at college. I wasn't questioned beyond that.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    What about grappling instructional DVDs?
  12. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Savant (315) Oregon Aug 8, 2010

    I would really question the quality of your BBQ sauce if it made a fairly loud sloshing noise.
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  13. Duffman929

    Duffman929 Savant (415) Illinois Nov 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    "I'm just shipping weed, man......kidding--it's beer! What what else is illegal that I'm not supposed to ship?"
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  14. I just shipped 40 lbs of beer via the USPS yesterday... *gasp* But it was going to Denmark.
  15. commis

    commis Savant (340) Massachusetts Jul 21, 2009

    Stay off of my turf, that's all I ask.
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  16. commis

    commis Savant (340) Massachusetts Jul 21, 2009

    The sloshing thing confuses me... Hundreds of boxes shipped and recieved and I've yet to hear liquid "slosh".
  17. mike409

    mike409 Savant (315) Michigan Jan 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    human breast milk
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  18. youradhere

    youradhere Advocate (565) Washington Feb 29, 2008 Beer Trader

    "I am a marinade enthusiast who ships my awesome marinades and balsamics to other enthusiasts so they can enter them into local fairs for me. The best I've won is fourth place so far, but I can smell third on the wind." they look disinterested at this point and are hurrying to get me out. " would you like to try some of my marinades? I have some old stuff in the trunk, the mold on top is normal and gives it a nice twang, just use from the bottom of the mason jar." By this time they have stopped listening to me ramble and hand me my confirmation receipt.

    I am still working on how to tell them I make home made lube and sell it on a well known swingers site without giggling, and how to build up a smoke screen back story and field their questions if any arise. This is my ultimate goal that I am working towards at the moment. Lying is fun!
  19. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Champion (750) Jul 19, 2009

    I supply folks with gourmet cooking sauces. "not normal sauces for off centered people". True story. Even have multi-colored professional labels now.
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  20. jbck109

    jbck109 Savant (400) Michigan May 30, 2010 Beer Trader

    I dont lie, I am shipping collectable bottles, thats what I tell them. I used to say various things, but they are sold on E-bay as collectables(not by me), so I decided it is no big deal. I dont say what type 0f bottles they are, and have not been asked. I do always pre-package, and try to avoid being questioned though
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  21. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    So it's like a white lie. =P
  22. I've captured the Erotic Snowglobe market.
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  23. WesM63

    WesM63 Advocate (740) Ohio Nov 6, 2011

    I read the how-to's and setup my own UPS account and printed my own label the first time I shipped.

    UPS store only weighs my box and prints a quick receipt thing saying i dropped it off.
  24. Exiled

    Exiled Advocate (635) Texas May 30, 2009 Beer Trader

    Like I always say, "its marinade". Because technically beer can be used as a "marinade". ;)
  25. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Advocate (600) Minnesota May 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    was asked for the first time today. Store was busy, already had the labels printed, and with my back issue, was struggling taking the 50 lbs of 2 boxes to the counter. So when I set them down, I get an exasperated look from a guy that was staring at the computer. When he gets to the counter, I see that he is a manager (nametag) and he says "So whatcha shipping", I said "bbq sauce and scented candles" he gets this weird look on his face and goes "really??" I said, "yes, can I have some fragile stickers?". He then goes "well if its ""special" bbq sauce, I guess so". So after getting the receipt he says "I'll take extra special care of your sauces". After leaving, I had a bad feeling so I went back in and totally expected to see him digging through them. To my surprise, he was taping the label down on the box. Was a nice surprise.
  26. Duffman929

    Duffman929 Savant (415) Illinois Nov 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    I toss mine in the Large Flat Rate APO box, usually around 14 lbs each. Get delivery confirm and then pray they get there! I am Japan's number 1 glassware shipper!
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  27. coppcw08

    coppcw08 Initiate (0) New York Feb 9, 2012

    Also, add a box of hard candies to cover the sloshing noise. I use lemon drops or skittles (in movie snack boxes).

    Oh, and I usually say glassware....i've sent close to 20 boxes of "glassware". It's funny b/c it's gotta be a crap ton of glass to weight in at 20lbs. lol
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  28. unclejazz

    unclejazz Advocate (605) New York Oct 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    If you like BBQ sauce gift baskets, I am your man. A trader recently ship my a package thru USPS. It was double boxed and disguised to look like some sort of college care package. I call him shipping McGuyver.
  29. suspect

    suspect Savant (435) New York Apr 12, 2010 Verified

    My FedEx guy does pick ups and dropoffs right from my office and knows exactly what's in them. I toss him beers every now and then and I'll give him a nice Christmas card during the holidays. He looks out for packages for me when I tell them I'm expecting them and in general is an awesome dude.
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  30. mindspin315

    mindspin315 Savant (290) New Jersey Feb 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    I ship hot sauce and olive oils. Gotta keep it a liquid.
  31. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Champion (930) New York Dec 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    First rule of fightclub
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  32. breakin the law breakin the law
  33. russpowell

    russpowell Poobah (1,335) Oklahoma May 24, 2005 Beer Trader

    It only sloshes if you shake the hell out of the box or drop it. I usually double box, so no real sound issues there unless you got a prick looking for them (never happened to me, but will never say it can't happen)...
  34. ewright

    ewright Savant (450) North Carolina Oct 25, 2007

    Fedex account, print labels online, drop off boxes at Fedex Office. The ONLY question I've ever been asked is "That's prepaid, right?"

  35. harrymel

    harrymel Advocate (650) Washington Dec 15, 2010

    I hand deliver all trades.
  36. Yes Sir - that is correct. UPS & FedEx are private companies but USPS is covered under federal law.
  37. Just went to Fed Ex for my first trade.... Do not have a account, its sloshing what is in it? Without hesitation i sais " oh its olive oil". New Glarus makes the finest Olive Oil around!
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  38. tofuspeedstar

    tofuspeedstar Savant (290) Texas Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    I run a pretty sweet car parts shipping business.

  39. I ship fresh pressed organic Olive Oil. Last shipment I even had the guy pack it for me. He saw me purchase padded envelopes and bubble wrap. Said to just put them in the envelopes to cover any potential leakage and when I came inside with the bottles in the envelopes he finished packing for me. Didn't ask a single question since I've gone in 4 times in the last 3 weeks. He made sure to wrap them securely, double boxed it, and didnt ask a single question. Even recommended styro shippers for next time.
  40. dman127

    dman127 Savant (320) Illinois Jul 11, 2011 Beer Trader

    And they were excellent!
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