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Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by Grantotx, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Grantotx

    Grantotx Savant (270) Texas Apr 25, 2014 Verified

    So doing my first shipping and good lord it's expensive to ship a 9 pound box of brew!! Anyone know of tricks or secrets to mail it cheaper?
  2. johnyb

    johnyb Champion (825) Florida Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Did you open a FedEx account and print the label at home? There is a discount for having an account as opposed to having them process your shipment at dropoff. It helps also if you preprint at home and just drop it off, ready to go as you will face less potential questions on what you're shipping.

    Good Luck!
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  3. johnyb

    johnyb Champion (825) Florida Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Solid advice here also......really helped me get started. Many thanks again to @AleWatcher.
  4. Grantotx

    Grantotx Savant (270) Texas Apr 25, 2014 Verified

    Guy I traded with used ups so that's what I used but I'm gonna try fedex next time
  5. jdb288

    jdb288 Aficionado (245) New Jersey Nov 22, 2013

    Yes, FedEx account, home printing, drop off the boxes (no questions asked, generally speaking)...you're good to go.
  6. johnyb

    johnyb Champion (825) Florida Aug 11, 2012 Verified

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  7. Grantotx

    Grantotx Savant (270) Texas Apr 25, 2014 Verified

    thanks this is a great article so far!
  8. Abbbp

    Abbbp Advocate (650) Texas Mar 9, 2013 Verified

    I'm in Dallas also and have got some trading experience, BM me and I can talk ya through some of the local tricks and nuances.
  9. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Verified

    Wait until you start dropping off the 30 lb boxes....trading ain't cheap, but it sure is rewarding and enjoyable!

    Also, FedEx >>>>>>>>>>>>>> UPS every day of the week.
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  10. Grantotx

    Grantotx Savant (270) Texas Apr 25, 2014 Verified

    yep will be doing fedex from now on

    IMXELITE0 Aficionado (195) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2014 Verified

    Any reason why everyone seems to prefer fedex over UPS? Cost aside any other reason to ship fedex?
  12. bigaltemple

    bigaltemple Savant (385) Colorado May 2, 2011 Verified

    A few things I find to be better include shorter ship times. From my location almost all shipments are three days versus UPS which still has a lot of four day times. FedEx also has separate divisions for business and residential. I'll have a box by midday where with UPS I could be waiting until 8pm. And last, FedEx does home delivery on Saturdays, which I don't believe UPS offers.
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  13. mythaeus

    mythaeus Champion (820) Pennsylvania Jul 22, 2013 Verified

    UPS does Saturday delivery, but at an additional cost so in essence it's even more expensive.

    The biggest difference besides cost is that damaged packages are generally repacked and returned to sender with FedEx. Even with reports of FedEx employees taking a few intact bottles when repacking, you still would likely get some beers back. UPS will simply "discard" the entire package and you get nothing.
  14. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Advocate (720) Vermont Apr 9, 2009 Verified

    Am I the lone supporter of UPS?

    In this part of VT FEDEX Home has been sketchy at best. If you do any kind of volume, UPS has great pricing. I am not the only person to have issues with the Williston, Vermont FEDEX hub openning packages and returning them to sender, no leakage & proper packed. One time they heard the bottle squeak in the styro shipper and knew what was in it and returned it. Fedex will never get my money again.
  15. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Verified

    I've never had FedEx even inquire/care what I'm shipping. I've had bottles break twice, both times they repacked and sent back to me without any questions. They have always been cheaper for me, as well. I sent via UPS 3 times, and got asked about the contents thoroughly each time.

    It's all preference though, as anything is. We all go with what feels best for each of us.
  16. mythaeus

    mythaeus Champion (820) Pennsylvania Jul 22, 2013 Verified

    Yeah, for you UPS makes sense considering the VT FedEx problem with inspecting and opening packages. There have been many reports on the Williston location, especially over last Christmas time period.

    I did have 1 package returned to me completely intact. It turned out that it was caught by random x-ray scanning at one of the transfer points.

    As for UPS, it's always been more expensive, significantly. I have an account for both. Yesterday, I tried both UPS and FedEx for a 14lbs box to CA. UPS costs $10 more.
  17. Smidge

    Smidge Savant (330) California Jun 25, 2014

  18. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Advocate (525) New Hampshire Nov 5, 2007 Verified

    I don't have a home account but ship through a "Postal Center" that gives prices and times for UPS, FedEx and USPS. The guy there knows full well what I am shipping and typically gives me any discount he can (I set him up from time to time) and sometimes UPS is cheaper and/or faster and sometimes FedEx is. Personally, I have not found either to be consistently cheaper or faster for me. They are usually within a buck or two of each other so I typically go with which one is faster.

    I have had one box with breakage (out of over 100 shipped) and it was by FedEx. Neither the guy at the shipping place or I can figure out how they managed it as it was double boxed and the bottles were zip-locked. Must have been a hell of an impact. But they just shipped it back to him at the center and he re-packed and sent back out for me. But it was FedEx that broke it (on a one day trip to Connecticut no less) so I am just a little biased against them, though I just chalk it up to the 1% bad luck thing...
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