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So, Fedex just called me...

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by JJFoodie, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. JJFoodie

    JJFoodie Savant (310) Texas May 11, 2009 Beer Trader

    ...and said that the package I expected a few days ago has lost its label. They want me to describe the contents or any other identifying factors so they can find it and re-label it. Need advice, please! Thanks in advance!

  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Collectable glassware bottles maybe?.....

    That said, going forward write the tracking number on the box itself.
  3. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    This would be the perfect place for the Admiral Ackbar "It's a trap!" picture, were such things allowed...
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  4. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    If they didn't find it, how would they know it lost its label?
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  5. mtbdonn

    mtbdonn Advocate (505) Colorado Dec 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    Other factors...what about the senders info? address? box description from sender? (reaching here!) He didn't say it had to be contents.
  6. richardflyr

    richardflyr Savant (435) Connecticut Jul 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    That's why I always include an extra label inside the box at the top. Takes a minute extra to do!

    That said, good luck OP!
  7. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Beer Trader

    I'd go with yeast samples in bottles. If they ask,there is no alcohol in the bottle. You put yeast in with water and recapped the bottles with labels on it so you would know which brewery the yeast sample came from. No idea if that would work, just a thought.
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  8. podunkparte

    podunkparte Savant (435) Washington Nov 14, 2009

    They found the label, unattached to a box.
  9. claaark13

    claaark13 Advocate (725) Indiana Nov 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    You could start drawing penises on all of your boxes, then that should make them much easier to identify without opening the box if this happens again.
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  10. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Always tape your labels down people....
  11. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Savant (390) Kansas Jan 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    I always affix my labels to my boxes with packaging tape, and by affix, I mean cover them with tape so that no actual part of the label is exposed to outside air.

    Although I might start using some variation of claaark13's suggestion above, although then, my boxes might be confused with his and that would be all sorts of awkward...
  12. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Champion (750) Jul 19, 2009

    I have dozens of rolls of "CAUTION : explicit gay porn" stickers just for things like this.

    I also put an extra label right under top just in case. Pretty sure that one is AlewatcherTM, if not someone equally as awesome.
  13. Just tell them it's beer for a buddy, I know it's "against their Policy" but i really don't think the average worker really cares.
  14. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Savant (390) Kansas Jan 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    YMMV, but I wouldn't advise this... :eek:
  15. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Beer Trader

    Can we get an update on this kind sir? I'm curious as to what happened plus it may be a beneficial lesson for all of us.
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  16. acurtis

    acurtis Poobah (1,370) New Jersey Sep 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    How would you know what the box you are receiving looks like, or even what is in it?
  17. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    Same shit happened to me. I always tape the table down as well. God that made me mad
  18. Shipping a table has to be very expensive... ;)
    But should make the box stand out thats for sure
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  19. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    Hahahaha label
  20. Just tell them it's the one without the label!
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  21. EStar

    EStar Initiate (20) Dec 12, 2012

    Bottled yeast is my favorite answer so far.
  22. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I always label then use clear packing tape to cover that.
  23. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Then he hijacks your beer and you have no recourse as it will be listed as destroyed and undeliverable and end up in his fridge.
  24. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    This is why I always write the address w/ a sharpie on top of the box as well.

    Hope everything turns out ok!

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  25. I don't know how else to say this, so...

    How the FUCK...does a box lose a label?
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  26. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I agree, those labels are a bitch to get off when i reuse boxes.
  27. Those Fedex clear packs that you use with a printed label at home are extremely sticky - all it takes is one little corner to pop up and stick to something while working its way down a conveyer belt and it could easily get ripped off.

    I always write the tracking # on the box to be safe...
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  28. It's irresponsible?
  29. LOL I was not expecting that. Well done.
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  30. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    My UPS labels don't fall off. =D
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  31. Totally off topic but did you respond in a three floyds post on facebook yesterday?
  32. Quite possibly.
  33. JJFoodie

    JJFoodie Savant (310) Texas May 11, 2009 Beer Trader


    Talked with FedEx today...they have not yet found any boxes that fit my description (dimensions, markings, bubble wrap, cardboard dividers, glassware and bottles). Another six days and they give up and I'll need to file a claim...soooooo...anyone have experience with THAT?
  34. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Advocate (720) Vermont Apr 9, 2009 Beer Trader

    This is the correct answer! I lied to them and they returned the box to the sender and it was at my local depot.
  35. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Beer Trader

    A guy who screwed me on a trade received a $100 check from UPS,not sure about fedex though. He didn't ever insure the box but I guess $100 is UPS'sssssssssss default compensation amount for uninsured boxes. I'm sure he just made something up as far as contents.

    On a side note, I shipped to Canada, he got my beers. I never got his beers and he also got a $100 check and was never to be heard from again. Pretty sweet deal, eh<-------get it? Eh?
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  36. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Advocate (730) Illinois Jan 25, 2009

    I think this was one of major concerns about shipping beer... Which is exactly why I have reccomended one ofthe two approaches people already mentioned here;

    1). Write on the cardboard;
    Shipped - 01.13.13
    Tracking number - 1z45645690909090
    This allows the center to simply reprint a label and send the box on its way.

    2). Print TWO copies of the shipping label and place one right inside the top of the box, meaning that it is the first thing an employee discovers upon opening.
  37. IIRC UPS automatically insures for up to $100 for free. Although you getting screwed over on beers sucks. Dude should've at least offered to give you the check if he didn't wanna ship again
  38. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Beer Trader

    Agreed. In matter of fact even though the cost of the beers plus shipping cost me well over $100, closer to $120 I believe, I told him he could just send me the check instead of hassling with sending me more beers. UPS won't send the check to the receiver even though he did request they do that. Instead they sent him the check and he was never heard from again. I'm sure the bastard is still lurking around under a new name.
  39. miketd

    miketd Advocate (615) Ohio Mar 2, 2006 Beer Trader

    This happened to me a couple months ago; I purposely gave them bad info so they never could find the box(I think it was stolen anyway). I knew that if they found it, they would open it. So long story short, they never found the box, I filed a claim and pocketed a check a couple weeks later.
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  40. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (525) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    The sad thing is you are prob right, I am sure MordorMongo has already said this but........... WHAT A DICK MOVE!
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