best carrier to ship beer?

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  1. torr99

    torr99 Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2015 Nevada

    This is prob in the wrong forum so I apologize for that.

    What is the best carrier to ship beer? Ups, fed ex, regular mail, other? And why?

    Based on price, ease of transaction, time frame, etc
     
  2. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I'm surprised this topic has never come up before
     
  3. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (745) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    FedEx or UPS, it's illegal to send beer through the USPS
     
  4. SRBush1974

    SRBush1974 Disciple (371) Apr 18, 2015 New Jersey
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    UPS for me.
     
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  5. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (2,987) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    I've had no problems with FedEx. I print my own labels and just drop it off at the counter.
     
  6. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (838) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia
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    FedEx
     
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  7. deford

    deford Devotee (459) Nov 11, 2013 California
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    Probably illegal to ship across state lines, I usually ship snow globes....
     
  8. hustadaj

    hustadaj Aspirant (224) Dec 30, 2014 Wisconsin
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    Fedex is cheaper, but I have found that the local fedex guy is an idiot. Print your own label, make sure they scan and give you a receipt, cross your fingers and hope those snow globes make it safe!
     
    #8 hustadaj, May 26, 2015
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  9. torr99

    torr99 Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2015 Nevada

    How do you pRint your own label?
     
  10. fthegiants

    fthegiants Poo-Bah (1,512) Nov 20, 2013 California
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    Fedex... Less expensive and delivers on Saturdays.
     
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  11. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (1,801) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Just last week I had a Fed Ex location in Columbus, OH tell me they could not ship beer.

    Later in the week I was able to ship home some Ohio St. snow globes for my kids.
     
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  12. bungletrpg

    bungletrpg Initiate (104) Sep 3, 2014 California
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    Sign up for an account online.
     
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  13. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (745) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    I only ship collectables and glassware. :wink:
     
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  14. jsrose16

    jsrose16 Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2014 Illinois
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    I used fedex. Pack it tight, weigh it, Print label, drop it off. No questions asked. Works well for me.
     
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  15. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Zealot (507) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois
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    If it is a smaller trade the large USPS flat rate boxes cannot be beat. Anything over 4 or 5 items is fed ex.
     
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  16. torr99

    torr99 Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2015 Nevada

    Any body have a guess as to what a 12 pack of bottles would cost to ship cross country?
     
  17. beergorrilla

    beergorrilla Meyvn (1,140) Feb 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Thats funny whenever they ask me what im shipping i also tell em snow globes.
     
  18. dumpman

    dumpman Disciple (312) Feb 6, 2010 Rhode Island

    Or just initiate a one time credit card shipment and you can print your own label.
    Setting up an account is easy and it saves all the info for shipping addresses and destinations.
     
  19. funkybottoms

    funkybottoms Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Virginia

    nobody believes you're actually shipping snow globes, by the way
     
  20. hezagenius

    hezagenius Initiate (150) Jan 3, 2011 Iowa
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    Probably ~$25 with FedEx.

    You can create an account for free online and run some numbers to get an idea of the price.

    Oh, and I only ship marinades in glass bottles :wink:
     
  21. mince91

    mince91 Initiate (0) May 5, 2015 California

    Ive shipped with UPS and USPS before without a hitch. UPS is cool since they dont give you crap about what you are shipping, however, its hard to beat the USPS flat rate box, you can stuff 4/5 bottles in there, I just let them know Im sending glass soda bottles to friends. Plus, priority 2 day shipping better than having to wait 4 days.
     
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  22. bgold86

    bgold86 Meyvn (1,038) Apr 1, 2015 New York
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    Prices vary around the country for the shipment of snow globes, UPS has slightly better rates than FedEx here in NYC.
     
  23. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Zealot (507) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois
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    12oz or Bombers? I shipped a 20lb package from Chicago out west for 15$ this morning.
     
  24. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (1,801) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    I bring my own packing materials, including labels, and typically just drop the box off at the front desk of my hotel. I don't even attempt to go to a Fed Ex location, but this last time I had forgotten the packing slip.
     
  25. bcp5296d

    bcp5296d Devotee (488) Aug 7, 2012 North Carolina
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    Fedex>styro shippers> don't lose sleep about packages busting and or getting seized
     
  26. torr99

    torr99 Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2015 Nevada

    jlsims04, was that shipped FedEx printing your own label?
     
  27. hunninghake

    hunninghake Aspirant (220) Nov 21, 2005 Colorado
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    Just shipped off several Casey marinades the other day...little oak in those for "flavor" :wink:
     
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  28. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Always been partial to Fedex but used UPS for my last packages and it was fine.
     
  29. hunninghake

    hunninghake Aspirant (220) Nov 21, 2005 Colorado
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    I recommend calling around to some local wine merchants who ship out of state. Most of them use high quality styro shippers and are usually apt to sell you a shipper if asked.
     
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  30. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Meyvn (1,028) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I've been using Fed-Ex flat rate boxes for some smaller shipments and they have been fantastic. UPS has a way of beating up all of my boxes and charging too much.
     
  31. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Meyvn (1,028) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    Where did you get yours?
     
  32. WiscoTerr

    WiscoTerr Aspirant (229) Feb 20, 2014 Colorado
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    FedEx ships BBQ Sauce pretty well.
     
  33. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    Fed Ex here. I ship a lava lamp and olive oil and "other crap " my wife had me box up for her
     
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  34. BecauseWhalezbro

    BecauseWhalezbro Disciple (347) Apr 22, 2015 Colorado
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    I normally ship yeast samples
     
  35. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,583) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    It's illegal to ship beer through any carrier, unless you have a license to do so.
     
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  36. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    Are you a gynecologist ?
     
  37. hunninghake

    hunninghake Aspirant (220) Nov 21, 2005 Colorado
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    I religiously use Primo Vino in Olde Town Arvada.

    I'll post their website below, but they have a pretty wide variety of options. Can vouch for their quality and sturdiness as this guy regularly ships bottles worth hundreds of dollars in them. Just a heads up though, the owner charges a 50% mark up if you are just ordering the shippers by themselves....which I think is fair as he has to drive down to his storage unit to grab them. Just give him a call the day before you need it and he'll have it ready for pick up when you walk in the following day. Nice guy, and a small shop with some killer wines and even a decent little beer selection. No whalez but good items.

    Also, doesn't hurt that they shop is next to Rheinlander Bakery...the best German bakery in the state.

    http://www.primovino.net/

    Hope this helps!
     
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  38. One1Asterisk

    One1Asterisk Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2014 Florida
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    I said this to the lady behind the counter and she took an instinctive step back. Her faced changed and swirled as she looked up, "It's not dangerous, is it?"
    I nearly laughed myself out of there.
     
  39. hunninghake

    hunninghake Aspirant (220) Nov 21, 2005 Colorado
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    Just threw up in my mouth a little....well played sir, well played :wink:
     
  40. funkybottoms

    funkybottoms Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Virginia

    last time someone gave me that response, i asked how much of the yeast had already fermented and the dude's jaw dropped. i was surprised that he held his nerve when i told him we couldn't ship alcohol, but i let him off the hook and said, "next time, try shipping olive oil, okay?"
     
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