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Help: shipping beer

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by jbravato, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. jbravato

    jbravato Nov 11, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I am going to make my first shipment soon and I've never done it before! How does one go about successfully shipping beer? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Bubble rap and lots of it
  3. JustinQ

    JustinQ Nov 24, 2011 California

  4. jbravato

    jbravato Nov 11, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I was leaning more towards the actual shipping like weighing and printing labels and taking it to the shipping store!
  5. Dat

    Dat Aug 5, 2007 Texas

    Create an online account with FedEx or UPS. Measure the box, enter the dimensions and then either weigh or estimate the weight of the box. Print the shipping label, affix label, drop off package and done.
  6. Azzy

    Azzy Jul 16, 2012 Texas

    Yeah, I should've made a Fed Ex acct from the beginning. You save a crapload.
  7. Gcarns

    Gcarns Jul 21, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    Can anyone elaborate on this? I usually just drop it off to my local UPS store, but how does printing your own labels save you money?
  8. robinsmv

    robinsmv Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    If you set up an online account at FedEx you get 8% off ground shipments and 16% off express (someone please correct me if I'm wrong with my numbers) when you set up the shipping online and print the label from home.
  9. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    Also, walking in with a box already labeled and dropping it on the counter prevents potential small-talk from nosy employees. You can also keep an address book on your ups/FedEx account, so it makes repeat trades with people easier.
  10. Gcarns

    Gcarns Jul 21, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the reply. Does UPS offer any discounts? Ive primarily used them and so far so good. It does help that they are the closest to my place.
  11. VegasHopHead

    VegasHopHead Jun 21, 2012 Nevada
    Beer Trader

    I dont know... I made a fed acct. It makes it so much easier. Print out the label at home and i drop it off at the local post net. Never had any issues.
  12. JustinQ

    JustinQ Nov 24, 2011 California

    Fedex is alot cheaper either way. Hope this help someway.
  13. VegasHopHead

    VegasHopHead Jun 21, 2012 Nevada
    Beer Trader

    I use fedex solely due in fact that the home deliver on saturday's for free
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  14. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Do you need special labels to do this? I set up an account, but its not clear on the web site exactly how to print your own labels
  15. robinsmv

    robinsmv Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    No special labels needed. They set the formatting for 8 1/2 x 11 paper, it prints out on the top half of the page, then you just fold it over and use clear tape to attach it to the box. Just make sure there are no ripples or bubbles over the bar codes and that you use clear tape, also make sure to tape over the entire label so no part rips off.
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  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Probably a stupid question here that could be answered by checking the FedEx website, but I'd like to get experienced traders' opinions anyway. This is in regards to weight- how much is too much? I need to ship a four-pack of bottles, a sixer of cans and two four-packs of cans. Can this be done in one box, or is splitting it better?
  17. JustinQ

    JustinQ Nov 24, 2011 California

    I would do two boxes just because it would probably be cheaper that way. Sounds like a large box.

    Also will probably decrease risk of damage to the package. Thats alot of weight so be shifting around in one box

    Hope this helps. Cheers!
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  18. xxcarpxx

    xxcarpxx Jan 13, 2011 Alabama

    To my regular trading partner's I send 20-24 bottle boxes with no problem...hell, woodchooper has sent me a box over 60lbs with a couple boxes inside a bigger box..
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  19. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind May 8, 2012 California

    Its actually not free, but its only a couple bucks more.
    It's very handy for cross country shipments, but for 1-3 day shipments when I know it will land during the week I never choose home delivery.
  20. VegasHopHead

    VegasHopHead Jun 21, 2012 Nevada
    Beer Trader

    Ahhh good to know! Thanks for the heads up!
  21. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind May 8, 2012 California

    Welcome. It took me forgetting to mark that option to realize that they deliver to a residence for no additional fee.
  22. woodchopper

    woodchopper Jul 31, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I am sorry i forgot to warn you i get a little carried away sometimes..... :)

    I will see if i can do a smaller box..... I just don't have any little boxes laying around just ones that will fit a case or more at a time :p
    xxcarpxx likes this.
  23. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    I work at a postnet glad to hear people utilizing them for drops.
  24. brees6221

    brees6221 Aug 4, 2009 Western Sahara

    One box - should end up around 5 lbs. ;) I try to keep my boxes under 30-35 lbs actual weight.
    TongoRad likes this.
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