Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Help: shipping beer

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

  1. jbravato

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Posts:
    13
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    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

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Posts:
    871
    Likes Received:
    1,314
    Location:
    New York
    Bubble rap and lots of it
     
  3. JustinQ

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Posts:
    126
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    California
  4. MordorMongo

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Posts:
    3,007
    Likes Received:
    7,859
    If you aren't comfortable dropping it from waist height on to concrete then start over. Seriously.
     
  5. jbravato

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Posts:
    13
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I was leaning more towards the actual shipping like weighing and printing labels and taking it to the shipping store!
     
  6. Dat

    Dat

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2007
    Posts:
    140
    Likes Received:
    304
    Location:
    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.
     
  7. Azzy

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Posts:
    699
    Likes Received:
    477
    Location:
    Texas
    Yeah, I should've made a Fed Ex acct from the beginning. You save a crapload.
     
  8. Gcarns

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Posts:
    45
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    California
    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?
     
  9. robinsmv

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Posts:
    1,210
    Likes Received:
    3,148
    Location:
    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.
     
  10. JebediahScooter

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2010
    Posts:
    1,011
    Likes Received:
    852
    Location:
    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.
     
  11. Gcarns

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Posts:
    45
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    California
    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.
     
  12. MordorMongo

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Posts:
    3,007
    Likes Received:
    7,859
    Yes, appr same deal as FedEx, I am sure someone has exact discount and will chime in.
     
  13. VegasHopHead

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Posts:
    389
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Nevada
    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.
     
  14. JustinQ

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Posts:
    126
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    California
    Fedex is alot cheaper either way. Hope this help someway.
     
  15. MordorMongo

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Posts:
    3,007
    Likes Received:
    7,859
    For the most part I agree, however I recently sent a box to NC with UPS that was 1.81 cheaper than identical size and weight via FedEx. Not sure why that would be. Also seems cheaper by a few cents for me to Detroit area with UPS as well. Shrug.
     
  16. VegasHopHead

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Posts:
    389
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Nevada
    I use fedex solely due in fact that the home deliver on saturday's for free
     
    mapleneck and mocktm like this.
  17. kmello69

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Posts:
    4,060
    Likes Received:
    5,560
    Location:
    Texas
    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
     
  18. robinsmv

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Posts:
    1,210
    Likes Received:
    3,148
    Location:
    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.
     
    kmello69 likes this.
  19. MordorMongo

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Posts:
    3,007
    Likes Received:
    7,859
    And print two and lay one on top of contents on box righ before you seal it up so if for any reason the outside one gets ripped off they find they other when they open without rooting around.
     
    robinsmv likes this.
  20. TongoRad

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2004
    Posts:
    9,831
    Likes Received:
    54,904
    Location:
    New Jersey
    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?
     
  21. JustinQ

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Posts:
    126
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    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!
     
    TongoRad likes this.
  22. xxcarpxx

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Posts:
    243
    Likes Received:
    350
    Location:
    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..
     
    woodchopper, TongoRad and JustinQ like this.
  23. glitchedmind

    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Posts:
    495
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    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.
     
  24. VegasHopHead

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Posts:
    389
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Nevada
    Ahhh good to know! Thanks for the heads up!
     
  25. glitchedmind

    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Posts:
    495
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    California
    Welcome. It took me forgetting to mark that option to realize that they deliver to a residence for no additional fee.
     
  26. woodchopper

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Posts:
    351
    Likes Received:
    323
    Location:
    Illinois
    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.
  27. minnesotaryan

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Posts:
    2,410
    Likes Received:
    2,331
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I work at a postnet glad to hear people utilizing them for drops.
     
  28. brees6221

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Posts:
    313
    Likes Received:
    559
    Location:
    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.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe