How are you all legally shipping beer for trades?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by JoeAC, May 22, 2012.

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  1. JoeAC

    JoeAC Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2010 Illinois

    Forgive me, please, if a post exists which explains this--I searched the trade forums, and didn't come up with anything.

    I wanted to send a friend a rare bomber for a wedding gift, and I'd called FedEx and thought I understood that they were willing to ship it, yet when I got to the FedEx store today, the guy acted like I was trying to hand him a dirty bomb and quickly walked away from me. He said UPS wouldn't ship it either, and I know the USPS isn't doing it. So...what am I missing? Is it one of those don't-ask-don't-tell kinds of things (despite the obvious sound of sloshing liquid)?

    Again: If a previous thread exists, please simply point me in that direction.
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  2. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (728) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    People pre package it and lie if anyone asks.
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  3. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Illinois

    Print labels off at home,and drop it off at a third party location fedex picks up from. No questions.

    Ship bottles upright for decreased sloshing sound.
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  4. NarcoSolo

    NarcoSolo Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I don't know about you guys, but I'm not shipping any beer. I'm shipping a lot of lava lamps and motorcycle parts.
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  5. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    technically, it's not illegal, it's "against policy."

    just package it ahead of time, print your own shipping label online and drop it off. i've never had a problem.
  6. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    We don't ship beer. I, for one, only ship "go kart engine parts," "Elvis memorabilia" and "used encyclopedias."
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  7. JoeAC

    JoeAC Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2010 Illinois

    So the bottom line is there's no legal way to do it, and everyone simply ignores the illegality, hoping not to get caught? That sucks. I'd be the first guy to go to jail, I'm sure. That's how my luck works.
  8. JoeAC

    JoeAC Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2010 Illinois

    Oh, (didn't see this one) that changes things.
  9. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Luckily, it's not really illegal per se - just against their policies. If they discover beer in the package you've shipped, they'll likely just send it back to you or give you a friendly phone call reminding you of their alcohol policy.

    Edit: Right, sorry, what he said^
  10. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    From my understanding, it is illegal to ship USPS, whereas with UPS and FedEx it is simply against policy.
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  11. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2010 Oregon

    I am currently one of the biggest shippers of pickled cucumbers in north Portland.
  12. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    It really depends though. My buddy that I've traded with just goes to UPS and they pack it up for him and ship it. It's pretty sweet too, cause UPS packs boxes like a boss
  13. dukes

    dukes Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2012 Maryland

    I'm a well respected distributor of candles
  14. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Zealot (586) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    The first rule about shipping beer , Is not talking about shipping beer.

    Collectable Glassware, Olive Oil , Homemade Salsa , B-Day gift, all seem to be logical substitutes for whats "really " being shipped..:wink:

    good luck getting your friend the rare bomber ..

    Cheers !
  15. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I have never shipped beer, but I have shipped a fair amount of olive oil to friends across the country.
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  16. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (480) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    well I personally ship a ton of yeast samples and and snow globes. If your really worried about it, make it signed signature. This makes someone of age sign for your box.
  17. camil1mj

    camil1mj Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I have a booming vintage soda business. I have a business card and everything!
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  18. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    You know you have to tell us if you are a cop right?
  19. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    I must be known as the Marinade Man at my local FedEx Ground spot...

    "Holy moly...that guy loves to grill!"
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  20. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (738) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    My uncle owns a maple syrup conglomerate.....

    Oh, and my girlfriend sends her homemade marinades to contests all across the US. The majority of these contests seem to take place in city apartments close to college campuses....
  21. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    Hill's Balsamics labels.

    Look it up.
  22. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2010 Oregon

    I love where this thread is going. Who has the best lie about what they are shipping.
  23. emannths

    emannths Initiate (194) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    I don't think this is true. It's against the law in most states to transport alcohol, or cause it to be transported, across state lines without a license, regardless of carrier. It's just not mail fraud.
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  24. ChefBergo

    ChefBergo Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2011 Illinois

    I only ship olive oil, marinade and homemade salsa. It's a booming homegrown business to be in.
  25. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    Diplomatic immunity. I show them my card. And it's a good thing Americans are terrible at geography.
  26. mroberts1204

    mroberts1204 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    I buy bulk maple syrup from Canada and age it in bourbon soaked oak cubes. It adds an additional layer of complexity to otherwise one dimensional pancakes.
  27. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (480) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    my best advice is not run out of the store giggling like a school girl that just got away with something and you should be ok.
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  28. Devi0us

    Devi0us Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 California

    I've been shipping Homemade Balsamic Vinegar...Actually when I think about it, I've only been asked once what I was shipping and it was at a UPS that I've never been too before...The regular UPS that I ship out from hasn't asked me once, although I am a regular customer and they've gotten to know me...

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  29. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Initiate (131) May 15, 2011 New York
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  30. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    dildos and lube is what i say when the UPS guy asks, works great when its a UPS girl. That person only asks ONCE
  31. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Bringing my local Kinko's (Fedex shipper) manager an unlabeled bottle of my homemade marinade soon. She's been dying to try it, considering all of the boxes of it I've been sending out to "prospective customers."
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  32. buffs9

    buffs9 Aspirant (291) Apr 28, 2008 Colorado
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    artisan olive oils and vinegars, have a fake logo and all.
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  33. Mages64

    Mages64 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Lava lamps and foranzi coffee syrup
  34. ficklenicholas

    ficklenicholas Initiate (115) Jul 26, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Sent a box out today. Fella asked me if they're we breakables in it. I said yes. He asked what it was and i said bottles of vinegar. He asked if it it was secure, I said like Fort Knox. I told him you can open it but it will take you a half hour to get into it. He said have a nice day. Its already on a plane.

    I always answer they're questions honestly with out telling them its Beer.

    And the box was like Fort Knox. Even if the opened the first box and removed all the padding, they would still have to open the second box...
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  35. Allsmoke

    Allsmoke Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2007 Virginia

    Can I interest you in some olive oil? No, how about some some fine scented candles, or perhaps some grand perfume
  36. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2011 Vermont

    Thank God somebody finally created that avatar to clear up the confusion.
  37. atoulouk

    atoulouk Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2011 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Collectible Snow Globes, handle with care. They think I'm a big Ebay seller of globes :slight_smile:
  38. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    Paper....For real!! I tell them it's paper lol
  39. csano

    csano Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2010 Washington

    Paper makes a sloshing noise? Granted, I'm deaf, and wouldn't know otherwise, but I'm all kinds of suspicious about this one.
  40. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    hahaaa well, shredded paper covers up the sloshing noise, because that shit is loud on its own. It also helps that I ship around 200 packages on average of printed paper a day....just goes un-noticed i suppose? I dunno
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