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Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by JoeAC, May 22, 2012.
I am police. King Kong ain't got nothin on me.
It is one of those don't ask, don't tell things and...
BBQ sauce thank you very much...
You have to have a license to Legally ship beers
Perhaps, but according to that theory there are about a million people from Chicago bringing Three Floyd's into Illinois illegally.
I probably have one of the most successful homemade snow globe making business in the Nor Cal area.
"The contents of the box sir, snow globes, really big ones too"
Nice to "meat" a fellow marinader(?)
I ship collectible pickel jars.
I go with the snowglobe answer as stated previously. I also only drop off boxes about 30 minutes before the pickup time so it doesnt tempt interest.
Also, this on the USPS policy...
My Roomate sells marinades, I just ship for him.
My wife trades marinades, and jams with people across the country, and I get stuck packaging and shipping them.
Tell em it's water, hops, grain, and yeast. Probably legal to ship those things together when they haven't been fermented together.
People actually ship beer, whoda thunkit. I ship a variety of maple syrup products from Vermont and there is nothing against the rules about that. I even tell them that it's liquid and how well I pack it if they ask.
Yes. That is probably the case (though I don't know exactly what IL's law says). For example, in the 70s, MA cops pulled people over for importing alcohol from NH. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125236461011390855.html
I create the label at home, tape it on and drop off at the local fedex. I've never had a problem. Usually at the time I drop off (4pm ish) they're so busy that they just have me leave it on a counter. If it's slow they might reweigh it, but I've never been questioned about the contents.
Yeah, it really matters state by state, I can bring beer into VA but only a certain amount (I believe one gallon or less total). I remember seeing some spreadsheet that showed the beer laws by state but I don't remember where I saw it.
As long as they don't set up road blocks to keep me from bringing my goodies from Mizzou (Bells, Founders, Stone, Deschute, Green Flash, Firestone Walker & Grand Teton for starters) back here. Although I beleive this state is mostly interested in gouging me for taxes on $ spent outta state...
I ship live yeast samples packed in water.
Going at lunch time is another good option if you want to avoid being questioned at all. They'll be a person short and often won't have time to even question you about contents. Like everyone has said, just lie if they do. Also, repeating what others have said, get an account on UPS or FedEX online and print the labels off and drop at pickup location.
Sensitive Liquid Filled Gauges Do Not Contain Mercury! and Lava Lamps.
My UPS folks know for a fact that I ship beer... They could care less.
I have never been asked by our FedEx what we were shipping. We even had some break once and all they did was call us and inform us. They asked if we wanted it back or to continue shipping. We asked them to continue to ship but they sent it back to us anyways repackaged. We just packed it better, replaced what broke and reshipped. I'm pretty sure the lady at FedEx knows what we are shipping but doesn't care. I just ask they put fragile stickers on it and we've been fine.
Technically it is illegal to transport beer across state lines into certain states without a license. I know both Maryland and Massachusetts have such antiquated laws, and I'm sure there are others. However, I have to imagine that these laws are hardly ever actually enforced because of how difficult enforcement would be. I think by the letter of the law, not only would trades shipping beer to these states be illegal, so would any trade that ships beer ACROSS these states.
I ship lava lamps made FROM vintage soda bottles. Boo yah.
I have had long conversations with the people at UPS about BBQ sauce, since that's what I'm shipping out all the time.
There is a bunch of people that trade BBQ sauce from all over the country. At least that's what the people at UPS think...
Yeah - most people are breaking numerous laws by shipping across state lines, regardless of the carrier.
It's just kind of like jaywalking or driving 66 in a 65. Harmless and not worth the effort involved to deal with it...
Do traders avoid USPS because they're afraid of federal/mail fraud laws? Or is it just that USPS is a little less laissez faire about package contents?
I ship aquarium parts and products in styrofoam lined fish boxes. No one questions with fishes printed on the side of the box or sloshing noises.
I think it's a little from column A, a little from column B, and a little from column C (USPS treats boxes with less care than Fedex/UPS).
I print labels at home and drop them off and ask for a few fragile labels...never been asked what I'm shipping. Hell, I had a beer leak in transit once (bad cap) and soak the bottom of the box (it was my first trade and I didn't seal the ziplock completely I guess) and they still delivered it. There was no way a box soaked in Pliny wasn't obviously beer and no one called and the rest of the package was intact...so I wouldn't worry.
I heard that USPS breaks more bottles than UPS or FedEx due to improper handling.
Edit: cbeer beat me to it, aarrggghhh.
Sports memorabilia, Homemade pickles, bbq sauce. Snowglobes.
Fish sauce aged in bourbon barrel.
Never shipped any alcohol, tons of collectable Belgian glassware though...
I ship Horsetooth Hot Sauce
I print my own labels with Fedex and have never been asked what is in the box. My wife has been asked once. I told her to say BBQ sauce if she was ever asked... but she instead decided to tell the Fedex employee to fuck off and took the box to another store.
Fort Knox, huh? We should see if your box is any match for UHCougar12's samurai sword....
Is Bruce Jenner a BA? He looks like shit since he took up with the band of gypsy prostitutes...