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Saving a few $, shipping with FedEx

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by sandiego67, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    I have a FedEx account and I print my shipping labels at home. I just noticed that when you Perform the Detailed Address Check, it automatically defaults to "This is a residential address" if you are shipping to someone's home. It then ships FedEx Residential Delivery. This bypasses the GROUND option and adds a few dollars to the shipping cost.

    If you are shipping frequently, you can save a few bucks by un-checking this box.
  2. cetherid

    cetherid Devotee (406) Aug 23, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Just remember Ground is only Mon-Fri delivery. Home will deliver on Saturdays.
  3. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    Got it. Good call.
  4. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (407) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Having worked at FedEx for a few years- you're going to get better package handling shipping Home Delivery (residential) as well. Drivers load their own packages as opposed to someone making $10/hr who doesn't give a shit.
  5. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    More good info. I thought it was just a surcharge that I could avoid.
  6. pest

    pest Disciple (353) Sep 2, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Good tip, never heard this before
  7. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (452) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    That is good info to consider. I would still rather save a few dollars wherever possible though, and just make sure to package very well.

    When you're making the label at home, you can bring the drop down menu on the right for Rates, and see what it costs for every option. I go with the cheapest every time and have thus far never had a package damaged in any way in shipping with careful packaging.
  8. gn0sis

    gn0sis Initiate (94) Dec 17, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I've had FedEx readjust the price and tack on surcharges after the fact when they realized it was not actually a business.
  9. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    I have the online account and it lets you track your shipments. I have been pleasantly surprised on a few shipments lately where they adjusted the weight down and the costs was less than I planned.
  10. CarolinaKevin

    CarolinaKevin Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2010 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I've never had an issue with fedex home delivery, but fedex ground has lost my package x2, not fun! Ground doesn't seem as equipped to deal with residential.
  11. kristalynn

    kristalynn Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2012 California

    this is true, they definitely adjust for the residential delivery. you will see the additional charge on your billing statement.
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  12. Lam

    Lam Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 California

    Similar question, I would like to ship my beer to my cousin who lives abroad. Any suggestion? would the beer go bad? the beer is orange wheat.
  13. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Yeah, residential is actually a different service - odds are your box ends up getting transferred over to Home at some point, it will take an extra day for the mess-up, and you'll still get charged for residential. I try to google map addresses before shipping to get it right, but it's not always obvious.
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