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Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by twizzard, May 23, 2013.

  1. twizzard

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    I've got a good fiend in Santa Cruz willing to ship me some Pliney the Elder. My question is, will UPS or FedEx ship if they know what their shipping? Is there a 'cute/legal way around any regulations prohibiting its shipment?
     
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    No, they will not ship if they know you are trying to ship beer. As they say, what they don't know won't hurt them.
     
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    Go USPS and DADT.
     
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    Why would anyone do this ever?
     
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    did you read the post.
     
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    yes. It's illegal to ship beer via USPS (The United States Postal Service). That's why I ship via UPS or FedEx.
     
  8. DrinkSlurm

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    I ship groundwater samples for a living every day...don't tell them what's in the package and place the container in a zip lock bag (if one breaks and liquid spills out they will hold it or send it back). Have your buddy send me one too!
     
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    Apparently, I've been wrong all these years. I thought USPS wouldn't ship alcohol, but Fedex and UPS would. My beer of the month club packages come UPS.
     
  10. BeerMeInStl

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    When I ship with Fedex they don't even ask me what's in the box. With UPS I told them that it was Soy Sauce.
     
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    You can ship through UPS/Fedex if you have a license to do so. 99.9% of beer traders do not have said license. The place where you bought your beer of the month does.
     
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    Just make sure your friend packs it properly and you should be good to go. A quick search on this site will help with packing and shipping tips. Worst case scenario is that it will be confiscated or returned or, if Ace Ventura is delivering it, the beer will be damaged. But I have mailed hundreds of boxes of beer, many to CA and AK and have not had one issue. Good luck.
     
  13. TheBeerDad

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    They also have a license to operate in that way, we (ba members in general) do not.
     
  14. Ri0

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    Make sure each bottle is wrapped up really well in bubble wrap, surrounded by packing peanuts and double boxed. My last 2 trades each had broken bottles. I swear they (UPS and FedEx) are kicking and throwing these boxes into and out of the trucks to break bottles with how well they have been packed.
     
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    I believe the only 'advantage' of USPS is that they need to go through a process to open you package if they find it suspicious while private guys like fedex/ups can open up your box if they so please. Or maybe my info is outdated and they changed this lol
     
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    My shipment from OK to Cali via USPS got hung up like two dogs in heat somewhere in the middle of New England for a week. Won't use 'em again. Don't put a smiley sticker on the box sayin' "This is contraband" and you'll be fine. Most everyday worker bees don't have the energy, time nor inclination to "citizens' arrest" yer innocuous shipment of beer.
     
  17. j47paco

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    I've shipped A LOT of "olive oil" in the last few years using both FedEx and UPS without any problems. That's IF they even ask in the first place.
     
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    Telling them you are shipping beer is the equivalent of answering "I am under 18" on a beer or porn site. You'll be the 1st person to ever do it.
     
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    That's a lotta soy sauce ;)
     
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    I ship from my local shop www.rozis.com I can insure it for more than $100 if needed (if I want to, but I don't pack like an idiot so it's not a problem) I say it's 'beer' if I need to ensure it, because that's what it is. It's not always "illegal" despite the great myth that says otherwise.
     
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    I just shipped a ton with ups from my old home to my current home.. I didn't pack it the best either, and it still arrived perfectly fine.
     
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    Cant believe this place will send me a 5 gallon keg of Sierra Nevada torpedo or pale ale.. This must be a birthday request.
     
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    What I do is print the UPS label at home from UPS.com. Then I just drop it off, no questions asked. But in general they've never really asked me what's in the box. Just depends who you get I suppose.
     
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    I ship through work most of the time, but when it comes to trading with folks I'm not supposed to ship to, I will bring the package and say it's hot sauce from my pepper garden.
     
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