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Shipping help please

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Slavik, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I need to get a relatively large package from the US to the UK.

    The box is 28lbs (13kb) and the dimensions are 57*12*9 (inches).

    I've been quoted about $280 for the shipping, which is a bit rediculous.

    I don't suppose anyone knows a good service to get this cheaply from the US to the UK. Don't mind waiting so speed isn't an issue.

    Cheers
     
  2. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    geez what are you shipping a bumper? *not my business just saying lol*

    From here in south cali via USPS it'd be $120 under those exact terms
    http://ircalc.usps.com/MailServices.aspx?country=10150&m=7&p=28&o=0&l=57&w=9&h=12&g=0&r=True

    I imagine they're using something like UPS?
     
  3. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  4. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Likely... or even FedEx. And I am certain that they have added a "small" fee on top of that as well.

    Most places that do tons of shipping get a discount as it is. Then they just add a few on top, still charge less than you would pay if you went elsewhere to ship it.

    I once shipped a 135lb motor from WV to South Korea, via FedEx... it cost me $150 (roughly)
    Also shipped some energy drinks (don't ask) from WV to somewhere in the UK, cost me approx $48 or so.... (still close to about 30 lbs of drinks)
     
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  5. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    Yeah I would not pay more than $150. I ship way more sauces to the UK for less lmao.
    It's just UPS is better with fragile objects (in my experience)

    USPS has been a lot better lately. You might also have to pay customs... I'm not sure about it. I usually send everything as gift.
     
  6. Brad L

    Brad L Well-Known Member

    Case of Southern Comfort?
     
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  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Uh, for security and liability reasons, I'd NOT go with UPS. They just leave your package at the door.

    FedEx or USPS will give you a notice of receiving if you're not there. Otherwise, all you need to do is sign the paper, and it's yours.
     
  8. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Fed Ex will leave the package at the door unsigned for to.
     
  9. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    For the reason you said you wouldn't use UPS is the reason why I would not use FedEX.

    • FedEx has left things at the door
    • FedEx has left things at the wrong door.
    Love UPS
    Like USPS, but dislike their tracking system
     
  10. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    You may have to pay an import tax to HMCE - we used to buy weather-proof stock labels from America (saved £5,000 per bulk order over the U.K. manufactured ones!!!) but there was always a few hundred pounds import tax we had to pay when the goods arrived.

    The stock tag manufacturer shipped everything through UPS so it may be the case that other shippers do/don't manage the import tax and possibly leave it to chance?
     
  11. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member


    The same is done with UPS.
     
  12. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I have found the Post Office the cheapest and easiest to deal with customs.
    As far as damage goes I've had more stuff come in damaged by UPS.
    Can't think of when the last thing was damaged from FedEx.
    I get UPS deliveries everyday.
    I ship FedEx almost everyday unless the package is less than several pounds.
    Then no one beats the US Post Office.
    I calculated the Post Office at $119.75.

    Opps. Noticed the same price in post 2.
     
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  13. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Not if you require a signature.

    Fedex leaves stuff at my door when I'm not home.
     
  14. cclaerhout

    cclaerhout Well-Known Member

    Once UPS lost a 1000$ Nikon Lens I've bought (America to Europe).
    Then I've read all the bad comments on forums about them...
     
  15. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    Enough said about Fed Ex

     
  16. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Same applies, not if you require a signature.
     
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  17. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Exactly, which is why I have to have my lens rentals shipped to work. Not to mention I wouldn't want those sitting outside...
     
  18. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    In my experience, I've had FedEx come to my door and have me or my family sign the package. :confused:
    There was a news piece where the company apologized for that incident, and refunded the person for the damages.
     
  19. Ditto

    Ditto Member

    Ha! Still didn't stop that driver tossing it over the wall beforehand though. Bet he got sacked as well.
     
  20. intradox

    intradox Well-Known Member

    To be honest though, what do you do in a situation where the house is gated? Where I live all the neighbor hoods are gated but the houses themselves have open driveways.
     

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