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Old 03-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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Any ideas why vendors don't use the Post Office Priority Mail Boxes?

They can ship up to 70 lbs if it fits in the box for $14.95

Post Office will even come and pick it up.

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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I don't think it will fit in the box....grains are light and bulky.

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Old 03-06-2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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You can't track USPS-PM - at least not to the detail level that you can track UPS or Fedex. I've heard that dealing with insurance claims is easier with UPS and Fedex too.

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Old 03-06-2011, 01:17 PM   #4
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Not sure on the insurance claims, but I have to disagree on the tracking... I also belong to a cigar message board, where guys send cigars back and forth all the time in the small USPS Flat-Rate boxes - about $5 shipped, and that includes tracking. Lots of guys make a game out of sending out stuff to unsuspecting people, posting only the tracking number and nothing else, so everyone can see if something's headed in their general direction...

But broadbill is absolutely onto something - the grains (or DME/LME) required for any given 5 gallon batch are certainly going to be light enough, but they'll be too bulky to fit into most of the flat-rate boxes.

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Old 03-06-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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I dealt with this at Christmas time. Stuff I ordered via PM, you could track when it left the sender, and find out if it had been delivered (or attempted), but no detail on the waypoints in between. And even though it's "priority," "two days or so," they wouldn't post an ETA.

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Lots of guys make a game out of sending out stuff to unsuspecting people, posting only the tracking number and nothing else, so everyone can see if something's headed in their general direction...
WTF? I have no concept of what you are talking about here.
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It's a thing they do on several cigar boards - they call it "cigar bombing". Package up 5 or 6 nice sticks, send them off to some other member on the board who you think is deserving - whether they deserve it because you want to completely surprise a noobie, or someone give you a particularly good bit of advice, whatever. Occasionally these bombs get very elaborate and over the top.

In short, many people on cigar boards appear to be completely insane. And yeah, "unsuspecting people" was definitely a little confusing - maybe "unsuspecting members of that same cigar message board" would be more clear.

It strikes me that "beer bombing" could be fun - except shipping beer gets a little more dicey than shipping a handful of cigars...

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bargainfittings.com uses USPS flat rate boxes, love it, even though he's not that far away from me!

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Out here in Hawaii we get killed by shipping
I started an order for a $24 kit and the UPS/FEDEX shipping was like $35.
Can't brew for those prices.

Did get a shipping free order off from Amazon for a Coopers "Complete" IPA kit for something like $34 but the choice is limited.

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I work in shipping and I have a couple of points to this. it's not a bad deal as long as it fits in the two size boxes they want you to use. The post office is trying really hard to be right up there with the big kids since traditional mail is on the out. On the other hand, I can't trust the post office worth anything. BUT, they are starting to use fedex to move the stuff across the country.

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Comes down simply to reliability..USPS you may or may not receive your delivery on the required date and tracking the shipment is not there. I can tell you for sure FedEx is the way to go, I maybe am abit bias as that Ive been with them for 19 yrs but the service is second to none.

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