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Old 03-13-2013, 03:34 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm new to this & just sent out my first bottle for trade. It was a single 12oz. bottle & shipping via Fedex from NY to OH was $13. Ouch. The bottle of beer itself was only $10.

Just curious to know if there are any tricks to UPS or FedEx (besides weight)

Do they measure the box & charge by height/length/width?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 03-13-2013, 03:44 AM   #2
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It's expensive for a non-business to ship UPS or FedEx.

Next time just ship Priority Mail - less than 2 pounds should be in the $6 - $8 range depending on how far away you ship.


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Old 03-13-2013, 08:36 AM   #3
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Alot of times it is worth trading more. I usually go a little overboard with my trades, (25-35lbs.) But I usually pay around $25-$28. It depends on the weight, the dimensions of the box, and the distance. I sent a out 2 bottles once and it cost me $17 just to ship them, since then I try to go bigger, just to make it worth the cost of shipping.
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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Sign up for a fedex account (i find them 100 times cheaper than UPS rates)
Keep a credit card on file and honestly after 8-10 shipments i find my rates are going down the more i ship.
I can tell because ive shipped to the same people within 2-3 months and the secound time was $2-3 cheaper.

But to answer your question....Yes shipping is a pain in the ass but like Javier said its sometime worth it to trade mroe to offset the shipping
Also in the longrun i usually only trade for rare/beers i will never see in my area so paying the $10-15 is worth it to me
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It's expensive for a non-business to ship UPS or FedEx.

Next time just ship Priority Mail - less than 2 pounds should be in the $6 - $8 range depending on how far away you ship.
Other than being illegal, it's perfect!
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I've heard a rumor that USPS is trying to change their policy to be able to legally accept Alcohol shipments. We'll see if it ever happens. I think part of the reason they don't is due to taxes and state lines . .
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Other than being illegal, it's perfect!
I don't think shipping USP or FedEx is 100% legal either
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I don't think shipping USP or FedEx is 100% legal either
It sure is. I get beer shipments from beer clubs often and we are members of many wine clubs. All ship with ups/FedEx. The ups in Sonoma California will gladly ship your wine/beer home to you from all the wineries in the area.
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It sure is. I get beer shipments from beer clubs often and we are members of many wine clubs. All ship with ups/FedEx. The ups in Sonoma California will gladly ship your wine/beer home to you from all the wineries in the area.
It was my understanding if you have a business permit to do so then its ok. Just saying..
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:36 PM   #10
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Yes. Businesses have licensing to ship alcohol.


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