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How To Ship Large-Oversized Packages? (domestic US)

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by likewtf, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. likewtf

    likewtf Registered Member

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    I cannot keep paying $50 and $100 for packages that should cost less than $15 to ship


    I'm tired of UPS unless I can get their volume discount but even then the prices will still be high


    I will need to send out 400 items a day if I want +50% off retail


    My packages are large-oversized (average 30x30x20", 20lbs a package)


    My supplier advised using LTL but isn't it going to cost like $300 a shipment? It is not big furniture like a dining room but it is small furniture


    In my country there are carriers who ship packages for just over $20 nationwide


    What are my alternatives?
     
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  2. likewtf

    likewtf Registered Member

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    Anyone this is urgent
     
  3. likewtf

    likewtf Registered Member

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    guys??
     
  4. LeMerovigian

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    Not much you can do like fuel prices; Do you have a merchant account that will save you 5%-10% What about connecting with a local business that gets discounts on shipping? Under 30 inches shouldn't that fit in a standard flat rate box? Print online you can cheat the scale a bit works every-time. I use to ship greyhound for very large packaging....,

    * PM me I might have another tip if you're in the US but rather not post in public, also a slight business proposition tell me about your product line-Luck!
     
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  5. MrFleetwood

    MrFleetwood Newbie

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    I find FedEx Ground is usually cheaper than UPS. Thing is every carrier has oversize fees and you really just need to compare UPS vs FedEx vs USPS. I know FedEx you can get about 15% to 20% discount just for asking it without having much or any volume.



    There are some lesser known carriers, for e.g LaserShip, Ontrak, California Overnight, etc.

    Another option you could consider is GPX -- Greyhound. I was sent a car bumper last month for only $75, but I did have to go to the Greyhound station to pick it up. On their website they claim to offer depot-to-door delivery where you drop it off and they deliver it to the customer's home or business.
     
  6. Ebolarex

    Ebolarex Newbie

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    I have saved money shipping oversized items via OnTrac - if you are in the states they service -
    Think they were about 40% less than what FedEx quoted
     
  7. GiorgioB

    GiorgioB Supreme Member

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    Try and find someone local who is also shipping a lot of stuff and try shipping it together. Dont' you have forwarders in the US? Where I am, people make real business on that, just collecting people's parcels at home and shipping them. Since they are shipping about 2000 a day, they get pretty sweet discounts and charge just under the regular price
     
  8. MrFleetwood

    MrFleetwood Newbie

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    The issue is the dimensional weight. When a package is large (the carrier has an exact definition, like a side longer than X inches) then the "weight" that is billed is based on a formula of the package dimensions. So even if the forwarder has a 10%, 20%, 30% discount with the shipping company it will still be rather expensive. And 15% or so discount you can get yourself by working with the shipping carrier no problems.Another thing you can do is put wrong package details. Thing is I have a feeling accounts get flagged. My friend would ship FedEx ground all the time and only put 1 pounds as the weight. Package is 50 pounds! I told him watch out, put 30 for that 50 pounds, put 2 pounds when it's 10, etc. But now he says every package he sends is billed the correct weight. And I think the risk you run too if you ship something too big or too heavy for the service (FedEx Ground max 150 pounds) is they could bill it correctly as freight with will be 3x to 10x more cost.