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Old 01-22-2009, 04:32 PM #1
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Shipping: What You Need To Know Before You Cut a Deal

This is a guide that covers the following topics:
Shipping Times: In your country of residence.
Shipping Times: Over the Border
Third Party Trading
Tracking Numbers
Buying Online (From Stores)
Shipping Prices
Shipping Companies: Pro's and Con's.
Contact Numbers and Links


Shipping Times: In your country of residence.
Many people ask when to expect their item, "Will I have my gun/hopper/tank in time for my tournament?" Well, the average time for a coast to coast shipment weather it be in Canada, Mexico, United States, Australia, England, etc. Is a week to a week and a half. However, this time could be extended if the parcel is improperly labeled, or carelessly packaged. So double check the addresses and remember that the recipient would most likely rather have their item arrive in 2 boxes and 5 layers of tape than in 6 pieces and dysfunctional.

Shipping Times: Over the Border/Ocean.
Shipping over the boarder can be a scary and troublesome task for a rookie seller. Being Canadian, I have been forced, and forced others to deal with this task and I've learned quickly the do's and dont's of over the border shipping. First off, Never, ever, EVER ship UPS, they ad insane border fees to the item that can be up to 75% of the item's overall value. A good example was my Tadao M6 PMR board that cost me 45 dollars, and came with a 36 dollar border fee.
Also, ask for extra shipping money, tracking numbers normally cost extra for an over the border shipment, however it is essential to know where the parcel is at all times because of its long journey. If you don't have one, you will wish you did. Normal shipping time over a border is 2-3 weeks because of customs having to inspect each and every parcel. I'm not sure about other countries but I know for USA-Canada shipping, if you mark the item as a gift there will not be any customs charges on the item. For shipping to Europe: "...on the customs form do not call it a GUN of any kind they'll hold it in customs for 3-4 weeks. Call it a Pneumatic paint applicator and mark it as a gift" - I R Moose

Third Party Trading
If at any time both parties feel uncomfortable shipping first, you can both ship to a trusted 3rd party member such as a store, field, or moderator. More info can be found here.

Tracking Numbers
Tracking numbers are codes that appear on your shipment receipt when you send an item to someone else, you can track the item by typing the code into the appropriate section of the shipping company's website. Always give the tracking number to your buyer, to be safe, always ask the person at the desk for a shipping number when sending an item, some places only give it on request.

Buying Online (From Stores)
Buying online from stores is great if you don't have a pro-shop near you. A list of reliable stores can be found here. Stores will offer you options on how you want your items shipped, ranging in price depending on how fast you want the item at your door. The cost will also depend on how fragile your item is (making packing cost more). All reputable sites will provide you with a tracking number.

Shipping Prices
National Shipping: Ground (6-10 days): 6-10 dollars
National Shipping: Priority (2-5 days): 12-15 dollars
National Shipping: Overnight (1 day): 20+ Dollars

International Shipping: Ground (2-3 Weeks): 12-15 Dollars
International Shipping: Priority (1-2 Weeks): 15-20 Dollars
International Shipping: Overnight (1-3 days): 30+ Dollars

*International Shipping times are proven by experience of people sending and receiving items, they are not the times given by the post office.

Shipping Companies: Pro's and Con's

USPS:
Pro's:

-Turns into national post service company after crossing border (Example, changes to Canada Post)
-Most common and easily accessible
-Great Customer Service

Con's:
-Slow on updating tracking information

Fedex:
Pro's:

-Fast national and international shipping
-Great Customer Service
-Common in all North American states/provinces

Con's:
-It might be a rather long drive if you miss your delivery since they usually only open one or two locations in a city
-Odd delivery times
-If the item doesn't require a signature sometimes they leave the parcel at your door if you aren't home

UPS:
Pro's:

-Fast and reliable for national shipping
-Good tracking updates

Con's:
-Expensive for international shipping
-Sometimes the offices have odd locations

Purolator:
Pro's:

-Good shipping time estimates
-Great for international shipping
-Trusted by the olympics!! (haha)

Con's:
-Expencive

Contact Numbers and Links
Purolator:
Email Form: http://www.purolator.com/customer_se...inquiries.html

USPS:
Phone: 1800-ASK-USPS (1800-275-8777)
Email: https://hdusps.esecurecare.net/cgi-b...*SnrvPi&xssl=1

UPS:
Phone: 1800-PICK-UPS (1800-742-5877)
Email: https://www.ups.com/upsemail/input?loc=en_US&reqID=SUP

Fedex:
Phone: 1800-463-3339

*UPS and Fedex contact information is for US residents only, for international information go to www.usps.com or www.fedex.com and pick your location from the drop down menu's.

Grantiscool's More In Depth Explanation of Prices and Procedures:
UPS: (united parcel service)

Ground:

UPS Ground Service:

Your package will be moving by truck to hub to hub to delivery. Ground moves on the weekend but is not delivered. It will be left at the door UNLESS you pay for a signature conformation.

UPS Ground Price:
Contrary to the thread creator, carrier prices are not set in stone.
The size, weight, and where its going impact the price.
Shipping to a residential or a commercial address DOES MATTER!!!
Shipping to a commercial address will save you MONEY!
For the cheapest price get your item in the smallest lightest box possible, and ship it to a commercial address if possible.

Calculate UPS ground delivery time here.


UPS Air:

UPS Air Service:
Your package will ride in a truck to a hub, then will be flown to the closest hub to delivery, sometimes even 2 or 3 flights, then delivered. It will be left at the door unless you PAY for a delivery signature. Air service is ideal for sending a check or money order. There are 2 day and next day air services, each with the option of early AM(8:30 for most), AM (10:30), and PM (3:30) delivery times. You also have the option of Saturday delivery, where applicable of course.

UPS Air Price:
Contrary to the thread creator, carrier prices are not set in stone.The size, weight, and where its going impact the price. Shipping to a residential or a commercial address DOES MATTER!!! Shipping to a commercial address will save you MONEY!For the cheapest price get your item in the smallest lightest box possible, and ship it to a commercial address if possible.

For ALL UPS: Items with declared value usually are not left at the door, you will get a little sticky note that stays attempted delivery. Depending on the driver I believe after 1 or 2 re deliveries are attempted before you will have to drive to pick it up. (you will get a little note that says were to go)

Fedex: Fedex Ground and Air operate VERY similiar to UPS.

Fedex calculates pricing on the same principles UPS does, for ground and air. But the prices are different of course.

Estimate Fedex Ground delivery here.

DHL: Domestic (if your american) DHL is not operating anymore. But DHL International is still operating at the moment.

USPS:

First Class (FC)

First Class Service: basic mail, no tracking. Boxes that do not fit in a mailbox you will have to drive to pick up, you SHOULD receive a little note that says were to go. Delivered Monday to Saturday. Delivery Conformation can be bought for FC mail, even letters. It is a very basic form of tracking.

First Class Pricing: ALL domestic postage is sold by weight. Were your are sending it to DOES NOT MATTER(again, as long as it is domestic). FC is divided into letters, large envelopes, and packages. First Class weight limit is 13 ounces, above 13 ounces priority mail is required.

Priority Mail

Priority Mail Service:

All Priority Mail is calculated by weight again, its just more. BUT, Priority Mail is MUCH MUCH faster. Designed as a 2-3 days service, USPS blows UPS and Fedex out of the water (for basic shipping needs of course )for shipping coast to coast, regionally, and internationally. Delivered Monday to Saturday. Delivery Conformation can be bought for Priority mail, even letters. It is a very basic form of tracking.

Express Mail:
Express Mail is tricky. Contact your local post office for details. Something most people do not know is that, were applicable, you can pay for SUNDAY DELIVERY. Please use caution when using Express Mail.
Calculate USPS Pricing here.


Notes on Special Shipping Circumstances:
Signature confirmation, Peach slips, and Insurance

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Old 01-22-2009, 05:00 PM #4
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Thanks guys just hoping this can clear up alot of the shipping questions we've been getting lately.
If anyone has any other questions I'll be happy to make another section answering that question.

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Old 01-22-2009, 05:06 PM #5
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you might want to add a topic about shipping paint.

its much more expensive to ship a case of paint than a gun
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you might want to add a topic about shipping paint.

its much more expensive to ship a case of paint than a gun
this is more for person to person shipping, after I'm done supper though i'll add a quick blurb about buying online from stores and I'll include that.
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this is more for person to person shipping, after I'm done supper though i'll add a quick blurb about buying online from stores and I'll include that.
oh yeah.

since this is person to person, maybe add something about third party shipping?
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oh yeah.

since this is person to person, maybe add something about third party shipping?
EDIT: Added

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nice guide, sticky for sure.

possible to add DHL?

Edit: Might also wanna add somthing about uk shipping, Talk to a guy named eelz here on pbn, knows all about it.
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nice guide, sticky for sure.

possible to add DHL?

Edit: Might also wanna add somthing about uk shipping, Talk to a guy named eelz here on pbn, knows all about it.
I added the contact info for DHL, someone else is going to have to tell me about it though if you want a review since I've never had a package delivered to me with it. Also from what I've gathered my information on international shipping covers UK shipping quite nicely.
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yes it does, BUT on the customs form do not call it a GUN of any kind they'll hold it in customs for 3-4 weeks. Call it a Pneumatic paint applicator and mark it as a gift
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yes it does, BUT on the customs form do not call it a GUN of any kind they'll hold it in customs for 3-4 weeks. Call it a Pneumatic paint applicator and mark it as a gift
thank you, I got a bit of a chuckle from that
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I added the contact info for DHL, someone else is going to have to tell me about it though if you want a review since I've never had a package delivered to me with it. Also from what I've gathered my information on international shipping covers UK shipping quite nicely.
DHL is going out of business in the US so might not be a good idea to have itmes shipped through them.

Oh course UPS is the best but I am biased.
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DHL is going out of business in the US so might not be a good idea to have itmes shipped through them.

Oh course UPS is the best but I am biased.
When they go out of buisness I'll remove them.
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Upon further inspection, DHL is going under. I deleted the parts of the sections about it.
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very nice write up


but sadly enough is these does get sticky'd, no one ever reads them or takes the time to do a 10sec search.
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very nice write up


but sadly enough is these does get sticky'd, no one ever reads them or takes the time to do a 10sec search.
Lol I didn't actually think of asking for this to be sticky'd...I just have seen a crap load of shipping questions lately.
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i use usps all the time and priority is 2-3days best bang for your dollar this is a great thread for these questions.good job.
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