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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about mailing sold rods

Hello all,

Where's the best place to get the long boxes to mail fly rods in?

Also, which carrier is best: UPS, FEDx, or USPS?

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If you want the rods to survive donít use
UPS.
Others may feel different but my experience with UPS has been not good.
USPS has been great.
They have free triangular priority boxes but they wonít fit the longer rods.
Maybe you can combine 2 boxes?
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I prefer USPS, and I use flat sided tubes.

I've shipped lots of stuff with FedEx for years, and had good though expensive results.

I don't use UPS if I can avoid it at all. I did for awhile, and they proved to be too hard on things.
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How about trying your local fly shop? Iím sure they will have plenty of boxes they have received rods in.


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If I need them, I usually buy boxes at one of the UPS stores. They usually, not always, have 4" x 60" boxes which work for me. Of course I keep on hand the boxes that are sent to me with rods in them. I always use USPS, have found it very dependable.
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I take y box that is long enough, score it into 4 sides that is the tube dia. Then fold it into a triangle, and tape the bajeesies out of it. Usps will ship priorty have way across the country for $15,18 bucks with 200 ins.
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If you want to continue to have friends, ship USPS

If you want enemies, go with UPS ... especially if shipping to Canada. The brokerage fees are brutal !!


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Curiously I have found UPS (via a broker, not direct) the best for cost to the US or Canada from the UK.
The tracking is very good, showing updates as it passes through each checkpoint. I've never had to claim on anything however.
Shipping into the UK, Fedex has been awful, I had to make an official complaint for a (non) delivery of a reel, and it was the second time I had problems like this.
USPS has pretty patchy tracking into the UK - it converts into the local UK courier arm getting into the UK - and the insurance is limited shipping overseas, which is a worry if the items are of high value.
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As far as I'm concerned there all too damn expensive. Let's face it nobody is killing themselves delivering and they all treat packages terrible regardless of how there marked or what you paid.
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As far as I'm concerned there all too damn expensive. Let's face it nobody is killing themselves delivering and they all treat packages terrible regardless of how there marked or what you paid.
Really? You can ship a rod cross country for less than $20.00. That seems like a great deal to me.
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Hello all,

Where's the best place to get the long boxes to mail fly rods in?

Also, which carrier is best: UPS, FEDx, or USPS?

Thanks
If your'e in the PDX area I can help you out with a box. I have boxes from stretcher bars for paintings.
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I have had good luck with USPS so far, in the states and across the Canadian border. UPS ( useless property smashers) don't care what they are shipping, they will ruin it on purpose.

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A couple thoughts from my experience:

1. Insurance from USPS is basically worthless. Insurance from UPS and Fedex will only pay if the packing is done by their employees or agents.

2. I recently sold a rod to a member here who was about an hour and a half away from me. I went to a UPS company store. They wanted $70+ dollars for packing, shipping and insurance. I then went to a shipping store who had access to rates from UPS, Fedex and USPS. I ended up paying a little over $28 to have the rod packed, shipped and insured.
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Really? You can ship a rod cross country for less than $20.00. That seems like a great deal to me.
In Canada $20 won't get you insurance or a signature. I shipped a line this morning, cost about $3 more or less. I asked how much for a tracking number..$13+. For what I ask. I was willing to pay extra for this but not more than quadruple. I don't know about the USPS but Canada post is profit driven. The USPS is federally subsidized so prices are kept lower. Mt $.02.

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I've shipped and had rods shipped all by USPS. The rods that were in tubes all just shipped in the tube, wrapped in brown paper. All arrived intact
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