Anyone ever ship freight?

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  1. funkgab

    funkgab Junior Member

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    I had a weird request from a customer.. he wants me to sell his softserve (icecream/frozen yogurt) machine for him.. he says he'll give me 30% of whatever, and cover ebay fees..

    obviously i'm going to have to ship with freight unless i find a local (its in storage right now)

    he bought it for $20,000.. ebay their going for $7,300 lowest i've seen.. but nobody is bidding on it.. if i set it for like 6800 i'm sure it will get some hits.. i hope

    and craigslist i'm afraid to list on craigslist cause of all the lowballers/people who want to see it working, and say they want to buy and they never come through...

    whats the best freight service to use? and do they do all the wrapping/packing for you?
  2. Octane91

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    My one experience shipping stuff freight was shipping a Coast Guard mascot costume (gigantic otter suit): it was in an over-sized transfer case (IIRC 5' x 4' 2.5' at about 50-60 pounds full) and FedEx charged us $275-280 for the cheapest option
  3. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    No, they don't pack it for you. In most cases, you even need to drop off at their depot.
  4. Miller

    Miller Tweak Guru

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    I ship all the time with UPS freight. you'll have to palletize it. They come and pickup for free (I'm my area at least) if you don't have a dock or fork lift you'll have to request a pallet jack and lift gate. I do it all online at ups.com
  5. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    I'd make the buyer pay for the crating service (if needed, a guy can come build a custom wood crate for it at about $200-400) -OR- just be responsible the freight side of things if a crate isn't needed and only a pallet. Rather than deal w/ the freight service yourself.

    You can call UPS or Fedex and just have them do it via freight. It's just a few forms to fill out (Bill of Lading). Domestic freight is simple.

    Since you're in LA, see if you can use DB Schenker if you need a cheaper option.

    The biggest thing about freighting something so expensive is you probably want to insure it and not all companies can do it for something so expensive.
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    When my parents ran a furniture business, 10ish years ago, we would shop DHL, FedEx Freight or UPS Freight (customer's choice). All were equally expensive, none were particularly better service-wise.
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    guess i need to try and make the buyer do it thanks
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    I wouldn't even consider buying something if the seller made me arrange crating/palletizing it and arranging shipping.
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