While I've been in the Reselling Game for a good amount of time now (2005ish)
and have read many a-post having issues with every
Shipping Company, in my personal experience as well as what I've read as the majority on here UPS *does* seem to bear both the largest amount of "Shipping Nightmare" stories as well as the biggest "Oopsie!" Lost-In-Shipping and Breakage stories. My
most recent was just yesterday, as I was out of boxes and took a sold bass into my "new" local store (haven't used this particular one since the move here to Eville about 2 years ago)
and their employee quoted me $80-$100
to pack & ship! (an EBMM Stingray-like SUB 5, nothing special in size or weight)
... and I quote, "I'll have to wrap it with 4" of Bubble Wrap on each side"... and this wasn't just "A Bass" carried in by its neck, but in a decent Gig Bag providing its own protection.
Needless to say I walked out of there, stopped by my local Guitar Center where my friends hooked me up with the box I was needing, wrapped in up with about 4" of Bubble Wrap... costing me all of $15 from Target, and shipped USPS Insured & Tracked for $35, even with their "Balloon/Oversized Charge". I'll generally use either USPS or FedEx, and only UPS if my Customers insist on it (and will incur the extra cost)
. The above reason, as well as fairly crappy Customer Service on delivering items to me as a Customer, are the reasons why...