Typical cost to ship a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Myrriad, Feb 20, 2013.


  1. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    About to toss up an Ebay ad for my old G&L L2000 (tribute), and was wondering how much shipping usually costs. I'd do standard (5-6) day shipping.
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    Last one I shipped ( last year), from St. Louis to Attica Kansas was $35 insured ( 98' American Deluxe 5 string J) at Fed Ex.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Toronto, Canada to Alaska = $100 shipped and insured.

    No idea where you are located in the US, but $50-75 would cover you for most of the lower 48.
  4. Zoomie

    Zoomie Supporting Member

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    50.00 to 90.00 shipped with insurance average of 1000.00.

    Recent ones that I can remember from E Tennesee

    Medley FLordia 52.00.

    Arkansas 55.00

    Arizona 82.00

    SoCal 89.00.

    I pack well and double box whenever possible. I'd rather spend a few extra bucks than mess up the buyer and myself while waiting forever for insurance check.

    All UPS Ground.
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  6. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    I set it up for a bit more to cover shipping just to be safe. It's up now :D 3 tone sunburst beauty if anyone might be interested.
  7. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    UPS store is the biggest ripoff going. They charge top dollar to ship basses ground.

    USPS is my favorite. They generally charge between $20-50.
  8. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

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    Fed Ex GROUND HOME DELIVERY is the only way. $32-35. The best deal out there.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    This right here! I've never paid more than $35 to ship a bass using Fedex Ground/Home. I've shipped at least 10-12 basses over the last 10 years.
  10. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    ^
    Truth.
  11. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    USPS is the lowest cost. UPS is the highest. FedEx is in the middle.

    $50 should cover most of your shipping cost. The problem is charging more than that may hinder your sale, as potential buyers will feel that they're getting ripped off. So charging an extra $25-$50 for shipping may cost you $200 in bids.
  12. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    Don't forget to factor the cost of packaging in to the shipping cost. If you don't have a box and can't find a free one, buying a guitar box will set you back about $15-$20 plus the cost of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc.
  13. mntngrown

    mntngrown Supporting Member

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    Open a Fedex acct, online or by phone and the price for you to ship drops a lot, and they store your credit card info so you just get charged automatically without paying at the shipping location.
  14. Monster Truck

    Monster Truck Supporting Member

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    .......and buy insurance. It's only a few bucks, and they'll be much more careful with the package.
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    Exactly!

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