Shipping UPS or FedEx

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Lucas Cheadle, Jan 17, 2023.

  1. I'm selling a bass and can't decide between shipping UPS or FedEx.
    This will be a domestic USA shipment. What say you?
  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
  3. USPS, very interesting. I've not thought of them as viable for large box shipping. Can you elaborate on your experience using USPS to ship basses?
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  4. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Rates are comparable (within $20 give or take) for all. I always ask the buyer what carrier they prefer because quality of service differs substantially between locations.
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  5. steve_ss

    steve_ss Shiny, let's be bad guys. Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2016
    Southern NJ, USA
    Last week I received a bass shipped by FedEx. Sender required a signature on delivery. I happened to took out my front door window and saw a very large box sitting on the porch in the rain. Delivered with no signature, no knock on the door, nothing. Thank the stars the bass was 100% OK. Ship with lots of insurance and take lots of pictures.
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  6. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I've been buying, selling, and trading basses for close to 30 years. The first 20 years was spent using both UPS and FedEx 50/50. Both of those companies began a pattern of disappointment and failure for my shipments within the last 2-3 years that I used them. I've used USPS the past 10 years and have had nothing but consistent, predictable results.
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  7. 9c1ny

    9c1ny Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    I'd never choose to use USPS for a bass. Their tracking is very inadequate. I had a bass bridge take 12 days priority recently and a Christmas gift take 19 days from California to Oregon.

    I feel like USPS is a little more careful as far as rough handling but if it's packed correctly it shouldn't matter much
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  8. Thumpinshelton

    Thumpinshelton Supporting Member

    I personally prefer UPS over FedEx. I have had both good and bad with both, but UPS seems to be better at making things right or just fixing issues better than FedEx. I have also had less damage with UPS. The downside is that UPS is more expensive than FedEx typically, but as they get what you pay for!
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  9. Mike Vee

    Mike Vee

    Oct 8, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Nothing worse than FedEx
  10. TheArchitect


    Aug 4, 2009
    As was mentioned, it does depend on location to some extent. I have had my issues with both. I would not die on either of their hills. I use the cheapest option, pack well, insure and photograph. Those are the only tools that will mean anything
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  11. InnerCityBass


    Apr 14, 2011
    UPS or FedEx? Ask yourself do you want the devil or an infected nasty labricorn to deliver your bass?

    In my experience these two shipping companies are the ones who did the worst! If you look at UPS on Trustpilot, you'll see the most horrible score ever, similar to scam companies, and it goes pretty much for all the countries they're in.
  12. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    UPS and use
  13. Grinderman


    Dec 21, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I've had a small box of my aunt's special home made Christmas cookies, an old coveted Sicilian family recipe, show up here in CA ruined in June. Thanks a lot FedEx.

    There was plenty of sketchy Tomfoolery by FedEx regarding that package in the interim between December and June too.
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  14. bassically_eli

    bassically_eli Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    Mebane, NC
    I would go with UPS personally. FedEx has really been problematic in my area for the last several years. UPS isn't really great all the time either, but it's OK (stuff gets hung up in our local hub and comes/goes late, but doesn't get damaged). I can't imagine using USPS for a large package. Really surprised to see that recommended. Last I checked, their prices for large packes were astronomical. Have to they come down recently?
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  15. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    I've sold and shipped over 60 instruments in last 5 years. I used UPS for about 90% of those shipments. Honestly think they're both about the same. Each person might have different experiences and come strong with a suggestion. Fully insure is the best thing you can do, past that it's a crap shoot honestly
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    I live in NYC. Here USPS is the worst (I hate dealing with them). UPS is better, and FedEx is the best. IME, FedEx updates the delivery info and usually delivers on time.
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  17. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    Pirateship will save you a ton of money. They ship with UPS, which is a union company with real employees. FedEx and USPS are a crapshoot.
  18. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    UPS as they run a hub near my office. Great service and tarmac traffic that rivals Reagan Int’l. Pack well as they stack cartons and are quite aggressive with ratchet straps.

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  19. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Yes for sure, ask Wilson [​IMG] about is experience

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  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I had a series of bad experiences with FedEx, so I'd say UPS is the lesser of two evils.