Shippng costs!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by giantjerk, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. giantjerk


    Jan 18, 2003
    Allen, TX
    Might be the wrong forum, but it applies directly to basses.

    In the past I have shipped basses with UPS and FedEx, regardless of carrier, standard ground has consistently been between $25 and $35.

    I priced the cost to ship a bass from Dallas to Southern California via FedEx standard ground and the cost was $45!

    Anyone else experienced this increase in costs? When I have sold basses here on TB in the past I have always been fair in pricing and dealing with shipping costs.
  2. Yep. I used to ship basses from Ohio to Seattle for $45 and the last time I did it was close to $100. I guess gas prices are hittting UPS and FedEx too.:rollno:
  3. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I just had a bass shipped to me and insured shipping via FedEx was $60.
  4. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender Supporting Member

    Fuel costs have gone up.
  5. uhhhhh....... DHL? much cheaper, dallas to cali insured 15$
  6. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    I havent noticed a increase at all..

    Now you got to factor sometimes and its not all the time, but if they have to go somewhere they dont want or dont need to go often its going to cost more.

    I just shipped 3 basses this week and not a single one was over $30, and I shipped a guitar to Canada which was $42.. So...

    Also if you take 3 minutes to sign up for a fedex account its much cheaper :) little hint/trick..
  7. ProfGumby


    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.
    You are seeing right, fuel costs are forcing higher shipping rates in a lot of places. Scott in Dallas mentioned that it cost more to send this neck back to me than the last, and it was in the same exact packaging as the last time. Same weight, same size, same point A to point B, more cash....a sign of the times I think.
  8. nsmar4211


    Nov 11, 2007
    UPS did raise their rates......because gas went up.

    To lower costs, ship to a commercial address (15% cheaper lots of times), and put the bass in the smallest box safely possible. An inch can mean the different between shipping for the actual weight or shipping for a dimensional weight of 70lbs.....

    Last month it cost me $23 to ship a washburn bass across the country...insured. Had the box been bigger, it would've been about $40!

    And those "UPS stores" are not UPS rates. Either go to a Staples or directly to a UPS hub for UPS rates if you have to go somewhere. UPS Stores are the old Mailbox Etc.'s, and they do a surcharge of 20% right off the bat :spit::spit:
  9. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    $68.00 for UPS ground last time I shipped. The time before that I only paid $35.00
  10. slyderhodge


    Oct 24, 2007
    Floyd, VA
    Associate Engineer: Mountain Fever Studios
    I work at a FedEx Authorized Shipping Center and yes cost has gone up. I used to see an average cost of 11-15 bucks per package now it's up to about 20. Express hasn't gone up as much as ground/home.

    I haven't shipped a package for under 10 bucks in the last 3 weeks. Normally one third are 8-10 bucks.

    Blame it on the gas.
  11. giantjerk


    Jan 18, 2003
    Allen, TX
    I do have a FedEx account. Even though I save 10% I don't like the fact that FedEx does not make the charge against my credit card until the package is delivered.
  12. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I'd rather pay more than have to deal with DHL.

    You know the old adage of "You get what you pay for?" That definitely applies with them. Lost packages, lousy customer service, slow/delayed service by as much as a few days just because of where you live, delivery in unmarked untrackable vans....