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Old 05-19-2010, 12:03 PM
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I know not everyone is as nieve as I was but I thought I would share this info with the members. I hope no one is offended as this is just some info to save some money.

I shipped a rod to TFO via UPS a while back and since I did not have a container the total cost to ship was about 17 dollars. I thought that was a little steep so this time I used USPS and it cost me 5.95 total. The container was free since I shipped it Priority Mail.

Now I dont know about you but the money I saved shipping USPS could be used for more important items like Fly Tying Material .

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:17 PM
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Boser,

I've been a staunch USPS Priority user since UPS did away with the old Blue Label shipping and escalated their rates. Currently I find the rates at 'Brown' cost prohibitive.
Good that you posted this because that $10 plus change you saved will easily pay for some hooks eh?
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:49 PM
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Ard, Yes, the savings did allow me to procure some hooks. In these hard economic times I figured someone may be saved the higher cost of shipping if I posted this subject. The good news is I broke my TFO atually catching some fish. The crappie and bass are really hitting here in the midwest. Hopefully I'll get west this summer for some trout...

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Good one, I'll look into postal as I do ship a bit, and fedex while I like the tracking number, is getting costly
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:17 PM
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I think the competion has dragged USPS up quite a bit in the last few years. I mail stuff now that I wouldn't have trusted them with years ago. They've become more dependable, faster and I don't get soaking wet packages that look like they dragged them here anymore.
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My first addiction is archery...I buy/trade/sell a dozen bows a year all over the world.

I use USPS for everything. Priority with delivery confirmation and I can get a bow box anywhere in the ConUS for 12-17bucks.

cwg...confirmation or insurance will get you a tracking number and confirmation is like .75 or 1.50 or something.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:13 PM
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I'm doing more and more shipping through USPS lately. The last package I sent via UPS was a 7' casting rod in a cardboard shipping tube. Cost me about $25 to ship it 140 miles.

Would've almost been cheaper to fill the tank in my Suburban deliver it in person.
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I shipped a rod back to TFO today - I took the rod to the USPS, cost $5.95 to ship Priority mail (2-3 day delivery) and only $2.75 for $200 insurance. The insurance gets you a tracking number that you can either call or track online.

Just for fun I checked with UPS and they wanted $14.25 to ship and $8.80 for $200 insurance. I guess the folks dressed in brown think their prices don't stink!

The folks in blue at USPS will continue to get my shipping business.
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:49 AM
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I've also read a couple of threads where people had a problem with gun auction items bought online. Many responders suggested that USPS/money orders gives you an extra layer of protection because the Feds are involved and will investigate and prosecute frauds.
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Wow, I need to play the lottery this week or something. Almost everything I've been thinking about has been cropping up on boards all over the place.

I work for the USPS as a contractor. I appreciate the comments here. I, also, use the USPS for all my shipping...basically because the post office is right next door

I'm going to be shipping a rod/reel to someone next week, but I'm having a rough time finding a shipping tube that is long enough (somewhere around 53"). Anybody got any ideas?
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