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    03-25-2011, 07:10 PM
  #1
Weanling
How to ship a saddle UPS

Hello all, I have my saddle listed on ebay and I was going to do local pick up only but someone emailed me and said that I could ship it via UPS ground for 50.00. The last time I shipped a saddle was 6 months ago and I paid over 100.00 for shipping. Can someone let me know the trick for a cheaper shipping charge. I would be shipping the saddle ground service. I am only shipping via USA. Thanks so much.
     
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    03-25-2011, 08:01 PM
  #2
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by myQHpaul    
Hello all, I have my saddle listed on ebay and I was going to do local pick up only but someone emailed me and said that I could ship it via UPS ground for 50.00. The last time I shipped a saddle was 6 months ago and I paid over 100.00 for shipping. Can someone let me know the trick for a cheaper shipping charge. I would be shipping the saddle ground service. I am only shipping via USA. Thanks so much.
I have shipped a few saddles and it ran about 50.00
You need to go directly to UPS not an outlet store in a strip mall. They are twice the cost as they hire UPS and mark it up
     
    03-25-2011, 10:54 PM
  #3
Weanling
You need to do your own packaging too. It's silly IMO to pay someone at the UPS Store to package something for you. Just put a listing on Craigslist for some packing peanuts, find a big box, and there you go.

Just out of curiosity, why do you need to use UPS Ground? I would think USPS Parcel Post would be cheaper, even with insurance and delivery confirmation added.
     
    03-26-2011, 02:20 AM
  #4
Trained
I am pretty sure it would be cheaper with USPS. The saddle I got cost about $40 to ship and the one I am trying to sell is around $40 if I wanted to ship it anywhere in the country. One is 26lbs and the other's like..17? Something like that. They're western saddles.
     
    03-26-2011, 07:57 AM
  #5
Weanling
I've used UPS frequently to ship saddle ground. A lot depends on where it's going, but I've never paid over $50. You can go to ups.com and do a price quote, but entering the weight of the package and zip code that its going to. I have a UPS account to print shipping labels online, but I think you can also do this with a credit card. Just keep in mind that shipping supplies get a little pricey too. A large box will run $5 - $10, and you'll need bubble wrap at $5 - $10 a roll too. Another great bix filler when shipping saddles is shredded paper or balled up newspaper. Just make sure the saddle is securely wrapped in bubble wrap first to keep the paper dust and ink from getting on it.
     
    03-26-2011, 08:18 AM
  #6
Showing
There are several things to keep in mind while boxing your saddle. The most obvious is weight but not everyone thinks of measurement. All carriers charge a premium for oversized boxes. Just going over the length by 1" can cost you an additional $20. I've shipped 45lb Western saddles all over the country for under $60 and many times under $50. If you paid $100 to ship a saddle, you didn't do it right. BTW, I've found that USPS was usually cheaper and faster then UPS ground. I've never wrapped a saddle in bubble wrap and never had a problem - but always ship it insured.

Check the USPS website and do a bunch of "what ifs" with different dimensions to see the difference in cost.
     
    03-26-2011, 09:04 AM
  #7
Green Broke
I shipped an English for $25, but had to pay $125 to ship a Western that wasn't going as far as the English. It's about location. The English was further, but it was in a straight forward place. The Western was in a back-roads middle-of-nowhere area, so it was more expensive.

After talking to UPS, USPS, and FedEx, UPS was the cheapest to do the Western.
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    03-26-2011, 12:05 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Zimpatico    
Another great bix filler when shipping saddles is shredded paper or balled up newspaper.
I was once told by an employee at the UPS Store that shredded paper, balled up newspaper, and that brown paper stuff that some companies use are all not acceptable packing materials for UPS. If you use those materials and end up needing to file an insurance claim, UPS can refuse to pay it.
     
    03-26-2011, 03:01 PM
  #9
Foal
Shipping USPS parcel post is the cheapest by far. Im in WA and if the saddles a normal weight, not 40+lbs, I've been able to ship it for as low as $35 to Florida.
Shipping a saddle in the same state or a state or 2 over has costed me as little as $14-$20, sometimes cheaper then teh gas money to drive out and look at it. Ups has always been outrageous to me so I try to keep it as cheap as possible for the buyers. I always ship saddles.
The only problem I have had so far with usps is when a buyer is anxious to get their new saddle and the tracking number doesnt register until the saddles already at their door. That's happened maybe 1 out of 7 times.
     
    03-26-2011, 04:22 PM
  #10
Weanling
Thanks so much. This saddle weighs about 40 pounds and was told USPS would not ship something that heavy that is why I was going with UPS ground. When I bought this saddle used 2 years ago, the woman shipped it to me in a plastic tub with a used horse blanket wrapped around it for protection and packaging tape wrapped around the front, back, and middle of the tub. When I shipped the other saddle, I wasn't sure if you could do that with the tub so I paid for the box, the packaging shells, and all the other stuff that went with shipping it. I will probably call the UPS store and find out what I can wrap the saddle in.
     

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