****HELPFUL TIPS ON SHIPPING AND PERSUASION****
****Not sure where to post this for maximum effectiveness, but I will start here. Mods please move or re-post if necessary. ***
If you are shipping skis around enough it can get pricey and many CL sellers can get whiny about shipping. Here are things I have done to limit financial involvement to a level that keeps me off the wife's radar and gets sellers to ship:
1 - Set up an online account with the USPS. If you weigh, measure, pay and print labels at home the cost is heavily discounted compared to doing the same at the Post Office. This takes about 5 minutes and saves long lines at the post office. I would also hate for you to get mugged on the shipping if I am paying less.
Example: 10lb 76"x5"x5" box from Boston MA to Rochester MI is $15.27 instead of $24.95
***However, for longer distances like Sandy, UT, FEDEX is cheaper ($33 instead of $45)**
2 - Get boxes. These are getting scarce to find in a length that accommodates long skis. Try shops whenever you are at one if you can. If you are tired of dealing, like I was last year, I bought a pack of them from ULine (2dz). They are 2 piece telescoping boxes that can fit 2 pair comfortably. The dimensions of these seem to be friendly to ship too XLength x 5" x 5". I think 25 boxes was $100. Compared to what I was spending trying to track down boxes at shops, it is nothing.
**Added bonus: These can be easily folded in half together and mailed flat cheap. Great for helping a stubborn seller ship stuff. So if you have to send the box to someone, it adds about $10-12 ($4 box + postage) to your total cost. (I just saved that in doing online shipping!)
3 - Ship without bindings. They add too much weight and dimension to the boxes and greatly increase price. I find it cheaper to parcel post or do a "flat rate USPS" box in addition. Most sellers will do this, sometimes phone explanation is necessary. We all have our own opinions on the use of old bindings, but we can all agree that usually what comes on used skis is thrashed beyond use, why bother.
I am sure that many have this already sorted out, I'm not re-inventing the wheel. Please, if you have any other helpful suggestions add them. Help keep nice skis from becoming furniture!