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post #1 of 23
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I just sold a Dakine Concourse Double to a forum member and UPS wants to put it in a box and charge me $60..... That insane.... :

How do you pros get it done... Thanks

NNN
post #2 of 23
Don't go to a UPS store-It is really Mail Boxes Etc. and they are a rip off.
Get a box yourself and either bring to UPS or Post Office. Much cheaper.
post #3 of 23
If you can put it in a box that in less than 96" combined (HxWxL), the USPS is a good option.
post #4 of 23
Where do you get boxes?
post #5 of 23
I have used UPS, Fedex and USPS. USPS is the cheapest way to go but they once lost a ski for a few weeks. I refunded the money to the buyer then the skis showed up a few weeks later! Since it was the end of the season The buyer to his credit did ship them back. I was still fighting the USPS for my insurance money! Fedex is good but expensive. UPS is less and service is good. UPS store is OK, if you box on your own. You can make a box from larger cardboard boxes. I go to appliance or furniture stores.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by fischermh View Post
Where do you get boxes?
Ski boxes? I tend to get from ski shops and I keep the good boxes from skis I buy. Nothing quite like a good box.

Sometimes I 'make' boxes out of other boxes.
post #7 of 23
Trouble is many of the boxes from the shops won't fit skis with bindings. This time of year the shops also seem to run low on boxes.
You guys with your custom skis and Boots ......... Well I make my own custom ski boxes So take That!!!
post #8 of 23
Trouble is many of the boxes from the shops won't fit skis with bindings. This time of year the shops also seem to run low on boxes.
You guys with your custom skis and Boots ......... Well I make my own custom ski boxes So take That!!!
post #9 of 23

Dhl

NNN, I've had good luck with DHL. They flat-rate ground ski shipments(automatic 30lb package because of the dimensions) for around the low 20 dollar range. Just sent skis with/without binders, about the same cost from CA to NH and NV. I've heard USPS won't ship skis. If they do and at a lower cost than DHL, let me know. Find a DHL shipping center and while you are in the area, pick up some US ground shipping slips(they have international shipping slips, too). According to the phone CSR, they charge you $3 for the slip. I've got a fistful of them now!
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by mmmthmtskier View Post
NNN, I've had good luck with DHL. They flat-rate ground ski shipments(automatic 30lb package because of the dimensions) for around the low 20 dollar range. Just sent skis with/without binders, about the same cost from CA to NH and NV. I've heard USPS won't ship skis. If they do and at a lower cost than DHL, let me know. Find a DHL shipping center and while you are in the area, pick up some US ground shipping slips(they have international shipping slips, too). According to the phone CSR, they charge you $3 for the slip. I've got a fistful of them now!
I shipped skis and binding by USPS in a homemade box from Mass to Colorado no problem and it was in the 20-25 dollar range for a 185ish length ski with bindings.
post #11 of 23
For easier homemade box making, try these:

http://www.mrmcgroovys.com/

and your local refrigerator delivery company.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
For easier homemade box making, try these:

http://www.mrmcgroovys.com/

and your local refrigerator delivery company.
my new refrigerator came packaged in styrofoam and plastic wrap, no box.
post #13 of 23
I've found USPS and FedEx Ground are the cheapest. Be careful with box size if shipping USPS. If the sum of the length, height & width is greater than a certain amount the price goes up dramatically. Before using either, weigh your box and take its dimensions then go to their web-sites to get estimated shipping costs.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
my new refrigerator came packaged in styrofoam and plastic wrap, no box.
You're way too modern for your own good.

Slightly distracting side story:

The box I was going to ship some 90-waist skis in had a bunch of annoying printed logos that were entirely too big to Sharpie out.

I had just finished making some old-style gate poles with bamboo and shellac (with an orangeish red and a blue dye in them) so decided I may as well just use the leftover materials from -that-. (If you imagine classic FedEx colors, you're not far off).

Turned out really well, the shellac had a nice depth to it after 6 coats, the whole thing looked like a 190cm Chinese gift box. Padded the skis inside and off it went (to MA, actually).

So I get this call. Thanks for the skis, right? Well, apparently the delivery was made while the dog was being taken for a walk. Just left on the porch.

I'm getting a bit of a tummy twinge at this point. Uh - Oh.

Oh, no reason to worry, he tells me. They were there when the dog was done.

Except she was used to barking at insects. And there it was, a 190cm giant blue and reddish BUG, reeking of shellac (to her I guess) on the porch.

Took three days and a trash man visit to calm her down.
post #15 of 23

Plastic Bags, bubble wrap and packing tape.

I have sipped skis in plastic several times with success on each occasion.

Ideally if you can get the plastic bags that airlines put skis in if they are not bagged, they are the easiest. Otherwise, use two leaf bags. One at each end.

Step one - wrap the bindings in bubble wrap and don't spare the packing tape. If no bubble wrap handy, use an old beach towel

Step two- place the bag or bags over the skis and wrap them around the skis. Then use alot of packing tape. Essentially start at one end and wrap tight from one ind to the other.

I also find it helpful to wrap the tips and tails in bubble wrap or excess plastic.

The box does not protect the skis any. The plastic does just as well to spare cosmetic scrapes.

As noted, I have shipped several pairs of skis using this method.

Works great and takes about 3-5 minutes to pack.
post #16 of 23
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You're way too modern for your own good.
he he!
post #17 of 23
My skiboards came in this homemade box of a few chunks of cardboard, and a lot of packing tape and paper.
post #18 of 23
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and a lot of packing tape and paper.
capped 1 or 2 liter tonic/soda bottles, taped in front of and behind the bindings-uncrushable padding.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
capped 1 or 2 liter tonic/soda bottles, taped in front of and behind the bindings-uncrushable padding.
Brilliant!
post #20 of 23
Cool! There was an unbelievable amount of cardboard and paper around the bindings on mine.
post #21 of 23

USPS Cheapest, FedEx Ground Second

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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
I've found USPS and FedEx Ground are the cheapest.
Rio,
You're right! My skis w/binders were 15lbs, 70x10x5". FedEx Ground: Two-day-$18.57 http://www.fedex.com/ratefinder/stan...ackageInfoPage USPS: Two-day(Priority Mail)-$17.05 , Three-day(Parcel Post)-$14.21 http://postcalc.usps.gov/ USPS was around $6-7 cheaper than DHL in this instance.
post #22 of 23
This should be a sticky
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Ski boxes? I tend to get from ski shops and I keep the good boxes from skis I buy. Nothing quite like a good box.

Sometimes I 'make' boxes out of other boxes.
2 fedex triangular tubes stuck/taped together works great. Invert them if you need to ship with another carrier. I think you can 'borrow' a few from one of those FedEx drop box kiosks.
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