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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Desperately need some help here guys..

I need to ship a pair of skis from Salt Lake City UT to Charleston WV. The local UPS drop point is quoting me $70 + another $10 for a box. How have you people shipped skis in the past? I expected the price to be about half of this.

Any advice or help would be great.
post #2 of 26
Matt,

Although I have never shipped, I have been on the receiving end and the cost is usually around $20. You may want to check out the "timetable" on your shipping choice. UPS ground shouldn't be that expensive, whereas 2-3 day shipping will increase the price exponentially.

We could use some of that Alta powder on the East coast.
post #3 of 26
Don't know the prices, but sounds very high. Is your local "drop point" a UPS facility or something such as "Mailboxes, Inc"? If it is a private "mailing" business they will charge alot. Go to the UPS facility, they should have a walk in service and ship from there. If it has anything to do with residential rates, see if a business you know will accept the package.
Try UPS.com to figure things out.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
Well, before you guys posted I was using the website to check a few things.

For starters, UPS will not give me a ground rate for sending to WV. I assume the guy I talked to on the phone was giving me the high overnight charge the website is showing me.

And yep, it was a Mailboxs Etc. that I was talking to. I'll do some more investigating. Sounds like I may have to just avoid UPS. Thanks for the help.
post #5 of 26
I have shipped skis and it cost me about 20 bucks. I went to a little shipping place first and they gave me some huge price so I went to the USPS post office and thay charged me around 20 bucks. So I would reccomend going to the USPS post office.
post #6 of 26
That's too high. I'm not that far from Charleston,WV and I've shipped skis to
Calif and Washington and it was under $20.00
UPS ground.
What does someone need skis for here in the East?????
post #7 of 26
$20's is right for ground. A possible way is take them to your local shop, get a box from them and then either pay them to ship the skis or take em to UPS.
post #8 of 26
I have shipped a bunch.. about 20-30 covers it UPS or USPS
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all the help.

Fedex ground gave me a $22 quote so all is well. For some reason, UPS will not do ground from Salt Lake to Charleston. It won't show up as an option on their computers or website. Doesn't make any sense to me, but good for Fedex I guess.

Thanks again,

Matt
post #10 of 26
Matt does that $22.00 include a box? If so that is a great deal.I found boxes for $12.50 and shipping about $35.00 However deer valley will do it all for $45.00 just drop the skis off and they take care of the rest.
post #11 of 26
I had a pair of 208's shipped to me for $16 USPS. I thought they didn't whip stuff that big, but they did. That was for unmounted skis.
post #12 of 26
Has anyone shipped skis from Canada to the US. Canada Post wants to charge $ 140 or about $ 100 USD! Ulp
post #13 of 26
Lee, ship them air if you do. I got nailed with about $35 in tariffs that would have been avoided if I would have shipped them air. At least that is what the UPS spokesperson told me.
post #14 of 26
Here is your definitive answer:

I just went through this last week, and got SCREWED by UPS, so I researched it heavily afterward so it doesn't happen again.

I shipped skis from Long Island to Denver using standard ground shipping. Cost me $60 BUCKS with tax! : :

I had no choice, because I was going away and had to ship them out first. Afterward I found out that I could have shipped them FEDEX GROUND for about $35.

This was a 190 cm. pair of skis with bindings that I packed myself. I did ship them from a Mailboxes Etc. location, but checked the UPS online calculator afterward and the price was the same as direct UPS dropoff.

The whole issue is mainly dependant on a combination of weight and box dimensions. The weight was 18 lbs. and the box was 76" long x 12" wide x 6" deep. Put this into the UPS calculator and you'll get ~ $53 before taxes.

If my box was either 2" narrower (10" instead of 12") or 16" shorter, I'd have paid about half. FEDEX Ground won't screw you because your box is 2" oversized.

Guys who paid $20 with UPS are shipping skis that are either shorter, or fit them in a narrower box with or without bindings. Some guys on eBay are eating some shipping costs because they didn't check into this beforehand.

Use FEDEX ground, or use a smaller box to avoid being screwed by UPS. :
post #15 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by LeeL:
Has anyone shipped skis from Canada to the US. Canada Post wants to charge $ 140 or about $ 100 USD! Ulp
LeeL,

I just had skis shipped from BC to North Carolina. The shipping was $25 US plus $10 for insurance. They were shipped via DHL.

Good Luck!
post #16 of 26
Just shipped a pair of skis from New Hampshire to California, UPS Ground (5 business day delivery guaranteed). Mailboxes wanted $65+ (and would use UPS). Went directly to UPS: they did it for $40 (fully insured).
post #17 of 26
I've found UPS Ground and FedEx Ground to be similar values.

Something to keep in mind with UPS, if you have a package over 108 inches combined length, width, and height you'll get charged for oversized rates. Says so right on their cost calculator web page. Carvmeister, sounds like something went kinda wrong there since it doesn't add up. Maybe you found that most common of creatures, a poorly trained and clueless service sector employee.

I've had packages turned down for duct tape (doesn't stand up to heat) and not having enough space taken up by packing material. When they're insuring it, they want to have confidence in it.

Avoid MBE, they just bend you over and pound away. A good way around that though is to open up a UPS or FedEx account, fill out the slip, and just use an MBE or similar rip-off shop as a drop-off. No overcharge then.
post #18 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by Ugli Pupferknick:
...Carvmeister, sounds like something went kinda wrong there since it doesn't add up. Maybe you found that most common of creatures, a poorly trained and clueless service sector employee...
Well, here it is. Cut and pasted from the UPS Shipping Calculator in all of it's hideous glory. Looks like Mailboxes ETC. may have tacked on a buck or two, although they deny doing so. And these prices are before taxes. Those are the dimensions of my box. TOTAL COMBINED DIMENSIONS = 94" so the UPS claim of oversize being >108" is not entirely correct.

Try typing in a few different combinations and see where the price almost doubles - ITS FUN! :

Ship From:SHOREHAM, 11786, US
Ship To:DENVER, 80209, US
Shipment Date:Tuesday,January 27, 2004
Bill to UPS Account:No
Total Shipment Weight:18 lbs.
Drop-off / Pickup:Drop Off - I will drop off my package at any location accepting UPS packages
Address Type:Commercial
Number of Packages:1
Packaging:Your Packaging
Customs Value:Not Entered
Currency:USD


UPS Next Day Air Early A.M. ®
Guaranteed by: 8:00 A.M.
Wednesday January 28, 2004

140.16*


UPS Next Day Air ®
Guaranteed by: 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday January 28, 2004

110.38*


UPS Next Day Air Saver ®
Guaranteed by: 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday January 28, 2004

102.80*


UPS 2nd Day Air A.M. ®
Guaranteed by: 12:00 P.M.
Thursday January 29, 2004

86.66*


UPS 2nd Day Air ®
Guaranteed by: By End of Day
Thursday January 29, 2004

77.56*


UPS 3 Day Select ®
Guaranteed by: By End of Day
Friday January 30, 2004

58.55*


UPS Ground
Guaranteed by: By End of Day
Monday February 2, 2004

50.20


Result estimates calculated by UPS: Tuesday,January 27, 2004 1:27 A.M. Eastern Time (USA)


Package Information

Package 1
Weight:18 lbs.
Dimensions:76 x 12 x 6 in.
Insured Value:500 USD
Dimensional Weight applies
(Billable Weight: 29.0 LBS)
Oversize 2(OS2) applies
(Billable Weight: 70.0 LBS)

[ January 26, 2004, 10:57 PM: Message edited by: Carvemeister ]
post #19 of 26
And here's the rate with FEDEX GROUND. Didn't quite cut and paste as well.

Looks like only about $15 less, but would drop drop another $10 if my box length had been 4" shorter (72"). That won't work with UPS, where it would still be ~ $50 vs. ~$25 for FEDEX GROUND.

FedEx List Rates
FedEx Home Delivery

Service Rates
All packages are being shipped from 11786, U.S.A. to 80209, U.S.A. (Zone 7) on January 27, 2004.
Detail service

Transit time

Rate (US$)
FedEx Home Delivery®

Delivery in 4 business days

35.03

Package weight

Package type

Package measurements

Declared value (US$)
1.

18.0 lbs

Your Packaging

76.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 in

500.00
***Oversize 2 (OS2) rating was applied to one or more of your packages.
post #20 of 26
I have had custom cardboard boxes made that I place in my Salomon double ski bag (no tapering) for air travel. They are about 5.5 x 5.5 x 70. I put the skis in binding to binding. I got a dozen boxes and they were under $4 each. They are staring to fall apart after 2 full seasons of multiple air line trips so I plan to break out new ones next season. They have really protected my skis.

These boxes would be ideal for shipping an individual pair and would have dimensions under 6x6x72.
post #21 of 26
I've bought skis online & rec'd them by US Mail, UPS and Canadian Mail. Every time they were in 2 Fedex triangular tubes taped together. Although it doesn't make a pretty package, the skis always arrived in good condition. Mtnlion ships a lot of skis from Canada to the US and a PM to him might get some good info.
post #22 of 26
Has anyone tried Sports Express? I haven't, but have kept in my back pocket for future use...

http://www.sportsexpress.com/

They use FedEx mostly, it looks like. But they'll pick up and deliver right to your door.
Just for comparisons, from our house in upstate NY to Denver was less than $50, FedEx 3-day saver.
post #23 of 26
I shipped a pair of 177 REX's to Chicago from SLC for just under $25 with $400 of insurance. UPS Ground. If you have a business that ships things often (like you work there), take them to work with you.
post #24 of 26
For the record Carvemeister seems to have a pretty good grip of radar, shipping and I believe lift on fat skis.
I have shipped 2 pair of skis with bindings down from Canada to the US in the last couple of months. I don't think I paid more than $45CAN. I've now taken to sending them through Canada Post, mostly due to customs and brokerage. US and Canada have some postal agreement for handling each others customs with no brokerage fees. In the last couple of years UPS has implemented 'entry fees' or brokerage fees which are about $US20 on top. Couple of eBay clients didn't like when they came knocking for that fee. I shipped a pair within Canada for not much over $30Can on greyhound and got there overnight.

Canada Post will not accept anything over 200cm. Shipping a pair of 190s cut it close. With skis you will always pay dimensionally. That is, the weight will not determine the cost, size of the box will. Mostly because it's the only box I can find I have had to do things to cut down dimensions due to bindings. Taping skis together tip to tail although odd looking offers no disadvantage and shrinks package size considerably. I have also pulled off one or both heel pieces and taped them to the skis offset somewhere. They were Atomics so that was easy. Shrinking that package size makes a HUGE difference.

A simple ski box taped up solidly with some newspaper balled up to take up space and maybe a block of styrofoam or balled newspaper at the tail and Bob's you Uncle. That's all I've used and never had damage and I've shipped probably 20+ pair in the last couple of years.

Word of warning Canada Post can be pretty darn slow at least when a border is being crossed. Postal service here is protected and I can't imagine you guys having higher shipping rates for the distances in the US then we have up here.

[ January 27, 2004, 10:34 AM: Message edited by: L7 ]
post #25 of 26
OK - the rate I was quoted was based on the big ski boxes. I'm going to do some fancy packaging modifications on these skis and see what Canada Post quotes. Thanks especially for the styrofoam tip and tail advice. I really want to avoid brokerage fees as I don't want to ding this poor guy. The skis are 177 so I can get them down to 190 cms easily and they have tele bindings so it will work well.

Quote:
Originally posted by L7:
For the record Carvemeister seems to have a pretty good grip of radar, shipping and I believe lift on fat skis.
I have shipped 2 pair of skis with bindings down from Canada to the US in the last couple of months. I don't think I paid more than $45CAN. I've now taken to sending them through Canada Post, mostly due to customs and brokerage. US and Canada have some postal agreement for handling each others customs with no brokerage fees. In the last couple of years UPS has implemented 'entry fees' or brokerage fees which are about $US20 on top. Couple of eBay clients didn't like when they came knocking for that fee. I shipped a pair within Canada for not much over $30Can on greyhound and got there overnight.

Canada Post will not accept anything over 200cm. Shipping a pair of 190s cut it close. With skis you will always pay dimensionally. That is, the weight will not determine the cost, size of the box will. Mostly because it's the only box I can find I have had to do things to cut down dimensions due to bindings. Taping skis together tip to tail although odd looking offers no disadvantage and shrinks package size considerably. I have also pulled off one or both heel pieces and taped them to the skis offset somewhere. They were Atomics so that was easy. Shrinking that package size makes a HUGE difference.

A simple ski box taped up solidly with some newspaper balled up to take up space and maybe a block of styrofoam or balled newspaper at the tail and Bob's you Uncle. That's all I've used and never had damage and I've shipped probably 20+ pair in the last couple of years.

Word of warning Canada Post can be pretty darn slow at least when a border is being crossed. Postal service here is protected and I can't imagine you guys having higher shipping rates for the distances in the US then we have up here.
post #26 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by L7:
For the record Carvemeister seems to have a pretty good grip of radar, shipping and I believe lift on fat skis...
Wow! That's mighty high praise, coming from the guy who basically "wrote the book" on fat ski lift theory!
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