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#1 Barto78

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:50 AM

Am i doing something wrong or have the USPS prices gone up dramatically to ship a club(s) with what would be considered an normal golf club box?

I went into a post office last week and they tried charging me around $40 for priority mail to ship a 2 hybrids in a box that had the dimensions of 45x6x6.

I have a bunch of shafts and a set of irons i need to sell, but if it's going to cost me $40 to ship them, then it's really not worth it IMO.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:52 AM

Really?  what's the total weight?

I just shipped a hybrid, highballed the weight at 3 lbs, and my online quote for priority was like 8 bucks.
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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:31 AM

 GooseHook, on 03 December 2014 - 10:52 AM, said:

Really?  what's the total weight?

I just shipped a hybrid, highballed the weight at 3 lbs, and my online quote for priority was like 8 bucks.

The weight isn't that much, it's the size of the box per what i was told by the lady at the counter when i went to pay.  What were the dimensions of the box you used?

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:35 AM

 Barto78, on 03 December 2014 - 11:31 AM, said:

 GooseHook, on 03 December 2014 - 10:52 AM, said:

Really?  what's the total weight?

I just shipped a hybrid, highballed the weight at 3 lbs, and my online quote for priority was like 8 bucks.

The weight isn't that much, it's the size of the box per what i was told by the lady at the counter when i went to pay.  What were the dimensions of the box you used?

I always ship with the standard golf club boxes, 46x6x6.

Do you have an online account?  I always do that online, pay, and just drop off physically.  Dealing with Post Office employees makes me worse than road rage.
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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:40 AM

Weight is a huge factor, but so is destination.  I can ship a a club to a state or two away and have it cost me $5-7.  The same club going to AZ will be $20 (just random examples, not actual costs).  USPS seems to really get you once you get above 3-4 lbs so shipping multiple clubs in one box can be pricey.  I never ship irons USPS unless they are going somewhere close...have seen $40+ to ship irons Priority a few states away.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:47 AM

In my experience, UPS is cheaper.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:49 AM

 Pinseeker_72, on 03 December 2014 - 11:47 AM, said:

In my experience, UPS is cheaper.

And REALLY fast if you're within the right range.  I buy some things in the New England area online, and UPS usually has them to me in Maryland the very next day.
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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:01 PM

Thanks guys.  I may box up a couple things and take them to my UPS store to get a quote.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:04 PM

$40 for 2 hybrids? That doesn't sound right. If you went in person I would start doing it online. 2 hybrids would cost me about $13 to ship from CA to NJ. I wonder if it's the dimensions. I think I usually do 45 x 5 x 5. Check to see if the girth exceeds their limits.
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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:20 PM

Just shipped a putter to Scotty Cameron via Fedex, cost?  ~$12 for standard ground.

$40 sounds off unless that's for 24/48 hr. delivery.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:01 PM

If the box dimensions are greater than 108 total inches (2x length+ width + depth) then you get hit with a big premium.  I wonder if the worker just fat fingered a dimension.

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 10:36 AM

It has to be the balloon charge for the dimensions as noted above.  Always use the online calculator w/ dimensions of the box and weight and you will know the price you will pay.  Either the clerk entered the dimensions wrong or you are reporting the diminesions wrong or maybe both:)

45x6x6 won't get you the balloon charge.

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 12:16 PM

I think you got a priority express quote instead of just standard priority. That sound right for 1-2 day priority express. Way too much for 2-3 day priority.

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 10:12 PM

You have to watch the clerks -- they don't always measure accurately.  48x6x6 is the limit, anything more than that in volume gets hit with the balloon charge.  But some of the clerks will round things up, so if you have a box that's 50x5x5 (which is pretty common), they might not lay the tape measure right at the edge and consider a little over 5" to be 6".  If you have a box with the dimensions printed on the end, and they result in 48x6x6 or less, keep them visible, if possible so they won't try to measure it themselves.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 05:36 PM

Where is the best place to get boxes to ship?


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:58 PM

Wow.....I just responded with the exact same thing I said in 2014 and deleted it after realizing this was bumped.  Damn, getting old!

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 07:19 PM

 bjno1300, on 03 January 2019 - 05:36 PM, said:

Where is the best place to get boxes to ship?

A golf shop. Go ask them for any boxes that they plan on throwing away.
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Posted 04 January 2019 - 10:52 AM

 PZero, on 03 January 2019 - 07:19 PM, said:

 bjno1300, on 03 January 2019 - 05:36 PM, said:

Where is the best place to get boxes to ship?

A golf shop. Go ask them for any boxes that they plan on throwing away.

+1, and keep boxes when you get new gear shipped in!

Edited by ode1, 04 January 2019 - 10:52 AM.


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:40 PM

Anybody use USPS Priority to Canada? Whats the actual cost

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 03:32 PM

Thanks for the info. ^^ similar situation here I will now put package dimensions on everything I ship


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