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Rod Shipping - HOLY COW ! UPS wanted 119 bucks

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I was just recently quoted $159-$200.80 to ship a rod from La to Maine by both ups and fedex. Usps wouldnt ship it due to length. Total insanity. Bout hit the floor!

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What dimensions are you guys shipping for $20-30? I wanted to ship a tube that was roughly 96x4x4 and no matter where I looked I was getting quoted $140 or more for MD to IL.

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The one that I shipped was 96x4x4. 

 

2 hours ago, Pitch'nCypress said:

I was just recently quoted $159-$200.80 to ship a rod from La to Maine by both ups and fedex. Usps wouldnt ship it due to length. Total insanity. Bout hit the floor!

That's why I posed this thread. it's nuts !  

Its like they wanna rob your money with a :smile2:

 

 

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I ship my rods in 7'6" length and 3" circumference tubes all the time through usps and pay between $25-$35 depending on where in the country it is going. Usually when they quote me a higher price it is because they add a balloon charge however having worked for USPS I know that the only time you have to pay for a balloon charge is when the total dimensions are 108" or greater and my tubes total is 93"

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In the last few weeks, I have shipped 5 rods in the mail.  I have always gone through USPS priority using a cardboard rod tube (TW version or Cabela's, etc.).  I just shipped a 7'6" rod to GA from PA for $14.15.  The most I paid was just over $16.  With insurance, it's only a few bucks more but those rods went 2 day or 3 day priority.  In fact, the one guy I know sent me a money order and since I have dealt with him before, I knew he was good for the payment.  The rod was to him before the money order was to me and they went out on the same day.

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I have 3 rods packed in a 3 inch PVC tube ready to ship.  It is the same tube I received a rod in from WV.  Sticker on the tube says 2-day Priority was $23.70.  I am leaving it showing when I go to the Post Office later today as proof they can ship it for me and that it shouldn't cost me more than about $30.

 

$119?  Somebody is out of their mind.  :angry:

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I shipped USPS today.  Three rods in a PVC tube.  Your Post Office people don't know what they are doing.  The guy measured the length...89 inches and the circumference...about 3.5 across so a bit less than 11 inches.  Weight was 7 lb. 13.4 oz.  Cost was $20.95 plus $5.65 for $400 worth of insurance.  Shipped from Warren, NJ to DeLand, FL.  Expected deliver, Monday.  I will be there waiting for it.  :teeth:

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Thought I'd follow up on this thread. Was trying originally to ship a 96" cardboard tube. USPS quoted me $96. I cut off 4" which still left 9" of clearance for the rod and the price dropped to $30.

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I shipped two rods yesterday in the same Cabela's cardboard plastic capped tube.  Tube length was about 90 +/- ".  Shipped from PA to IN it was Priority 2 Day for $13.50.  Added insurance and it came out to $18.00 even.  And it will be there before the end of the week.  Not sure why these places are charging you so much money.

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36 minutes ago, Big-Bass said:

I shipped two rods yesterday in the same Cabela's cardboard plastic capped tube.  Tube length was about 90 +/- ".  Shipped from PA to IN it was Priority 2 Day for $13.50.  Added insurance and it came out to $18.00 even.  And it will be there before the end of the week.  Not sure why these places are charging you so much money.

Wow.  Nice.  I've read of USPS prices as low as $15, but have never seen a rod arrive with that low of a shipping price.  Have received quite a few.  I've only shipped rods twice and both times it was in the $20s.  Still a lot better than a lot have mentioned.

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On 2/26/2018 at 4:23 PM, Burke said:

Holy Cow - Had to ship a rod out today. I used the same tube that TW shipped to me. 

 

Went to USPS - they couldn't accept it cuz it was too big (didn't understand that part) 
Went to UPS - was quoted for 119 buck shipped. I told them "Baloney, I am not paying that".  
Went to FedEx and gotten it shipped with two days shipping for 35 bucks. 

 

My beef is that why would UPS quote me that much ?  

That's odd, I shipped a rod just last year through USPS. Made my label at home and dropped it off, no problems. 

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1 hour ago, Big-Bass said:

I shipped two rods yesterday in the same Cabela's cardboard plastic capped tube.  Tube length was about 90 +/- ".  Shipped from PA to IN it was Priority 2 Day for $13.50.  Added insurance and it came out to $18.00 even.  And it will be there before the end of the week.  Not sure why these places are charging you so much money.

.....and being the IN guy mentioned 😉, I can confirm the tracking info for an end of week delivery. FWIW, last month I sent a rod from IN to DVT for repair using our local USPS, and tag was also under $20 w/ ins. Seems that’s the route to go.

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$119 to ship UPS? A few months ago, the UPS driver kicked in my door!

 

I returned a cheaper trout rod I picked up because they sent me one with a broken tip (the tip wasn't even in the box, which tells me something). Fortunately that was paid for by the seller I guess...

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5 hours ago, Fried Lemons said:

Thought I'd follow up on this thread. Was trying originally to ship a 96" cardboard tube. USPS quoted me $96. I cut off 4" which still left 9" of clearance for the rod and the price dropped to $30.

That is telling me that I should stick with rods that are 7'3 or less. 

 

The shipping cost would be lower. 

 

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It is done by dimensions, once your container goes over a certain amount of inches the balloon rate kicks in. Go to Usps.com and you can figure what the postage should be based on th dimensions, but you have to be accurate with your measurements.

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21 hours ago, nocluefisher said:

It is done by dimensions, once your container goes over a certain amount of inches the balloon rate kicks in. Go to Usps.com and you can figure what the postage should be based on th dimensions, but you have to be accurate with your measurements.

 

you're correct, been going through this ordeal at work. 

this is directly from the very easy to follow 183 page guidelines from UPS.  very "easily" and "clearly" located in pages 120-122 :rolleyes:

rods are falling into the large package surcharge because they're exceeding the dimensions.

 

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