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I don't know if this belongs on here or not but, I was just wondering if some of you guys out there who have experience shipping rods have any advice on which is cheapest? USPS, UPS, FedEX?

I broke one of my G Loomis rods and have to ship it back. Just trying to figure out which is most economical. Thanks.

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Have you asked GLoomis how they want it back? Some places, because the rod is already broken, will let you break the rod into smaller pieces making it easier and cheaper to send back.

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I have not, but its worth a shot! (Didn't mean for that to rhyme!)

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USPS is usually the cheapest.

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USPS hasn’t cost me over $28. Used a PVC tube on both occasions and the highest it’s gotten was $28 and that's

because of the added insurance 

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I broke one of my Falcon rods, they told me to cut it short as I could but just leave the info on the handle. I had a tube and cut it down to size and sent it USPS, cost less than $10.00.

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Thanks for the info guys. Appreciate it

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I googled this question a month ago. Measure out your exact specs: height weight girth and depth. Go to USPS and prepay shipping. Play with the weight as it seems that the heavier it is the cheaper. They wont say anything if it's a couple pounds heavier than what you paid for. I was quoted $12 for a 7'8" single rod Indiana to Cali via 2-3 day priority. I also read there is a mystery service from usps which is called 2 day priority and people have had great luck with it. You have to inquire at the desk for this service however the threads I read were years old so I dont know if they still offer 2day. Whatever you do dont write fragile on it. Fragile to a logistics person is like a kick me sign on a nerd.

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Hummmmm, Don’t worry about two pounds? If a package that has entered the mail stream is “discovered” through mail processing to have insufficient postage on it, the recipient has two choices, “pay” the additional postage or “refuse” the package and it should be returned to the sender. 

Just say’in.

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On 9/5/2019 at 5:20 AM, Mikeltee said:

I was quoted $12 for a 7'8" single rod Indiana to Cali via 2-3 day priority. 

I'm about to sell bunch of stuff, including bunch of rods. But I was hesitant to sell rods non-local because the price I would ask for my rods are $50-$70 range and didn't feel like folks will buy if the shipping costs like $25. But $12, will work. May I ask how you packaged?  I feel like PVC is kinda  heavy, no?

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9 hours ago, Loop_Dad said:

I'm about to sell bunch of stuff, including bunch of rods. But I was hesitant to sell rods non-local because the price I would ask for my rods are $50-$70 range and didn't feel like folks will buy if the shipping costs like $25. But $12, will work. May I ask how you packaged?  I feel like PVC is kinda  heavy, no?

I used PVC and the solid cardboard tubes to ship a couple different Dobyns rods. The rods were secured with pool noodles (best and cheapest way to safeguard them). I’ve shipped one from here in Louisiana to south Florida I believe and it was right at $18. 

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I used a solid cardboard tube (like what is used in the center of a roll of carpet).

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