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Quick! How much to ship one wheel?(13 posts)

Quick! How much to ship one wheel?Breakfast
Jul 2, 2002 8:14 AM
Either USPS or UPS?

I need to e-mail a guy a price. I think about $8-10 but I'm not sure, thanks.
re: Quick! How much to ship one wheel?klay
Jul 2, 2002 9:34 AM
Priority? 2nd day? 3rd day? Ground? Insured? Are you packing it in an extra big box fro protections? If thats the case them you might have to pay the "dimensional weight" rather than the actual weight.

Your best bet would be to go to and contact them directly. They will be able to tell you in a few minutes.
Hey Klay, are you in the freight biz?Dave Hickey
Jul 2, 2002 10:00 AM
Don't talk to many people how actually know what dimesional weight is. I've been in airfreight twenty years
Software actually...klay
Jul 2, 2002 10:52 AM
...but I handle all our exports (which all go via air)

Guess I was kinda showing off :-)

True story: My sister-in-law wanted to ship a stuffed and mounted salmon my brother-in-law caught. MailBoxes Etc double boxed this thing and wanted to charge her $500 to ship it from the west coast to Oklahoma. They claimed the dimmed weight was 146 lbs. That was alot of foam peanuts as the actual weight was 15 lbs or so. We reboxed it and shipped it for $40 (through her company's shipping dept.)

Jul 2, 2002 1:18 PM
Don't go through MailBoxes Etc. unless you missed your last proctologist appointment... they are known for shipping anything for more than the item is even worth.
Jul 2, 2002 1:42 PM
We didn't.

Thanks for the tip though!

Let's make it simpleBreakfast
Jul 2, 2002 1:15 PM
How about the cheapest, uninsured.

Never mind all the extras. I just wanted a quick idea, a range.

Jul 2, 2002 1:16 PM
A wheelset, by weight alone will maybe run $11. However, a wheel is considered OVERSIZED, so they charge double (actually it is a fixed amount based on size, but it amounts to "about double").

A set runs about $25 insured through either UPS or FedEx... and don't expect ONE wheel to be half the price. It will be about the same based solely on size.
re: Quick! How much to ship one wheel?No_sprint
Jul 2, 2002 1:49 PM
I've sold many wheels via the internet. Ground shipping by UPS, provided you've got a box and packing material is very cheap. I've not been charged oversize rates on a set of wheels in a box. Therefore, you're looking at the bare bones pricing of weight and distance. Insurance would be extra. Depending upon the weight, in state could be as low as $3 or $4. Across the U.S. for the same weight could be about $8 or so.
Jul 2, 2002 1:53 PM
I just shipped a set today for $25... but the box was a bit larger than the wheels.

I think UPS, the desk worker may or may not pick up on the concept that it is "oversized" (they just eyeball the box, and it IS very light considering the size).

UPS is a bit wiggly with stuff like that. I had a friend who moved, and shipped a ton of stuff UPS. They picked it up AT her APT... told her she could just weigh everything on a bathroom scale and mark the weight on the box. I guarantee everything was at least double what she listed, and they shipped it all anyway.
Jul 2, 2002 2:03 PM
We have an account and a daily pickup here at work so we probably get a lot more leniency. We ship huge digital presenters and trade show displays without being charged oversize rates.
Oversize ratesklay
Jul 3, 2002 6:59 AM
The oversize (dimensional) rates are determined not be size alone but buy size compared to weight. I forget the calculation. It's something like if weight times a set factor is greater than the length plus width plus height then you pay the standard rate... You trade show displays may be heavy enough to avoid paying "dimensional weight".

I visited the FedEx sorting facility at the Memphis airport once. In the middle of this Rube Goldberg meets Blade Runner meets Brasil (the movie) sorting facility they can check the dimensions and compare them to the weight automatically. All packages will go through a supersized barcode scanner that can determine the packages size. They can then compare this to the known weight on the fly. If it's too big and light, you get "dimmed". Pretty impressive system. There shouldn't be any "eyeballing".

Ground shipments don't neccessarily get the "dimensional" treatment.

19$ UPS nmcyclopathic
Jul 3, 2002 7:02 AM