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Packaging and shipping a complete bike???(9 posts)

Packaging and shipping a complete bike???Quack
Sep 26, 2002 10:04 AM
I have never packed and shipped a complete bike before. I am considering selling my bike on-line and would like some tips on where to locate the box, how to pack it, and how much it will likely cost.

Thanks in advance!

Sep 26, 2002 10:24 AM
My LBS does this for about $20 over and above the UPS charges, and they get a better shipping rate, too (I think). They have the boxes and the know-how to do it. It's well worth avoiding the hassle. Include the charge in your ebay ad, then it doesn't cost you. Ask around at some shops.

Totally agree here. Let the pro's do it..Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 10:30 AM
A sure way to screw up your sale is to have the bike damaged during shipping.
re: Packaging and shipping a complete bike???mixinbeatz
Sep 26, 2002 10:28 AM
Go to your nearest bike shop, tell them you bought your last bike there(even if you didn't) and tell them you are selling it on ebay and buying a new bike from them. Ask if they have an extra box with the little plastic things for the fork. Take the box and ship it. Or you could just call around to different shops and ask if they have an extra one lying around. I have never had any problem tracking down a box even without resorting to the deceptive policies listed above.

good luck.
see thread above for more. nmNo_sprint
Sep 26, 2002 11:04 AM
A good packing job makes a huge difference.Spoke Wrench
Sep 26, 2002 1:43 PM
Whenever the subject of UPS shipping comes up, a number of people always post regarding how their bike was damaged by UPS. I don't doubt there is a degree of truth in what they say.

Here's the flip side of the coin. During the time that I owned my bike shop, I received at least 1,000 bikes via UPS. Know how many damage claims I had? ZERO.

I believe that the difference is in the factory packing job. There is much more to it than sticking the little plastic thing on the fork. If I were going to pay a bike shop to pack a bicycle for me, I would specify that I wanted it packed EXACTLY like the bikes come from the factory. Then I would check the packing job before it was shipped. If you have to pay $30.00 for the packing service, that's a lot less than the hassle and/or expense that a bike damaged in shipping will cost you.
re: Packaging and shipping a complete bike???moabbiker
Sep 26, 2002 2:47 PM
Agreed, just specify "Buyer must pay for professional packing and shipping of the bike". That way it's 1) Easier for you, 2) Less likely of damage, 3) Less bad blood between a bike shop where you might drop by 'just for the box'.
You might want to give some ideafiltersweep
Sep 27, 2002 4:37 AM
I kept reading all these low cost shipping/packing/handling charges... my LBS ended up charging a total of $60 for packing and shipping a bike. This included the box, packing labor, UPS charges, and insurance. It was a bit more than I expected...
Sounds about right to me (nm)Spoke Wrench
Sep 27, 2002 6:41 AM