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eBay/ LBS shipping of bikes question.(5 posts)

eBay/ LBS shipping of bikes question.cydswipe
Jan 25, 2004 3:54 PM
I'm going to sell my MTB soon. I am wondering about help from my LBS for shipping. Any advice? I can get a box I imagine. I haven't sold a bike in a few years, and that luckily went smooth. What's the best route for shipping? UPS, FedEx? I need some friendly advice. Anyone use the UPS store?
re: eBay/ LBS shipping of bikes question.Elefantino
Jan 25, 2004 4:04 PM
Get a box, get a lot of peanuts and bubble wrap, packing tape .. and a box from your LBS. They're happy to get rid of them.

Don't' use the UPS store, except for dropoff. If you have a PayPal account, you can ship yourself – and print out your own shipping label - for half the cost of the UPS store. They charge too much to pack it.

Hope it helps.

FWIW,
Mike
re: eBay/ LBS shipping of bikes question.dan K
Jan 25, 2004 4:34 PM
I used to use usps before they caught on that they had to actually measure the box and not take my word for it NOT being oversized.

UPS has destroyed so many bikes (personal and friends) plus they will no longer ship out of my city! They accept but do not ship, and even said they have lost so much $$ in insurance that they pretty much make it a hassle to ship out from here.

FedEx has served me well and I do hear good things about them. Oh yeah, all the insurance in the world ain't gonna help if the inspector opens a damaged box and sees you packed it with one sock and an old Bicycling mag.
re: eBay/ LBS shipping of bikes question.Dave Hickey
Jan 25, 2004 5:21 PM
Dan says:

"Oh yeah, all the insurance in the world ain't gonna help if the inspector opens a damaged box and sees you packed it with one sock and an old Bicycling mag."

This is the real reason most bikes get damaged in shipping. My advise to the original poster is to have a LBS pack it. I've been in the freight industry for over 20 years and it still amazes me how people pack things.

Companies like Excel, GVH, and Colorado Cyclist have a extremely low claim percentage. Why? they know how to pack bikes.

Good bike boxes are double walled and have cardboard spacers inside the box to prevent the box from getting crushed. What appears to be a fork box in most frame boxes is actually a spacer that prevents the box from getting crushed.

I've sold two frames in the last two weeks on Ebay and I spent about $25.00 ea on packing materials(not including the box). It look me about 2 hours to pack each frame. If someone is spending $500++++ for a frame, the least I can do is make sure it arrives safely.
The trick is all in the packing.Spoke Wrench
Jan 25, 2004 5:09 PM
During the time that I owned my own bike store I received over 1,000 factory packed bikes via UPS with exactly zero damage claims. None.

Besides the right sized bike box (they come in sizes), you need all of the other gizmos that come with a factory packed bicycle. There is the little plastic fork brace and plastic "mushrooms" that keep the axles from pokeing through the carton.