Post Number: 389
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 9:09 am: |
I have arranged to sell my Stanley Sig Std to an old friend who lives in Brooklyn. I discovered Fed Ex limits their liability to $1000 on musical instruments, which is not acceptable.
Any thoughts on how to get the bass from Minneapolis to NYC in one piece, fully insured for $3500? I've never shipped an instrument before so this is new territory for me.
Thanks in advance!
Post Number: 5589
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 9:16 am: |
Post Number: 896
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 11:52 am: |
Agree with UPS. My advice is to let them pack it. It costs more, but if anything happens to it, the settlement is apparently much easier as they can't accuse you of inadequate packaging.
Post Number: 175
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 12:09 pm: |
I'd go with UPS as well. If you go to a "UPS Store" they can pack it. They charge a premium for it, but it may be worth it as jalevinemd noted - especially if your friend is picking up the shipping & handling tab.
Post Number: 5590
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 1:25 pm: |
Be careful with the "UPS Store". I don't know if this is the case elsewhere, but here in California, many UPS Stores are privately owned and can charge whatever they want. As a result, I've seen UPS Stores that charge significantly more, even twice as much, as going to UPS directly.
And Jonathan is right about the packing. In case of damage they will inevitably foist the blame off on your packing - unless you had them do it. If you want to pack it yourself, I would at least have them inspect it and sign off on the packing before you send it (if they are even willing to do so).
Post Number: 1074
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 1:48 pm: |
My 2 cents; dealings with UPS here at work shows very little regard for package care regardless of how many 'Fragile' stickers are put on it. This probably holds true for DHL, Fedex,etc.
I believe it stems from the idea of moving alot of packages in the quickest amount of time.
Maybe trying to find a smaller courier service would provide better care for a cherished musical instrument.
Perhaps try contacting local music stores and see if they have a prefered service?
Post Number: 176
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 1:53 pm: |
It's worth mentioning that the folks at Alembic use UPS daily. Of course, they pack their own boxes, but if they trust UPS then that says a little something.
Post Number: 3090
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 2:06 pm: |
Pauldo , In my experience with UPS I concur ;
I sadly must share my words of caution about "little lack of regard , regardless of how many "Fragile stickers are put on it".
Case and point being what UPS did to my Dolby equipment when it was shipped to me from Pinewood Studios in England, The worst part of that scenario was how difficult they were to collect from in reparation for their destruction.
(Message edited by sonicus on November 07, 2013)
Post Number: 3091
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 2:10 pm: |
Alembic must have access to "Saint UPS" to avoid the mishaps !
Post Number: 197
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 2:27 pm: |
10 years ago, I shipped a Mesa Boogie Mark III combo in hardwood cab with EV 12" speaker (read: heavy) from AZ to NJ via UPS.
When it was picked up, I had the driver inspect, approve and sign off on my packing job. And I insured the shipment for its "street" value - at the time about $1,000.
Unfortunately, the amp arrived at its destination in pieces.
Fortunately, I was able to recover some $$ for damages, but not the full amount, and not without some hassles. Center to that discussion was the quality of my packing job.
I'd opt for having UPS pack it and keep your proof that they did it.
Post Number: 198
|Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 10:15 pm: |
Post Number: 1921
|Posted on Friday, November 08, 2013 - 9:46 am: |
When dealing with UPS I think the biggest factor is the amount of time the package is in transit. Alembic ships using 2 or 3 day which means the package does not spend a lot of time working through the UPS system. The couple of times I have shipped basses to Alembic I found they arrived sooner than promised which I attributed to using replacement cost insurance although it could be related to where I live.
I used to like and still use the USPS when possible however I've noticed they are using UPS and FedEx more often for the long haul portion of shipping. I haven't seen any additional damage yet. Then again I don't ship/receive as much stuff as I used to.
Post Number: 390
|Posted on Friday, November 08, 2013 - 10:32 am: |
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I am going to have UPS pack the bass, which will be mummified in bubble wrap inside a hard shell case, and get documentation showing that UPS packed it.
I will send three day, and have it insured to the max. Hopefully it will get to Brooklyn unscathed.