Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

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Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by Johnny A » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:54 am

I don't know if this was the proper area to post:

I'm getting to like some of the USDM Evergreen rods. The 7'1" spinning is perfect for me now in South Carolina. It would have been CRAZY good where I used to fish in New Jersey. The 7'3" heavy casting is nice. The 7'4" spinning rod on the other hand is just OK for my purposes. I've used it a couple of times, it's just not as necessary as I thought it would be.
Now, to the point, okay, now I'd like to sell it, rather than have it clutter the garage. Do you know what it cost to ship a 7'4" rod?
How is a merchant able to ship a 7'4" rod for $10 overnight but it's gonna cost me $100 for whenever it gets there? What are the options to ship a rod for a realistic price?

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by goldrod » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:26 am

I was good with$25-30 to ship
I recently shipped some rods and I’m no longer selling rods unless I can split the shipping.
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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by DrPerf » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:30 am

Some current points of reference:

7'6' rod
San Jose, CA to Port Huron, Mi
$40 - UPS Ground, includes $400 insurance
December 2018

7'1" rod
San Jose, CA to Woodland, WA
$16-17 - USPS Priority Mail, includes $400 insurance
(I don't remember the exact amount, but it was in that range)
February 2019

7'1" rod
San Jose, CA to Palatka, FL
$40.00 - USPS Priority Mail (3-day delivery)
$44.75 - UPS Ground (7-day delivery)
both prices includes $525 insurance
This pricing is as of yesterday (4 March)

Regards,

Doc

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by Johnny A » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:36 am

I was on the USPS site not 2 hours ago and they wanted the $104 price. 88". I couldn't believe it because I sold a couple of flipping sticks, many years ago, 40 bucks tops, insured, priority.
I'll check your ###s again to see if I'm missing something.

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by Hogsticker2 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:46 am

Johnny A wrote:I was on the USPS site not 2 hours ago and they wanted the $104 price. 88". I couldn't believe it because I sold a couple of flipping sticks, many years ago, 40 bucks tops, insured, priority.
I'll check your ###s again to see if I'm missing something.
I'm pretty sure they ding you pretty hard after 84 inches. Make sure your width, height and girth aren't over actual sizes. I think I used 4, 4, and 8 last rod. Don't use pvc that is larger than need be. Same with weight. I've always plugged in 5 lbs, and it was fine. Put in 84 inches, and see if the price changes.

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by DrPerf » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:47 am

Johnny A wrote:I was on the USPS site not 2 hours ago and they wanted the $104 price. 88". I couldn't believe it because I sold a couple of flipping sticks, many years ago, 40 bucks tops, insured, priority.
I'll check your ###s again to see if I'm missing something.
The two 7'1" rod shipments each used a tube that was 87" x 5" x 5" x 11" (length/width/height/girth) with a total weight of 5 lbs.

Put those values in the "Click and Ship" and see what you get. If it is reasonable, as it should be, then adjust any dimensions/weights as needed.

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Doc

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by Johnny A » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:01 am

DrPerf wrote:
Johnny A wrote:I was on the USPS site not 2 hours ago and they wanted the $104 price. 88". I couldn't believe it because I sold a couple of flipping sticks, many years ago, 40 bucks tops, insured, priority.
I'll check your ###s again to see if I'm missing something.
The two 7'1" rod shipments each used a tube that was 87" x 5" x 5" x 11" (length/width/height/girth) with a total weight of 5 lbs.

Put those values in the "Click and Ship" and see what you get. If it is reasonable, as it should be, then adjust any dimensions/weights as needed.

Regards,

Doc
When you mentioned the 87" length, I thought, ahh, 87" vs 88", maybe that has something to do with it. Nope. Found out, the dimensions I was entering:

90"x5"x5" = $103.00
90"x4"x4" = $14.00

Height and width also affected price. Well ain't that something.

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by hoohoorjoo » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:40 am

Shipping 2 spinning rods should only yield a 3x3x90" dimension set. 3" pvc pipe should be all you need for spinning rods. Anything larger is overkill.
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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by LgMouthGambler » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:47 am

Down here, the magic number for tube length is 89". Anything over that is big money to ship.
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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by 78Staff » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:25 pm

Just a word to the wise, be careful under spec'ing shipping containers/tubes. Sometimes they check, sometimes they don't, but if you short the measurements for a lower price and they catch it, you will get the bill :). Which could hurt based on some of the pricing seen above... :(.

Speaking from experience...not a rod thank goodness, but I shipped a box and was 1 lb light on my guess so had to pay extra about a week later.

I did get a rod from a guy a while back who just used a USPS Pri Mail Med Flat Rate Box label... so $13. AND it got here in one day! Not sure how he got away with it though.

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by Salty Parrot » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:11 am

I had to ship a broken rod for warranty in, costed alot so I asked the compay if i can just send the handle in and they said ok, saved me alot of money.

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by goldrod » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:03 pm

DrPerf wrote:Some current points of reference:

7'6' rod
San Jose, CA to Port Huron, Mi
$40 - UPS Ground, includes $400 insurance
December 2018

7'1" rod
San Jose, CA to Woodland, WA
$16-17 - USPS Priority Mail, includes $400 insurance
(I don't remember the exact amount, but it was in that range)
February 2019

7'1" rod
San Jose, CA to Palatka, FL
$40.00 - USPS Priority Mail (3-day delivery)
$44.75 - UPS Ground (7-day delivery)
both prices includes $525 insurance
This pricing is as of yesterday (4 March)

Regards,

Doc

It used to cost me no more than$25
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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by medicpelle » Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:16 pm

You are better of taking the rod directly to the PO and have them price it there. It varies from PO to PO believe it or not.

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by scrapiron » Tue May 14, 2019 1:20 pm

Looking at my selling spreadsheet-- I was paying $14- $16 early last year to ship USPS Priority mail with insurance. It sure has been creeping higher since then......

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Re: Cost to ship a rod is lunacy

Post by 5bites » Wed May 15, 2019 1:02 pm

Go through paypal and you can ship under $20

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