Trying to ship a bumper cover...$1200 !?!?


Shpyder
01-29-2007, 04:05 PM
Guys, I'm going nuts.

I am trying to ship out a front bumper cover. It's a 3000GT '97-'98, dimensions (packed) = 81X23X24 , 15 lbs.

I have been to 6 different places today trying to get this out. No one would take it, because apparently its a little over their girth limits for ground shipping. After getting 3 hours of runaround on the phone and in the car, I finally got to FedEx Freight. And yeah, they wanted $1200 for it to be shipped form CA to FL.

Now, I'm not a very seasoned seller. But $1200 for a fucking bumper? What the hell is going on? What am I doing wrong? The average shipping cost on eBay for car bumpers is only around $150.

EDMUND65
01-29-2007, 04:15 PM
you hvae to cut it in 3 pieces... UPS ships my dads checkard board flooring rolled up and its 12 feet long... wrapped in cardboard and taped up and they dont charge that much...

gthompson97
01-29-2007, 05:14 PM
Have you tried getting some freight quotes? That's fucking nuts, $1200 is wayyy too much. Have you tried DHL? It seems to me that when I get larger items, they always come from DHL.

l_eclipse_l
01-29-2007, 07:05 PM
I would contact a few of the sellers on ebay and ask who they use to ship such items. $1200 to ship a bumper is outrageous.

gthompson97
01-29-2007, 07:16 PM
I would contact a few of the sellers on ebay and ask who they use to ship such items. $1200 to ship a bumper is outrageous.

That was my next suggestion.

Shpyder
01-29-2007, 09:25 PM
$1200 to ship a bumper is outrageous.

Tell me about it.... when the guy told me that, I got hit by a huge bag of WTF?!

defiancy
01-29-2007, 10:11 PM
I would also suggest giving DHL a try.

Mikelb
01-29-2007, 10:31 PM
I would pick it up and deliver it for $1100... that's $100 cheaper than Fedex... I'll hook a brother up... tell me where ya live, and I'll pick it up and have it delivered overnight, no extra charge ;)

lol, but seriously, $1200 is outrageous... might as well throw in the rest of the car for that amount...

Blackcrow64
01-30-2007, 01:31 AM
Ok guys, here is the deal. I just sold a rear fender on ebay for my buddy. I was originally quoted 40 bucks by UPS ground. Turns out I can only ship it UPS freight and it costs 120 bucks. The dimensions are practically the same as your bumper Shpyder. You should have no more than 120 bucks in shipping that thing. Take it somewhere else.

gthompson97
01-30-2007, 01:45 AM
I just did a random quote on freighquote.com and if picked up and dropped off at a residential address in San Diego and Orlando (random city in FL), it would cost $257.50 for UPS Freight and $280.04 for FedEx National LTL. See now, if it was dropped off and picked up at a UPS carrier terminal, it would only cost $137.50. Now if there is a Old Dominion Freight Line terminal anywhere near you, it would be $152.18, and a FedEx terminal would be $181.53 (but would get there 1 day faster)

Shpyder
01-30-2007, 11:43 AM
Hmm...I don't know what the heck is going on. I spend the entire morning yesterday running around, and just could not get this thing shipped out.

Apparently, it just exceeds the dimensions for Ground service. It's all in the packing too. Does anyone know where I could get a bumper box from? Trying to fabricated a box from bits and pieces for this thing is going to a be a PITA.

gthompson97
01-30-2007, 11:50 AM
Go to an autobody shop and see if they have any laying around or will save one for you. They usually get their bumpers in boxes and what not so I'm sure they'd have something. And like I said, check out some freight companies, I found some very reasonable prices.

xavier3jr
02-02-2007, 01:45 PM
when i got my 2GB bumper it was just wrapped in plastic and was freight shipped. i think they only charged me 60 sumthing shiping ask around to the ebay sellers how they are shiping

Shpyder
02-02-2007, 03:10 PM
I finally shipped it out. I custom made a box all night long for it, making sure it was strong enough, etc. Final dimensions: 72 x 25 x 21, 23 lbs weight, from CA to FL. A very reasonable $100 via FedEx Ground.

What a f-ing hassel and drama. The bumper came to me shrink wrapped and bubble-wrapped in the first place, so I assumed it would be okay to send it back that way. Boy was I wrong. And this was really well wrapped too: tight and solid, with no risk of a tear or unwrapping. They just flat out refused to help me. Everyone, UPS, US Postal, and FedEx.

I'm just going to start boxing things now. It's not worth me "hoping" it'll go through with n0n-conventional wrapping.

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