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UPS or USPS for shipping rods? #12594187
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I've shipped and received rods with both. Which do you prefer to get the rod there in 1 piece? And what about the rates? Does one have better than the other?
Thanks in advance cheers

Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594191
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They are both capable of doing great or destroying a shipment. Best of luck!


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594193
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FedEx is always cheaper for me and they usually get there in one piece.

Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594235
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I have shipped over 20 rods via USPS. It's the only way to go.


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: SteezMacQueen] #12594283
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[quote=SteezMacQueen]They are both capable of doing great or destroying a shipment. Best of luck! [/quote

Absolute truth.


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594295
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Pack it correctly (wrapped in packing paper and stuffed in a pvc pipe) and you'll be fine with any carrier. Most damage occurs by improper packaging....kinda like this attempt by Amazon to pack and ship a rod and reel combo......


Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: TexasPescado] #12594622
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Originally Posted By: TexasPescado
Pack it correctly (wrapped in packing paper and stuffed in a pvc pipe) and you'll be fine with any carrier. Most damage occurs by improper packaging....kinda like this attempt by Amazon to pack and ship a rod and reel combo......




OUCH!! I had a rod come from tacklwarehouse one time and the rod tube was broke in half!! rod was fine though, go figure!

Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594631
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pvc tube, only way to guarantee it, no matter the carrier.

Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: bigbass94] #12594688
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Originally Posted By: bigbass94
I have shipped over 20 rods via USPS. It's the only way to go.


I ship all kinds of stuff ( I'm a ebay seller ) and USPS is by far the safest, cheapest and fastest. Never had one problem. Just pack it right and you're good to go.


I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I don't have a curfew, I have a drivers license,a PU truck and I have a bass boat.


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594742
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Always use PVC pipe!! And wrap in bubble wrap or use foam pieces especially on the ends and something in the middle to prevent rod slap.

I haven't mailed too many rods but have received numerous ones from all over and I would think USPS is "better" and from the labels I see on the tubes they appear to be cheaper than UPS/FedEx. With the new tendency for rods over 8' I'm sure its going to be a good bit more expensive than normal.


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12594953
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Fedex, neither of those two care about packages


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: ChampionDon (SkeeterDon)] #12595031
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Originally Posted By: ChampionDon (SkeeterDon)
Fedex, neither of those two care about packages


Normally I would disagree with this statement, but I just received a brand new G. Loomis IMX Pro crankbait rod broken in half via USPS. I've shipped and received numerous rods with USPS and never had a problem. Needless to say, I'm on the fence about USPS.


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12595043
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FedEx on for me. I've had UPS and USPS lose stuff in the past.


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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12595061
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I just shipped 2 rods with FEDEX. They were cheaper than UPS.

I did learn this...
Ship a 95" tube and it's $27 (to the destination of my buyer)
Ship a 96" tube... it's $150. hmmm

I went back home and cut the tube down.

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Re: UPS or USPS for shipping rods? [Re: lizardfliper] #12595330
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This all sure makes you appreciate free shipping, doesn't it!!!

I have used FedEx without problem the last few times and they were cheaper than the UPS store just down the street - comparison shopping...

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