Shipping a SKI: UPS vs FedEx??

david_skidavid_ski Posts: 99 Baller
edited February 2018 in Skis Fins Bindings
I have received many ski's over the years from both FedEx and UPS. It is now time for me to ship a ski from west coast to east coast.

What shippers do ballers prefer to ship a ski in the original cardboard box?


  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 4,032 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    USPS has always worked out fine for me and is the least expensive. I recently shipped a ski insured for $700 for a total of $41.60.
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  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 282 Baller
    anyone try ???
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    The important thing to know about FedEx and UPS is to save $, go to the actual shipping terminal. Places like the UPS Store charge high fees on top of the UPS charges.

    I also have had good luck with USPS.
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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,142 Mega Baller
    @Bill22 huh? Ups store uses the same rates you get if you pay with a shipper account.
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  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 275 Baller
  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 129 Baller
    edited February 2018
    USPS works best for me.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2018
    @oldjeep Aren't they franchises that are locally owned? They have to make $ somehow.

    Maybe they only charge higher fees to average Joe without an account. The UPS store quoted me $49 and at the terminal only $29 (two different skis, going to different states).

    Edit: I left ups store and shipped the ski by USPS for $39.

    Also, charged high rates at Staples shipping by FedEx, ski was only going from VA to PA and cost $47. They have gotta be charging extra.

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  • BCMBCM Posts: 168 Baller
    I always package, measure/weigh and then shop around. Sometimes FedEx is cheapest, others UPS. USPS can be a pain for those receiving shipments in a rural area, they won't drop a package of that size at my house, only give me a slip to come pick it up at the post office. The USPS hours are near identical to my work schedule, I have had to let things sit there for a week or two before I could take off early to get to the post office.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,893 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I did US Postal a few months ago was just over $40 insured for $1000. I had an original ski box I try to keep one around just for that purpose in the crawl space.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,801 Administrator
    UPS has never let me down. i have an account so drop off at UPS store costs me nothing extra

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  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    No doubt UPS has the best service.
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  • dbskidbski Posts: 230 Crazy Baller
    I ship all my skis USPS, no problems.
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  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 511 Crazy Baller
    I have had great luck with FedEx ground even to and from the west coast they are quick, I get a small Amex corporate card discount off their rates and they have had the best tracking options for a long time. UPS works well too, and they have improved their tracking over the last few years.
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