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    Cost Shipping a Bike

    Iím looking to sell a Softride frame, fork, & beam on eBay. I stopped by UPS and the Post Office to check on retail shipping costs. Basically $100-$200. Using eBayís shipping calculator, Iím getting rates closer to $55 for economy services. Is that accurate, given eBayís shipping discounts over retail? Basically, I want to avoid selling, only to find that shipping turns out to be $150, when I quoted $55, based on eBay estimates. Thanks in advance for advice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget View Post
    Iím looking to sell a Softride frame, fork, & beam on eBay. I stopped by UPS and the Post Office to check on retail shipping costs. Basically $100-$200. Using eBayís shipping calculator, Iím getting rates closer to $55 for economy services. Is that accurate, given eBayís shipping discounts over retail? Basically, I want to avoid selling, only to find that shipping turns out to be $150, when I quoted $55, based on eBay estimates. Thanks in advance for advice.


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    Try Bikeflights.com. They usually offer the lowest rate. $55 does seem low to me though

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    +1 for bikeflights. Their rates are really good.

    I shipped a complete bike with $3k insurance, 3day shipping, and signed receipt for $100.

    Try their shipping calculator. I guesstimated sizes for your frame, fork, & beam and came up with under $50.
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    In E bay, I have been clicking for other shipping options, and have found fedex to be lowest cost. Not bikes; i have shipped a guitar and a couple synths over the recent few months. Fedex has drop-off at different area businesses.

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    Thanks for the BikeFlights recommendation. I hadnít heard of it before. Looks like $55 for 6-day, coast to coast.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget View Post
    Thanks for the BikeFlights recommendation. I hadnít heard of it before. Looks like $55 for 6-day, coast to coast.


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    The times I used them, the bike shipped with FEDEX. I dropped it off at the FEDEX depot near my house. No hassle and way cheaper than if I shipped with FEDEX to begin with

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    The times I used them, the bike shipped with FEDEX. I dropped it off at the FEDEX depot near my house. No hassle and way cheaper than if I shipped with FEDEX to begin with
    My experience as well. I definitely think BikeFlights is a great option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgrat View Post
    My experience as well. I definitely think BikeFlights is a great option.
    One other advantage of Bikeflights is that you measure it yourself and print the shipping label. I have never had anyone at FEDEX measure or weigh anything, so if your dimensions are slightly over the max, you wont get pushed into a higher cost bracket

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    Bike flight for sure


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    Has anyone mentioned BikeFlights yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Has anyone mentioned BikeFlights yet?
    I am waiting on my commission check from Bikeflights

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    The times I used them, the bike shipped with FEDEX.
    Same here. It looks like now they are affiliated with UPS.
    Not that it matters. Other than potential drop off locations.
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    I've had mostly good experience with BikeFlights domestically and internationally. A buddy had a SIGNIFICANT delay in shipping with them back from Italy however (to the point that he actually went out and bought another bike) - though that could have easily been due to personnel issues on the Italian side.
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