Wed 4 Mar, 2009 02:48 pm
What is the cheapest way to ship something that weights 100 pounds from Michigan to Florida? I need it to arrive with in one week of sending it, and it will be shipping to a business address. The zip codes are as follows. Shipping from 49424. Shipping to 33952. The product I am shipping is a piece of furtiture.
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CalamityJane
 
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Wed 4 Mar, 2009 03:38 pm
Your best bet is FedEx - they're charging you $ 57.58 for 3 day ground service.

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Robert Gentel
 
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Wed 4 Mar, 2009 03:47 pm
@CalamityJane,
That's for a 1 inch cube, he'll need to get a quote that includes the cube of the transported item because the rates are based both on dimensions and weight.

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FedEx and other couriers may be the best bet, but you may also want to ask a freight forwarder for a quote on other ways to do it.
sullyfish6
 
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Wed 4 Mar, 2009 04:33 pm
Consider Greyhound, too. I hear many Ebay sellers do large items that way.
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CalamityJane
 
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Wed 4 Mar, 2009 05:18 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Yes, since I didn't know the measurements, I left it entirely off, and I guess
the default mode is 1 inch cube. I still think FedEx is cheaper than UPS or
other freight carriers.
Rockhead
 
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Wed 4 Mar, 2009 05:23 pm
@nstrabbing,
You might look at an outfit called Unishippers.

They pool deliveries and get a better freight rate than an individual. Have dealt with them in various parts of the country.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Thu 5 Mar, 2009 12:29 am
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:
Yes, since I didn't know the measurements, I left it entirely off, and I guess
the default mode is 1 inch cube. I still think FedEx is cheaper than UPS or
other freight carriers.


I'm not sure if it's still the case, but when I worked in logistics they were usually one of the more expensive way to ship freight, and unless it's a small piece of furniture you'd need to go to a separate FedEx form for a freight quote and a skid with them would probably be over $600.

I would have looked elsewhere first (the kind of site Rock recommended would be my first bet). But the parcel couriers have been doing a lot to push into logistics services since I worked with them so this may have changed, and they may be better at this kind of shipping now.
CalamityJane
 
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Thu 5 Mar, 2009 11:01 am
@Robert Gentel,
You are right, for larger items, FedEx is not competitive. So I looked around
and found this www.freightcenter.com - they'll give you quotes of several
carriers. I had chosen 100 lb. and measurements of 48x48x48 (not knowing
what piece of furniture it is). and here are some quotes - not bad!

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sarah01
 
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Mon 16 Oct, 2017 10:49 pm
@CalamityJane,
Isn't Fedex used for tracking only?
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