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03-28-2005 05:01 PM  13 years agoPost 1
iskoos

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I wanted to talk about this for a long time. I guess now it is the time.
I am wondering what company you use when you ship your packages.

I am not going to pronounce names here because I don't want problem plus I have no relation with any of the carrier what so ever.
If you are in the states, you will understand what company I am talking about.

There is currently two big ones dominating the market in the states BROWNY and (White-Red-Blue) Their rates are very close to each other. So it really doesn't save you much money if you get estimate from both carriers
And there is the other one (Yellow-Red) just got into market(who bought out Air.... Express)

Have you guys compared their rates to Browny and White-Red-Blue(Actually Purple)?

I did and I am absolutely amazed. I would say almost 2 to 1.

With these rates this Yellow-Red's are going to get a big junk of the shipping market in the states soon.

I am wondering if everyboody is aware of this.

Thanks

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03-28-2005 05:15 PM  13 years agoPost 2
pcliftonjr

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I mostly use Red-White-Blue...aka USPS.

Paul

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03-28-2005 05:23 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Jeff H

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My favorite is USPS for small stuff, but our company recently switched from UPS to DHL and I have shipped several heli items via DHL since the switch and everything went smooth and fairly quick.


UPS stinks, thats why I rarely buy from shops that only ship via UPS.


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03-28-2005 06:06 PM  13 years agoPost 4
iskoos

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I mostly use Red-White-Blue...aka USPS.
When I said White-Red-Blue, I didn't mean USPS. It was the 2nd line in
Greg_Alderman list. Actually, I should have said White-Red-Purple. I just couldn't picture it well.

Pathogens

You've just said what I wanted scream out. If I were able, I would help you achieve your goal stated in your first paragraph.

Go with Yellow-Red guys. Those guys are awesome.

Like Jeff H says, I don't buy anything who uses Browny's light-speed ground service.

You want to get a tiny spare part that weighs only 2 grams and pay $6 something and wait stinking 1 week to get it. I am going nuts here and also happy that it is not only ME realizing this.

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03-28-2005 06:15 PM  13 years agoPost 5
tisrich

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I use DHL too. They have a counter in my local Office-Max. I found that their rates are quite reasonable, almost always lower than UPS and the Post Office. They give you a receipt complete with a tracking number and web address that you can use to track with. I've used them a lot for eBay sales and everyone seems to be pleased with their service.
And no I don't work for them!

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03-28-2005 06:24 PM  13 years agoPost 6
MikeC

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See and I've had just the opposite expereince. I wouldm't use FedEx if it were the last carrier on earth. I've had too many problems with them not delivering on time and no way can you ever contact them. I've used them at work for shipping fragile equipment since UPS tends to be a little rough. The last time 2 times I specified FedEx for the return shipment of this equipment I had to call my customer and cancel the job I had scheduled because FedEx dropped the ball again!


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03-28-2005 06:29 PM  13 years agoPost 7
iskoos

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Mike C
I don't think your carrier is any different than Browny guys.
What we are trying to say here is that Yellow-Red guys are much better.

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03-28-2005 07:12 PM  13 years agoPost 8
jb_turner

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Browneys are OK as are RWB but YGP and BGN may need to pay attention to details because if they do not PNY and PMS will take over. Sorry I did not want to mention any names for whatever reason.

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03-28-2005 07:40 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Boom_Strike

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We at DHL are getting more and more frieght everyday. Always picking up new accounts from the other guys. Hearing rumors we might be buying a rather large trucking company but supposedly UPS and FedEX are fighting it. They think we are creating a Monopoly. But hey its a dog eat dog world.

There is a fine line between 'Hobby

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03-28-2005 08:55 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Chem Geek

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At this point I'm going to give DHL a try. I hate, no let me rephrase that, I *$(%!^& HATE UPS! I can't tell you the number of times they've bashed stuff coming to my house, or shown up a few days late. The latest fun I had with them was I bought a bike off eBay. Everything was nice until the UPS dude tossed the box out of the truck and dragged it to my door step. This bent the wheel. Ok no biggie, I have another bike I can ride, email the seller they're nice enough to take care of it so I don't have to wait on filing a claim with UPS (which they no doubt will deny). Seller issued a call tag for UPS to come pick it up. Well a week went by with several calls to UPS and they never came. They finally showed up when a roommate bought a bike from the same seller. I stopped the UPS dude and handed him the box, to which his reply was, "I can't do anything with it cause I don't have the tag with me." I'm sorry, I though that was a label printer in the front of your truck. After five minutes back and forth be gave up and printed the very thing he said he didn't have and took the box. Twice the price, and way less than half the service from UPS.

USPS has always gotten stuff there for me on time and well handled. Cheaper to boot. For the price of UPS ground w/o insurance I can send a heli Priority w/ insurance through USPS.

FedEx hasn't been too bad, so I may use them more. I'll give DHL a whirl and see, although I'll probably just stick with USPS.

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03-28-2005 09:10 PM  13 years agoPost 11
iskoos

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I guess jb_turner got mad at me.
I just thought that it would be better not to use names but since everybody is using I guess there is no point to use encripting anymore

Eveybody already knowa but here is the key in case you want to know;

Browny = UPS
White-Red-Purple = FedEX (Sorry couldn't find any better way)
Yellow-Red = DHL (Who bought Airborne Express couple months ago)

I didn't mention about USPS. I would say they would be my 2nd pick.
Much better than Brownies (sorry I meant UPS)

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03-29-2005 04:31 AM  13 years agoPost 12
Dan J

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They both stink, it's just that they don't usually stink at the same time. Two years ago I was fed up with UPS and would only go FedEx. Recently FedEx lost a package which was frustrating. Add to that getting someone in the tracking department on the phone is a PITA. So now UPS is looking good to me again.

Really I should just stick with USPS. I don't think they've ever lost something I've shipped with them.

dan

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03-29-2005 09:06 PM  13 years agoPost 13
Jason Cummings

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Never ship anything in a tube via UPS. I think they like to sword fight with them. I've gotten a few bent booms this way. I also had a new kit sent UPS and by the time it had arrived it was completely destroyed.

Synergy Field Rep

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04-07-2005 03:24 PM  13 years agoPost 14
iskoos

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Update
Just wanted to give you a quick update since I started this topic. I sent a package to CA the other day via DHL ground. The package was about 28"x12"x18 (more/less) and 18 pounds.
I used their cheapest method which was ground. It was Monday at 6:00pm when I dropped the package at DHL store and it was delivered to its destination on Thursday afternoon!...

LESS then 3 days!.. Home delivery NOT business!..

I paid the total of $13 and some change and the package was insured too.
>>>>>>>How do you beat this? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

In the same week, a guy shipped something from CA via FedEX Ground and it took freagin... 7 days to get here!...

Will never ever get close to FedEX or Browny store...

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04-07-2005 03:34 PM  13 years agoPost 15
CRAZYKEV

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Yeah Alex, Fedex sucks man! I have always had good expieriances with the US post office. They are who I use 99% of the time. I ordered some blades from Florida and paid the Fedex (only option) 2nd day delivery ($15!) and it took 5 days for it to get here. Fedex is the worst!

Kevin

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04-08-2005 05:13 AM  13 years agoPost 16
iskoos

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Hey Thanks Kevin,

It's good to hear from you again. It's been a long time.
I agree on USPS as well. I like their priority mail service; cheap and fast way to ship.

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