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Old 01-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
Gorm Stokkland
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Shipping, who do you use?

My buddy is giving up 700+ lbs of bumpers and barbell plates to me for $100 since he got it dirt cheap himself.

I'm looking into shipping options since I now live 900 miles North. UPS is quoting over $500 to ship. Even with that, it's a decent deal, however I just dropped a few stacks over at Rogue and am trying to be as cheap as possible. I'm even trying to bribe people to visit Atlanta, by paying for their driving expenses if they would load their trucks with the weight.

Freight quoted me at 350 ish online. Going from 33327 to 30102. Any ideas?
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

Try the post office. They get a bad rap, but I've found them to be consistently cheaper and I've never had a problem shipping through them.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

Try UShip
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

Just spitballing here...but do you need all 700 lbs of weights? Maybe you could get shipping a little cheaper by not shipping everything?
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

R&L Carriers has been consistently cheaper than UPS or Fedex freight in my experience.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

Try Greyhound. If you live along a common route they ship large heavy stuff pretty cheap. They just throw it under the bus and it will eventually make it to a branch near you. I have done that a few times with large car parts. Way cheaper but a little slow. Depends if your willing to wait a little while...
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #7
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

I bet you can find a crossfitter from Michigan or Ohio that is going to Florida for a winter vacation to pick them up and bring them down to you for $100 or so since I-75 goes right through Atlanta on their way down. I'm flying down in April but if I were driving I would have done it.

Post in the "searching for Crossfitter" section and I bet you can find someone. It would pay for most of their gas for the trip down and it would probably only add an hour or two to their trip.

EDIT: From your location I was assuming you were in Tampa. If that's not true this suggestion probably makes zero sense...
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:50 AM   #8
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

Check with a Freight carrier (R&L maybe).. They'll be cheaper than UPS and FedEx. Only bad part is the guy shipping will have to come up with a pallet and figure out how to secure them with some wrap.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

I've used Forward Air in the past to ship and receive motorcycle engines with good results. The shipper would be responsible for crating and delivering the item to the FA drop-off location at (or near) the airport, and you'd be responsible for picking up your item at the airport, but the prices weren't too bad.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #10
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Re: Shipping, who do you use?

Appreciate all the responses! I found a decent quote to have it shipped from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta for $200 if it was palleted. Of course if a CrossFitter is heading this way i'd rather throw them that cash.
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