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Thread: Shipping Quilts?

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    Shipping Quilts?

    I am finishing a quilt for a DGS and his wife, and need to ship it accross country. What is the best method of shipping it? Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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    I always use UPS, they have tracking at every step of the way (USPS is getting better at that, though). I find that for over 2 pounds or so, the rates are cheaper and the first $100 of insurance is included in the price.

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    Priority Mail Insured with Confirmed Delivery. They have to track it every step of the way. I've sent packages to Bahrain this way with no problems whatsoever

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    i've been sending quilts all across the country for a few years now- i always use priority flat rate (when they fit) or regular priority mail boxes if too large for a flat rate. i ALWAYS add insurance & delivery confirmation...the one time i did not add insurance/delivery- because the customer insisted it was not necessary-- i sent quilt in october---she finally received it in March---for 6 months she was upset with me- and saying very negative things- i had no way to track it- because she insisted it was not necessary- when she finally received it & with it the explanation/apology from her post office she was very...sweet to me, apologizing, but alot of damage & hurt feelings had happened in the mean time...so i ALWAYS regardless of what someone may say- ALWAYS add both- insurance & delivery-and have never had one take longer than 5 days to get anywhere- usually 3 days is all it takes.
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    I just sent one via USPS this week. It was a twin size so it fit in the large flat rate Priority Mail box and I also purchased the Delivery Confirmation option. I forgot the insurance part (I would have purchased that too) but mostly I wanted to know that it arrived. I tracked it as it made its way to its new home. It made it from western US to the upper midwest in two days.

    I also used UPS to send a quilt to India.

    Those are the only two quilts I've mailed and they both arrived safe and sound. The India one was MUCH more expensive as was to be expected. I am thinking I will probably use USPS again - no special reason I guess except that the price was nice for the Priority Mail box and it was very convenient.

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    Priority mail and confirmed delivery is how I go too. Just shipped one to charisma on Mon. to be quilted. I do this all the time and have never had a problem. I mailed it on Mon. from In. and she got it on Wed. in Wash. St.

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    I always find it cheaper to use priority than the flat rate boxes, flat rate is good if you have something small and weighty.

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    and I agree that insurance and confirmation is worth the small amount extra, saves a lot of worry

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    Because my little rural post office has an amazing postmaster who goes the step above to help, I always ship USPS Priority or whatever way HE recommends after weighing my package and discussing it with me. He knows I ship a lot of quilts and always takes an interest.

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    I mailed my sister in Texas a quilt via USPS and it took 18 days to get there. Scared me but she got it. I didn't get insurance, nor tracking number-silly me.
    so you choice. things do happen but not often. good luck.

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