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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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    UPS I think has better rates. Just be sure the box is as small as possible as cost is figured on size of box.

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    I like to use FEDEX ground.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    and I agree that insurance and confirmation is worth the small amount extra, saves a lot of worry
    I agree 100% with that sentiment! I have used USPS & UPS & Fed Ex & found them all to be fine. I always want confirmation, tho.
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    I no longer use ups as I live down a 2/10's of a mile drive way. And they will leave it at the top of the driveway instead of driving it down. It could get stolen up there as I can't see it from here. FedX is not beyond of driving it down here.
    UPS use to also drive it down until my UPS man retired, now the new ones don't care. So FedX or USPS is what I use.
    Insurance and confirmed delivery of course.
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    Well, I'll tell you, I have just had a package from Hancocks of Paducah delivered by FedEx to heavens-only-knows-who but entered it to the website as delivered to my front door. I happened to read that tracking website not 23 minutes after his entry of delivery, and I could not find the package anywhere. Talked to three neighbors and non could locate it at their house. Supposedly FedEx has been tracking it since Saturday morning, and calling to keep me updated -- a surprising plus -- but they still have not located the driver who supposedly delivered it. Makes me wonder and really rather ticks me off. There's no way he brought it here -- 1/2 mile down a private, dead-end, graveled lane where all 10 neighbors know each other and 2 swear no truck came down the lane on Saturday.
    Now gotta go through all that followup, reordering and waiting again. Drat!

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    This info really came at a great time. Monday we are shipping a quilt from Oregon to Boston and I was worried about how to ship. Thanks everyone!

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    to everyone who uses USPS with insurance - have you ever tried to make a claim on that insurance? I have heard it is quite difficult. Especially if you don't have any kind of an invoice that shows a price someone paid, like if it is a gift. Sure, they will be happy to take your money to insure it for $500, without telling you that you may not be able to collect if something goes wrong.

    I have had 2 claims with UPS insurance - piece of cake both times. Under $100 they don't even send anyone out to see the item or want you to send it to them. They just pay the claim, after seeing the invoice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    UPS I think has better rates. Just be sure the box is as small as possible as cost is figured on size of box.
    only if it going by air, not UPS Ground.

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    be very careful sending anything usps i sent my brother a hat and 2 gift cards for my neices birthdays on march 19th
    2011and theyve yet to recieve them hence i havent shipped anything usps since lol i usually use fed ex or i just deliver them personally. i actually did mail one pkg from the post office in another town cause its a small office and they dont look at you like a criminal when you mail something. the post office here refused to even search for my pkg i replaced the cards and eventually i found another hat but i was really ticked that they wouldnt even look i complained online and that got me a call from the bulk cntr in ft worth tx but it appears it didnt make it that far no clue where it wound up i hope theyre enjoying the empty gift cards since i canceled them and the dallas cowboy hat
    maybe thats why the cowboys did so bad last year.
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    I send my quilts by FEDEX both within the USA and to Canada by ground. If you set up an account with them and fill out the paperwork on lline before going in the price is slightly higher than the post office. The post offices are so nasty (dirty and unpleasant workers) near me that I have swtiched my shipping to FEDEX)
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    I was told at the post office that if something happens, you'll have to show receipts for everything you purchased to make the item and your time is not even considered. The only time you would get what it's worth is if you had it appraised and can show that paperwork. I send UPS with the tracking, but don't bother with insurance because I use a lot of scraps and couldn't supply receipts.
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    Once a order was lost by UPS and some man showed up at the door and grilled me until I was well-cooked, searched the property and then did the same to my neighbors, made me sign papers and never heard from him again but the order was replaced. I was upset and angry that he acted like I or the neighbors stole it because the log showed it was delivered.

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    My fairly recent order from Craftsy is still wandering around the states. The order was handled by UPS and the post office and all they did was point the finger at each other and I spent an wasteful afternoon driving around, and gas for nothing.
    I told Craftsy enough is enough when they wanted me to wait week after week before giving me a credit because they would loose money on re-mailing it once it found it's way back to the warehouse. It never did find it's way back and I got my refund. Last I knew Craftsy was still tracking it.

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