I have a really nice saddle that I am mailing to a friend. I have
never shipped a saddle before and I would like some suggestions on how
to do it.
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>>I have a really nice saddle that I am mailing to a friend. I have
>>never shipped a saddle before and I would like some suggestions on how
>>to do it.
>IMNSHO, don't mail it--otherwise it won't really matter how you pack it.
>We have given up on dealing with vendors that insist on the USPS after
>countless lost, mis-delivered, or destroyed packages. I would recommend
>UPS or FEDEX instead.
>I once ordered a saddle that was shipped by UPS. The box looked like an
>elephant had sat on it, and the saddle was quite damaged. They sent
>someone out to look at it. He blamed the company that shipped it and
>they blamed UPS.
Seriously, while we have had the occasional glitch with UPS or FEDEX,
USPS is virtually a _guarantee_ for a bad experience with just about
anything other than the delivery of bills or junk mail (and the mail
delivery person broke our mailbox a couple of weeks back cramming too
much junk mail in it rather than bring it to the house). Also, both
UPS and FEDEX have something that resembles customer service rather
than the USPS "how can we make it more difficult to do business with us"
approach. Based on our experience, my recommendation stands.
That said, I tend to be conservative when I ship something I care about
and pack it carefully, insure the package, and pay any incremental fees
(if any) to provide tracking. On the receiving end, if _anything_ looks
flaky about a received package, I snap a few digital photos of the box
as delivered and during the unpacking process just in case.
Seriously, though, a sturdy box and "ghost poop" will do the job. If you
don't want to do it yourself then take it to one of the many places that
will do it for you (UPS Store, FedEx-Kinkos, Mailboxes, etc.). Insure it
for its real value (don't overinsure; in the event of a claim it is up to
you to provide proof of value). I'm not sure USPS will do a Western saddle
as (IIRC) they have some size restrictions that are more limited than those
of UPS, Federal, etc.
It's not "rocket science." Have at it!!!<g>
>>>IMNSHO, don't mail it--otherwise it won't really matter how you pack it.
>>>We have given up on dealing with vendors that insist on the USPS after
>>>countless lost, mis-delivered, or destroyed packages. I would recommend
>>>UPS or FEDEX instead.
>>I once ordered a saddle that was shipped by UPS. The box looked like an
>>elephant had sat on it, and the saddle was quite damaged. They sent
>>someone out to look at it. He blamed the company that shipped it and
>>they blamed UPS.
>I knew I should have added YMMV :->
I use to sell stuff on ebay and always used the USPS to send the stuff I
sold, and I never had a problem.
I've occasionally used UPS and FedEx to ship things (and I've received
packages shipped that way) and haven't had a problem (accept above
So, I guess it depends on which you feel more comfortable with because
mistakes can happen with any of them.
> Don't get me wrong, I occassionally use UPS to ship things. I just
> wanted to show that problems can happen with any shipper, or maybe I was
> just feeling contrary. :-)
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