[CR]cheaper shipping of frames

(Example: Production Builders:LeJeune)

Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2007 07:35:49 -0500
From: "Joseph Bender-Zanoni" <joebz@optonline.net>
In-reply-to: <974545.37192.qm@web60425.mail.yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
References: <974545.37192.qm@web60425.mail.yahoo.com>
Subject: [CR]cheaper shipping of frames

This method of packing may get you within the postal limits from some countries. Frames from France can be shipped for around $75. In theory, the odd shape may help with abuse. The frame is strong so the issues are impacts at the corners and crushing the seat stays together.

Joe Bender-Zanoni Great Notch, NJ

Raymond Dobbins wrote:
> In case anybody is wondering what Greg meant by packing with a "rhombus" or "wrap," below is a link which shows a rhombus/wrap I made to ship a frameset to Greggo downunder:
>
> http://www.raydobbins.com/misc/master-packed.jpg
>
> First I packed it in a regular box, but the USPS fee was way too high. Greg suggested trying this method of packing, and sure enough, this time it "only" cost about $140 to ship. The package you see there contains a frame and fork, as well many other components, including a handlebar, but no wheels of course.
>
> First I wrapped the tubes with foam pipe insulation, and then I "wrapped" the whole thing in cardboard cut to shape. I finished with a layer of plastic (from a heavy duty trash bag), and finally I wrapped it tight with medium duty clear packing tape.
>
> Maybe luck was involved, in terms of getting a better/worse USPS employee, the second time around. I don't know, but I do know that Greg has had success more than once with this type of package.
>
> Ray Dobbins
> Miami FL USA
>
> Greg S <gtsoftley@ozemail.com.au> wrote:
> In my experience, shipping to Australia two complete bikes is almost the
> same cost as a cheap economy airfare to the US (return) and bringing
> said items back as luggage. If you add sales tax, customs charges and
> handling fees by UPS or DHL, then a week's holiday is also paid for.
> Sending bikes from Oz to the US costs about 1/3 of the price of US to
> Oz.
> Careful packing with size of the box (or rhombus) at an absolute minimum
> can see a frame get to OZ for about $120....but the sender must find a
> friendly post office. The risk you run is that a close fitting box (or
> wrap) potentially means damage which in the long run could work out more
> expensive.
> At the other end of the scale, $450US for freight, $60 customs, $50
> agents fees, anywhere up to $500 Goods and Serrvices Tax (VAT /Sales
> tax) is not unusual.
> If you have the time, or can afford the time - go on the holiday and
> return with a new addition or two for the family and of course get an
> appropriate receipt for your documentation.
> Greg Softley
> Coffs Harbour
> Australia (with two desirable bikes today being loaded into a shipping
> container and about to float accross the Pacific)