At 8/29/2007 12:09 PM +0200, alex m wrote:
>The post (priority airmail) seems a safer but slower
>solution in the end : the bike box is in the midst of
>much smaller and lighter boxes, and the handling is
>maybe done more by hand? With Fedex it's a load of
>heavy packets getting shoved around by fork lift,
>piled on top of each other, plus the pressure on
>getting stuff to the final destination within a few
>days means careless handling.
I generally ship smaller items, but my experience is similar. My main business is shortening cranks and about 1/2 are customers cranks, which they ship to me. FedEx mangles their boxes about 50% of the time. UPS does so too often but US Postal packages almost always arrive in good shape.
I always ship US Postal Priority Mail and out of about 700 packages, I've had no reports of any arriving damaged.