Shipping costs... Wow

Submitted by Amy Ritchie on 5/24/06 at 3:12 PM. ( )

I placed an order with McKenzie last week. A bobcat form, pair of eyes, and 5 lbs. of powder hide paste. The box was not oversized and probably weighed no more than 12 lbs. total.
I recieved it today and shipping was nearly $17. That is way more than what it normally is. I live about 35 miles from the Granite Quarry McKenzie warehouse and usually go pick up my orders, but sometimes I just don't have time to and being that close to the facility, shipping is usually fairly reasonable. Has anyone else noticed an incredible shipping price increase? Must be because of the gas prices. By the way, I'm in no way implying that McKenzie is overcharging shipping... I'm just surprised that UPS rates have gone up so much.


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Yes I have

This response submitted by Rich P. on 5/24/06 at 3:30 PM. ( )

I just shipped a video tape UPS the other day which weighed 2lbs and was in the same state I live in, they charged me $9.00. That's crazy.

Just today...

This response submitted by John Wilkie on 5/24/06 at 4:21 PM. ( )

I shipped a salted & dried coyote hide to be tanned. It was $12 Fedex and weighed 3 1/2 lbs. UPS would have been $19. I'm going to request Fedex from now on to save a couple $.

You think you have it bad

This response submitted by tom on 5/24/06 at 4:22 PM. ( )

I had to price a lifesize bison (American), got a quote for 1500.00, but shipping to Europe is not that cheap. Somethings you just cant get here, so you either make it, or bite the bullet. I wouldnt worry over your shipping prices, just add it to your end price.

USPS media rate for video tape

This response submitted by Steve on 5/24/06 at 4:22 PM. ( * )

The USPS only charges $2.07 to ship a 2 lb. media package for you video tape and less if it was only 1 lb, which is most likely the case.
I really don't understand why anyone would ship with UPS these days as their rates are just plain highway robbery.

Here is the published rate for UPS Ground for a 2 lb package 10 x 6 x 2 going within state:

UPS Ground
Guaranteed by: By End of Day Friday May 26, 2006 ( 2 days )
Billable Weight: 2.0 lbs.

Here is the published USPS rates for the same size and weight box going to the same zip codes.

Priority MailŪ 2 Day(s) $4.20

Parcel Post Additional Postage May Apply 2 Day(s) $3.75

Bound Printed Matter Restrictions Apply 2 Day(s) $2.11

Media Mail (Book Rate)Restrictions Apply 2 Day(s) $2.07

With these type of price differences, it is well worth your time to do your homework and compare rates.

Must be a mistake

This response submitted by Bill @ Hog Heaven on 5/24/06 at 4:26 PM. ( wthoghvn @ yahoo )

I shipped some tanned hog capes on monday.
15 # to Georgia cost $13.33
13 # to Texas cost $15.53
30 # to Missouri cost $25.52
10 # to north carolina cost $10.82
I am shipping from extreme northern New York.

UPS Fuel Surcharge

This response submitted by Steve on 5/24/06 at 4:27 PM. ( * )

Current Fuel Surcharge Rate:

Through June 4, 2006: 3.75%
Effective June 5, 2006: 4.25%

Air and International
Through June 4, 2006: 12.50%
Effective June 5, 2006: 16.00%

Ground Fuel Surcharge Air and International Fuel Surcharge Billing
Services Affected

Ground Fuel Surcharge

UPS uses an index-based surcharge that is adjusted monthly. Changes to the surcharge will be effective the first Monday of each month and posted approximately two weeks prior to the effective date. For your billing convenience, we will also post a 90-day surcharge history. The surcharge will be based on the National U.S. Average On Highway Diesel Fuel Prices reported by the U.S. Department of Energy for the month that is two months prior to the adjustment. (UPS research has shown this index is highly correlated with other major fuel price indices worldwide.) For example the surcharge for January 2006 is based on the November 2005 National U.S. Average On Highway Diesel Fuel Price.

The following table illustrates the surcharge:

National U.S. Average On-highway Diesel Fuel Price ($/Gallon)

At Least: But Less Than: Surcharge:

$1.50 0.00%

$1.50 $1.58 0.50%

$1.58 $1.66 0.75%

$1.66 $1.74 1.00%

$1.74 $1.82 1.25%

$1.82 $1.90 1.50%

$1.90 $1.98 1.75%

$1.98 $2.06 2.00%

$2.06 $2.14 2.25%

$2.14 $2.22 2.50%

$2.22 $2.30 2.75%

$2.30 $2.38 3.00%

$2.38 $2.46 3.25%

$2.46 $2.54 3.50%

$2.54 $2.62 3.75%

$2.62 $2.70 4.00%

$2.70 $2.78 4.25%

$2.78 $2.86 4.50%

$2.86 $2.94 4.75%

$2.94 $3.02 5.00%

$3.02 $3.10 5.25%

Fuel surcharges percentages and thresholds are subject to change without prior notice. If the Fuel Surcharge rises above 5.25% or there are changes to the thresholds, the above table will be updated.

AMEN to using the good old post office

This response submitted by joeym on 5/24/06 at 7:13 PM. ( )

When I order I always say ship it the cheapest way. And when I ship, I can go to the local PO...1 mile from home, no lines, apreciate my business, and will always give me the cheapest shipping options. I guess that it also helps that I am the ONLY business in Chunky, Mississippi!

You have to realize that even if...

This response submitted by marty on 5/24/06 at 7:47 PM. ( )'re shipping a package across the street, EVERY package still goes to the central location in Orland Park Illinois to be sorted and then disbursed.

I shipped a big musky recently and was quoted $177 bucks for next day a.m., $124 bucks next day afternoon or $24 bucks next day evening! Funny thing was the rate jumped back up to $124 for 2 day air for the following morning delivery - lol!

Another thing you have to watch out for is when companies ship from multiple locations. (This is the MAIN reason I don't place internet orders to companies that ship from multiple locations. You're best off PHONING in your order so that you can be TOLD about additional shipping charges ahead of time). This recently happened to me where one ($12 dollar) item was being shipped from another location to the tune of almost $10 bucks in shipping charges! I made a stink and got a credit on those shipping charges really quickly!


This response submitted by Jim B on 5/25/06 at 1:15 AM. ( )

Fed Ex is usually about a third cheaper than UPS.You just about always have to ask for it though-I always do.And yes,the gas prices have effected everything.

UPS/ Oversize Box Size Charges

This response submitted by Gary on 5/25/06 at 10:04 AM. ( )

Amy the box must have been oversized for UPS as they charge not only by weight but have a minimum weight charge depending on the size of the box. Oversize 1 is greater than 84 inches but less than 108 inches length + girth and is billed out at 30 lb.
Oversize 2 is 108 to 130 inches and is billed out at 70 lb.

We have daily UPS pickup here at our shop and have had few problems with UPS, but you will pay for the larger box sizes- often it is cheaper to send 2 smaller boxes than one big one

I've tracked my packages

This response submitted by Becky P on 5/25/06 at 1:37 PM. ( )

and have never seen them go through Illinois, unless they originated there or had to go through there enroute. I ship to Houston regularly and it usually makes one stop between here and there, either Killeen or Austin can't remember, but it's never gone to IL. BP

go u.s. postal service

This response submitted by bob wendt on 5/25/06 at 5:01 PM. ( )

never a failure, always cheap, i.e. I ship video tapes or salt dried skunks all the time, PRIORITY 48 hr deliverey, anywhere in the u.s. for $4.05. thousands of them. they have never lost one yet. also many larger lifesize hides from coyotes etc usually 15 bucks or so unless far coastal states or alaska. I gave up on both ups and fedex years ago on acount of up to 50% delay or damage or loss some weeks. just not reasonable to do biz with them at all. I`ve been in the shipping business for over 20 years. take my knowledge gleaned over the years and save yourself a lot of hassles.

Becky if you've ever used UPS...

This response submitted by marty on 5/25/06 at 5:29 PM. ( )

...then EVERY one of those packages has gone thru Illinois. That's where all packages start to get sorted. It probably doesn't show when tracking because it's a given that it starts in Illinois. Seems like a waste when you think about it. But if you think deeper you realize that it would be next to impossible to be efficient and NOT have a central sorting facility. I don't know if that's how the others do it, but I know UPS does. It's actually an amazing process that they're able to get a package across the country so quickly...


This response submitted by Godrey on 5/26/06 at 3:35 AM. ( )


I just tried DHL

This response submitted by bw on 5/27/06 at 7:51 PM. ( )

i shipped a whitetail shouldermount from Illinois to Pennsylvainia a couple weeks ago.

UPS wanted $121
FEDEX wanted $89
DHL shipped it for $53 and they picked it up here.

and i think marty is on crack. why would a package shipped from northern California to southern California go to Illinois first? It would be a 2 day ship, but if it went to the Midwest, it would never make it on time.


This response submitted by ups driver on 5/30/06 at 1:30 AM. ( )

"...then EVERY one of those packages has gone thru Illinois"

Nope, your wrong about that. If you were shipping a pkg from LA to SF and it had to go all the way to IL first it would take a week to get it. UPS has several different hubs that they sort out of. Every pkg I pick up goes from our building to Lenexa Ks for sorting, and are dispersed to other hubs, then centers from there. I am sure if you ship from IL it goes to Orland Park, but not every pkg in the US goes there.

2nd vote for DHL

This response submitted by Amy Hugon on 5/31/06 at 9:48 PM. ( )

Our DHL driver picks up packages here at the house. No hauling them to town, then unloading and hauling in the store, then weighing, etc.

They go by SIZE of box, not WEIGHT of box.

Very easy, much cheaper, have had no problems. I won't go back to UPS.

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