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Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by James Marsico, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    I just sent a 26"x26"x25" box weighing 35lbs to New Method Fur Dressing in South San Fransico. FED EX $ 99.60! UPS 101.11 no insurance ! Both said that rates recently went WAY UP. Anybody that wants to come on here and defend low price taxidermy please do because i need someone to laugh at.
  2. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    Sure does make all the McKenzie whining seem nonsensical (sp?). And it makes me wonder how SpeeDee is staying in business. Somewhere things just don't add up.

  3. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    Speedy is not available here. The post office is cheaper if you send it slow boat cheap but they suck at every level.
  4. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    I’m sure you have business accounts with both of them. Do you go directly to their facilities?
    I just had one shipped from CA to Kentucky from fed ex. It weighed 24 pounds, 14x24x30 that was $53.
    Shipped Monday to arrive on Friday.
    That was a week ago.
  5. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    Speedee not available here either! I wish it was.
  6. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    My cost to ship an elk cape to New Method from Arizona to Cali is about $15/cape. The same coming back to me (wet tan on the capes). Not sure why yours is so expensive. And those boxes are heavy.


  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Speedee, I'm thinking, is so cheap because they are just breaking in to the business. Once they grow, so will their prices.
  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    They aren't new, they've been around a while. I've always said that, I hope they don't spread out like UPS, they'll rape us all just the same. I use them when I can, a good company but, that can change in a heart beat.
  9. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Them shipping hogs are eating us out of house and home!

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    To Beat Them Try to shop local if you can, try to stay within driving distance. I'm lucky here in Wi we have speedy and MK has shipping center in Wi. I also use a tannery that is 1 1/2 hour away so i drive all my bears and deer capes to them and pick them up saves a ton in shipping.
    What kills me is that UPS will give huge brakes to the Amazons of the world so then they sock it to the small guys buy inflating the heck out of the prices to make up for the breaks they give them. And as long as we keep paying them it will never stop.
  11. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

    Easy way to figure it pay yourself $20 bucks an hour and deliver them yourself
    when you get back figure time and gas receipts and see whats cheaper you or
    them. These shipping debates have gone on for years and nothing changes.
    Its funny that no business is allowed to make money except for a taxidermist.

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    Yes true but when is enough enough? my ups driver said he started about ten years ago and UPS profited 1/4 of a billion a year and now they PROFIT over 2 billion when is enough enough? It's just like health insurance they just keep raising prices and making billions in profit and all we do is keep paying the inflated prices for lesser service and higher out of pocket cost soon we will pay for all our health care and pay thousands a month just for catastrophic condition.
    UPS prices will never come down so you will have to find other ways to ship (even if it takes longer) and stop using them.
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  13. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    Someone posted that the Post Office sucks. Well in my experience, Fed Ex and especially UPS suck 10 times more especially if there is a problem with the shipment.
  14. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    The only way you can ship capes reasonably is by truck freight using a broker. I put mine in a huge grain bag screwed to a pallet. I just wanted to get this greesy grizzly off to the tannery asap. UPS FED EX rates went WAY UP just a few weeks ago. The local tanneries are still 100 miles and double triple plus that around here and besides I want to only use the very best of the best tanneries. H and H in Michigan or New Method in South San Fransico both meet that need to my opinion.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
  15. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I no longer use UPS - period. Coming or going out. Unfortunately I have to keep reminding some of the supply companies that and had something shipped UPS recently. Cost me twice as much as USPS! One of them no matter how many times I tell them NO UPS they have me down for UPS! NO NO NO!
  16. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    I’ve generally had good luck with the USPS. Better than UPS in general for me.
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  17. Terry Bennett

    Terry Bennett Active Member

    I have noticed the increase in fed ex shipping rates lately. I have an account with them and print the labels in shop and then drop it off at the fedex store about 3 miles away. The last couple of tannery/rugger shipments were at least 1/3 higher. I thought is was just because they were going to BFE (Kalispell).

    It's not just amazon that gets a good deal. Goverment agencies get a smokin deal as well. Just yesterday I shipped a box with a remote control bird that I completed for a govt. project. They emailed me a fed ex label. Their price for a 10# 30x15x15 box overnight was $48.33. Fed ex quoted me like $58 for regular ground service.

    I guess the moral of the story is you can make more money driving a delivery truck than you can doing taxidermy.
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  18. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member


    I think everybody makes more than we do. LOL But I love my freedom and not being bitched at by a supervisor or prostituting myself for a corporation. Been there done that and don't think I could do it again.

    UPS and FedEx pretty much have a duopoly or oligopoly -- whichever term you want to use. They can pretty much increase as much as they want as they don't have any competition other than USPS. That said I have been hearing from a lot of business that they are going with USPS exclusively just like me. I can't believe UPS doesn't notice so I wonder it they are have no interest in part of their market and are targeting another.
    Last edited: May 8, 2018
  19. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I just pay the shipping and cringe. I try to volume purchase and maximize the discounts. The math never worked for me to shut down my business and drive 250 miles one way to pick up taxidermy supplies. In my case, one day of shop time is never less than $400, so I'm giving up that to save on shipping...not.
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  20. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

    When prices first went so high several years ago (gas surcharge....that never went away) I said screw it and started driving to get my forms and supplys. Closest place is about 2 hours one way! By getting cheaper forms, volume discounts, and no shipping my first 5 hour trip saved me $1300! I did that three times a year. Last year with what I saved I bought an enclosed trailer and just the other day made the trip and bought nearly my whole years supply of forms, several hundred pounds of clay, cases of bondo..etc! That was the single most profitable day in my 53 years!!:):cool:
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