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Mar 01, 2013 16:36 |  #1

I have no idea which forum to post this in as the selling forum I can not post anything as I am a new member.

I have sold a lens and was wondering if anyone knew the best way to send it through the post and what insurance options are available with different couriers and how much the typical cost of sending a lens securely (I want confirmation they get it too)


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Mar 01, 2013 17:38 |  #2

"Classified: Sell" wouldn't be the place anyhow.

"Best" depends on where you are and where the recipient is. In the US, my preference would be UPS, since their tracking actually works. The USPS will provide delivery confirmation on insured packages too, as will FedEx or most other courier services.


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Mar 01, 2013 19:22 |  #3

Unlike many, I like using USPS, probably because I've never had any problems with them. The cost depends a lot on the value of the lens for insurance, which method you send it, and how large the lens is. Sending a nifty fifty will be considerably less expensive than sending a 50mm 1.2.

If you're sending lenses around $1000 in value, and they fit in a medium flat rate priority box, figure about $25 after including confirmation service.


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Mar 01, 2013 20:19 |  #4

USPS Priority Mail is the generally fastest. Without insurance, usually the cheapest too. Since you probably want to insure something costing hundreds to thousands, that can put it up above UPS/Fedex. Fedex ground is usually the cheapest including declared value but both it and UPS are the slowest going coast to coast. If you're sending to Hawaii/Alaska there's no question at all; USPS. You can use their websites to get a quote and print the actual label. You may also want to see what service has what offices near you. For example, if your post office is five minutes away but costs a bit more than Fedex who might not have a drop off point closer than thirty minutes away you might still want to go with USPS just for your convenience.


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Mar 01, 2013 23:28 |  #5

Mattyy,

In addition to the excellent information provided in the post above mine, you can go to USPS, UPS, or FedEx's website and get a quote on how much it will cost you to ship the package, including insurance.

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Mar 01, 2013 23:43 |  #6

Since Matty used the phrase "through the post" and the term "courier" I'm going to take a guess and say he is from the UK (or maybe Oz) and needs some specific suggestions for that locale.


  
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Mar 02, 2013 02:35 |  #7

Matty

We always use Royal Mail Special Delivery as some couriers no longer insure lenses in transit.

To give you an idea of prices see the list below. (Insured to £500 and guarentee'd next day before 1pm)

0-499g £6.35
500g-999g £7.55
1000g-1999g £9.75
2k upwards £24.50 (I think!)

Hope this helps!

If you want to insure for more, it isn't too much more, a pound or 2 here and there

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Mar 02, 2013 08:13 as a reply to  @ avarice08's post |  #8

Within the US, the USPS priority mail now includes tracking confirmation as part of the price. I shipped a lens yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find this was the case.


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Mar 02, 2013 08:53 |  #9

I have used both UPS and thr Post Office. I feel better with the tracking UPS offers, and with UPS $100 of value is built into the price pay.




  
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Mar 02, 2013 11:14 |  #10

+1. USPS is what I use all the time.

Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15666616 (external link)
Unlike many, I like using USPS, probably because I've never had any problems with them. The cost depends a lot on the value of the lens for insurance, which method you send it, and how large the lens is. Sending a nifty fifty will be considerably less expensive than sending a 50mm 1.2.

If you're sending lenses around $1000 in value, and they fit in a medium flat rate priority box, figure about $25 after including confirmation service.


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Mar 02, 2013 12:04 |  #11

ct1co2 wrote in post #15667919 (external link)
Within the US, the USPS priority mail now includes tracking confirmation as part of the price. I shipped a lens yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find this was the case.


I believe ALL USPS shipment have a tracking number now, with the exception of Parcel Post and Media Mail.

They print it on the receipt.

About time, I say!


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Mar 02, 2013 14:39 |  #12

USPS does come with tracking # now, but it is a $.90 charge for it. Not that is matters to me, but just figured I throw it into the mix.


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Mar 02, 2013 23:57 |  #13

USPS isn't a "tracking" number, it is a delivery confirmation number. You may get status updates, but it's not a guaranteed part of the service. They only guarantee it will get marked as delivered.


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Mar 03, 2013 00:13 |  #14

USPS priority mail. Best for small items, Has Tracking number in it. Fasterst, cheapest, safest.


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Mar 03, 2013 07:02 |  #15

NickSimcheck wrote in post #15668559 (external link)
I believe ALL USPS shipment have a tracking number now, with the exception of Parcel Post and Media Mail.

They print it on the receipt.

About time, I say!

I shipped a Domke bag to a buyer on here, via Parcel Post, and there was a tracking # on the receipt.


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