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Re: fiberglass hardtop in NY to to to CA

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Walker Price

08-28-2011 22:30:59

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Be very careful about shipping this top with a common carrier. That's those carriers Willie in MN is describing. As one who ships approximately 10 shipments with common carriers a week, I can tell you, you are flirting with disaster. The reasons? One, coming all the way across country your piece will change trucks and be loaded, unloaded, stacked on, bumped with a forklift, STABBED with a forklift, dropped or otherwise thrown around by monkeys like the luggage you saw in that old Samsonite luggage commercial years ago. And, since it's a used piece the carrier is only liable for close to .10/lb. for the damage. Really! Been there! So, not saying it won't get there safely. Just saying take care to make SURE it's crated securely because putting a sign that says Non-Stackable on it means STACK HERE in most cases. They will do it anyway. Also, there are ways to get as much as a 65% discount over what you pay by calling the carrier yourself. I'd suggest a high volume broker to get you the best rate. Not by calling the carrier direct. One other option? Put it on an independent, not a common carrier. You can put it on an independent and it never moves off the truck. He straps it to his wall and only moves it to hand it to you. I ship lots of stuff this way. When I know the monkeys are going to tear it up, I usually pay just a little more to send it on an independent to get it there safely. The driver may not speak fluent English but he knows what a freight claim is and he hates those. I hope this helps. I know when you find a rare piece you want it to get to you safely.

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