My vote is for Fed Ex. We've shipped one-of-a-kind media all over the globe through customs without a hitch. This included Fed Ex Freight.
Whether your shipment is domestic or international, follow common sense:
Pack better than well.
Confirm in writing ahead of time the recipient's address and contact information.
Direct signature required if there is any doubt.
Google the address before shipping to get an idea of what potential pitfalls await the Fed Ex person.
If shipping media i.e. transfers:
Hold a backup file of media being shipped just in case.
Ship new media and original media in separate shipments.
UPS is a close second choice.
USPS is to be avoided unless it is unimportant.
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On May 31, 2014, at 2:11 PM, Eric Jacobs wrote:
> On 5/30/14, 5:05 PM, "Matthew Sohn" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I avoid FedEx and only use UPS when I have to. All large shippers have
>> their problems..
> Agreed that all large shippers have their issues. See my response to
> ³FedEx vs UPS vs USPS² and my claim against UPS. To be fair, a claim
> against FedEx may be just as difficult. My issue with UPS is with the
> potential theft that can take place at their transfer facilities. In
> general, Iıve found FedEx to be faster and more cost-effective than UPS
> for my media shipments.
>> Another option for larger delicate items is to strap it on a pallet and
>> consign it to a trucking company. At any rate, protective packaging is
>> key. When I bought my SP-15 Turntable with extra-large plinth, The seller
>> got a carpenter friend to build him a plywood box to his dimensions. Just
>> imagine the worst thing that could happen to the box, and do what you can
>> to mitigate it.
> Matt, great points. Such plywood crates donıt cost as much as you might
> think. Often moving companies can build these crates for you - they build
> them all the time. Thatıs what we do. Most of our crates are under $50 -
> the most expensive thing we ever had crated was $150 (100 lbs, 24 x 18 x
> 84). Prices may vary, of course, since this is a custom service. Well
> worth it for anything valuable or fragile.
> ~ Eric
>> -Matt Sohn