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 Post subject: Re: MAKING BOX'S FOR SHIPPING
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:07 pm 
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I'm very lucky and have a great postmaster. I hardly ever have problems shipping with USPS. I have had more problems with FedEx. I will not go into details about that now. I can say UPS has been good to me, I use them for all my Cali shipments.

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I have also had problems with fedex, and frankly they did not handle it well at all.

On a separate not I wanted to ad there are special styro cutting knifes with a heated blade, you either plug in or run off a battery. I haven't gotten one, but it's on my list of things to do since it would save me from cleaning up all those little styro pieces when I am done cutting.


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Jim, tell me again why you don't cut all four styrofoam side panels the same size?


Nobody likes UPS for cross country, either? I don't know if I could bring myself to ship fish via USPS; I've got about as much confidence in them as I have in fast food drive thru workers.


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I cut 2 sides at 12 inches long.
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The other 2 I cut at 1/32 to 1/8 longer than the size I need. If I need a 10 inch side I will cut it at 10 and 1/8 I like the fact that I have to force them in to help seal the sides. The tighter the box fits together the less cold can get into the box. The tops are not formed to seal so I need to make everything as tight as possible
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Alowishus wrote:
Nobody likes UPS for cross country, either? I don't know if I could bring myself to ship fish via USPS; I've got about as much confidence in them as I have in fast food drive thru workers.


I have shipped cross country with UPS and had no problems. I have only had problems with FedEx.

As for USPS you need to find out when the truck comes to pick up the Express box's. If you take them late they will go out with the priority or go out the next day. This is very important when you ship USPS. I also found that smaller post-offices work better for shipping fish. When you ship them out of a large high volume post-office they can get lost. Allen had this problem with his post-office. That is why he comes to my house to ship his fish. The other thing is Express mail is about 1/2 the price of UPS and FedEx.

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Good write up and thread for shipping fish


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My post office knows me quite well, they always ask what kind of fish or plants I am shipping that time :lol:
I need to do a write up on how to ship plants too!

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