Shipping costs

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    jps2486
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    Boy, is it getting expensive to ship anything these days.  If you want to sell a rifle, shipping via UPS will cost you anywhere from $50 to $80 depending on where you ship and how much insurance value you set it for.  I like to set a fair price for what I sell, but frankly, I have to ask the buyer to absorb the shipping cost.  What do you guys do?

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    hawkeye69
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    If the buyer pays for shipping then they are paying more than the sale price. If the seller pays for shipping they have to add that cost to the sale price. Either way it's pretty much the same.   It's nice when you can do a local sale, but that's not always possible.

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    intenseaty22
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    I have underestimated cost of shipping before and have taken a big hit. Last gun I sold was $100! 

    I may experiment the next time and ship the stock separately , or in the same box, but broken down. It’s the size sometimes that gets you, not just the weight. 

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    starlingassn
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    absolutely the size that gets you.

     

    thats why when i ship a gun i try to make the package as short as possible and (like was mentioned taking the stock off)

    and well padded on the ends.

     

    i have tried to ship a gun before and the lady said "if it was a 1/4" shorter it would ship for $30 instead of $55 or $60

    so i went outside and very gently squeezed down the package a bit against the building walked back in and ….bam…. $30 shipping LOL

     

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    SvilenP
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    Yes, as the colleague says above, things are the same…But I am wondering why America's sellers do not sell in Europe? Here many people could buy a lot of things but alas …

    Here besides the price and transport we charge and not a small customs fee but we would still buy as no where!

    What is the reason you think? A doubt that they will not get the money or that the goods will be lost or… ?

    I apologize for asking in the subject of my colleague but I am very angry because I like something in Amazon or eBay and tells me that they are not delivered to Bulgaria ….

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    spysir
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    " But I am wondering wh'y America's sellers do not sell in Europe? "

     

    Because for the laws ( here and there depending ) against it.

    We can have many things we can not export, many common scope ( if falling under "mil" designation) would be a federal crime to export.

    UK/other has import laws most can not figure out, many dealers included.

     

    John

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    SvilenP
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    Of course this is the main reason but I think there was some option with an export license but it is obvious or it is very difficult to do or not everyone can get it …

    But there is another – For guns, optics and silencers – Ok, but for Europe by american and english (?) sellers there is hardly any offer of things like bipod, rest, weapon cleaning and repairing equipment, shooting tables and much many things like that …

    Let's not talk how for example in Amazon.co.uk there are many items that are developed as a price only in terms of currency that is much more expensive than the american version of Amazon(.com) …

    Of course, neither me nor you can do anything but just share …

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    joe4702
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    Maybe a place like this could help?   

    http://airgunexporter.com/

    No idea if they are reputable, but if so, maybe they ship to Bulgaria?

     

     

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    SvilenP
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    Thanks, I'll look at how things are… 

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    spysir
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    airgunexporter is very up and up, has the needed ($$$) import/export permits.

    John

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    VETTNUT
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    Have any of you tried Ship My Gun? Have had no reason to use so far but might be worth looking into.

    https://www.shipmygun.com/go/index.php?osCsid=0bpni0se7s14fn1gq0u6ff2cr0

     

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    1BadDart
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    As a buyer I expect to pay shipping and if an item is listed as "free" shipping I know enough is added to the price to pay the shipping costs. As a seller I charge the actual shipping costs. Nothing is free except advice and even that needs to be filtered.

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    Goodtogo
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    starlingassn

    absolutely the size that gets you.

     

    thats why when i ship a gun i try to make the package as short as possible and (like was mentioned taking the stock off)

    and well padded on the ends.

     

    i have tried to ship a gun before and the lady said "if it was a 1/4" shorter it would ship for $30 instead of $55 or $60

    so i went outside and very gently squeezed down the package a bit against the building walked back in and ….bam…. $30 shipping LOL

    I used Fedex last week and it was less than I had expected. I already had one of the double boxes that a rifle had been sent to me in. Of course there are other costs to shipping, such as bubble wrap and so on. I do break down the rifles so that if a box is dropped there is less chance of it breaking the stock.

     

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