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Typical cost to ship a guitar within U.S.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by pistolsteve, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. pistolsteve

    pistolsteve Tele-Meister

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    I saw the post a bit further down the page about shipping a guitar, but wanted to post this question as its own thread.

    Ballpark, how much does it cost to ship a guitar within the U.S.? I've got an oldie I'm thinking about selling online and would like to figure shipping (or at least a portion of it) into my asking price. I'm probably looking at 11 or 12 pounds guitar + case.

    I've bought and sold smaller items online (pedals and stuff), but never anything of this size.
     
  2. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    Since your in the middle of the USA around $25-50 depending on where its going.

    Go here and use the shipping calculator pop in a few different east coast and west coast zip codes and some okla ones and see what you get I always use 2 day priority.


    http://www.usps.com/
     
  3. dobrodoc

    dobrodoc Tele-Holic

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    When I sell a guitar on eBay, I charge a flat 50 bucks. I've gotta go get a box(35 miles round trip), pack the guitar, drive to the Post Office, then pay for shipping, and I always insure the guitar for a little more than its worth. A 1000.00 guitar gets insured for 1100 or so. Sometimes I come out ahead on shipping, but figuring time, gas money, packing supplies, I usually break even, or lose a few bucks. But everybody's (usually) happy.
     
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  5. Hollmanp90

    Hollmanp90 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 10, 2009
    Hamilton County
    Flat rate of $50 is what I charge......more if its got a hard case and going west.
     
  6. studio1087

    studio1087 Doctor of Teleocity

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I always charge a flat rate of $29. I have a completely paranoid idea that really high flat rates scare off or bother bidders.

    I just shipped an Eastwood P-90 Special in a molded rectangular hardcase from Milwaukee Wisconsin to central Utah for $14.50. Included in the $14.50 was $350 worth of insurance.

    I figure that if I make a choice to sell a guitar, I'm not going to stick it to the the buyer because I needed a box. I have a whole week during the ebay auction to stop at a guitar shop and get a free box. I guess that it's as big of a deal as you make of it.

    Back to shipping.....

    Go to this web site....

    http://www.fedex.com/us/newcustomer/

    Fill out the new customer form and you'll get a FedEx Shipper number. You'll have to give them a credit card number to hold. They will bill that card when you ship something from any FedEx-Kinkos store.

    New FedEx registered customers (like you) get an additional 20% off every shipment for the first three months.

    A. You get a lower rate as a registered FedEx customer with your own shipper ID number
    B. You get the 20% off deal for three months

    My initial 3 month period is long gone but again.......I just shipped a 16 pound guitar box from Wisconsin to Utah with $350 worth of insurance for $14.50.

    If you use ebay, list a flat rate of $29 or $28.50 so that it sounds calculated and fair. You'll get more attention. I've used free shipping with a high buy it now and I've sold guitars in 12-24 hours.

    I paid $399 for my Eastwood and I had a rectangular plastic case that I got free with a Melody Maker (I bought a better fitting case for the Melody Maker).

    I listed the Eastwood at an opening bid of $275 with $29 shipping. I added a buy-it-now of $350 with these words....Buy-it-Now includes FREE SHIPPING!

    I had the $350 in my paypal account withing 24 hours....someone jumped at it. If you take the $14.50 true shipping cost away from what I made selling, the cost of ownership of the Eastwood came out to $399 - $350 + $14.50 = $63.50. $63.50 to own the Eastwood for over a year.

    Don't go nuts with high shipping charges, just get people to bid!

    Good Luck,

    John
     
  7. pistolsteve

    pistolsteve Tele-Meister

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    I don't know if I'll be selling on eBay, but if I do, I'll probably take that advice (a lowish set rate for shipping).

    What I'm really thinking about doing is selling on a site like this (although an Ibanez specific site, as that's the type of guitar I'm thinking about selling). If I go that route, I'm inclined to think I'll just figure a bit of shipping into my asking price. On site's like this, Jemsite, TGP and the like, it seems rare that one sees Product Price + Shipping. It seems more common that you list one price, shipped and paypalled.
     
  8. pistolsteve

    pistolsteve Tele-Meister

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    By the way, thanks for all the input. I appreciate it.
     
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