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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29409
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 11:34 am    Post subject: Couriers Reply with quote    

Thought this might be useful. I'm having to ship a 4 ton tractor a couple of hundred miles, and had quotes of around 450.

A bit of Googling gave me these three sites. Current lowest bid is 225, plus 35 in fees. Couriers bid on your load and the price plummets.

www.Shiply.com
www.uship.com
www.anyvan.com

Not as cheap as DS courier, for sure, but seems a good idea. I know Shiply's been mentioned before, but I thought I'd add the others.

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 715
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tried shiply once, but got no responses. Maybe my item was too small to bother with?

The issue I have right now with a package I have to ship is one of insurance. I can get cheap postage deals, but they don't insure it (or only at a very basic level). Put insurance on (value is 600) and the price goes ballistic.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29409
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you tried the Post office?

I'm shipping something with a value of 2,000, and they only want 8 extra.



Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 28975
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tried shiply once, someone wanted 35 to ship a box of meat

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 34311
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've tried shipley a few times - mostly for my solid-fuel-appliance habit. The first few quotes you get tend to be trying it on - then it gets more realistic.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29409
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Indeed. Given that it was Christmas, I think I got a range of small businesses competing. I ended up with 250, via uShip, with no fees. Guy seems genuine, and he gets paid when he turns up with my tractor, so my risk is minimal.

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
Posts: 715
Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unfortunately, it's 14.7kg, so RM will only insure it to 500.

camaro



Joined: 31 Mar 2010
Posts: 175
Location: N. Ireland
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shiply is great for cars - I just had a Jeep Grand Cherokee delivered from Plymouth to Belfast for 400.
That included the guy driving it 600 miles (at 17mpg, 4 litre petrol engine), paying for 2 full tanks of fuel (120 each), paying for the Holyhead Ferry, then driving it up from Dublin and dropping it at my house in time for me to go to work in it.
All he asked was that I drop him at the nearest airport once he'd delivered it - that's 15 minutes away. Then he paid his own flight back.
I couldn't have done it myself for that price!

Edit - first quote was "750, you pay for fuel and any accomodation/food costs"!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 23551
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

is he driving the tractor to you ?

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 10117
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Guy seems genuine, and he gets paid when he turns up with my tractor, so my risk is minimal.

Who's is the risk if the tractor disappears to Ireland?

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 10117
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
is he driving the tractor to you ?

I expect it'd be a more comfortable drive than my old fergy from the far side of Anglesey...

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29409
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
Nick wrote:
Guy seems genuine, and he gets paid when he turns up with my tractor, so my risk is minimal.

Who's is the risk if the tractor disappears to Ireland?


Mine, but I know where he works, and his details. He's just a regular courier. Same risk as normal I guess.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 28975
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 12 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I've tried shipley a few times - mostly for my solid-fuel-appliance habit. The first few quotes you get tend to be trying it on - then it gets more realistic.


Unfortunately I only got the one quote.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 5357
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 12 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can't remember who we used but it was about 220 for the tractor, the flat 8 and the bucket and the tractor has a loader on it to be transported from Oxford to us.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 29409
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 12 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And I have a tractor, with front loader!

Tractor

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