Best shipping service for racquets?

nvr2old

Professional
Fairly stupid question honestly. Have shipped many many things after selling them online. However I sold and shipped a racket six weeks ago or so via FedEx and it weighed a little over a pound. Initially paid about $10 to ship and dropped it off at my FedEx. Got a Bill later for additional $10. Seems kind of like a lot for a item that isn’t that large doesn’t weigh that much. I have received rackets via USPS With two medium flat rate boxes taped together and wonder if this is cheaper? Just wondering what people use for reasonable shipping in CONUS. Thanks.
 

SamBruin7

Rookie
USPS is definately cheaper but my local post office is a bunch of ****'s and they won't allow two flat rate boxes taped together anymore. They won't even accept incoming packages like that and send them back to the sender. USPS is also a lot slower lately in that all my packages are going through a "Distribution Center" now and being messed with and damaged before I get them. Real shady.
 
Last edited:

nvr2old

Professional
Yeah I moved away from USPS a few years ago. Haven’t shipped UPS recently but get TW demo stuff no problem. Maybe I’ll give them a re-try. FedEx is really convenient but $20 is too much IMO.
 

topspn

Hall of Fame
USPS priority 2 day service and I hoard Tennis boxes so I could use them for shipping
 

mrtrinh

Professional
USPS is definately cheaper but my local post office is a bunch of ****'s and they won't allow two flat rate boxes taped together anymore. They won't even accept incoming packages like that and send them back to the sender. USPS is also a lot slower lately in that all my packages are going through a "Distribution Center" now and being messes with and damaged before I get them. Real shady.
Make sure you get the priority box that says "Mailing Box" and not flat rate. It's exactly the same thing. Had this issue too
 

jjs891

Semi-Pro
When I use 2 flat rate boxes, I wrap them with plain brown packaging paper, otherwise the local post offices started giving me problems.
So far no issues at the post office since I started wrapping.
 

ezekiel114

Semi-Pro
Yeah my local usps doesn’t accept two flat box combine together even though it’s their own box has their logos on it. Now I got some smaller boxes form officedepot and wrap them the same way and they don’t care anymore lol. Just use the brown plain boxes instead


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
As others said above, you have to use the priority boxes that are not flat rate. Never had that issue till last year, but then had a racquet returned to me. It's easy to miss. Maybe they changed that altogether now, but once I figured that out I shipped a couple racquets with two USPS boxes (not flat rate ones), no problem, last spring (2017).
 

SamBruin7

Rookie
In regards to USPS, do you guys also notice in your tracking that the racquet will go to a "distribution center" before coming to your local post office? Recently my racquets are taking an extra day or two because of this nonsense when before it would come directly to the local post office.
 

beltsman

Legend
In regards to USPS, do you guys also notice in your tracking that the racquet will go to a "distribution center" before coming to your local post office? Recently my racquets are taking an extra day or two because of this nonsense when before it would come directly to the local post office.
Maybe it's their racquet demo center; they open it up and take it for a hit.
 

whorng

Rookie
Can't use flat rate boxes for anything but the flat rate service.
Regular priority mail boxes can be used for regular priority mail.
The wording matters not just the USPS logo.
Also cannot use Priority Mail tape on Express Mail/Regular vice-versa.
USPS Priority Mail had a decent chance of being 2 days when they started the 2nd day program, even from West to East coast.
But in recent times it is a hit or miss.
My recent racquet shipment from NC to NJ too 2 days and delivered on Saturday.
A racquet from NC to TX took 5 days. Took 3 days to get to the city, to the distro, to the wrong city, back to the distro, then was finally delivered.
A string from NC to TX took 2 days, same address.

UPS is the most expensive.
USPS is the cheapest.
FedEx is in the middle.
 

darklore009

Hall of Fame
I usually ship my rackets with USPS. Take 2 large priority mail boxes (not flat rate boxes) and connect them together. it wont look pretty, but it gets the job done. fyi, you will need a lot of tape to secure it from the length and width.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
USPS is the way to go. They give you boxes for free! If you purchase postage online you also save!

I tape a 1095 box to a 1092 box. The 1095 box is just slightly smaller than the 1092 so it fits perfectly inside. I think I’ll make a video to demonstrate how I go about it. If you ship/sell/trade racquets often, you can order the boxes FOR FREE delivered to your desired destination FOR FREE online through USPS.

I’ve shipped racquets (100+) all over the world without ever having an issue and always with USPS.
 

whorng

Rookie
USPS is the way to go. They give you boxes for free! If you purchase postage online you also save!
I tape a 1095 box to a 1092 box. The 1095 box is just slightly smaller than the 1092 so it fits perfectly inside. I think I’ll make a video to demonstrate how I go about it. If you ship/sell/trade racquets often, you can order the boxes FOR FREE delivered to your desired destination FOR FREE online through USPS.
I’ve shipped racquets (100+) all over the world without ever having an issue and always with USPS.
Two 1092 put together works perfectly. The adhesive flap does a good job holding one side. Packing tape does the other edges for me.
It can also fit extended length racquets.
If anybody is curious here is the image. Looks clean and professional.
https://ibb.co/ndg0z6

How much is USPS charging you?
I got charged ~$17 last time.
Postage varies on distance and dimensions. USPS has an online calculator.
Slightly cheaper to buy and print the shipping labels online.
Priority mail NC to NJ 2 lbs insured @ $135 was $10.18.
P mail NC to TX insured @ $100 was $14.46
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
@whorng
While it’s true that you can fit two 1092 boxes together, the combination and technique I use also secures the racquet so that it doesn’t require extra packing materials and doesn’t slide around the box. I’ll create and post the video. Don’t be afraid to learn a new trick/skill. I’ve used two 1092s together and two other same sized boxes. There’s good reasons why I’ve changed.
 

whorng

Rookie
@whorng
While it’s true that you can fit two 1092 boxes together, the combination and technique I use also secures the racquet so that it doesn’t require extra packing materials and doesn’t slide around the box. I’ll create and post the video. Don’t be afraid to learn a new trick/skill. I’ve used two 1092s together and two other same sized boxes. There’s good reasons why I’ve changed.
Ah ok that makes sense. Putting the box within the box.
I just rely on insurance if the box gets crushed, but haven't had that happen before. Mostly lost shipments if any back in the day. Not racquets.
However your method is best for international transactions since avoiding any claims/issues is ideal.
 

haqq777

Legend
I always use either the TW boxes I have saved up after my binge racquet purchases, or two of the non flat rate Priority boxes joined together. Have never had any issues. I also make sure to bubble wrap the racquet so it doesn't shake inside and helps protect the racquet incase the box gets a little squashed during travel.
 

Sambuccashake

Hall of Fame
I have no idea why I watched the whole video (as I live in Sweden and this didn't apply to me) but I must say it was crafty!

Definitely a good guide for the rest of the US TT racquetholics.
 

whorng

Rookie
Cool trick keeping the racquet snug and rigidity in the middle.
I'll keep that in mind going forward.
Earlier today I dropped of a shipment with two 1092 boxes put together. (Sadly bye bye Yonex Ezone 98)
As usual no problems getting the drop off receipt.
I need to stop buying and selling racquets, and settle. Hopefully the new Beast 03 will be my last purchase and a keeper at least for a few years.
 

nvr2old

Professional
Update on this I’m my local area. USPS does not allow this anymore. Was great while it lasted. They’ve become very difficult.
 
Top