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Old 08-04-2004, 06:32 PM
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Posted By: Mike Mac 

How do you ship or receive cards you pay or sell $1000's for? I have received cards UPS and USPS certified insured. I have received lesser valued cards via USPS media mail.

A seller is going to ship me something FedEx overnight, insured and signature required. I didn't think FedEx insured collectibles.

What is your experience with shipping items safely?

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Old 08-04-2004, 06:37 PM
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Posted By: Scooby Doo

If you perfer using the USPS, you should send high value items registered. This makes insurance cheaper and assures the safe arrival. Registered mail is hand delivered and never goes through the standard mail.

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Sellers should have some form of private insurance that covers their inventory for losses of this type. Fed Ex will insure valuable stuff, subject to certain limits in their manual.

I have found Fed Ex to be the most reliable carrier. I would not trust a really valuable item to the TCL of the USPS.

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Old 08-04-2004, 07:15 PM
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is probably the safest of all, and the most expensive. they do not like collectibles, or jewelry! (wish i was them), but if you have a small, flat packet, it will fit in their smallest envelope and be where it's going the next morning for about 21.00. Insure for almost nothing.
Write something boring on the "contents" SLIP[ IF REQUIRED.
The just-as-safe is USPS regestered mail. It will cost you about 15.00 and may take a long time to get there. Everyone who TOUCHES this package has to sign for it! Don't use scotch tape; use that brown tape for packages. tHESE REGISTERED PACKAGES MAY BE INSURED, THE AMOUNT OF INSURANCE WILL BE ADDED TO THE PRICE OF SHIPPING, AND IT WILL show on the stamp. but: eVERYONE WHO TOUCHES IT WILL HAVE TO SIGN. They are, in a way, protecting you from themselves!

I don't know anyone who has ever lost a package by either of these methods. The fedex is quicker, but the registered is maybe even safer.

If you are sending something to Canada, wrap it tight, insure it for NOTHING, call it "Photo-cards", send it air mail, and pray. Or use fed ex, other instructiuons apply:
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These Canada packages can be opened, and Canadians are soaked heavily by their gov't for incoming stuff. You want the package to look as boring as possible. Write something innocuous as hell on the tarrif sticker--which ALL packages going to Canada require. "photograph" or "photo-cards" will probably be seen as applying to anything you send, even lithography. God, don't write "lithography"!

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I must add that professed practices such as not properly reporting customs declaration forms to Canada only generates future work for Canadian tax and customs lawyers, and is not a recommended practice. If someone is paying large amounts for a card, the extra tax (14.5% in BC ) should not lead them into temptation, which at worse can lead to criminal consequences. I've seen it too many times with jewellry, cameras, boats, etc.

If the package is opened (and a surprisingly large percentage are physically inspected) and there is evidence of false reporting on the declaration, the package (our beloved card) is subject to forfeiture. It isn't a risk that I take in making purchases from the US, and I would never ask any vendor to do this. It's double pound foolish.

The safest way to ship expensive cards is to properly insure them and properly report them.

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Every time I go to the grocery store, I'm paying for winning something in an auction! And you want to add another 6% on top of that? aRE YOU SURE IT'S ONLY 14.5%?

It sure does add up!

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Just out of curiousity, Im expecting a T206 Matty from a seller in Canada. Ive never shipped to or bought anything from someone in Canada before. Do I have something to worry about here?

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Posted By: Max

There is nothing special to worry about buying from someone in Canada. Many vendors will have US dollar accounts, which are available at all banks. Some vendors who don't have accounts will require international money orders only. Letters cost more to mail to Canada.

Probably the biggest gripe from Canadian vendors is that a sale this year is only worth $1.31 instead of $1.63 like last year, due to the fall in the mighty greenback.

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Posted By: hankron

Have you ever tried stealing a card from a moose's back? Plus most moose can't tell a $1 from a $5.

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