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Great info everyone, thanks. Jenny

On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 2:46 PM, Lynette Cook <[log in to unmask]>
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> Interesting about the double boxing. G4SI was fine with the lined boxes
> when I explained they were for shipping art. I've not had anyone at Parcel
> Pro complain about my using them. Admittedly, since this was squared away
> with G4SI and my account  transferred over I didn't go into great length on
> this topic with anyone new at Parcel Pro.
>
> Lynette
>
> On Oct 21, 2016, at 2:01 PM, Karen Ackoff wrote:
>
> Thanks, Lynette,
>
> I’ll call and see where that gets me. The Uline boxes (lined and puncture
> proof) I’ve been using look identical to the Strongboxes, and UPS
> complained that the box needed to be 4 inches deeper. So we’ll see. When I
> made my own shipping boxes (layered foamcore), I always double-boxed. But
> not with the Uline boxes. It added to the expense, needless to say.
>
> I’ll let you know how it works out. (It will be a while, as I’m knee-deep
> in deadlines at the moment.)
>
> Karen
>
>
>
> On Oct 21, 2016, at 2:17 PM, Lynette Cook <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Perhaps you'd do better to call and set up your account on the phone with
> a live person (I assume you can). I don't have a federal tax ID # either.
> And that's right: costs likely are not posted. When I signed up with G4SI I
> did so over the phone with a rep. He got me started, gave me the important
> details, etc. He told me that charges tended to be under what one normally
> pays for shipping (i.e. for Jane Public) and gave me the insurance rate per
> unit of value. He also said I could ship personal packages through the
> company if I wished and save a little $$. Now that UPS is in charge I find
> an emphasis on double boxing - which I didn't before - yet the Strongboxes
> (lined ones anyway as I don't know about the others) are approved by UPS
> and FedEx. I've never had anyone question my Strongboxes. The lined ones
> are nearly puncture-proof.
>
> I have found the charges to be remarkably low. When you have an account
> and go online you can get an estimate for the cost of your shipment. These
> estimates have been very accurate. I should make it clear that you can
> choose the shipper you want, either UPS or FedEx, and that the insurance is
> added to the cost of the shipping. In other words, Parcel Pro isn't a 3rd
> party shipping company. It provides the insurance, for all intents and
> purposes. This said, you set up the shipping and the insurance together
> through Parcel Pro and Parcel Pro bills you for both.
>
> I choose UPS to do my shipping, as I find the costs are less than with
> FedEx. Normally I choose ground as well. With G4SI the rep had to add
> "Ground" to my list of options since most people in the jewelry and diamond
> business choose overnight services. I think I haven't had that issue with
> Parcel Pro (i.e. "Ground" disappearing from my list of choices). If you do,
> though, ask about it.
>
> Lynette
>
> On Oct 21, 2016, at 11:14 AM, Karen Ackoff wrote:
>
> Lynette,
>
> That looks really interesting. However I could find no info on rates and
> insurance cost except they say these costs  are combined. So I tried
> signing up but it seems I have to have an incorporated business with a
> federal tax ID. It's just me so it seems I cannot qualify. Unless I am
> missing something.
>
> Karen
>
>
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