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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I just encountered a surprise concerning shipping. If I ship a uke from NY to NY, it will cost about $10. Sending the same box to CA will cost about $50. Something to keep in mind when you're selling.
    Wow, I had no idea shipping price can vary so much.
    Of course nearly every uke I've shipped has gone all the way from MN to CA (Cali must like their ukes!).
    I've tried to include shipping in the purchase price, but it's suddenly making sense to me why people say "plus shipping"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Wow, I had no idea shipping price can vary so much.
    Of course nearly every uke I've shipped has gone all the way from MN to CA (Cali must like their ukes!).
    I've tried to include shipping in the purchase price, but it's suddenly making sense to me why people say "plus shipping"...
    I've sold lots of small items on eBay, and I always include the shipping cost to CA. With a small box, the difference between shipping to NY or CA isn't much, but even a small ukulele requires a large box. Fortunately, I save most of the boxes I receive when I buy a uke, so I just have to go to the garage and find one the right size. After eBay and PayPal take their cut, I don't want to lose even more to the USPS. I saw many people here including shipping in the price, but I won't do that any more.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    <snip> Fortunately, I save most of the boxes I receive when I buy a uke, so I just have to go to the garage and find one the right size. After eBay and PayPal take their cut, I don't want to lose even more to the USPS. I saw many people here including shipping in the price, but I won't do that any more.
    This is the problem with buying locally. No boxes!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    This is the problem with buying locally. No boxes!!!!
    Right, and boxes big enough for a uke are not easy to find. When I'm through selling, maybe I'll offer my boxes for the cost of postage. : )
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    I just shipped my KoAloha back to KoAloha (MN to HI) in a case for some repairs. UPS would have been over $100; we don’t have a Fed Ex office close to us, and USPS was $35 doing ground. Since I’m not in a hurry I went with ground (the ukulele is well protected).

    As Booli mentioned, it seems that the uke retailers can ship for under $20. How does the local consumer take advantage of those shipping rates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    As Booli mentioned, it seems that the uke retailers can ship for under $20. How does the local consumer take advantage of those shipping rates?
    The only way I know of is to have the retailer email you a return label and deduct it from the return (or charge you for it if it's a repair). If you sell on eBay you can get a small discount from UPS if you ship through eBay. Otherwise, it's capitalism at its best.

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