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#1 Yazzeh



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Posted 15 March 2009 - 07:52 PM

Hi, I'm being asked for a commission for a Gravity Hammer and it's going to be big. It's a foam weapon, 90 inches long, and most likely roughly 10 x 10 inches in width and depth. It will probably weigh around 10 pounds.

The problem is how to ship it from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to New York, USA. I've tried looking at a few sites and the only one that has accepted the dimensions has been UPS. The cheapest shipping was $76 CAD, which is probably more expensive than the cost of the weapon will be.

Anyone have any ideas of what I could ship with at a more reasonable price?
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#2 thedarksideofnerf



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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:01 PM

Make the buyer pay for shipping.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:14 PM

Only way to reduce the cost would be to send it in pieces. Something that big and heavy will cost a ton, more of a regular sized box is probably the only way to go.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:24 PM

Only way to reduce the cost would be to send it in pieces.

Perhaps with the head separated from the handle shaft...
Maybe they could be joined with strong Velcro patches.
I guess it all depends on the client, but if they ant to ct shipping, they should go with Hipponator's method.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:28 PM

Depending on the location in NY, it could be cheaper to drive it there.
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#6 Yazzeh



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Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:12 PM

Well the 10 pound estimate is being generous. It'd probably be more like 6-7 pounds.

I can't separate the pieces because that would lead to structural weakness. I can't make anything that I wouldn't feel safe in the hands of an angry alcoholic. It's my personal philosophy to only make things that are safe enough for children to fight with without any thought to consequence, or that adults with too much enthusiasm don't maim each other with.

So, modularizing it is out of the question for me. Maybe I could convince them to come pick it up, it'd be cheaper. XD
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:05 PM

Check with ground freight companies. I was able to ship a fully insured, $9000 dental crown making machine from Oregon to Texas for about $150. It was on a full size pallet. Make sure you check with Greyhound too. I remember from my Honda tuning days that the only way to send a body kit was by Greyhound.
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

Motor freight can be especially affordable if you can ship from a business address to another business address. But for residential-to-residential, usually not so much.

Edited by CaptainSlug, 16 March 2009 - 06:38 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 07:49 PM

I know you ruled out modularity, but ti can be done easily and sturdily.

A possible system could be foam coated PVC. Use threaded couplers, maybe one by the head of the hammer and one half way down the shaft. This would greatly reduce the overall size, and maintain the structural integrity of the piece. If the 6' of pipe flexes too much, you could nest a smaller size of pipe inside. Have a slip coupler on the inside pipe, and threaded on the outside. This way, you could still connect the inner piece of pipe while threading the outside on.

Another possibility would be to just reason it out with the customer. You can pay $70 to have it shipped in one piece, or I can ship it in 3 for $30, and you can invest in a $3 can of PVC cement. Either way, he's paying.

Edited by Darth_Tom, 16 March 2009 - 07:50 PM.

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