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  1. #1
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    Best way to ship?

    Help! I have a problem/question that I hope some member may help solve. What is the best way to ship alcohol (bourbon of course!) between private parties? A relative recently bought me some hard to find bottles and I need to ship them from Oregon to So. Cal. He checked with some of the shipping companies (UPS, USPS) and was told that they only ship alcohol from licensed dealers or wineries, not private parties. Has this happened to anybody else? How do I solve this and get my new treasures down here without doing the 18 hr drive to Oregon? Hope somebody can help out.
    Thanks all, --panzer

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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I'll be flying to Oregon next week, I'd gladly bring you your bottles back with me. For a nominal fee. From what part of Oregon to what part of SoCal are we talking?
    C

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    Re: Best way to ship?

    The reality is that, despite what UPS and the rest will tell you, a properly packed bottle usually can be shipped by common carrier without incident. You might have trouble making a claim should that become necessary, but that probably is the biggest risk.

    It's really a "don't ask, don't tell" type of proposition.

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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I've had stuff shipped by USPS and UPS all without incident.
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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I have had much better results (on the receiving end) with UPS. The post office sometimes is very rough on handling packages. All the problems I've had were from post office delivered packages, never from UPS. UPS is a much better venue IMHO.
    Joe
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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I have had the best luck with UPS. Fed EX has disappointed me on several occasions.

    bj

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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I sent out a box today via UPS. I've found that with both shipping and receiving UPS seems to have the better handling (much better than USPS). I've never had a problem shipping 'product' via UPS. They don't ask.
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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I've shipped with UPS and they have asked and I've told the truth. Didn't seem to be a problem.

    Dawn

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    Re: Best way to ship?

    I've only shipped bourbon a couple of times, but both went via UPS without incident. I listed the item as a "collectible bottle" and never encountered a question.

    -Kurt

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    Re: Best way to ship?

    Having everything packed and labeled before you bring it to the shipping office is probably your only option. I really don't see what entitles them to do this but I was told by a friend who used to work for UPS that if they found alcohol they kept it. He, personally, never got anything but his boss has been the unintentional recipient of several bottles of wine.
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