Originally Posted by capnwes
Looking to offload a few from my personal collection. How did you ship it?
UPS ground. It ended up being very expensive - about $150, but I don't trust my local post office (or USPS in general when it comes to shipping), and I wanted to make sure I took every precaution 1.) for full replacement value ($4,000) and 2.) to demonstrate that I took every precaution possible in order to hopefully ensure positive feedback in the case of any issue.
They recommended sending it 2nd day air, but it would have doubled the cost and I couldn't afford it (and I had specified ground in the listing so the buyer should have been aware of that aspect of things).
I paid a UPS store locally here that I've had good experience with to pack it, as that would guarantee payout for the full replacement value in case of any damages vs. just a percentage of value if I had packed it - that service was about $35 I think, the rest was insurance and shipping. Again, expensive, but I built that into my shipping and asking price.
I would say though that if you can, avoid going through eBay and try to either find someone local or through guitar forums - the eBay/Paypal fees bite really adds up.
Overall I still came out with about a $200 profit on what I paid for the guitar three years ago, and I enjoyed playing it while I had it so it's definitely a win. Most of my stress came from the fact that I rarely sell anything for more than maybe $200 if I'm lucky, so sending something out the door for much more led to quite a nervewracking week!