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Darrell Peart

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 12:00 AM

I have been shipping furniture across the country for over 20 years. I have numerous horror stories to tell.
Its not easy to find a good shipper.

Here is a little of my shipping history

Lyle Logistics – shipped with them twice once they put a dent in a dining table top and another time a dining table that was going to Texas ended up in PA.

WDI - took over two months to ship a bed from Seattle to LA – with considerable damage (ruined) to it upon arrival – I had to refund my client the entire price of the piece.

Craters ad Freighters – did a great job for many years but they raised their prices considerably a few years back

PLYCON - have had good luck with them for years but lately there seems to be a communication problem with them – they don’t respond to requests for a shipping quote or pick up. I have been told they will fix this problem (fingers crossed) PLYCON has an office in Torrence CA and regularly go up and down the west coast and ship to all points in the 48 states and to some locations in Canada.

With the exception of Craters and Freighters these are all blanket wrappers. I would not recommend building your own crate to save a few bucks – shippers usually will not insure things unless they crate or blanket wrap it themselves.
I would not go with UPS or FEDEX or such – they are not in the business of shipping fine furniture.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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