Cost of Postage between states

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:20
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A couple of we EO people have negotiated on some tyrepliers (6 kilos). Ausi Post want over $20- to post from Perth to Melbourne. Before I send, just thought I'd check with the experts (David & Michelle possibly), Is there a cheaper way to get gear across the country?
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Reply By: Member - Meggs - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:37

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:37
I'd be surprised if you could get freight any cheaper. Just ring up a couple of the freight companies and you will get a shock. If possible I have all my stuff sent by Aust post. In QLD the freight companies are considerably more expensive than Aust post but they are quicker.
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Follow Up By: Bitsumishin - Mike A (WA) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:40

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 14:40
I did ring one Megs & got quoted around $70- so I fully expect this to be the cheapest opstion, but hey, it was worth asking, you never know.
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Follow Up By: Member - Meggs - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 18:55

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 18:55
Another problem you may come across is some companies will not use Aust Post for the simple reason they have to take the parcel to the postoffice, with carriers all they have to do is ring up and the carrier comes to collect it. i have been caught by that one a couple of times and all you can do is accept it but I send parcels by Aust Post. It pays to shop around where you are as the item and freight could be more than you pay locally.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 17:48

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 17:48
I had to send an EverKool fridge interstate & rang several interstate parcel carriers, & was told that unless I had an account with them they weren't interested in dealing with me. I said I don't have, or need an account, as I'll simply bring the fridge in, pay for the freight, then you deliver it, cos that's what you do. They still weren't interested. I then asked why in the hell they advertise in the Yellow Pages if they don't want any business, because if I had an account, I would already have their bloody phone number. They couldn't answer that one!
I ended up going to Australia Post, the parcel weighed 25 Kilos 300 grams. They asked me to open the carton & remove 300 grams of packaging, I said but that's only like a bloody packet of peanuts! Anyway beggars can't be choosers, so I removed the offending 300 grams that was going to put their delivery drivers on a lifetime disability pension, & posted it. End of saga!
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Reply By: Magnus - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 17:54

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 17:54
What about couriers as opposed to parcel freight companies. Might be worth a try


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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 18:47

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 18:47
Aust Post is always cheap intra-state but once you cross the border the price goes up.Still $20+ from Melbourne to Perth is reasonable. Mayne Nickless/Toll couriers are reasonable also. Had to send my laptop to Sydney for repairs from SA and it cost $13.00
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Reply By: Member - Roachie SA- Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 20:21

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 20:21
The only thing I can add to the discussion is that sometimes (rarely??) it is actually cheaper to send 2 separate parcels vis Aus Post rather than one. When you take the tyre pliers in, remove the hinge-bolt and ask them for a quote on 2 separate packages as well as the one package with the whole thing.
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 20:58

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 20:58
I think $20.00 would be good value,
also never put items in to regular size boxes as they also do a cubic rate , know a guy saved heaps by putting a false triangle on the top of cartons,or a box inside a tuff plastic bag and some stuffing. ( They can't cube it then)
You could check the rate on Austpost Bags.

With Austpost you can also get cheap insurance.

I always get parcels sent to C/O local post office and pick up myself that way its not left on front porch if you are not home when its delivered.

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Reply By: dogart - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 23:30

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 23:30
Try the bus companies.
Had a retriever mate for the boat bussed over to Perth from Melb.
Pretty heavy item couriered from the sellers door - bussed over - couriered to my
front door for $20!
Would have cost a mint through Aussie Post.
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