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#1 2016-11-12 1:58pm

notapadawan
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Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

I went to ship a set of wheels to Washington and for some reason they wanted $47 to ship a 22x22x7 box weighing 9 lbs. Last week I shipped a box 1 lb heavier but same dimensions to NorCal but it only cost me $22. USPS said Washington has a "bubble fee" of $15 due to the size. I've shipped a LOT of stuff and never heard of this before today. Anyone else run in to this?


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#2 2016-11-12 2:00pm

markanthony
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

44 bucks for a frame and barsl today at uspo Getting expensive.


JMC build needed,my old one, bladed teardrop forks and built in seatclamp.
82-83 years I think

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#3 2016-11-12 2:39pm

notapadawan
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

markanthony wrote:

44 bucks for a frame and barsl today at uspo Getting expensive.

I shipped an almost complete 86 db (everything but the wheels, front brake, and stem) to Michigan for $33 today.


I love building bikes just so I can go scratch them..

If you want to see better pics of anything I have for sale feel free to text me at 903-262-0782

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#4 2016-11-12 2:40pm

troynlori
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

I print all my labels online and savetoseheadaches.


Hutch Fun Facts: All main line Hutch's with digits only S/N (no letters or baseballs) on the rear drop outs were US made and had their dropouts stamped between late '83 and '86.  Obviously the frame manufacture would occur slightly after that, even if they just threw 'em in a bucket randomly.  There is an obvious date code in that the first 2 digits seem to be the month and the 3rd digit is pretty obviously the last digit of the year running from '83-'86.

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#5 2016-11-12 3:11pm

notapadawan
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

troynlori wrote:

I print all my labels online and savetoseheadaches.

I've printed mine off before BUT my 11 year old has austism and has somehow jacked up 5 printers and 3 laptops in the past year. I'd love to get another one but it's just not gonna happen.....lol.





Oh, and he's on his 8th kindle fire.


I love building bikes just so I can go scratch them..

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#6 2016-11-12 3:44pm

troynlori
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

Ouch....my boy has down syndrome but he has different antics


Hutch Fun Facts: All main line Hutch's with digits only S/N (no letters or baseballs) on the rear drop outs were US made and had their dropouts stamped between late '83 and '86.  Obviously the frame manufacture would occur slightly after that, even if they just threw 'em in a bucket randomly.  There is an obvious date code in that the first 2 digits seem to be the month and the 3rd digit is pretty obviously the last digit of the year running from '83-'86.

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#7 2016-11-12 4:46pm

notapadawan
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

troynlori wrote:

Ouch....my boy has down syndrome but he has different antics

But at least we know each others pains. As well as the joys. I feel blessed that Austin is very happy most days.


I love building bikes just so I can go scratch them..

If you want to see better pics of anything I have for sale feel free to text me at 903-262-0782

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#8 2016-11-12 6:00pm

troynlori
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

Exact.....just figure out their schemes...the rest is fun. Shipping to Washington is real expensive to me to


Hutch Fun Facts: All main line Hutch's with digits only S/N (no letters or baseballs) on the rear drop outs were US made and had their dropouts stamped between late '83 and '86.  Obviously the frame manufacture would occur slightly after that, even if they just threw 'em in a bucket randomly.  There is an obvious date code in that the first 2 digits seem to be the month and the 3rd digit is pretty obviously the last digit of the year running from '83-'86.

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#9 2016-11-12 6:39pm

teachbmxcharlie
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

notapadawan wrote:

I went to ship a set of wheels to Washington and for some reason they wanted $47 to ship a 22x22x7 box weighing 9 lbs. Last week I shipped a box 1 lb heavier but same dimensions to NorCal but it only cost me $22. USPS said Washington has a "bubble fee" of $15 due to the size. I've shipped a LOT of stuff and never heard of this before today. Anyone else run in to this?

Do you mean "balloon" weight? Yep, that's a popular one in New York. Over a certain dimension and balloon pricing kicks in. it's on the USPS website.

Here's a link to an explanation, not from the USPS site, directly, but it is the policy.
https://store-stamps.custhelp.com/app/a … surcharges

Last edited by teachbmxcharlie (2016-11-12 6:41pm)

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#10 2016-12-23 6:03am

rosie25
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

Just a suggestion, but I no longer ship anything larger than a set of bars through USPS.

It is not cost effective. They tend to get very expensive when the size of the box grows.

UPS is much more reasonable for shipping frames or complete bikes.


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#11 2016-12-23 7:34am

troynlori
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Re: Have you heard of a "bubble fee"?

Actually Rosie, you may be going the wrong direction. The cost structure of UPS and Fedex changed a year or two ago where they went to purely dimensional weight even less than 3ft cubed.  The result is that USPS Priority and Parcel is often cheaper within the next zone or two.  Just shipped a frame to FLA and it was $13.59.  Oh, and you have to print this stuff off PayPal!!! 

Coast to coast more often UPS is cheaper than USPS.  In the end, bikeflights has been consistently the cheapest way to ship a bike....


Hutch Fun Facts: All main line Hutch's with digits only S/N (no letters or baseballs) on the rear drop outs were US made and had their dropouts stamped between late '83 and '86.  Obviously the frame manufacture would occur slightly after that, even if they just threw 'em in a bucket randomly.  There is an obvious date code in that the first 2 digits seem to be the month and the 3rd digit is pretty obviously the last digit of the year running from '83-'86.

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