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    Anyone know of a reasonable freight shipping service?

    I need to have a enlarger shipped to me from West Virginia to SoCal and I've been getting quotes between $1,000 to $2,000 - I paid less than $300 for the enlarger (weighs about 400lbs).

    I understand the shipping price is reasonable for an outfit to bring a large item such as this, but can anyone recommend a cheaper service? Has anyone sold or bought an enlarger and shipped it across country without breaking the bank?

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    Try Yellow freight http://www.yrc.com/
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    Road trip !!

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    First, are you getting "dock to dock" quotes or picked up and delivered. Can be a big cost difference.

    Also, you can try this: http://www.uship.com/
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    Thanks Bob, looks like Yellow is the cheapest.

    Tim, I was really contemplating on it but I used up my vacation hours from work (I wish I was retired or a lotto winner... sigh ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgb74 View Post
    First, are you getting "dock to dock" quotes or picked up and delivered. Can be a big cost difference.

    Also, you can try this: http://www.uship.com/
    Picked up and delivered - I tried uship also, no bidders so far.

    I'm still trying to figure out what freight class it should be.
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    I'm still trying to figure out what freight class it should be.[/QUOTE]

    This is information from an old book but if the carrier is a party to the National Motor Freight Classification...look under item 39600 CAMERA GROUP...to item 39740, Photographers Materials, NOI, in boxes Class 100. (NOI = not otherwise indexed)

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    Thanks Gim. From what I can tell, freight class is classifying package density in addition to the type (eg. camera equipment) and it would appear the bigger the volume the more expensive it is - make sense. I guess I'll have to get this guy to pack this enlarger in a smaller volume.

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    I've used uship.com twice to ship cars. Los angeles to michigan. About $1000 for a car. First experience good, second was a bit of a nightmare but i got my car several days early. Not uship's fault, just hit or miss companies that do the bidding.
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    At that price it would seem sensible to rent a U-haul truck for a weekend and go get the thing! what kind of enlarger weighs 400 lbs though?! must be a horizontal mural 8x10 enlarger, i'd guess?

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