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Offline Bee-Bop

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Queen shipping ?
« on: November 06, 2010, 11:51:48 AM »
Would like to know from those who have purchased/shipped a few Queens, which method do you use.

Express mail - 1-2 day delivery      = + $25
Priority mail - 2 or + days delivery  = + $6 

I definitely see the benefit of time in the Express mail but I'm also a cheapskate !

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Offline AllenF

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Re: Queen shipping ?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 12:09:12 PM »
I like to buy queens close by, to cut the shipping time down.   They are just shipped from south Georgia so I go with the cheap if they got it. 

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Re: Queen shipping ?
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 09:05:05 PM »
It depends on the weather.  Hot weather I'd pay the extra.  Mild weather I'll wait an extra day.
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Re: Queen shipping ?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 07:30:04 AM »
Depends on who your buying from also.

I use priority for almost anything east of the Mississippi. Longer than that, I suggest express, mainly because it comes with tracking, which priority does not offer. I always use delivery confirmation.

In five years of going exclusive with the USPS, I have lost I think 2 queens. (One dead and one lost package) My local UPS store refuses to mail.

All my queens are pulled within 24 hours of shipping. Most are pulled the morning they are mailed. I've gotten queens from others that have been banked and they die very quickly and I always have a few dead. So I think much of mailing success is dictated on the business practices also.

Priority normally is a two day delievery within a couple states of me. Sometimes it has taken a third day. That is also why we do not ship on Thurday, Friday, or Saturday. I try to mail all of them on Monday or Tuesday. This ensures they will not be sitting in a postal center over the weekend. I graft and schedule my queen pulls on a calendar based on shipping orders.

Much of USPS problems or success is also determined how close you are to a main postal terminal hub. I mail from Lewisberry anytime before 4 pm, and they will be trucked to Harrisburg at 4. They then will leave by plane from Harrisburg at 7pm to the next postal hub. Then out from there by truck, or another flight, etc. If I pull in the morning, mail in the afternoon, then they leave that night's flight, they are normally at the customers nearest postal hub within 24 hours.

I have had some problems with isolated places, like Alachua County Virginia. Twice, mailings took a week to get delivered. And twice all my bees arrived safe, alive, and were reported to be doing great. Why it takes that long I have no clue.

Hope this helps.

« Last Edit: November 08, 2010, 07:40:22 AM by BjornBee »
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Offline Dave360

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Re: Queen shipping ?
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 10:36:10 PM »
had queens sent both express and priority this year priority and express took the same amount of time  similar distances ( tx ,la) and queen sent from ohio took the same time shipments were tuesday and arrival on saturday  /  ohio shipment monday came friday
express just costs alot more and usps tracking is really bad on either method just make sure package marked live queen bees and carriers do a good job one wasn't and carrier had no idea tx shipment priority , la express , oh shipment priority


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Re: Queen shipping ?
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 08:16:22 AM »
since my market is pretty darn local I use the 'if it fits, it ships' boxes which cost about $5.  you can obtain a tracking number for an extra $.75.. which I usually do. 

the one time I tried this method to ship across the state line to Louisiana the queens arrived dead.  this may have been more highly related to a poor batch of queen cage candy but the time between sending and receiving also doubled.
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Re: Queen shipping ?
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2010, 04:02:10 AM »
Priority is basically "3day" shipping for anywhere in the US... time of year for both "from" and "to" should be considered... Never have any troubles with priority mail, but for iffy temps we use UPS overnight air.  UPS does not offer insurance, and they are certainly not the most gentle, but they are fast, and in situations like that... the quicker they get out of the shippers hands and into the bee keepers hands, the better.  Keep in mind though that UPS is MUCH more expensive...