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Having tried a couple of couriers in the past with limited success. I need another pair of speakers (total 70kgs) moved from Melbourne to Sydney.

 

Recent quotes from e-go (cheapest $), Pack & Send ($$$), Smart Send ($$$),  Interparcel (via TNT - road were affordable) - any other recommendations?

 

So far, only PackSend and Smart Send offer Insurance of amounts over 2k.

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Recently used this website and it made it a lot cheaper than going direct with any couriers.
https://www.transdirect.com.au/services/interstate-couriers/
Both ways were overnight delivery between Syd and Bris even though standard post selected

 

Not sure on insurance but I believe you can state how much you need.

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1 minute ago, Bunno77 said:

Recently used this website and it made it a lot cheaper than going direct with any couriers.
https://www.transdirect.com.au/services/interstate-couriers/
Both ways were overnight delivery between Syd and Bris even though standard post selected

 

Not sure on insurance but I believe you can state how much you need.

Same here. I have been using Transdirect for years and they have a good selection of courier partners to choose from.

 

Also, if you join as a member (free with no catches ) you get an extra 10% off . You just sign in when seeking a quote.

 

The usual disclaimer:  no connection. just a satisfied repeat customer.

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Transdirect patched me on to Allied Express and with insurance it came out 15-20% costlier than Pack Send or Smart Send. 

 

Thanks @rantan & @Bunno77

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so you have speakers weighing 35kg packed each.. so that is not standard post, the weight would preclude that as not a one man lift.

 

i have sent subs weighing 30kg packed to qld with ego and that just made it under their normal rules. most of my buy sell i use ego but only depot to depot. when using tnt or pack & send or couriers please i also only use depot to depot. this cuts out extra handling.

 

personally you could not pay me to use pack & send or couriers please. ego and tnt depot to depot are fine, although ego may be slipping but times are still good.

 

remember the 3 rules:

1. pack well

2.pack well

3.pack well.

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Cope sensitive freight.
The packages stay with Cope the whole journey.

You may have to organise your own insurance.

 

 

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I have used e-go for about 15years  with no issues with damaged freight. Although I usually do depot-depot but not always.

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IMO

 

Insurance is ALWAYS: Read the fine print.

 

The pick-up and delivery is to the quality of the locally contracted driver. 

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And so I ended up with SmartSend which was fulfilled by Allied Express - They used road transport and was delivered in less than 48 hours.

I paid around $300 (including forklift charges at both ends due to weight and insurance) from Melb to Syd and that was double the quote from e-go which did not have insurance of forkift options.

 

I am happy with the speed and as most here including @GregWormald would agree that the overall service depends on quality of drivers at both ends, storage facilities in-between etc.

 

In this case, a speaker box was wet on one end but I was saved by some good packaging of the speaker itself inside - I will find some time to report this to SmartSend once I finish playing around with the speakers 🙂. Also the driver kept speaker boxes flat down in our front porch and then rang the bell ... walked away without a word - he self signed for the delivery as well 🤔.   

 

 

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1 minute ago, ViVa said:

Also the driver kept speaker boxes flat down in our front porch and then rang the bell ... walked away without a word - he self signed for the delivery as well 🤔.   

 

 

From a few things I have heard and and from personal experience, this is becoming increasingly common.

 

I recently received a delivery for which a signature was required, but the driver just left it at the entrance and then bolted.

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Ive had the same thing, I caught the driver walking off and he said due to covid he was signing for the deliveries

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Even the standard suburban posty is self signing now.

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I used Your Freight Agent to organise shipping of speakers from the ACT to Perth last year  https://yourfreightagent.com.auThey found a bunch of alternatives and I went with their their recommendation -  Northline, who did a great job for a good price. 

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if selling or buying something over $500? i wouldnt until deliveries get back to normal... couriers/posties signing for you?? get out of here.

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