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NEVER use UPS

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by hangover, Apr 13, 2013.

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  1. hangover

    hangover Member

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    Went to ship a shotgun barrel and was told by UPS that they will ship nothing to do with a gun. I pointed out it was nothing more than a steel tube and had no way to fire. Again I was told "Nothing to do with a gun". For all of us who have devoted a large part our lives to shooting sports, I urge you to use another shipper for yourself and your business shipping.
     
  2. burtona

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    UPS office or a local contract shipping company? My guess would be a contract office as I don't think UPS has such policy.
     
  3. gbfan76

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    I find this hard to believe. I work for UPS, we handle hundreds of gun shipments everyday. I personally ship and receive all types of gun parts and complete guns.
     
  4. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    I have never had problems shipping guns or gun parts via UPS. Sent my 682 receiver to the gunsmith and used UPS. I told them what it was and insured it. Just received a rifle trigger via UPS. I'll bet money you went to a privately owned UPS store or you got some knucklehead that doesn't know what they are talking about.
     
  5. hangover

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    I did go to a local store, but she called, I assume the parent company to confirm. I would like to believe that this is not the policy of UPS.
     
  6. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    It's not.
     
  7. pheasantsgalore

    pheasantsgalore Active Member

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    hangover,......my local UPS depot did same thing to me twice last 12 months. Uneducated, and made their "own" call, despite trying to speak with them. Most UPS businesses are great, but some don't know or care to know whats legal to ship and whats not. I even had local driver for UPS shake his head and comment on this instance. Plus, they don't "read". Signature required carries no meaning with anyone anymore.
     
  8. hangover

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    Thanks for the info and will try the main store to see if I get the same treatment.
     
  9. UpNorthMN

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    I once went to a UPS "store" to ship just a buttock (no receiver). The person behind the counter literally jumped when I told her it was a gunstock, she would have nothing to do with it. The main UPS centers are probably the way to go.
     
  10. pheasantsgalore

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    My 2 experiences, were with a main ups branch, not a "store".
     
  11. Border Bandit

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    These are vendor operated stores with their own idiots and agendas. It varies from store to store and is not UPS policy. We have one at Frederick, MD with such a policy and boycott them.
     
  12. Rich Bullard Jr.

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    UPS is the only company I use.
     
  13. whiz white

    whiz white Strong Supporter of Trapshooting Banned

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    Had to have been a female, I hate to say that, but...

    I had that happen only once here at one of the local contract UPS stores when I dropped off a gun to return to a customer. I didn't have it ready in time for the UPS guy to pick up and wanted it to go out that day.

    The gal tried to tell me it was against UPS policy to ship guns. After picking myself up off the floor from laughing, I told her she was about as wrong as she could be and offered here a side bet of $100 that I was correct.

    She accepted the shipment but demanded to know my license number, "...if that's what they call it." I told her to look at the shipping tape... it has all my info on it including the FFL number.

    Never, ever had a problem again, and in fact she and I look forward to seeing each other now.

    WW
     
  14. W.P.T.

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    I have used UPS more times than I care to remember and never had a problem, I do take guns to the main terminal rather than the UPS stores just to avoid any possible hassles ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  15. sptnclays

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    I quit going to the local store 1/4 mile away because their prices were out of sight. I drive 30 min to a terminal and pay 1/4 the price and nothing but good service.
    Shipped a gun to wenig last week and didn't get a question about it but do you want it insured.
     
  16. Hotrod67

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    I tried to ship a shotgun through a UPS store, no go. You must use a main hub. I was told by the " UPS Store " that they don't carry a FFL only the main centers do. Hope this helps. Dan. ( Md )
     
  17. zzoom

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    Had a gun i was shipping to Etchens. UPS store would not accept it, but would package it for me. Went to Fed X, they were happy to ship it but would not package it. Back to UPS store for packaging the to UPS hub where the I could care less person working took my money and packaged gun and sent it on its merry way.
     
  18. johnboy

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    My understanding is the "UPS Store" is not related to UPS. I would not waste time in a UPS store except to buy a box for shipping.
     
  19. Joe Potosky

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    You cannot ship via a UPS Store, it must be from the main UPS facility in your area.

    Your packages that contain firearms will not be accepted for shipment at UPS Drop Boxes, with UPS SonicAir® service, at locations of The UPS Store or any third-party retailer, or with international services.


    You can only ship your package that contains a firearm from UPS daily pickup accounts and through UPS Customer Centers

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    As is life, you may find a store that will ship, as those working may not be aware of the restictions, but against the law.
     
  20. fast gun

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    The so called ups pack and ship store in my area refused to ship a gun stock. But ups itself will ship firearms with out a problem. They have been most helpfull.
     
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