Category Archive: Shipping News

Jun 29

Fireworks are Hazardous Materials

Fireworks Accidents

Here’s some interesting research from the American Pyrotechnics Association about fireworks injuries. In most cases, these are SELF INFLICTED. Fireworks can ruin your life in other ways, too–just try shipping them without the proper permits. The DOT and FAA fines can be as high as $500,000, plus 10 YRS. IN PRISON. What may seem safe …

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Jun 24

Get Rid of the Shipping “Blues”

Don’t let a shipping challenge give you “the blues”! In this case, it was a classic Hammond B3 organ, like the one used by blues musicians such as Jimmy Smith and Barry Goldberg. Now for the kicker: it was going all the way to Germany! The old vacuum tubes and bellows used in these vintage …

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Jun 17

A Shipment Going to the Dogs?

Huge Trophy Retrievers Cup shipment

This shipment is going to the dogs–specifically, some handsome Labrador who won the National Retriever Field Trials Championship. The cup and trophy is massive, nearly as big as the Stanley Cup. The kennelmaster was passing through with a truck full of barking dogs and needed more room, so we were happy to oblige.

Jun 15

Shipping a Jukebox is Music to our Ears

ship a jukebox high value

A fragile, high value shipment is “music to our ears.” In this case, 50’s Rock & Roll, an original “Happy Days” jukebox family heirloom headed back to New Jersey. In this case we merely had to remove some glass and secure the turntable carriage, then ship it by padded van line. For electronics like this, …

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May 10

New: Better Textbook Buyback at The Shipping Depot!

Our new wholesaler pays more for your textbooks (more titles, too), 10-20% more cash today, no quotas, no lines, no hassle. Last year we paid $50 for “Anthropology,” this year $65; last year $50 for “Physics,” this year $60; last year $33 for “Java,” this year $47. Come see us, across the footbridge by Albertsons, …

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Apr 09

Zombie Mail–the Dead Letter Office

Thank heaven for zip codes: the Dead Letter Office (where U.S. mail went to die). In the late 19th and early 20th century, postal clerks in Washington, D.C. sorted through as many as 30,000 letters and packages a day that were pronounced “dead”, separating the truly lifeless from the merely ill. Clerks worked to decipher …

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Apr 01

Yesterday Delivery: an Incredible Breakthrough in Shipping!

Fast shipping time machine

The Shipping Depot announces an incredible breakthrough in shipping: Yesterday Delivery! “We’ve discovered a uniquely Montana solution to the challenge of immediate gratification,” says Shipping Depot co-founder and Head Packer Dave Shappee. “By simply routing any shipment up the Bitterroot we can actually step back in time and deliver it yesterday.” There’s an additional charge …

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Mar 31

First Postal Rate DECREASE In Almost 100 Years

USPS postal rate decrease april 10

The first POSTAL RATE DECREASE in almost one hundred years will occur on April 10, including “Forever” stamps going from 49 cents back to 47 cents. Due to the expiration of the “revenue shortfall” increase 2014 , the cost of a first-class stamp will fall from 49 cents to 47 cents on April 10. “While …

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Mar 25

Easter Expense?

Easter baskets shipping

Wow, Americans spend $17.3 billion on Easter, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s a lot of Peeps.  Makes sense, we shipped some beautiful baskets this year. This graphic from the Wall Street Journal illustrates it.

Mar 09

Postal Worker Given “The Bird” (New Jersey turkeys “go postal”)

new jersey postal turkeys

A Montana turkey would have tipped the truck over–New Jersey turkeys “go postal”. New Jersey postal worker’s route was interrupted this past Tuesday when he was trapped in his truck by a gang of rowdy turkeys. So much for “neither rain, snow, etc.” The mailman was on Esplanade Drive in Hillsdale when about fifteen of …

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