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inexpensive and safe method of shipping to Leica NJ?


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I ship without insurance, saves me a fortune.

 

I could understand that if you were sending things out on a daily basis - the cost of losing 1 in 100 parcels would be less than the cost of insuring those 100 parcels, but if you only have one M8, and you're sending it to the clearly identified distributor of a high end system, you'd take quite a nose bleed if someone decided that was the 1 in 100 parcel for them to steal.

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The most secure way to ship an M8 in the USA is registered mail with the USPS. Will cost you about $25 plus any insurance ..... Registered mail is exceptionally secure (used for watches,jewelry,coins etc.) It is under signiture control door to door and if its lost the postal employee is in trouble. None of this we never got it stuff. I still insure my shipments but you probably don t have to with registered mail. Most of my shipments are 2-3days . You do have to pack it using paper tape so that it can be stamped.

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I just shipped three lenses to New Jersey with UPS. I insured the lenses for $7,000 which cost me $65 just for the insurance. I also requested verification of delivery with a signature. (Can't recall the exact term.) That was another $4. I figure $69 is not a whole lot for peace of mind.

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I ship stuff by DHL all the time. Never lost anything. Sure they screw up from time to time but nothing that a bollocking phone call wont solve.

 

You've obviously had a better experience with DHL than I've had <grin>. I had a parcel delivered when I was out. No problem I thought, the card they popped though the door had a number to ring. So I rang that and said they knew nothing about the parcel, as it had been delivered by a different part of the company. After three days of trying to find someone who could help, I finally spoke to someone who could tell me where the parcel was. Unfortunately the warehouse it had been returned to - not the one on the card - had sent the parcel back to Germany after 2 days rather than after a week as they should have. I wasn't impressed.

 

Every number I rang seemed to feed into an automated phone system. It was 2 days before I managed to speak to a human being.

 

End of rant <grin>.

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Better insure it for a bit more than the cost of a new M8. That way you'll be covered if Leica raises the price while your camera is in the mail.

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If you use DHL make sure you put your name address and telephone number on a sheet of paper in the package. I sent my dead M8 from Canada to Germany two years ago and DHL lost the package for about a month. It was in lost and found in Chicago without any documentation (ripped off). My customer service rep was in Arizona. They wouldn't give me their respective emails so I could contact both of them. They finally found the camera and identified it as mine from the note inside. I got it moving again by dealing with the president's office in Florida. Never, ever again.

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I ended up talking to my trusted local camera store where I bought the M8 and they happily obliged with the handling of the shipping back to Leica. I should have done this at the outset.

 

Another advantage of supporting your local mom-n-pop, bricks and mortar camera store!

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I ended up talking to my trusted local camera store where I bought the M8 and they happily obliged with the handling of the shipping back to Leica. I should have done this at the outset.

 

Another advantage of supporting your local mom-n-pop, bricks and mortar camera store!

That's probably the best way to ship.

 

Unfortunately I don't have a local mom-n-pop camera store. And there isn't even one in Charlotte . . . the biggest city in the state. It's a shame.

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I just shipped my chrome M8 back to Leica NJ AGAIN and I realy didn't care what it cost.

 

If you can afford a M8 you can afford the shipping. If you can't afford the shipping then you shouldn't of spent your money on a Leica M8.

 

 

i'm on a budget in these troubling economic times

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i'm on a budget in these troubling economic times

 

I send irreplaceable items all the time via Fed Ex (artwork that can't be insured - fed ex won't insure art) and never had a problem. Be sure to get a fed ex account (you can set one up using your credit card) and have the parcel signed for and pack it well. Fed Ex are a bit more for service than UPS or DHL but you get what you pay for. Always insure or send registered via USPS.

 

When I need warranty work done I take it to my dealer. Takes a bit longer but then it's their worry.

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