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Courier for scuba tank

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by Maguire, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Maguire

    Maguire New Member

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    I've bought a tank on ebay. Was planning to collect but thinking a courier wouldn't cost much more than the fuel to drive up there.

    Can anyone recommend a courier service who will transport tanks (from Fife to Lancaster) and give an idea of what kind of prices I should expect.

    I've emailed a few companies myself but I'm still waiting for a response.

    Thanks
     
  2. Tong

    Tong Member

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    I have used www.Shiply.co.uk to courier neumerous things from ebay... people bid the lowest price to ship it so you can get some gret delas
     
  3. Maguire

    Maguire New Member

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    Cheers mate.
     
  4. DaveS

    DaveS Play nice. Enjoy UKD

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    What's wrong with DHL or Parcel Farce?
    12-15kg shouldn't cost too much.
     
  5. Silty Bottom

    Silty Bottom in DIRnial

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    Don't most couriers insist on the cylinder being empty ?[hr]
    Senditnow.com if you're going to get the cylinder emptied

    I've used them before and they charge £10.99 for 48hour delivery for up to 30kg. They are actually Parcelforce's excess capacity, you pay senditnow but your invoice is from Parceforce and Parcelforce pick it up.
     
  6. Maguire

    Maguire New Member

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    DHL and parcelforce cost approx £20. So far senditnow for £10.99 is looking good.
     
  7. Silty Bottom

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    Compressed gas cylinders are in their list of prohibited items so you would have to have it sent empty
     
  8. DaveS

    DaveS Play nice. Enjoy UKD

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    why wouldn't you send it empty? If I'm buying off ebay I'd always have it shipped empty cos you've no idea what the previous person put in it!
    Have you checked that it's still in test?
     
  9. Maguire

    Maguire New Member

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    No it's not in test.
     
  10. DaveS

    DaveS Play nice. Enjoy UKD

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    Oh dear - I have a mate who bought 2 tanks off ebay and neither were in test. He then paid for them to be tested. 1 failed and 1 was only rated to 150 bar. I hope you have better luck.
     
  11. DeviousDan

    DeviousDan New Member

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    Use Interparcel.

    Then choose the FedEx option.

    Never had any problems with them and cylinders.
     
  12. Air-Guzzler

    Air-Guzzler Cannot spel and I cannut delet your post :-)

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    try fedex my LDS use them just get it boxed up
     
  13. pistonbroke

    pistonbroke New Member

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    On the other hand, I've had 4 tanks bought off E-bay, all passed full test no problem
    As far as collection, I did pick all mine up personally, buying from a place where I could tie in the collection with a dive, or where it wasn't going to cost me too much in go-juice.

    I don't much trust couriers having had trashed goods arrive in the past, and personally having witnessed a couple of "sh*tty link" drivers transferring a full lorry loads worth of parcels from one vehicle to another using the "drop kick" method.
     

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