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Can anyone advise me what is the best way to ship wheels with tires, while keeping cost down.
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Yes, but first please complete your profile. I just received a set of 4 wheels and tires shipped to me for the midwest to Calif. The guy used 2 large, obviously, boxes and had them shipped 'Hold at Fed X Location'. Your customer will have to pick them up, but money saved is worth it. My guy charged me $125 which was very fair.
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FedEx, as I understand it, doesn't like you to box them up. They want to know what they're dealing with and I've heard that will deny insurance claims if you do it this anyway.

That said, I have done it and it's a mammoth PITA. Good luck finding big enough boxes and good luck lugging them to a FedEx Location.

I think the correct way is to do it like Tire Rack does: leave the rubber exposed and protect the wheel with cardboard. Much easier. You can roll them too.
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FedEx is crazy expensive, if you prefer to drop them off to ship and prep them. If so, UPS store will be your place.

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FedEx is crazy expensive, if you prefer to drop them off to ship and prep them. If so, UPS store will be your place.

I've found fedex ground and ups are often much less expensive than USPS. It depends what you are shipping. Ironically, I'm shipping wheels and tires in a manner similar to the diagram posted by Luke Colorado above. I probably should have packed them better. My main priority is getting them there, hopefully undamaged. I just put cardboard over the faces. If they were perfect or expensive wheels I would take more care. $665 Total sale including all shipping costs and ebay fees four wheels and tires.

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In my area usually FedEx Ground is cheapest, followed by UPS and then USPS.

On the other hand, If you want to be yelled at by a surly fat woman of color then USPS is for you.
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Fedex Kinko's did not except my wheels because they said it's okay to ship tires un- boxed but wheels need to be boxed. I think if I had just put cardboard over the back side too they would've accepted them not knowing they were wheels instead of just tires.


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Update: FedEx shipping location (not a FedEx kinkos) accepted the wheels with the cardboard over the back sides. (Cardboard was over both front and back this time.)

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