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Posted by wendigo on November 06, 2002 at 14:57:40:
I breed yellow ackies, and am just selling my first two clutches. Having purchased many reptiles through the mail (UPS, USPS, Delta DASH etc) I never thought it would be that difficult to ship them out. First I tried UPS, only to find I needed to be a "verified shipper". No problem I figured, I'll just get set up as a verified shipper. Well it turns out you need to have a daily pick up account (no I don't need to poor UPS guy coming to my house every day) which costs $7-$16 a week. I have a clutch or two every other month, so using UPS is ridiculous.
Next I figure I'll just shell out the big bucks (I'm picking up the shipping) and do Delta DASH. I call them and they say I can ship in 4-6 weeks after someone from the FAA comes and inspects my house. WHAT the heck is up with that? So I end up calling Delta PetFirst, who sends dogs and cats, and they are shipping my lizards for me, for 72 bucks.
What is the small time breeder supposed to do? Do most of you use the post office and overnight stuff? I never thought it would be this difficult!