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  1. Was wondering if anyone has experienced any shipping problems with the whole lockdown thing going on? Having a package shipped from Europe soon and was worried it would be held at customs for a long time due to shutdowns everywhere.
  2. Greetings kind people, Hope you are having a lovely day today! After weeks of research I decided to purchase my first set of fossils. But I'm worried about the rules and regulations here. Is it illegal to buy and import fossils here? Also I remember someone telling me importing antiques and minerals to India are extremely costly. All I need to know is, if someone from India has purchased from an international website and shipped it to India. Did it arrive safe? Was it super expensive to import? Did you have to face any legal penalties? Please help! There seems to be no information anywhere on Google, no one purchasing fossils from international websites. Customs website doesn't talk about fossils either. Thank you
  3. Best way to ship fossils

    I am considering letting go a few of my mammal fossils but want to know the ins and outs of the shipping process. What’s the best and safest shipping, fed ex, ups etc.
  4. Hi everyone, I'm looking for a little advice on how to ship heavy fossils internationally (from the USA to the UK). I thought the forum might be a good place to ask, as quite a few of you may have done this in the past. I have the opportunity to purchase around 500kg (around 1000 pounds) of small fossils from someone in the US. I'm sure I've read members discuss sending fossils back from Tuscon in the past using shipping containers and guess this would probably be the best way to go. Any advice on how this works would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Packing fossils

    I was curious how you guys pack your fossils to ship or move. Whats better to put them in to keep them safe and unbroken? Bubble wrap , peanuts? I'll be moving soon and wanted to know whats best. Thanks!
  6. Hi all, a friend of mine has lost a fossil of almost $1,000 in value because the parcel was delivered to a different address (in the same country) even though he had a tracking code. The local postal company claimed that they delivered to the address as stated on the parcel and the tracking code. They refuse to tell my friend which address they sent to as that is confidential information. The seller meanwhile stated he wrote down the address exactly as my friend specified, and that he checked my friend's online and Paypal as well to triple confirm that was the correct address. Right now, the seller claims he wrote the correct address. The postal company claimed they delivered to the address they were given (which isn't my friend's address). Neither side is giving in much to my friend's horror. This headache would be solved if the seller had only taken a picture of the address he claimed to ship to. It only takes 10 secs to snap a picture, but it could save you a $1,000 disaster. Sellers, please take a picture of the box. Buyers, please request for a picture.
  7. Part 3 (from Washington)

    Able to find me I see. Hope it was easy enough. Here's a few more pictures. They are also masodon. Femur, I believe, & the other part that it fits into to make it a leg. At this point I'm guessing so correct me if I'm mistaken, please. My colleague has told me a little about them & where they came from... ...back in the mid sixties, he & his wife-to-be took a trip to Nebraska so that he could get to know her family before they tied the knot. They were at her grandparents place. They were farmers & had quite a bit of acreage that they planted crops on. Her grandfather took them out to the barn where he had a huge pile of fossilized bones. They had just been authenticated as Mastodon. They were told that a man from the archeology department at the University of Nebraska had been there a few days prior with his findings. Unfortunately, there was no paperwork that came with them. Take a look. Let me know if this appears to be correct. And on that note I'm signing off (or out). Keep a look out for me as I'll be back later to tell you what I've accomplished so far. I sure hope I'm on the right track so far. Later, Tracy
  8. Part 2 (from Washington)

    Boy! I could really have some fun with this but I'll be nice for now as I'm new, new, & more new to the world of fossils. Once again, my name's Tracy & as I mentioned in previous post, I joined so as to research a recent project I've taken on. A friend of mine recently expressed that he was going to "get rid of" his Mastodon fossils. He didn't want them in his house anymore so he was going to throw them out! Shocked, to say the least, I asked him if he'd hang on to them long enough to give me a chance to do something with them. At this point I started looking for the best ways to go about getting them ready to auction, which auction & how best to make sure they made it to their destination intact. Now, there's the first group of questions I'm seeking advice on. 1.What auction house has the clientele that would appreciate this type of fossils. 2. What preparation should be done to them to solidify the outer portions which seem very fragile at this point? 3. How should they be shipped & in what? Below are a few pictures. #1 & 2 are of one tooth. #3 & 4 another. I'm over my limit in file size so I'll be posting somewhere with more pictures, more questions, etc. Any input would be highly appreciated. In next entry I'll tell you a little more about them. They've got a good story. Think I'll pop on over to i.d. list to post part 3 of my adventure. See me, Tracy
  9. Shipping to an APO address

    Sorry for another shipping question but, I've noticed that a lot of trade or auction deals (and sales) request to only ship within the United States because of shipping costs. I know shipping from the US to another country is expensive but has anyone ever shipped from the US to an APO address (Army/Air Force Post Office)? I'm located in England (and thankfully live off base) so I can actually have packages sent to me at both addresses (APO and house) depending on where they come from. If someone in the US wants to be a pseudo-Guinea pig and see if shipping would cost too much to send to APO then let me know (you don't have to actually mail anything to me). I see so many amazing fossils up for grabs, but only if you're in the US.
  10. Hi all, Many of us have had experience with shipping, let it be with fossil trades or with new purchases. Often, I see people in the US saying "will keep postage within the US", as otherwise the shipping costs will be too much. And I do see that sometimes incoming packages from the US cost about 22$ just for an envelope, or 34$ for a small parcel! For me, those are exhilarating prices. On the other hand, shipping from the Netherlands is very inexpensive. Sending (internationally) an envelope of: - up to 20 grams costs 2,66 euros - 20-50 grams is 4 euros - 50-200 grams is 7 euros I usually only send mall fossils, so very rarely parcels, but even with parcels the prices are much lower than in other countries. (Those prices are without Track & code, and without signing) Anyways, I was wondering, what are your shipping costs (for international)? I can make a graph if you want showing all my shipping costs, if people are more interested. Regards, Max
  11. Does anyone have an idea of the most cost effective way to ship 100 pounds of fossils across country? I'm not sure flat rate boxes are the best because the size may be too small for some plates. Thanks
  12. Shipping costs

    Hello Does somebody knows a way to shiptooth at a lower price? I want to trade fossils with somebodya from south-korea but the shipping costs are way too high. Nearly 120$. Any suggestions?
  13. Titantothere Teeth Repair

    Hi, I recently purchased some fossil titanothere teeth on eBay. I don't think the seller had ever sold or shipped a fossil before, when it arrived and I picked up the box it became immediately clear that it hadn't been packed well. When I opened it my worst fears were immediately confirmed. Lying there in a single piece of bubble wrap was my fossil in pieces . I'm hoping to repair it and I was thinking of using some plaster and paint certain parts black to repair it but people here are much more experienced than me and usually have better ideas then I do. Here are some photos:
  14. I'm looking at buying some vertebrate fossils that are in the US and I am trying to decide whether I should get them shipped directly to my house in Canada, or get them shipped to my US address and drive them across the border. Because of the expensive brokerage fees and shipping costs to Canada I'm looking at other ways of getting the fossils. I've heard of experiences with invertebrates but nothing involving vertebrate fossils. Would I need any extra paperwork? I'm probably going to call the border services but was wondering if you guys had any experiences doing this before.