If you’re a New Hampshire native, you know that tourism is one of our state’s biggest industries which means that we all depend on dollars from people who are visiting. In the antiques business, one of the biggest obstacles for travelers is how to ship “the big stuff.” In the past, tourists and travelers have either had to drive trailers cross country or pay exorbitant freight charges when shopping for larger pieces. But thanks to uShip, that’s no longer the case.
uShip is an online marketplace for shipping services. The concept is simple. If you need something shipped, you register your job on the uShip web site by providing the pick up & delivery destinations, a description of the item (s), and date requirements. Then shippers bid on your job. It’s the competitive bidding process that reduces the cost. In simple terms, shippers need to keep their vehicles full to maximize their incomes so, as they travel & deliver, they pick up additional items via uShip to keep their trucks full. uShip customers can accept a bid at anytime during the process so it’s a very efficient and cost-effective way to move “the big stuff” across the country.
In the past few years, I’ve been able to sell large pieces to traveling buyers thanks to uShip. In fact, I’ve just sold some large industrial pieces to a couple in Colorado thanks to this innovative service. And last season, I sent a pair of cast iron antique urns to California with a traveler who became a registered uShipper to keep is vehicle filled with deliveries and cover his gas expenses! I’ve never had a customer complain about the cost or service of their uShipper so uShip gets a big “thumbs up” from us.