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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2018, 12:16:15 AM »
 I'm not saying that the price isn't warranted, but after you factor in the price of the truck vs what you are making the profits seem so small to even bother, you know?

Why would the trucking cost eat into your profits?  You're lumber price is your lumber price.  The trucking cost is separate and the responsibility of the buyer.
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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2018, 08:14:46 AM »
Yes, don't roll the two together. Even when I sell maple syrup, the customer pays the shipping and I have the payment before the product leaves here.
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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2018, 11:30:37 AM »
Finding a trucker to haul your lumber shouldn't be especially hard.  I have two that do grading and hauling.  They are always looking to fill in between jobs.  I've had good luck with these guys hauling logs and lumber.
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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2018, 12:17:58 PM »
Brad and Maple,

You guys point out good points with having the customer cover shipping and honestly most of the time this is no problem. There are sometimes though I price my lumber at a good price, but don't factor in shipping as I figure I can do it. Now, that's not to say that I don't get paid to ship, but it's drastically different than the cost of a truck. If I factored in the price of shipping of a truck them my lumber price is probably no different, and maybe even more than local places these people could buy from. By no means do I want to get in to the transportation business. I did trucking before and I'm past that point in my life, but I have to unload the lumber and sometimes there just aren't any buys near by.

All great advice guys. I really appreciate it and it's helped out a tremendous amount. Thanks again everyone.

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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2018, 11:47:46 AM »
We don't ship w/o being paid in full.  Period.  Almost always by credit card - sometimes the customer will send a check in advance.

We rarely deliver unless it is local.  We're in the milling and drying business - not the transport business and if i'm sitting behind the wheel of a truck it means that I'm not sitting behind the controls of a sawmill.

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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2018, 01:13:32 PM »
I'd be wary of bank wires too - there are some ways that can go wrong.  Thought about PayPal?  Probably have to eat a 3% fee, but it's fairly ironclad...
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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2018, 01:46:46 AM »
Sc and JR,

Hey guys. Great points. SC, I hear ya 100%. I mean, milling is the name of the game. If you're not milling and drying lumber than you're not making any money. With that said, If I am not able to sell lumber locally at the moment for some reason i'm also not making money. That's why I have reached out further than usual and have had relative success. I believe in transporting the lumber myself because it cuts down on the final cost. I have calculated my time vs hiring someone and often times I decide just to do it myself. Will this always be the case? Probably not, but for now it seems to be working out. 

JR, I have used Paypal in the past and they have been pretty solid. There have been a few times where I have had to dispute charges with them and it's been a complete hassle. Like SC said, I would rather be milling that arguing with people over my money, you know? It's a hard situation to find the right balance that's for sure.

Thanks for the advice guys I appreciate the input.

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Re: Transporting lumber
« Reply #27 on: August 22, 2018, 07:58:01 AM »
I do agree with you.  If I never had to deal with another customer service rep ever again that would be toooooooooo soon!  Sounds like you are getting it done though.  Keep up the good work.
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