Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Shipping art: FedEx is the most trusted service

I've been running opinion polls about posting and shipping art in 2011.  These have consistently identified FedEx as being the service most people seem to trust when shipping artwork.

One caveat is that the numbers responding to the polls have not been high - hence why I'd like to encourage more people to participate in the two ongoing polls listed below.
Below you can see the charts of results from the three different polls - together with the number of respondents to date

February Poll - Which service do you trust when you post or ship artwork?

FedEx came top in February with 28% of the poll
Results of Making A Mark Poll February 2011 (29 respondents)

FedEx(UK) is the clear leader in my poll about the best post/shipping service in the UK

FedEx is just ahead of UPS in my poll about the best post-shipping service in the USA

If you are an artist and post or ship art in the UK or USA - and you have not yet responded - you can help give other artists an even better picture about which services artists prefer to use by voting in one or other of the polls on How to pack, post and ship art.

Just click the links to the polls to vote.

On Making A Mark today, there is a post which is a Review of Specialist Art Couriers in the UK.  This is primarily about the couriers used by artists to get their artwork to and from an exhibition.  Follow ups to that review will be posted on this blog.


Diane said...

I just want to mention that I use the US Postal Service and the savings are huge. I really wrap everything very well and then I send it Priority Mail and I insure it. So far...I have never had a problem and I ship pastels with glass on all the time. I did buy a box for shipping artwork, but if I know I won't get it back, I just get a big box and send it off. So far, so good! Probably from $10 to $30 less per piece.

Anonymous said...

I have just been told that fedex do not do one off drops, you have to open an account with them and post a minimum of 20 items a month, not good if you don't sell that many paintings a month!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Well I'm very surprised as I've certainly used FedEx in the past for one off international despatches.

Maybe you want to go check what route into the site you used. If you used a trade account access I can understand that might be the condition to get the trade rates - and if you're not generating that kind of business then obviously you'd need to opt for the domestic customer.

Do you have a URL for the page which you accessed?

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