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    What would be the best way to have a bowling bag shipped? As many of you know I was in TN a while back. I was expecting to return to TN after a short stay in IL but it didn't work out that way. Sadly my bowling equipment is still there. I just spoke with the person who still has it which honestly I'm surprised and grateful they didn't sell it or chuck it by now. It's a 3 ball bag with 3 balls, shoes and some misc stuff. If I had to guess it's gotta weigh 55-60 lbs.

    It's not worth driving 600 miles to retrieve and I really don't have the time for that anyway. If there is a way to have it shipped that wouldn't cost hundreds of dollars would be ideal. I would imagine there has to be some way for this to be done as I'm sure people travel for tournaments and such. I obviously don't need them like next day or anything, no rush. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    After doing research it's crazy expensive to ship a bowling bag. Well into triple digits pretty much any way you go about it. Also since the temp is in single digits or in the negatives for most of the geography of the trip, it's probably not the best idea right now to do. It would likely be in a cold truck or be sitting on a colder Warehouse at some point. I'd pay way to much and likely end up with cracked bowling balls due to the climate.

    Fortunately, a friend of mine is driving up next week from Florida and happens to drive right through the part of TN where my stuff is and lives near me. He's going to grab my stuff for me. So in about a week I'll finally be reunited with all my gear! Glad I'll finally get it back. I've only been able to enjoy my new bag for about two weeks since I bought it and my new balls for a couple months. I'm rather excited! I hope my dumb luck follows me to the lanes when I get it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phonetek View Post
    After doing research it's crazy expensive to ship a bowling bag. Well into triple digits pretty much any way you go about it. Also since the temp is in single digits or in the negatives for most of the geography of the trip, it's probably not the best idea right now to do. It would likely be in a cold truck or be sitting on a colder Warehouse at some point. I'd pay way to much and likely end up with cracked bowling balls due to the climate.

    Fortunately, a friend of mine is driving up next week from Florida and happens to drive right through the part of TN where my stuff is and lives near me. He's going to grab my stuff for me. So in about a week I'll finally be reunited with all my gear! Glad I'll finally get it back. I've only been able to enjoy my new bag for about two weeks since I bought it and my new balls for a couple months. I'm rather excited! I hope my dumb luck follows me to the lanes when I get it back
    Cool. That was my thoughts but figured it might be like a needle in a haystack trying to find someone making that trek. I would do it in a heartbeat to help someone out if it was along my route.
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    Yeah it's crazy to ship a bowling bag. Yet you can buy a giant 250lb snowblower or a 350 Chevy engine long block off of Amazon with free shipping probably next day... Go figure.

    Maybe I should have had the person who has it put it on Amazon for $1. I could have bought it and got free shipping. LOL

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    UPS Ground probably would have been around $100 for a 60lb 3-ball bag, USPS about $125.

    That's great that it worked out that someone could pick up your stuff on their trip! Really saves the time, money, and hassle.

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    Yes it does. I miss my stuff! I'm eager to get it back. Not that I'm going to do a ton with it right away but I'll have it back nonetheless

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    I was going to say, there aren't many good options. I know this topic came up with bowlers concerning traveling by plane before and how to get balls to events. A lot of bowlers would ship the balls in boxes or check 3-ball bags. 4-ball and 6-ball bags you have to get more creative and disconnect the sections. It's a real pain. Thats one reason you rarely see anything but 3-ball, simple roller bags at the pro tournaments and a lot of the competitors have stuff brought to them there and drilled there. I think there's some guidance on traveling with bowling balls on the USBC Open page where they give you some tips.

    But shipping a bag full of balls...I just shipped a horse saddle to someone that bought it off Ebay and it cost me over $180 UPS....which was by FAR the cheapest option.
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    I think I remember USBC contracting with a shipping company for the USBC Open because it's such a pita . . .

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