I found a really good deal on a new Harley Davidson motorcycle in DeKalb Illinois in early September 2007. Fall was here and there wouldn't be many riding days before the snow fell in Northern Nevada. I wanted that bike and I wanted it now!
A quick check of motorcycle shippers put the cost of getting it from DeKalb to Carson City in the $650-750 price range. The UShip estimate for the job was $450-550. I set my target price in the middle and posted my shipment on UShip to see what would happen.
Right out of the box I received an automated bid for $850 and was somewhat discouraged about UShip. However, within a matter of hours MiMover1 bid the job at my target price and things looked pretty good. He had a load of furniture from Michigan to deliver in Sacramento, and had a little room to spare. Stops in DeKalb and Carson City would be quick and easy for him. I looked into his feedback, both in general and for moving motorcycles. It was uniformly positive and suggested that Ernie would take good care of my bike.
With such good feedback, I decided to accept his bid without waiting for more offers. With his contact info, I called and we worked out the financial and other details. He gave me a time and date for picking my bike up and said he would call me when it was loaded.
Right on schedule, I got a phone call from Ernie saying he had my bike and was headed west and that would contact me the day before he would deliver it. With 1836 miles to cover, I figured it would be four days before I got that call. To my surprise and delight, it only took three days. And when he dropped the door to his trailer, there was my bike, carefully secured and wrapped in shipping pads, probably better than I'd have packed it myself. Thanks to UShip and Ernie, I have plenty of riding days left and more cash for gas than I'd have had otherwise.
This shipment did what UShip said it would do: put a trucker with open space and a needy shipper together so that both benefited.