My father is a genuine craftsman. He began making furniture several years ago after seeking a 'hobby' in his retirement. Each piece is a work of art unto itself. As such, when he offered to make some new furniture for my bedroom I didn't turn him down. We faced the formidable challenge of getting heavy dressers, nightstands, etc. from northern Washington state to southern CA. 1200 miles.
He told me, "I'll be in charge of building, you are in charge of getting it there". And so I Googled several terms like freight shipping, furniture ship, etc. I found UPS and looked at their ground shipping rate costs. But who has a 7' x 6' box that holds 187 lbs? It seemed impossible to get anything except a full-service shipper. Freight companies were willing to move the pieces but again you needed containers.
Finally I found uShip. As an experienced eBayer (as is my father) we both trusted the eBay name and were not let down. It took some patience, learning the system was easy but figuring out which shippers were reliable and which never called back just took some time. Finally I got a bid from a wonderful private shipper who runs up and back on the West Coast almost weekly. It was a perfect match.
He helped my Dad load up in Bellingham with blankets, straps and plenty of cardboard padding. He arrived at my home 6 days later after a few phone calls (and surviving some seriously inclement weather) and helped me move the items all the way into their empty spaces on the 2nd floor of my town-home.
A good experience? You bet. eBay has a winner here. And when he is ready to make stuff for the spare bedroom you better bet I'll be posting the listing before he even finishes the varnish.