Shiply: a cheap and green way to move furniture

Miss Thrifty5 May 19, 2011

shiply Shiply describes itself as “an online marketplace for transporting goods”. Users list the items they need to move, plus the final destinations, receive “bids” from various transport companies and take their pick. It’s rather like eBay for couriers and delivery firms.

Shiply saves money: as anyone who books couriers knows, it can be expensive to have your gear transported even a short distance. Shiply prices often come in cheaper, because you piggyback. You are matched up with delivery drivers who have spare capacity and who are already making similar trips across the UK and Europe. The delivery companies bid for your work “along routes they already have planned”. According to the Shiply website, you can save up to 75 per cent by using this service.

It is also an eco-friendly solution: the journey had already been planned by your handpicked transport company, and you are using up spare capacity within the delivery vehicle. So the number of required journey is reduced, as are the carbon emissions. Pat yourself on the back.

It’s great for eBayers: this is what really jumped out at me about the service. You know when you see those AMAZING furniture bargains on eBay – art deco cabinets, 1950s chests of drawers or whatever floats your boat – but they are listed as local collection only and the seller lives several counties away? Well, here’s a possible solution…

Apparently there are more than 345,000 registered users of the Shiply site, more than 27,500 registered transport companies and a new quote request is made every 23 seconds. So if you do decide to give it a whirl, you’re in good company.

If you are feeling super-savvy, there is another company offering a similar service, which may also be worth checking out. uShip has a global reach, which includes the UK and EU, and more than 200,000 service providers.

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5 Responses to “Shiply: a cheap and green way to move furniture

Johnny Debt says:

I often see items on eBay where it says buyer collects, this certainly would be good for that sort of thing.

May 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

Thanks Miss Thrifty! I’ve got my heart set on a Smeg fridge from ebay but all the ones I find which are even semi-affordable are pick-up only from hundreds of miles away. Shiply could be just what I need!

May 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Never heard of this before, but I’ll check it out … I’m always shocked by the high costs of shipping!

May 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Jacquie says:

Simply superb idea, one of these you think: “How did I not think of it before”! Good old disintermediation as they say 🙂 Off to see the site as I wonder how they make a living out of it. J

June 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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