4 ways to transport your moped or scooter

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Here are 4 ways to transport your scooter or moped.

Use a moving company
A simple Google search will give you a long list of moving companies that can transport your vehicle. These companies typically charge you anywhere between $400 and $800. This option can be expensive and time consuming.

DIY moving
Try moving the moped (or scooter) yourself. Rent a U-Haul truck, van, minivan, pickup truck or similar and load the moped into the rented vehicle. Check out this video that shows how to load a moped into a pickup truck. This wiki article talks about various methods for loading a scooter into pickup truck.

You can read experiences of other people who have transported their mopeds. For example, Martin Olkowicz says “put the [mo]ped in the center of the bed, put the center stand down, and just hook one end of each strap to one side of the handlebars or triple tree and the other end into the stake pocket/tie down eyelet/cleat depending on what your truck has, ratchet them down evenly”. You can read the complete discussion here. There are several other discussions on this topic such as this onethis one, and this one.

Transporting a moped yourself is less expensive, but can be very time consuming.

Find someone on Craigslist
You might get lucky, and it’s not uncommon, to find someone who can pick up your moped and drop off at a place and time convenient for you. If you are lucky, you might get your moped delivered cheap and in a much faster way. However, finding someone on Craigslist and establishing a trust might be tricky.

Use a crowd shipping company

ManyShip is a crowd shipping company that specializes in connecting people who are going to places with people who need to send stuff with them. You save on shipping and get express delivery for less. This is a smart and cheap way of shipping.

You can find someone on ManyShip who is traveling that way and request them to deliver your moped. You can also post a need to get your moped delivered. You have complete control on how much you wish to offer and the time frame for the delivery.

Additionally, you help protect the environment too. When you get your moped delivered from a traveler, who plans to travel that route anyway, you help eliminate the need for another vehicle to travel same route. Thus, you help reduce the carbon emissions and thus create a greener environment for all of us.

ManyShip is a cheaper, faster and greener way of shipping.

Check out how Kyle, a ManyShip user, is trying to save on transporting his moped. Someone who is traveling the same route may transport Kyle’s moped and can easily offset some of the travel costs.

Check out more about
 ManyShip or simply sign up now.

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7 tips for a pleasant road trip

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Most of us will be on the road driving to a location for the upcoming long weekend. Here are 7 tips that will help make your road trip better.

1) Rent a vehicle: Renting a vehicle seems like a better choice for multiple reasons. First, rental vehicles are up to date on their service schedule, clean, and newer (most rental car companies rent out newer models with very low miles). Second, you have a choice to rent a bigger and spacious vehicle, which gives you extra comfort on a long drive. Third, renting a vehicle over a long weekend is not very expensive either. Thus for a small price you can save on the wear and tear of your own vehicle.

A spacious car is comfy and better on the road.
A spacious car is comfy and better on the road.

2)  Start in the AM: People tend to start their long weekend around 3 PM on a given day. As a result, most of the drivers are on the road around the same time. No wonder the roads get clogged and result in huge delays. Unless traffic jams don’t bother you that much, slightly modify the start time of your trip. Instead of starting on a Friday (or Thursday), you may choose to start at a different day and time. For example, you may start around 5 AM on the next day.

Early AM for a ride
Early in the morning is a perfect time to start your trip.

3. Drink coffee: Starting early in the morning around 5 AM, means a quick stop at the gas station to pick up coffee. It’s a great way to start your trip. First, sipping coffee as the sun is still trying to break out is simply fun. Second, the caffeine will try to fight your sleep. Moreover, you can use this opportunity to fill up your gas tank.

A nice coffee is wonderful
Wonder why coffee is so wonderful early in the morning? Umm… never mind.. Just enjoy..

4. Use rest areas: Map the rest areas on your way. Rest areas are not only scenic, but they provide you with quick access to the facilities. You don’t want to be wandering in the gas stations and waiting long lines for the restroom.

Rest areas live up to their names
Rest areas, mostly situated in scenic locations, give you the much needed quick break.

5. Listen to music: Be sure to have your favorite music CDs handy. Don’t rely on the radio or on the smart phone. Radio may be unavailable due to loss of signal, while your smart phone might be out of juice! Music is fun on the road.

Listen to good music
Music helps break the monotony of driving.

6. Take a quick lunch: If you start early around 5 AM, take the needed breaks for coffee, rest at scenic areas, etc, then you would be very close to your destination by noon. You may choose to stop for a quick lunch at a fast food place. Fast food is not only quick, but also lighter than a full course meal. You save time and money!

Great tasting food
Pick the healthy fast food place. You will love the rest of the ride!

7. Check in at a hotel after noon: Perhaps by 1 PM or so you should be able to check in at a hotel, leave your luggage, and start your memorable vacation. This way you can save a day’s worth of hotel costs.

Follow these 7 tips to receive the following benefits:

  • Avoid the most dreaded traffic congestion.
  • Save money on your hotel charges. (You might think you could start your vacation earlier by traveling on a Friday, but in reality you would reach the destination late in the night (thanks to all the traffic jams), wake up late and, start late the next day.)
  • Enjoy the early morning ride and the nature on the way.
Beach and sun are real fun
Waste no more time. Crash into your vacation.

Hope you will have a safe and fun trip. Enjoy the long weekend!

ManyShip is an online venue that connects people who need to send something somewhere with people going that way. It’s a smart and cheap way of shipping stuff. If you are traveling then it’s a simple way to start earning money. You can offset some of your travel costs. Sign up now at ManyShip.

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Mine and Yours

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At ManyShip, we believe in sharing. It can be in any form – qualitative or quantitative. Whether it be sharing ideas, sharing time, sharing happiness, or sharing personal things, sharing is a wonderful thing and results in immense happiness.

When we share, what is mine is not just mine.
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Similarly, what is yours is not just yours.
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ManyShip enables travelers to share their travel space and ship goods for other people. Travelers share the space in their car trunk, luggage, or a backpack and transport goods. Senders (or shippers) on the other hand, get expedited shipping for less. It’s a win win for both travelers and shippers. Sign up is free and takes only 30 seconds at ManyShip.com. Check it out and experience the new form of sharing (and shipping).

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Cryptocurrencies and VLab BitCoin conference

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According to Wiki CryptoCurrency (or virtual currency) is a type of digital currency that relies on cryptography, is peer-to-peer, and decentralized.

Though it is hard for us to imagine using a peer-to-peer type of currency, cryptocurrencies such as BitCoin are becoming main stream.

At one of the conferences organized by MIT-Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) on June 18, a group of panelists (pictured below) shed light on why virtual currencies can be a game changer and how they can create a plain field in the e-commerce industry allowing buyers from various geographies to buy things from anywhere in the world.

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From left to right – Fred Ehrsam (Co-Founder of Coinbase, a digital Bitcoin wallet), Wendy Cheung (Director of Compliance and BSA Officer, Silicon Valley Bank), Cameron Winklevoss (Principal Investor at Winklevoss Capital) and Tyler Winklevoss (Principal Investor at Winklevoss Capital)
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From left to right – Chris Larsen (CEO and Co-Founder, OpenCoin, the company developing the Ripple protocol), Fred Ehrsam (Co-Founder of Coinbase, a digital Bitcoin wallet), Wendy Cheung (Director of Compliance and BSA Officer, Silicon Valley Bank), Cameron Winklevoss (Principal Investor at Winklevoss Capital)

Virtual currency is particularly interesting for us at ManyShip as we try to grow our platform to the various other countries of the world, such as India, China, Indonesia, countries in Europe, etc. Each of these countries have a different currency system, and dealing with various payment providers, merchant fees, cultural issues can be challenging. We would hope that virtual currencies become more popular and more businesses accept them so that users have more buying power. In addition users would be able to buy things that they previously couldn’t due to exchange or currency issues.

You can also read more about this BitCoin conference here.

ManyShip is a social shipping and delivery community that allows you to easily find travelers who are willing to carry your goods to places or find senders who need to ship goods to places you plan to travel. Check out more about ManyShip.

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48 hours for 15 miles

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According to USPS website, the time to deliver a package between Sunnyvale, CA and Redwood City, CA is about 48 hours when using standard delivery option. If the package is dropped off today, June 5, after 8.00 AM then it may delivered on June 7, 2013.

Although this example is an extreme case, it sheds light on an important shortcoming of the delivery system – the delivery time frames  do not agree with the speed facilitated by existing transportation systems. For example, it may take less than hour to drive to Redwood City from Sunnyvale. Thus, we would expect the package be delivered in a much lesser time frame than what is projected on the USPS website.

ManyShip tries to uncover possibilities of resolving this disconnect. It connects people who travel, either short distance such as daily commute or long distance such as scheduled travel, with people who need to send goods.

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Sign up free now at ManyShip, post a trip and carry goods for other people, or send goods with other people when they travel. Using this platform we can realize the time frames that we think are reasonable rather than the traditional 48 hours.

What do you think? Do you feel the same way that something is amiss when 15 miles of distance needs 48 hours of time to cover?

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Trust / Travel networks – what the heck are they?

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At ManyShip, there is a lot of talk about “travel networks” or “trust networks”. In fact, travel networks form the crux of the working principles of ManyShip. Thus their purpose and need has to be clearly understood.

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As said in a previous post, Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip, ManyShip puts significant emphasis on connecting people who know each other already; either very closely or to some extent. Close relationships may be found inside a family, within friends, colleagues, or classmates. Distant relationships may be common at a workplace, worship places, universities, etc.

ManyShip attempts to connect those people that already form a part of “some” network, such as a family or friends network (e.g. Facebook), colleagues or co-workers network (e.g. corporation, enterprise, or company ), students network (e.g. schools or universities). And in almost all cases, a user may belong to at least one network.

ManyShip’s users, when signing up, must select a network they wish to associate with. The network may be the company they work at, the school they attend, or the social network they participate in. For example, a user may associate to a company and may consider their company name along with the company’s specific location when assigning the travel network. For example, when selecting Microsoft Corp. as their travel network, user may select Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA if primary work location is Redmond office. On the other hand, if the primary work location is Sunnyvale, CA then the user may select Microsoft Sunnyvale CA as their travel network. (A user may belong to multiple networks.)

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A travel network begets trust and lets other users seek or provide services with confidence and reliably. And it eventually helps creating happy users.

So, choose a travel network and have a safe & happy manyshipping.

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Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip

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At a meetup in the silicon valley yesterday, May 22, several people asked about how ManyShip fosters trust among its users and create a convenient and safer platform for users to transact. Here’s a little background on how its done at ManyShip.

The emphasis is on connecting people who know each other already, either closely or distantly; users, for example, that work at the same company, attend the same school, or belong to the same social network (e.g. Facebook) share a network. There exists an inherent trust and comfort among these users that belong to the same company, a university, or a social network.

For the purposes of transacting on ManyShip, an employee of ManyShip may connect with their colleagues at ManyShip. Similarly, a student at Stanford University would transact with their friends at Stanford. This concept may be extended to users at Microsoft, Google, Northern Illinois University, Satyam Infotech, Tata Consultancy Services, Fiverr, Ebay, and so on.

ManyShip utilizes the “trust” that has been established already in the networks and users of which feel comfortable connecting with their friends or colleagues. This notion may be evident from ManyShip’s sign up form that requires a user to select their “travel network”, which essentially refers to the trust network that the user already belongs to;  users enter  their association with a company, a university, or a social network.

Users, however, must assume the responsibility of doing their due diligence when accepting goods from others and or entrusting other users with their personal goods. 

Act responsibly and in turn help create a safe platform.

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At ManyShip find various possibilities to ship stuff; Save money to send, earn rewards to deliver;

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ManyShip is an online venue that brings together travelers and senders. Travelers carry goods for their friends, colleagues, or friends’ friends who might be interested in sending goods with them (“senders”). Travelers utilize extra space in their vehicle or luggage to transport goods. They may receive a payment for the shipping services from senders or just earn goodwill depending on how they advertise their services. Senders, on the other hand, save money on their shipping needs, receive a personalized shipping service and a better tracking for their shipment.

Our goal is to create smart social networks that will empower its members with ideas and tools that in turn affect its members positively.  ManyShip is an attempt at creating one of the smart social networks (let’s call it a smart travel network), by bringing together travelers and senders who act responsibly, and help each other to conserve resources (i.e. travelers’ earn rewards and senders save money; Also, both collectively create a greener environment by eliminating shipments that may have been shipped using traditional means).

Become a part of this new smart social network and make a difference for yourself and others.

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