Topic Wiki

Shipping Domestic

WeightUSPSUPSFedEx
13oz and UnderItems under 13oz are usually able to be shipped USPS First Class Mail. By far this is the cheapest option.
Weekly Pickup CostUPS charges $22 for weekly pickups - if you are not shipping with your own UPS account (e.g. Amazons account) If you ship with your own account at least $75 weekly then the fee is $11.It is about the same rates as UPS.
Who Pays When Refusing a packageNo oneShipperShipper
Ship to a PO box?YesNoNo

Need to ship a package with tracking?
Login to paypal and then click this link https://www.paypal.com/shiplabel/create/

Knowing which shipping service to use and when could be tricky. It depends on items weight, how fast needed to be delivered, contents value.

Here are 2 free tools I found that can answer many of the pricing questions on this thread:
1. Fitshipper is for when you know the delivery address, size & weight.    2. Fitshipper for listings is when you are not your sure of the destination (eBay etc.).



Items 1-5lbs is when it gets tricky.

For Fedex and UPS there is a Home Delivery charge of about $3 for all shipments that are delivered to a residential address.  This is what will usually make the rates with Fedex or UPS a lot higher than USPS Priority (on low weight packages)

The base rate - commercial address for shipping zone 1, 1lb with Fedex is $6.65, with USPS it's $5.05

With Fedex or UPS the rate increased much less per additional lb

Shipping Insurance with Fedex/UPS is a lot cheaper than USPS. This will be a key factor on deciding when to use USPS over Fedex

Direct Signature Requirement comes standard with $300 of USPS Insurance, and $500 of Fedex insurance

there is a guy that sells USPS Priority labels. https://www.fiverr.com/hooplah123/provide-a-usps-priority-5lb-shipping-label

Q: Under 1lb what is the best service to use?
Typically USPS Priority Mail

Q: What is flat rate? When will it give you the best price?
Flat Rate is a specific size box that does not have a weight limit, and has the same rate for most of USA. Usually this will be the cheapest when shipping to the farthest zone.

Do all companys offer flat rate?
USPS has the best flat rate service. Fedex offers "One Rate" but that will only be a savings on Express shipments. If you have discounted rates with Fedex, the "One Rates" will not be cheaper, unless the box is heavy.

Q: If you don't have a shipping scale available, what would be the best website to find out the weight of a specific product?
Amazon has the shipping weight for most items. Add an additional lb or 2 for the weight of the box.

Q:When shipping to an apt building, will the package gets left in the hallway of by the recipients door?
A:It depends on the delivery driver. I would recommend requiring a signature when shipping to an apartment so that it will not get left outside.

Q:If USPS loses a package that wasn't insured, has tracking code. Can I get money from them?
A:$100 of insurance is included in Priority Mail Express service.
$50 insurance is included in Priority Mail service.
https://www.usps.com/ship/insurance-and-extra-services.htm

Q:What Carrier is the cheapest to send packages 1LB - 5LB NY to Canada?
USPS Priority likely will be the cheapest. If you have discounted rates with Fedex or UPS they may be cheaper.

Q:Items that I am shipping that the item is packaged in a box; is it necessary to put it in a shipping box or a shipping bag is good enough?
A:Depends what you are shipping. A bag is fine for items that wont get damaged in a bag. I use a bag all the time for such items.

I buy small boxes at Uline, its about $0.30 for a 7x4x4 - which in dimensional weight its 1lb.

You could also consider bubble envelopes ...

Q:How well priced is amazon shipping?
For having inventory shipped to Amazon using their UPS account, by far that is the cheapest option. For having an item shipped to a customer using Amazons shipping rates, they are not the best rates. If you ship enough to get discounted rates with UPS of Fedex you will be bettor off using your own account.

Q: How much does it cost for UPS Pickup?
UPS charges $22 for weekly pickups - if you are not shipping with your own UPS account (e.g. Amazons account) If you ship with your own account at least $75 weekly then the fee is $11.
It is about the same rates with Fedex.

How Much is pickup for one package?

Q: How can I get around it? Flag down a driver
Flagging a driver down not necessarily is the best way around the daily pickup fee. If you are shipping daily for the convenience it should be worth to have a daily pickup.
With Fedex if you do not have an daily pickup and give the packages to a driver you will be charged $3 per box.
Additionaly many drivers do not like accepting packages from people that do not have a daily pickup, as they have to save room on their truck for their daily pickup customers.


Q: What Are the flat rate sizes?
« Last edited by Alexsei on July 31, 2017, 01:06:27 PM »

Author Topic: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When  (Read 29871 times)

Offline rots5

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 8139
  • Total likes: 5
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 17
    • View Profile
    • Custom Cakes for Every Occassion
  • Location: Monsey
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #60 on: October 20, 2013, 02:37:49 AM »
how do i get a discount... i recently got an item shipped with a fellow ddf member, and his prices were amazing. my dad uses only UPS, he ships prob 5-10 boxes a day.
If you have any questions please search and then ask. PM me for detailed help.

Offline elikay

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: May 2010
  • Posts: 5283
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #61 on: October 20, 2013, 02:46:22 AM »
You probably don't do enough to get a good discount, find someone who does and pay him
Thats what I do now :)

Offline Name Changed

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Sep 2011
  • Posts: 4844
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 13
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood
  • Programs: Avis Presidents Club, National Executive Elite, Hertz Presidents Circle, Sixt Platinum, SPG Gold, eBay Platinum
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #62 on: October 20, 2013, 11:17:42 AM »
I ship on average once a week, 1-4 lb packages. What is the best way to go about it?
Typically USPS Priority will be your cheapest and easiest.

Offline Tzadik Nistar

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 805
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #63 on: October 28, 2013, 11:18:27 PM »
Looking to ship 50lb. Boxes from US to Canada, does anyone know of a good shipping company?

Offline elikay

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: May 2010
  • Posts: 5283
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #64 on: October 28, 2013, 11:19:33 PM »
I recently shipped something COD via UPS, how long should it take for me to receive my payment?

Offline Alexsei

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2011
  • Posts: 2395
  • Total likes: 50
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
    • Travel & Kivrei Zadikim
  • Location: Champlain NY, with 1' in canada
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #65 on: October 31, 2013, 09:23:23 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good thermal shipping label printer that can be used for all carriers?
אם אתם בונים בית חבד בכל מקום אני מראה לכם בית חבד של ציון

Offline elikay

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: May 2010
  • Posts: 5283
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #66 on: October 31, 2013, 09:32:13 AM »
I recently shipped something COD via UPS, how long should it take for me to receive my payment?
Update
I took about 5 days for UPS to mail - to account holder who's account I used.

Offline Name Changed

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Sep 2011
  • Posts: 4844
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 13
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood
  • Programs: Avis Presidents Club, National Executive Elite, Hertz Presidents Circle, Sixt Platinum, SPG Gold, eBay Platinum
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #67 on: October 31, 2013, 09:32:46 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good thermal shipping label printer that can be used for all carriers?
Thermal 2844

Retails at $250-$300

I got a used one on eBay for under $100 and its great.

Offline Yeki89

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 3829
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #68 on: October 31, 2013, 09:45:49 AM »
Thermal 2844

Retails at $250-$300

I got a used one on eBay for under $100 and its great.
You can even get it used for like $60.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190938909563

Offline ilherman

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jun 2013
  • Posts: 8178
  • Total likes: 25
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 34
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #69 on: October 31, 2013, 11:49:52 PM »
Hi all, what would be the best (cheapest ;))  shipping option for a 25 lb package? and does Amazon have good prices for this when using their shipping service?
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

Offline Hamavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Oct 2012
  • Posts: 1503
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #70 on: November 01, 2013, 12:44:11 AM »
Any tips for setting up a ups account?

Offline Yeki89

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 3829
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
    • View Profile
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #71 on: November 01, 2013, 12:45:55 AM »
Hi all, what would be the best (cheapest ;))  shipping option for a 25 lb package? and does Amazon have good prices for this when using their shipping service?
Shipping to Amazon FBA or buyer.

IME shipping to Amazon using their service is real cheap

Offline ilherman

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Jun 2013
  • Posts: 8178
  • Total likes: 25
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 34
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #72 on: November 01, 2013, 01:05:00 AM »
Shipping to Amazon FBA or buyer.

IME shipping to Amazon using their service is real cheap
I know When FBA they have great rates, I am talking when I want to ship to a buyer direct not FBA?
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

Offline Alexsei

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2011
  • Posts: 2395
  • Total likes: 50
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
    • Travel & Kivrei Zadikim
  • Location: Champlain NY, with 1' in canada
Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #73 on: November 01, 2013, 11:26:45 AM »
Thermal 2844

Retails at $250-$300

I got a used one on eBay for under $100 and its great.

What's the difference between the 2844 and 2844-z ?
אם אתם בונים בית חבד בכל מקום אני מראה לכם בית חבד של ציון

Offline Name Changed

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Sep 2011
  • Posts: 4844
  • Total likes: 3
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 13
    • View Profile
  • Location: Lakewood
  • Programs: Avis Presidents Club, National Executive Elite, Hertz Presidents Circle, Sixt Platinum, SPG Gold, eBay Platinum