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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

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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

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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?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #120 on: November 20, 2013, 02:26:52 PM »
I just sent a 68lb. package from NJ to Rhode Island using FedEx ground. I dropped it off yesterday 4pm, it arrived today by before 2pm. Goes to show that when shipping to relatively close places, shipping speed could be just as quick as 1 or 2 day shipping.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #121 on: November 20, 2013, 02:37:06 PM »
Not new.

Fedex and UPS ground ship next day to a specified wide area.
Easy to see online.
NYC to RI is next day.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #122 on: November 26, 2013, 03:04:02 PM »
Has anyone had a bad experience using an express box for ground? was told it can be returned or cause delays?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #123 on: November 27, 2013, 06:37:53 PM »
What is Fedex Smart post? I selected this shipping option on eBay to send a package, however I don't see anything "Fedex" on the label, just USPS, is something wrong or what?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #124 on: November 27, 2013, 09:14:17 PM »
Not new.

Fedex and UPS ground ship next day to a specified wide area.
Easy to see online.
NYC to RI is next day.
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USPS decided to start printing it on the priority labels that it will be 1-2 or 3 days, but it always was.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #125 on: November 27, 2013, 10:05:47 PM »
what's the cheapest way to send 10 lb from us to uk with tracking
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #126 on: November 27, 2013, 11:29:09 PM »
what's the cheapest way to send 10 lb from us to uk with tracking
Priority Mail is about $65

I may have better rates with Fedex

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #127 on: November 28, 2013, 01:04:28 AM »
Priority Mail is about $65

I may have better rates with Fedex
do you do shipping service?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #128 on: December 02, 2013, 03:03:37 PM »
What's the cheapest way to send a 60 lb box from NYC to LA? No strict time frame, but I guess around 3-5 days...(standard shipping?)
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #129 on: December 02, 2013, 03:06:30 PM »
What's the cheapest way to send a 60 lb box from NYC to LA? No strict time frame, but I guess around 3-5 days...(standard shipping?)
Thanks!
Fedex or UPS

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #130 on: December 02, 2013, 03:12:34 PM »
Where can I get a box to ship a laptop, the laptop box is 17x14x3 so it will need to be slightly bigger then that.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #131 on: December 02, 2013, 03:46:18 PM »
Where can I get a box to ship a laptop, the laptop box is 17x14x3 so it will need to be slightly bigger then that.
Ship in the Box the laptop came in.


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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #132 on: December 02, 2013, 03:57:33 PM »
Anyone see the amazon prime air shipping? Does anyone have any idea how expensive this stuff is going to be?

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=8037720011
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #133 on: December 02, 2013, 04:10:18 PM »
Anyone see the amazon prime air shipping? Does anyone have any idea how expensive this stuff is going to be?

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=8037720011
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #134 on: December 02, 2013, 04:56:10 PM »
Ship in the Box the laptop came in.



It didn't come in a shipping box. I got it from staples and they delivered it themselves without a box.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #135 on: December 02, 2013, 04:58:10 PM »
It didn't come in a shipping box. I got it from staples and they delivered it themselves without a box.
that is what name changed is telling you, ship it in the same box (or without box) that they shipped it in, as you wrote:
Where can I get a box to ship a laptop, the laptop box is 17x14x3 so it will need to be slightly bigger then that.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #136 on: December 02, 2013, 05:02:44 PM »
I dont feel comfortable shipping it in the laptop box.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #137 on: December 02, 2013, 07:15:16 PM »
It didn't come in a shipping box. I got it from staples and they delivered it themselves without a box.
Ship it in that actual laptop box

Thats how I receive laptops and that's how I ship them out

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #138 on: December 02, 2013, 07:18:06 PM »
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #139 on: December 02, 2013, 10:22:00 PM »
What's the cheapest way to send a 60 lb box from NYC to LA? No strict time frame, but I guess around 3-5 days...(standard shipping?)
Thanks!
you can try usps flat rate box it should be cheaper and quicker
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