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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 #280 on: February 21, 2016, 09:31:21 AM »
Anyone have experience having something manufactured in China?
EMCC does as well

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #281 on: February 21, 2016, 09:46:56 AM »

USPS raised all they're items they now allow up to 16oz with first class mail, anything under 8oz is $2.60 (with the eBay discount) and add on an average of 5 cents per ounce up to 16oz. And all flat rate mail were increased as well.
Flat rate envelope is at $5.60 (with eBay discount, used to be $5.05)
Flat rate boxes all had an increase as well.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #283 on: February 25, 2016, 08:38:56 PM »
What is the least expensive way to get a crate of fruit from LA to NY?

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« Reply #284 on: March 14, 2016, 06:45:35 PM »
I'm trying to sign up for Fedex Delivery Manager, and I keep getting a verification error

So I go back and double check my info, and it still doesn't work. Any idea why?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #285 on: March 17, 2016, 12:52:58 AM »
Ever try calling USPS Customer Disservice and being forced to wander through the entire menu or press "0" a million times, and having to keep reentering your information and then either getting hung up on or being told that you cannot speak to an agent?

You can directly reach the "Call-you-back" option by calling (678) 279-7980 during business hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 7am-6pm ET

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #286 on: March 17, 2016, 01:21:34 AM »
Ever try calling USPS Customer Disservice and being forced to wander through the entire menu or press "0" a million times, and having to keep reentering your information and then either getting hung up on or being told that you cannot speak to an agent?

You can directly reach the "Call-you-back" option by calling (678) 279-7980 during business hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 7am-6pm ET

Thanks for this tip, I waited an hour today and just hung up.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #287 on: March 21, 2016, 12:08:42 AM »
Ever try calling USPS Customer Disservice and being forced to wander through the entire menu or press "0" a million times, and having to keep reentering your information and then either getting hung up on or being told that you cannot speak to an agent?

You can directly reach the "Call-you-back" option by calling (678) 279-7980 during business hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 7am-6pm ET

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #288 on: April 12, 2016, 12:25:42 PM »
Are there any coupons or codes out there to help get a letter from LA to NY asap? Does Amex have any offers?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #289 on: April 12, 2016, 01:06:49 PM »
Are there any coupons or codes out there to help get a letter from LA to NY asap? Does Amex have any offers?
Find someone looking to come in and pay for their flight (and taxi to dropoff point?). Hidden City ticket tonight to JFK for $260.

You'll have it where you need by 7AM.

ETA: Or UPS Next Day Early AM for around $100 (and maybe discount from below post).
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #290 on: April 12, 2016, 01:07:18 PM »
Are there any coupons or codes out there to help get a letter from LA to NY asap? Does Amex have any offers?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #291 on: April 14, 2016, 05:36:17 PM »
Is regular USPS airmail ($1.15) reliable to Europe?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #292 on: April 20, 2016, 07:29:35 AM »
Can anyone please check their cheapest shipping price for a 65LB box from Brooklyn to Israel? TIA

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #293 on: April 21, 2016, 12:23:20 PM »
Is regular USPS airmail ($1.15) reliable to Europe?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #294 on: April 27, 2016, 12:18:52 AM »
Anyone else having issues tracking UPS packages? A few different packages that I'm trying to track just say that a delivery estimate can't be given at this time.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #295 on: May 03, 2016, 11:27:05 AM »
If UPS does not deliver a package on time, is there any compensation?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #296 on: May 03, 2016, 12:04:10 PM »
If UPS does not deliver a package on time, is there any compensation?
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UPS: Money-Back Guarantee

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #298 on: May 25, 2016, 07:10:20 AM »
Hello. Can anyone help me figure out a way to get a 22 pound box to Australia 4211. I am getting over $100. It can be slow shipping. Just cheaper then that.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #299 on: May 25, 2016, 08:44:15 AM »
Anyone have experience having something manufactured in China?

Just came across this thread and saw this question. I've been bringing in some things from China for a few years.

A couple of years ago I started working with Lily from TS Freight in Shenzhen. I highly recommend working with her. She speaks good English, uses WhatsApp and is very good, honest and helpful. She actually helped me source from a different supplier by actually visiting places for me.

Her number is: +86 138-2330-0575 I communicate with her via whatsapp.
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