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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 #440 on: August 27, 2018, 12:10:46 AM »
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #441 on: October 23, 2018, 03:44:22 PM »
Sold an echo device which is 5x7x10 and 3.4 pounds, need to ship to 07064 nj, any ideas? Shipping from 11230
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #442 on: October 23, 2018, 05:35:02 PM »
For those that want some discount on their ups you can always use this link, it's officially for Amazon sellers but they don't really verify.

It's not best rates out there but it is a significant discount

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #443 on: October 23, 2018, 07:33:45 PM »
May just be rates from an account he has unauthorized access to.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #444 on: October 26, 2018, 01:59:40 AM »
Sold an echo device which is 5x7x10 and 3.4 pounds, need to ship to 07064 nj, any ideas? Shipping from 11230
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #445 on: October 27, 2018, 08:19:48 PM »
I need to send a few boxes of seforim to the UK, I can pick them in any size or shape boxes, what is the best way to go ?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #446 on: November 26, 2018, 06:22:00 PM »
What's a good place to buy a single shipping box? (I live in Lakewood.)
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #447 on: November 26, 2018, 07:38:11 PM »
What's a good place to buy a single shipping box? (I live in Lakewood.)
What size?
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Two sizes, actually
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #450 on: November 27, 2018, 11:24:05 AM »
Actually, is shipping a 3-4lb package from Lakewood to somewhere in PA likely to be cheaper with standard USPS pricing than their flat rate ($13.65)?
Same goes for a ~1lb package, Lakewood to California (flat rate about $7.20).
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #451 on: November 27, 2018, 01:32:28 PM »
Two sizes, actually
about 12 x 12 x 3.5
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about 7 x 5 x 2.
I'm actually not sure. Try one of the mailing stores. I think Dollar tree has boxes that are around 8x6x6 or something like that. Although sometimes they're there sometimes they aren't. A lot of times I find using envelopes also work if you pack it well with paper or bubble wrap.
Actually, is shipping a 3-4lb package from Lakewood to somewhere in PA likely to be cheaper with standard USPS pricing than their flat rate ($13.65)?
Same goes for a ~1lb package, Lakewood to California (flat rate about $7.20).
Check their rates on the link below. This is the rates you would get from shipping through eBay and is cheaper than regular.

www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

I usually find FedEx to be the cheapest when it comes to packages over a few pounds.

If you can get the package below one pound than use first class. If it's slightly over it's usually around the same price using the flat rate or priority mail.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #452 on: November 27, 2018, 05:57:42 PM »
Can you send a box via first class? (The guy specifically wants a box.)
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #453 on: November 27, 2018, 09:38:12 PM »
Can you send a box via first class? (The guy specifically wants a box.)
If it's under 1 pound yes.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #454 on: December 09, 2018, 04:58:32 PM »
Has anyone ever shipped a package on ebay to Indonesia? whats the best rate to ship from NY to Indonesia? 

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Hi, I've purchased from you on eBay, can you please send the invoice with the total price include shipping cost and calculate about shipping cost use USPS Express mail Services 3-5 days (EMS), I will pay as soon as possible.

Here the shipping address :

Name - David Boyle
Address - Jl. Jalan Johar Baru Utara 1 No. 50
City - Jakarta Pusat
State - JAKARTA
Zip - 10560
Country - Indonesia
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After i receive the invoice, i will pay it immediately, so you can ship asap.
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 Is there customs when shipping out a product worth about 1k ? or shall i write less?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #455 on: December 09, 2018, 10:15:47 PM »
Has anyone ever shipped a package on ebay to Indonesia? whats the best rate to ship from NY to Indonesia? 

 Is there customs when shipping out a product worth about 1k ? or shall i write less?
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« Reply #456 on: December 09, 2018, 10:36:02 PM »
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #457 on: December 17, 2018, 04:36:04 PM »
Is it a problem mailing packages with flat rate env while you save $.50 and can ship up to 70lb? (meaning shipping with priority mail, but printing on multi order flat rate envelope.)

 And what do they most likely do when your 1st class mail is overweight by an oz or 2?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #458 on: December 26, 2018, 02:40:52 PM »
Shipped Fedex priority overnight - they attempted delivery 3 days after close of business (claiming weather) - then returned the package to me & billing me $50. Cust service fly a kate charges are valid. anyway to get this resolved?

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« Reply #459 on: December 26, 2018, 03:08:08 PM »
Shipped Fedex priority overnight - they attempted delivery 3 days after close of business (claiming weather) - then returned the package to me & billing me $50. Cust service fly a kate charges are valid. anyway to get this resolved?
Have an account which I pay $10 for a shipment and had the same, package delayed 2-3 days. All you get from fedex is passed on the next rep and then the next rep.
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