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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

•°•°For Decently priced USPS labels see this post.•°•°

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 #540 on: July 10, 2020, 07:47:09 PM »
Anyone have direct contact line to someone who makes label for cheap ? Likr someone on fiverr?

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« Reply #541 on: July 10, 2020, 07:50:14 PM »
Anyone have direct contact line to someone who makes label for cheap ? Likr someone on fiverr?

1. Multi Order Shipping from PayPal.
https://www.paypal.com/shiplabel/createbulk

2.Fiverr- Use one of these guys for $5 or really $7 after the two dollar fee which they started to charge, I just buy 5 lables at a time and have credit.

3. Or one of these sites like Pirotship.com or goshippo.com
 Compared all three and seemed to have similar rates so usaully stick with PayPal.
 
4. And lastly here's a guy I've bought labels from in the past.
 I can only vouch for what I've did with him.

ShippingExpert- Email : icanshipanything4unow@gmail.com

  Rates are;
1-6 lb=$5
7-15 lb=$10 
16-20 lb=$15
21-30 lb=$20

For bigger orders from 31-70 lbs, contact him for the pricing.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #542 on: July 30, 2020, 06:26:28 PM »
I have not read much into this thread, What is the cheapest method of shipping a 6" sqaure box about 1.7 lb weight within USA?
 

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #543 on: July 30, 2020, 06:30:47 PM »
I have not read much into this thread, What is the cheapest method of shipping a 6" sqaure box about 1.7 lb weight within USA?
Likely USPS by printing a label from paypal. You can price it here: https://www.paypal.com/shipnow (you will get different price options for different speeds)
You can also go to UPS and Fedex's websites to check their prices.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #544 on: July 30, 2020, 06:32:39 PM »
Likely USPS by printing a label from paypal. You can price it here: https://www.paypal.com/shipnow (you will get different price options for different speeds)
You can also go to UPS and Fedex's websites to check their prices.
Interesting enough FedEx came out cheaper when buying a shipping label through eBay when selling an item on eBay.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #545 on: July 30, 2020, 06:35:52 PM »
Likely USPS by printing a label from paypal. You can price it here: https://www.paypal.com/shipnow (you will get different price options for different speeds)
You can also go to UPS and Fedex's websites to check their prices.

If I'm selling an item on eBay, Is there any better pricing?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #546 on: July 30, 2020, 06:36:48 PM »
Interesting enough FedEx came out cheaper when buying a shipping label through eBay when selling an item on eBay.
Interesting! I've never done labels through ebay.
If I'm selling an item on eBay, Is there any better pricing?
Worth checking into that!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #547 on: July 30, 2020, 06:44:45 PM »
If I'm selling an item on eBay, Is there any better pricing?
What's the pricing you see on eBay?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #548 on: July 30, 2020, 06:45:33 PM »
Likely USPS by printing a label from paypal. You can price it here: https://www.paypal.com/shipnow (you will get different price options for different speeds)
You can also go to UPS and Fedex's websites to check their prices.
Since he's selling item on eBay he's going to get the same exact pricing on eBay and PayPal.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #549 on: July 30, 2020, 06:51:55 PM »
Since he's selling item on eBay he's going to get the same exact pricing on eBay and PayPal.
Even though paypal us USPS?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #550 on: July 30, 2020, 06:55:55 PM »
Even though paypal us USPS?
Since he sold an item on eBay,the pricing for USPS on eBay will be the same pricing for USPS when using PayPal.


   You can double check that if you want by entering the weight, the dimensions of the item in PayPal and eBay and see if you see a difference.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #551 on: July 30, 2020, 06:58:52 PM »
Since he sold an item on eBay,the pricing for USPS on eBay will be the same pricing for USPS when using PayPal.


   You can double check that if you want by entering the weight, the dimensions of the item in PayPal and eBay and see if you see a difference.
I thought you said fedex was cheaper through ebay?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #552 on: July 30, 2020, 07:01:20 PM »
I thought you said fedex was cheaper through ebay?
Correct.
  I tried going through fedex.com thinking I'll get it cheaper there, but that wasn't true.

 eBay allows you to print a USPS and FedEx.
 
 PayPal allows you to print USPS and UPS if you connect your UPS account with PayPal.

 Noun regards for USPS the pricing on eBay and on PayPal is the same if I'm not mistaken.

 I've crossed reference the pricing so many times with so many different items it was always the same.

 And then I've used my guys from Fiverr for many packages.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #553 on: July 30, 2020, 07:02:47 PM »
Correct.
  I tried going through fedex.com thinking I'll get it cheaper there, but that wasn't true.

 eBay allows you to print a USPS and FedEx.
 
 PayPal allows you to print USPS and UPS if you connect your UPS account with PayPal.

 Noun regards for USPS the pricing on eBay and on PayPal is the same if I'm not mistaken.

 I've crossed reference the pricing so many times with so many different items it was always the same.

 And then I've used my guys from Fiverr for many packages.
Got it! I thought you meant that fedex (ebay) was cheaper than paypal. Didn't realize you meant fedex (ebay) was cheaper than regular fedex.
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« Reply #554 on: July 30, 2020, 07:11:16 PM »
Got it! I thought you meant that fedex (ebay) was cheaper than paypal. Didn't realize you meant fedex (ebay) was cheaper than regular fedex.
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