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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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Latest 1/10/22 the best labels so far.
For insane rates.
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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 #560 on: September 06, 2020, 01:26:36 AM »
Update! My package arrived! B'H.  There was no information on it from the post office here & finally it scanned as arrived in the destination city and as delivered to the destination address the next day.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #561 on: September 06, 2020, 01:45:13 AM »
Update! My package arrived! B'H.  There was no information on it from the post office here & finally it scanned as arrived in the destination city and as delivered to the destination address the next day.
Welcome to the USPS world.

 I've had that same experience multiple times.

Their system is from 1960s.
 sometimes you get a scan when it hits the fulfillment center, sometimes you get a scan when it's delivered, and sometimes you never get a scan.

 But good to hear your package was delivered.

Just curious does he ask for payment, or you send the payment on your own.
 Meaning did you run after him to pay him?

Also just curious how long is the turnaround time from asking him for a label?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #562 on: September 07, 2020, 11:56:40 PM »
Welcome to the USPS world.

 I've had that same experience multiple times.

Their system is from 1960s.
 sometimes you get a scan when it hits the fulfillment center, sometimes you get a scan when it's delivered, and sometimes you never get a scan.

 But good to hear your package was delivered.

Just curious does he ask for payment, or you send the payment on your own.
 Meaning did you run after him to pay him?

Also just curious how long is the turnaround time from asking him for a label?
The first few times I sent the payment right away after receiving the label. The most recent label he sent me a reminder after about 24 hours after he sent me the label and I hadn't paid for it. (I was aware of the label, but I was off due to labor day.) his avg turnaround is 24 hours in my experience, even as long as 48 hours once IIRC. Hth

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« Reply #563 on: September 07, 2020, 11:58:41 PM »
The first few times I sent the payment right away after receiving the label. The most recent label he sent me a reminder after about 24 hours after he sent me the label and I hadn't paid for it. (I was aware of the label, but I was off due to labor day.) his avg turnaround is 24 hours in my experience, even as long as 48 hours once IIRC. Hth
Gotchya. Thanks for that. Was john at curious.

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« Reply #564 on: September 09, 2020, 04:33:25 PM »


What's up with this?
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« Reply #565 on: September 10, 2020, 01:43:53 AM »

What's up with this?
So which one did you choose?

 Yeh that's weird.
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« Reply #566 on: September 10, 2020, 01:46:50 AM »
So which one did you choose?

 Yeh that's weird.
The cheaper one. I'm hoping eBay is smart enough to see it's quick and doesn't mess up my metrics
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« Reply #567 on: September 10, 2020, 01:47:43 AM »
The cheaper one. I'm hoping eBay is smart enough to see it's quick and doesn't mess up my metrics
How heavy is your package?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #569 on: September 22, 2020, 11:45:55 PM »
Any cheaper options for a 25x7x4 package? Weighs 2 pounds 12 oz. Need to ship to La costs around $15 using ebay.
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Any cheaper options for a 25x7x4 package? Weighs 2 pounds 12 oz. Need to ship to La costs around $15 using ebay.
Thanks
That seems like the right price.

There are guys that can somehow create labels for cheap. I suspect foul play but it is an option.

Check out this post above
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #571 on: September 23, 2020, 12:20:54 AM »

What's up with this?
Turns out this is just the estimate fedex rates get adjusted when it actually ships. They ended up charging me $17
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #572 on: September 23, 2020, 10:58:13 AM »
That seems like the right price.

There are guys that can somehow create labels for cheap. I suspect foul play but it is an option.

Check out this post above
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Thanks was going try him next

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #573 on: September 23, 2020, 12:52:37 PM »
Turns out this is just the estimate fedex rates get adjusted when it actually ships. They ended up charging me $17
From eBay?
I would not pay a Penny more than they quoted me.
 
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« Reply #574 on: September 23, 2020, 01:59:13 PM »
From eBay?
I would not pay a Penny more than they quoted me.
 
Fedex shipments work like that on eBay. You only get charged when the label is used. It gets added to the eBay invoice at the end of the month.

It would be helpful for them to add in a disclaimer on the shipping page that it's just an estimate and can change
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« Reply #575 on: September 23, 2020, 02:00:35 PM »
Fedex shipments work like that on eBay. You only get charged when the label is used. It gets added to the eBay invoice at the end of the month.

It would be helpful for them to add in a disclaimer on the shipping page that it's just an estimate and can change
Interesting, as I never had that when using FedEx.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #576 on: September 23, 2020, 06:24:20 PM »
This is my go to guy for all my labels.
  Been using him for quite sometime.
 I can vouch for him for all the labels I've printed with him in the past.
   Yes all my packages reached their destinations!
   Very trustworthy and reliable.
 I have a bunch of other contacts but they don't compare to him.
  Definitely recommended.
      And in regards to payment you can ask him how you shall pay. Bitcoin, Cashapp, QuickPay, PayPal.

  You can reach out to him at;
Charles Ford • shippingatease@gmail.com

 
 Hope that helps you.
I reached out to him and he offered me the 2lb usps rate of $5 even though the package is 25×7×4 hope this actually works

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« Reply #577 on: September 23, 2020, 06:34:05 PM »
I reached out to him and he offered me the 2lb usps rate of $5 even though the package is 25×7×4 hope this actually works
Yup.

 Used 100s of dollars worth in labels. Work like a charm.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #578 on: September 24, 2020, 07:32:26 AM »
Update received the label this morning took him about a day.(figured it would come but wasn't sure of the exact time)
This should work the same for a global shipping program sale correct?
Also he slightly messed up my address but not the buyers, is that a problem?
Thanks
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #579 on: October 07, 2020, 03:17:36 AM »
I'm looking for someone who has a fedex shipping account with good rates.