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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 #600 on: December 03, 2020, 03:15:13 AM »
Follow back to my link.

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I charge a like for that link!   ;)

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #601 on: December 03, 2020, 06:31:30 AM »
I have  found some1 with similar pricing but much faster response and communication.
shippingguru8 AT  gmail.com
I am pretty sure this is the same guy just another email address.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #602 on: December 03, 2020, 07:15:12 AM »
I am pretty sure this is the same guy just another email address.
Not so sure, he responds way faster.
So....
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #604 on: December 03, 2020, 09:50:17 AM »
I believe "Charles Ford" lives in LA not Nigeria, unless Nigeria is not the correct location.
Anyway shipping guru responded faster than Charles would and even apologized for it. He has the same/better rates so I tried him out

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #605 on: December 03, 2020, 11:06:25 AM »
I believe "Charles Ford" lives in LA not Nigeria, unless Nigeria is not the correct location.
Anyway shipping guru responded faster than Charles would and even apologized for it. He has the same/better rates so I tried him out
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #606 on: December 03, 2020, 12:54:48 PM »
Considering my package is under 6LB it's $5 no matter the size?

Also what's the key differences between priority and signature labels?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #607 on: December 03, 2020, 01:09:58 PM »
Considering my package is under 6LB it's $5 no matter the size?


Also what's the key differences between priority and signature labels?
The labels i have gotten from charles Ford dont even have the dimensions on them and he never has asked for dimensions.

The signature pieces cost more bec they need to be signed for as supposed to regular priority which doesn't

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #608 on: December 03, 2020, 01:19:12 PM »
The labels i have gotten from charles Ford dont even have the dimensions on them and he never has asked for dimensions.

The signature pieces cost more bec they need to be signed for as supposed to regular priority which doesn't
Is that the only difference? Is there a difference in insurance?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #609 on: December 03, 2020, 01:38:26 PM »
The labels i have gotten from charles Ford dont even have the dimensions on them and he never has asked for dimensions.

The signature pieces cost more bec they need to be signed for as supposed to regular priority which doesn't

USPS doesn't print the dims on the label like UPS.

have you sent large boxes with him?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #610 on: December 03, 2020, 01:41:19 PM »
Is that the only difference? Is there a difference in insurance?
Yes that's the only difference

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #611 on: December 03, 2020, 01:42:20 PM »
USPS doesn't print the dims on the label like UPS.

have you sent large boxes with him?
I'm pretty sure I have seen dimensions sizes on ebay labels with USPS.
I have shipped a box 25x8x9 or something like that no problem

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #612 on: December 03, 2020, 04:02:57 PM »
I'm pretty sure I have seen dimensions sizes on ebay labels with USPS.
I have shipped a box 25x8x9 or something like that no problem

nice ill give this guy a shot.

i ship a lot with the USPS but it could be just the software I use. All i see is zone and weight (never had a problem with sending bigger/heavier with USPS unlike UPS which is a headache for these things)
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #613 on: December 04, 2020, 12:50:26 AM »
Updated Pricing

Shipping Guru




Charles Ford

Here Are My Prices For Priority Gigs     ...................Mode of Payment Accepted are ....Venmo , Cash app, Zelle and Bitcoin.
 
1- 8LB  USPS shipping label ($5)
9- 15LB USPS shipping label ($10)
16-25LB USPS shipping label ($15)
26-35LB USPS shipping label ($20)
36-45LB USPS shipping label ($25)
46-55LB USPS shipping label ($30)
56-65LB USPS shipping label ($45)
66-70LB USPS shipping label ($55

For Signature Label Prices

1- 6LB  USPS shipping label ($8)
7- 15LB USPS shipping label ($15)
16-20LB USPS shipping label ($20)
21-30LB USPS shipping label ($25)
31-40LB USPS shipping label ($30)
41-50LB USPS shipping label ($35)
51-60LB USPS shipping label ($50)
61-70LB USPS shipping label ($60)


Seems it went up to 8LB for the same $5!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #614 on: December 04, 2020, 01:06:03 AM »
When shipping multiple labels I don't see an option to combine the printing onto 1 page with 2 labels

When you're printing, change the pages per sheet on the printing popup from 1 to 2.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #615 on: December 04, 2020, 07:37:08 AM »
Updated Pricing

Shipping Guru




Charles Ford

Here Are My Prices For Priority Gigs     ...................Mode of Payment Accepted are ....Venmo , Cash app, Zelle and Bitcoin.
 
1- 8LB  USPS shipping label ($5)
9- 15LB USPS shipping label ($10)
16-25LB USPS shipping label ($15)
26-35LB USPS shipping label ($20)
36-45LB USPS shipping label ($25)
46-55LB USPS shipping label ($30)
56-65LB USPS shipping label ($45)
66-70LB USPS shipping label ($55

For Signature Label Prices

1- 6LB  USPS shipping label ($8)
7- 15LB USPS shipping label ($15)
16-20LB USPS shipping label ($20)
21-30LB USPS shipping label ($25)
31-40LB USPS shipping label ($30)
41-50LB USPS shipping label ($35)
51-60LB USPS shipping label ($50)
61-70LB USPS shipping label ($60)


Seems it went up to 8LB for the same $5!
Interesting, the rates I was given 8lb was $10...
Plus cashsapp was the only form of payment he wanted..
I ended up using shipping guru for a couple of labels and he sent them within a day. I asked for 2 more last night and he sent them this morning
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #616 on: December 04, 2020, 07:47:29 AM »
nice ill give this guy a shot.

i ship a lot with the USPS but it could be just the software I use. All i see is zone and weight (never had a problem with sending bigger/heavier with USPS unlike UPS which is a headache for these things)

What program do you use?

The problem I have with these labels recently is; I dont always get tracking to work. I drop it off at Usps but dosnt always shows as delivered even when so was done. I can't afford this. Anyone else have this?

With regular shipping label methods I get good tracking 99% of time.

With programs that don't ask for size or with a program that requires size, if would put in the wrong size, will I get a charge back?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #617 on: December 04, 2020, 07:52:31 AM »


The problem I have with these labels recently is; I dont always get tracking to work. I drop it off at Usps but dosnt always shows as delivered even when so was done. I can't afford this. Anyone else have this?

U drop it off and don't get a recipet? So u eventually see tracking on the item but don't see that it got delivered, that's weird. I have had times were my packages weren't scanned until later in the shipment but never had a problem with these labels

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #618 on: December 04, 2020, 07:55:54 AM »

The problem I have with these labels recently is; I dont always get tracking to work. I drop it off at Usps but dosnt always shows as delivered even when so was done. I can't afford this. Anyone else have this?

U drop it off and don't get a recipet? So u eventually see tracking on the item but don't see that it got delivered, that's weird. I have had times were my packages weren't scanned until later in the shipment but never had a problem with these labels
I drop it and take a pic of item with label in PO, I dont always have time to wait for receipt.

It might be the way I've been printing recently, on a regular paper with clear tape on top, but it might not.

I'll wait till I utilize a label printer to try these labels again.

I just find it weird that I use this printing and labeling method with regular labels and never had an issue.

Always praying for delayed baggage.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #619 on: December 04, 2020, 10:26:42 AM »
What program do you use?
shipstation with stamps.com

With programs that don't ask for size or with a program that requires size, if would put in the wrong size, will I get a charge back?
with the USPS I never got any chargebacks for this and shipped tons with wrong dims
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