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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 #640 on: December 09, 2020, 09:35:05 PM »
Bought a couple of labels from shipping guru but am having problems printing them.  Is there a super sekrit way of printing the labels?  Have tried several different ways but no dice... any one else have the same issue?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #641 on: December 09, 2020, 10:09:11 PM »
Bought a couple of labels from shipping guru but am having problems printing them.  Is there a super sekrit way of printing the labels?  Have tried several different ways but no dice... any one else have the same issue?
When u click on the pdf labels what happens?
I'm using a desktop and when I hit the pdf it takes me to printing

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #642 on: December 09, 2020, 11:12:08 PM »
Definitely taking longer in transit due to holidays but tracking has not been updated often. Only once it reaches close to final destination do I get an update

I have thousands of dollars of stuff in transit with these labels. Bit nerve wracking that no tracking in a week. They're only getting scanned at delivery. It's highly possible that some are delivered with zero scans.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #643 on: December 09, 2020, 11:24:59 PM »
I'm waiting for a package I ordered, the store says it was picked up last week. Tracking info still says "pre shipment"
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #644 on: December 09, 2020, 11:36:18 PM »
I'm waiting for a package I ordered, the store says it was picked up last week. Tracking info still says "pre shipment"
Did u contact the shipper? Could be showing u a different tracking number maybe?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #645 on: January 03, 2021, 03:07:59 AM »
When does a refused usps package cost the sender money to be returned to sender?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #646 on: January 12, 2021, 05:00:47 PM »
Did anyone ever have package not showing as delivered but also not hearing from buyer to complain?
is it possible it wasnt scanned?
I also have a package that doesn't even show as received by USPS.
Wow his response time kicks.

 And I asked for an Express Label and I got from Charles a marketing mail label.. have no clue what that is.
 Let's hope it gets there.
 His labels has been amazing till now so not quite sure what happened. And lately the gray scaled area on the label as if someone copied and pasted all over the label.

 Will try this guru guy for some labels and see how it goes.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #647 on: January 12, 2021, 05:08:04 PM »
Wow his response time kicks.

 And I asked for an Express Label and I got from Charles a marketing mail label.. have no clue what that is.
 Let's hope it gets there.
 His labels has been amazing till now so not quite sure what happened. And lately the gray scaled area on the label as if someone copied and pasted all over the label.

 Will try this guru guy for some labels and see how it goes.

Thanx.
I also started using Shipping Easy (free up to 50 packages per month) due to unreliability at USPS.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #648 on: January 12, 2021, 05:09:38 PM »
Thanx.
I also started using Shipping Easy (free up to 50 packages per month) due to unreliability at USPS.
This? https://shippingeasy.com/

 Decent pricing?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #649 on: January 12, 2021, 05:12:33 PM »
Wow his response time kicks.

 And I asked for an Express Label and I got from Charles a marketing mail label.. have no clue what that is.
 Let's hope it gets there.
 His labels has been amazing till now so not quite sure what happened. And lately the gray scaled area on the label as if someone copied and pasted all over the label.

 Will try this guru guy for some labels and see how it goes.
Already got over 20 labels with shipping guru and no problems.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #650 on: January 12, 2021, 05:15:43 PM »
Already got over 20 labels with shipping guru and no problems.
That's good to hear.
  Any express or signature labels?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #651 on: January 12, 2021, 05:18:04 PM »
This? https://shippingeasy.com/

 Decent pricing?

Yes, Integrates into many online shopping channels.
Mostly same pricing as other shipping locations but u can always add your own shipping streams.

Many times the few dollars difference is not worth the headache.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #652 on: January 12, 2021, 05:45:42 PM »
Yes, Integrates into many online shopping channels.
Mostly same pricing as other shipping locations but u can always add your own shipping streams.

Many times the few dollars difference is not worth the headache.
Nice. Will check it out.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #653 on: January 12, 2021, 06:00:55 PM »
That's good to hear.
  Any express or signature labels?
No

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #654 on: January 12, 2021, 07:42:01 PM »
Is it possible to buy a label and purchase insurance afterwards? Shipping guru mentioned something about insurance costing an additional $20. Any other options?
Also curious as too what ppl do in regards to insuring packages.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #655 on: January 12, 2021, 11:42:24 PM »
Wow his response time kicks.

 And I asked for an Express Label and I got from Charles a marketing mail label.. have no clue what that is.
 Let's hope it gets there.
 His labels has been amazing till now so not quite sure what happened. And lately the gray scaled area on the label as if someone copied and pasted all over the label.

 Will try this guru guy for some labels and see how it goes.
i used him a few weeks ago. answered one right away and i sent the money right away but the next 2 he never answered
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #656 on: January 12, 2021, 11:56:25 PM »
i used him a few weeks ago. answered one right away and i sent the money right away but the next 2 he never answered
Did u reply to his previous message?
I find that if I request a label and then reply again to that same email, he misses it...

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #657 on: January 14, 2021, 11:02:24 AM »
Anyone else here use shippinguru USPS priority labels and have packages that have been in the USPS system for 8+ days with no movement?  Curious if the delays are purely USPS-based or have something to do with the label.  Somewhat frustrating.  Shipped 5 things on 1/5 and only one has been delivered... others feel like there's in no-mans land...  buyers haven't really complained either... just a puzzling situation...

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #658 on: January 14, 2021, 11:04:39 AM »
Anyone else here use shippinguru USPS priority labels and have packages that have been in the USPS system for 8+ days with no movement?  Curious if the delays are purely USPS-based or have something to do with the label.  Somewhat frustrating.  Shipped 5 things on 1/5 and only one has been delivered... others feel like there's in no-mans land...  buyers haven't really complained either... just a puzzling situation...
Def usps. they are still very backed up. I know that the philly distribution center had packages just sitting there with no one to take them. I recently had a package sitting for 5+ days in buyers city and shows out for delivery only now

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #659 on: January 14, 2021, 11:34:40 AM »
USPS
Thats why I try avoiding them util it gets better.
Always praying for delayed baggage.