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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  Or this updated 8/2/21.

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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 #740 on: May 30, 2021, 12:37:45 AM »
is there anything i should know , before shipping a item like Windex via USPS ?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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is there anything i should know , before shipping a item like Windex via USPS ?
https://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_021.htm#ep898896
343.22 h seems like you are fine if it's domestic

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« Reply #742 on: June 08, 2021, 02:40:52 AM »
What are people doing for the new EU rules? If I'm not based in the EU is there any way to get an IOSS number without getting an intermediary? If not who is the cheapest to use?

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4 a package? Seems quite expensive to me.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #744 on: June 13, 2021, 05:32:47 PM »
Any recent data points using shipping guru or any of the other guys recently? I have used usps via ebay the last few times because of the issues that some of our posters have mentioned. Now I've got a shipment to send, it's a large price difference and I want to use one of the alternatives but I want to hear that other people haven't had any issues recently....

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #745 on: June 13, 2021, 05:59:04 PM »
Any recent data points using shipping guru or any of the other guys recently? I have used usps via eBay the last few times because of the issues that some of our posters have mentioned. Now I've got a shipment to send, it's a large price difference and I want to use one of the alternatives but I want to hear that other people haven't had any issues recently....
I send via USPS recently and haven't had any issues. Which USPS class are you shipping with? First class, Priority etc.?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #746 on: June 13, 2021, 10:03:58 PM »
Any recent data points using shipping guru or any of the other guys recently? I have used usps via ebay the last few times because of the issues that some of our posters have mentioned. Now I've got a shipment to send, it's a large price difference and I want to use one of the alternatives but I want to hear that other people haven't had any issues recently....
B"h have not had any issues with shipping guru's labels. Been using him for the past several months...

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #747 on: June 13, 2021, 10:41:43 PM »
I send via USPS recently and haven't had any issues. Which USPS class are you shipping with? First class, Priority etc.?
via shipping guru? or charles ford? or instalabel? you haven't clarified very much. i use usps priority, but the question was whose 3rd party labels are reliable...

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« Reply #748 on: June 13, 2021, 10:42:14 PM »
B"h have not had any issues with shipping guru's labels. Been using him for the past several months...
that's a helpful data point, ty!

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #749 on: June 13, 2021, 11:30:37 PM »
via shipping guru? or charles ford? or instalabel? you haven't clarified very much. i use usps priority, but the question was whose 3rd party labels are reliable...
I never heard of any of those places. I use eBay shipping and Pirate Ship.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #750 on: June 14, 2021, 01:51:32 AM »
I never heard of any of those places. I use eBay shipping and Pirate Ship.
Yup cost gelt!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #751 on: June 14, 2021, 01:53:59 AM »
Yup cost gelt!
What do you mean by that? Pirate Ship and eBay shipping both don't charge any fees.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #752 on: June 14, 2021, 01:55:31 AM »
What do you mean by that? Pirate Ship and eBay shipping both don't charge any fees.
True but the rates from those guys that we use are a lot cheaper than those websites.

To find more info you got to read a few pages back in this thread.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #753 on: June 14, 2021, 02:02:43 AM »
True but the rates from those guys that we use are a lot cheaper than those websites.

To find more info you got to read a few pages back in this thread.
I read back a while (Whew...) and IMHO it looks like you are using some shady guys to send you labels for under cost. CMIIW.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #754 on: June 14, 2021, 02:41:52 AM »
I read back a while (Whew...) and IMHO it looks like you are using some shady guys to send you labels for under cost. CMIIW.
Noone is saying not. Proceed with caution and except the risk involved. As well if you want your package to reach the destination, can say it enough make sure your label gets scanned in by the postal worker.
 Dropping in the box is not enough.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #755 on: June 14, 2021, 02:56:23 AM »
Noone is saying not. Proceed with caution and except the risk involved. As well if you want your package to reach the destination, can say it enough make sure your label gets scanned in by the postal worker.
 Dropping in the box is not enough.
The question is, where do these guys get the label from?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #756 on: June 14, 2021, 11:14:59 AM »
The question is, where do these guys get the label from?
Shipping Guru gets people to sell his labels. He gets great rates from shippo because he uses a lot of labels per month. Its definitely a little shady but I do believe they are legit labels.

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« Reply #757 on: June 14, 2021, 01:48:14 PM »
Shipping Guru gets people to sell his labels. He gets great rates from shippo because he uses a lot of labels per month. Its definitely a little shady but I do believe they are legit labels.
Ihave bought around 100 labels from him and they all got to their destination!

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #758 on: June 14, 2021, 01:51:26 PM »
I have another new guy I'm using.
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 You can tell him Myi sent you, or please do tell him the first time using him.

 His rates a bit cheaper than Guru.

PRIORITY MAIL

1-7 lb=$5
8-15 lb=$10 
16-20 lb=$15
21-30 lb=$20


PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS

1-7 lb=$10
8-15 lb=$15
16-20 lb=$20
21-25 lbs=$25
 26-30 lbs=$30

First class label is $2 flat rate.

You can send your payment to my zelle or Paypal.

For bigger orders from 31-70 lbs, do contact me for the pricing. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #759 on: June 14, 2021, 04:27:25 PM »
I used one of the guys mentioned here. I stopped using him. I believe its fraud. They modify labels. No way the usps gives this kind of discount, although my packages all arrived and I cant explain from where they get access to tracking numbers. But I believe its straight out fraud.

I encourage you to contact shippo and ask if these labels are legit.

If you have a label printer and If you look closely on the labels you will see that the delivery address is a different shade then the rest of the label, its just a pdf editor job. You can find a bunch of these on fiverr. com from people in Nigeria. Please explain how someone in Nigeria has access to usps.
Read the description what they write.