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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.

Latest 1/10/22 the best labels so far.
For insane rates.
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=28357.msg2538377#msg2538377


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 #780 on: August 14, 2021, 11:45:38 PM »
Looks like that 'Label Labs' discord server that was shared sometime ago is shutting down.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #781 on: August 15, 2021, 06:50:57 AM »
Has anyone used InstaLabel recently? I've used him/her in the past with no issue, but didn't get a response recently.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #782 on: August 15, 2021, 09:27:09 AM »
Has anyone used InstaLabel recently? I've used him/her in the past with no issue, but didn't get a response recently.
many times, the weekend is slow response time for him

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #783 on: August 15, 2021, 01:35:44 PM »
many times, the weekend is slow response time for him
I had during the week, a couple of days past with no response.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #784 on: August 15, 2021, 10:24:00 PM »
Said why?
Something about family issues, but I guess some problem was already brewing with the upstream provider.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #785 on: August 24, 2021, 01:04:40 AM »
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.

So, when you generate a label for priority mail on USPS website or shippo, USPS should probably have the full from and TO address in their system. Worst case, they should at least know the from and TO zip code associated with the tracking number. How can someone get away with just doing a pdf editor job by just changing just the delivery address? And you also need a new unique tracking number for each package. So, these cheap rates are by some other way

For these priority mails, a simple tracking number scan by a delivery driver should show what the delivery address is in their system. How can anyone get away by simply modifying the delivery address? I dont get it

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #786 on: October 04, 2021, 02:38:13 PM »
Need to send a big box to CA, when I use the actual dimentions I get quotes of ~$200. Any way to ship for a reasonable price?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #787 on: October 04, 2021, 02:41:16 PM »
Need to send a big box to CA, when I use the actual dimentions I get quotes of ~$200. Any way to ship for a reasonable price?
Weight? Use one of these guys?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #788 on: October 04, 2021, 02:49:54 PM »
Need to send a big box to CA, when I use the actual dimentions I get quotes of ~$200. Any way to ship for a reasonable price?

Send me weight and dimensions with origin and destination zip codes and I'll beat that.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #789 on: October 04, 2021, 03:24:03 PM »
Weight? Use one of these guys?
Actual weight is 30 LB., but the USPS dim weight equals 150 LB.

They only go up to 70 LB.
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Send me weight and dimensions with origin and destination zip codes and I'll beat that.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #792 on: October 05, 2021, 08:34:53 PM »
good link to have!
https://store.usps.com/store/results/free-shipping-supplies/shipping-supplies/_/N-alnx4jZ7d0v8v
Keep in mind that if you use it for FC they may charge you or send it back.

On a side note, they have priority Mail tape available if you call them.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #793 on: October 05, 2021, 08:58:11 PM »
Keep in mind that if you use it for FC they may charge you or send it back.

On a side note, they have priority Mail tape available if you call them.
how can they charge you? who what where? they don't take down a c.c.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #794 on: October 05, 2021, 09:09:27 PM »
how can they charge you? who what where? they don't take down a c.c.
I print my labels from pirate ship. They sometimes charge me if the package is overweight.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #795 on: October 20, 2021, 02:57:40 PM »
Shipping USPS out of NJ has been a disaster packages not moving out of facilities - anyone have suggestions for under a lb? Under a lb used to be a sweet spot for sellers now it's becoming a nightmare..

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #796 on: October 20, 2021, 03:07:46 PM »
USPS, FEDEX, TBA

All nightmares.

USPS declines truckloads of shipments from Amazon in lakewood daily, FedEx lost or delayed half my packages past few weeks, and TBA doesn't even pick up the packages from the Amazon warehouse.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #797 on: October 20, 2021, 04:36:26 PM »
I print my labels from pirate ship. They sometimes charge me if the package is overweight.
how do they bill you? They have no payment method

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #798 on: October 20, 2021, 05:37:11 PM »
how do they bill you? They have no payment method
They rebill. I believe you should have a valid payment method on file all the time.
They do notify us via email if this happens and you have an option to dispute it as well.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #799 on: October 21, 2021, 10:22:58 AM »
I Need to ship a first class envelope from USA to belgium and i am getting a quote from USPS (and shipstation) $27 any way to get a better price?