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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

Need to ship a package with tracking?
Login to paypal and then click this link https://www.paypal.com/shiplabel/create/
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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 #900 on: June 22, 2023, 04:35:01 PM »
Big changes are coming our way from USPS.

Important Changes to USPS First-Class Package Service and Parcel Select Ground

USPS® Shipping Rates Changing May 2023: What This Means For E-commerce Sellers
Hi there,

To provide a simple, reliable, and more affordable way to ship packages up to 70 lbs in 2-5 business days, USPS is merging First-Class Package Service® and Parcel Select Ground® into a single, streamlined ground service level called USPS Ground Advantage™. This new service level is going into effect on July 9, 2023.


What You Need to Do to Prepare

On or after midnight EST Sunday July 9, 2023:

If you use parcel templates, you will need to migrate your templates from First Class Package Service or Parcel Select Ground to Ground Advantage. You may also want to consider new pricing, service levels, and dimensions for those templates.
If you assign First Class Package Service or Parcel Select Ground as your service levels through automation rules, you will need to update those to Ground Advantage.
If you have flat rate pricing, you may need to reconfigure your pricing.



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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #901 on: June 22, 2023, 05:26:27 PM »
Big changes are coming our way from USPS.

Important Changes to USPS First-Class Package Service and Parcel Select Ground

USPS® Shipping Rates Changing May 2023: What This Means For E-commerce Sellers
Hi there,

To provide a simple, reliable, and more affordable way to ship packages up to 70 lbs in 2-5 business days, USPS is merging First-Class Package Service® and Parcel Select Ground® into a single, streamlined ground service level called USPS Ground Advantage™. This new service level is going into effect on July 9, 2023.


What You Need to Do to Prepare

On or after midnight EST Sunday July 9, 2023:

If you use parcel templates, you will need to migrate your templates from First Class Package Service or Parcel Select Ground to Ground Advantage. You may also want to consider new pricing, service levels, and dimensions for those templates.
If you assign First Class Package Service or Parcel Select Ground as your service levels through automation rules, you will need to update those to Ground Advantage.
If you have flat rate pricing, you may need to reconfigure your pricing.



If I'm not mistaken this wasn't approved by the PRC yet but likely will be.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #902 on: September 08, 2023, 09:36:28 AM »
Anyone know if there's a way to import a csv of addresses to ship via paypal shipstation? There are no "Orders" in paypal because it's a promotional gift.

Thanks!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #903 on: September 08, 2023, 10:41:28 AM »
Anyone know if there's a way to import a csv of addresses to ship via paypal shipstation? There are no "Orders" in paypal because it's a promotional gift.

Thanks!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #904 on: September 08, 2023, 10:43:32 AM »
Why don't you use pirate ship?
I don't know anything about it. Is it recommended? How do prices compare to paypal?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #905 on: September 08, 2023, 10:56:17 AM »
Haven't used PayPal in a while. But you can check rates here https://www.pirateship.com/rates
I love it its very user friendly and lowest prices I've found.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #906 on: September 08, 2023, 10:58:10 AM »
Haven't used PayPal in a while. But you can check rates here https://www.pirateship.com/rates
I love it its very user friendly and lowest prices I've found.
For USPS they don't show all the rates because they have merchant rates which they aren't allowed to advertise the rates.


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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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Haven't used PayPal in a while. But you can check rates here https://www.pirateship.com/rates
I love it its very user friendly and lowest prices I've found.
Great - thank you!!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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I don't know anything about it. Is it recommended? How do prices compare to paypal?
Likely the same if not better.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #909 on: September 08, 2023, 11:00:01 AM »
Anyone know offhand if it lets you print 2 labels on one page? That was one annoying thing with paypal (had to feed the paper back in to print the second one)
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #910 on: September 08, 2023, 11:35:09 AM »
Anyone know offhand if it lets you print 2 labels on one page? That was one annoying thing with paypal (had to feed the paper back in to print the second one)
I don't. You can ask them via chat.

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I don't. You can ask them via chat.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #912 on: September 08, 2023, 12:15:26 PM »
I need 38 of the exact same UPS label for 38 boxes. What's the cheapest way to go about that? Thanks

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #913 on: September 12, 2023, 12:50:25 PM »
PirateShip worked beautifully, was much easier than going through paypal. Thanks again!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #914 on: September 12, 2023, 12:53:43 PM »
PirateShip worked beautifully, was much easier than going through paypal. Thanks again!
In what way?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #915 on: September 12, 2023, 01:02:09 PM »
In what way?
uploading a spreadsheet
allowing me to print multiple labels on the same page even if they were created one by one
saving a package dimensions and weight to reuse
viewing / filtering the list by status to see which ones were shipped/delivered (I never tried that with paypal)
In general a smoother experience with much fewer clicks
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #916 on: September 12, 2023, 01:40:57 PM »
uploading a spreadsheet
allowing me to print multiple labels on the same page even if they were created one by one
saving a package dimensions and weight to reuse
viewing / filtering the list by status to see which ones were shipped/delivered (I never tried that with paypal)
In general a smoother experience with much fewer clicks
Cool. I'm so used to using PayPal.. never bothered looking for better.
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« Reply #917 on: September 12, 2023, 01:43:44 PM »
Cool. I'm so used to using PayPal.. never bothered looking for better.
Same here until last week when I asked about
Anyone know if there's a way to import a csv of addresses to ship via paypal shipstation? There are no "Orders" in paypal because it's a promotional gift.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #918 on: September 12, 2023, 03:34:14 PM »
Is shipping guru still around? I sent a email 24 ours ago. Still no response, in the past I had a very quick response

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #919 on: November 30, 2023, 08:00:17 AM »
Using ShippingGuru for a few labels now… has anyone had issues with his labels recently?