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Shipping Domestic

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 #260 on: September 21, 2015, 01:40:18 AM »
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« Reply #261 on: September 21, 2015, 07:49:33 AM »
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #262 on: September 21, 2015, 08:11:35 AM »
IINM you can pre-sign a package before it arrives.
I never did it because it probably makes me liable if something goes wrong.
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IINM you can pre-sign a package before it arrives.
I never did it because it probably makes me liable if something goes wrong.
It really depends on what type of signature is required.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #264 on: September 21, 2015, 10:52:42 AM »
Is there any to push of shipment cuz its not under my name or address?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #265 on: November 15, 2015, 09:32:08 AM »
I need something (somewhat fragile)75-100 lb around 4 ftx4ft to be shipped from Las Vegas to ny any ideas best way to ship

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #266 on: November 16, 2015, 08:30:01 AM »
I need a desk and chair shipped from Brooklyn to Los Angeles any suggestion who to use to ship and pack it?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #267 on: November 16, 2015, 09:03:20 AM »
I need a desk and chair shipped from Brooklyn to Los Angeles any suggestion who to use to ship and pack it?
Why not just sell and buy new there?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #268 on: November 16, 2015, 09:13:12 AM »
Why not just sell and buy new there?

Cause I'm shipping for my mother since its her grandmother's desk so she wants the actual desk

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #269 on: November 29, 2015, 04:42:10 PM »
I ordered something that was shipped UPS. They came when we weren't home and left a note on the door that they would come back. They came back and left another note that they'd come back on the next business day, and we signed the back of the note so that they wouldn't need a signature for the package.

I haven't seen them since, and I just got a credit for the item less shipping cost, so I tracked the item and see it says Return To Sender.

What do I do now? Contact UPS? Contact the vendor?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #270 on: December 30, 2015, 12:12:28 AM »
While a package is en route to my home, is there a way to tell UPS to leave it by the door and not require signature?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #271 on: December 30, 2015, 02:46:54 AM »
While a package is en route to my home, is there a way to tell UPS to leave it by the door and not require signature?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #272 on: December 30, 2015, 11:39:42 AM »
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.).
Enjoy.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #273 on: December 30, 2015, 02:37:42 PM »
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.).
Enjoy.
Add to Wiki maybe?


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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #274 on: December 30, 2015, 04:47:23 PM »
i have a few large packages coming to me this shabbos and i wont be home
can i call up and have them hold it in a nearby fedex office and i can go pick it up sunday (assuming the nearby office is open)?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #275 on: January 14, 2016, 07:53:46 PM »
Ups had delivered something to my house today, on the email I got they wrote they left it on doorstep, meanwhile I came home it's not to be found.
It's an expensive sweater of my wife and I can't afford to loose this month now. What do I do?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #276 on: January 19, 2016, 10:22:35 AM »
Any contact# for ups to negotiate volume rates?
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« Reply #277 on: February 03, 2016, 09:58:21 PM »
Would like to know if I'm the only one in Brooklyn that is signed up for it but didn't receive and couldn't access my mail images today and yesterday...
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #278 on: February 21, 2016, 08:23:01 AM »
Anyone have experience having something manufactured in China?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #279 on: February 21, 2016, 09:01:23 AM »
Anyone have experience having something manufactured in China?
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