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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

there is a guy that sells USPS Priority labels. https://www.fiverr.com/hooplah123/provide-a-usps-priority-5lb-shipping-label

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 #315 on: July 22, 2016, 01:43:53 PM »
Hi! Anyone has a good idea how to bring a keyboard (large Yamaha) and some boxes from NY to Israel?

I would take it when flying but oversize would cost $100 on the flight. Anyone knows someone who is shipping a container, like doing Aliya or stam shipping stuff, that would have some room for a reasonable fee? Please let me know, thanks!

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #316 on: July 26, 2016, 10:27:15 PM »
Hi! Anyone has a good idea how to bring a keyboard (large Yamaha) and some boxes from NY to Israel?

I would take it when flying but oversize would cost $100 on the flight. Anyone knows someone who is shipping a container, like doing Aliya or stam shipping stuff, that would have some room for a reasonable fee? Please let me know, thanks!

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« Reply #317 on: August 08, 2016, 07:09:54 PM »
Is there anyway I can print from my home computer a single stamp to ship from Canada to England? A stamp for a letter.
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« Reply #318 on: August 08, 2016, 09:23:57 PM »
Is there anyway I can print from my home computer a single stamp to ship from Canada to England? A stamp for a standard letter want to print!
I know I can use multi order for standard cheap rates for a package and for priority mail I can use through USPS.com, but don't have any idea about a standard postage (for ex.. 49 or what ever postage is nowadays.)any ideas please post back thanks! 
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« Reply #319 on: August 10, 2016, 07:26:38 AM »

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #320 on: August 10, 2016, 08:20:44 AM »

What's pshat?
Location/destination?

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Location/destination?

From NY to Israel. My q. was that it's cheaper to do quicker

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #323 on: November 07, 2016, 01:52:10 PM »
I need to ship some large items 4ft by 4ft by 2ft either from New York or Connecticut and was wondering if anyone knew where i could get large boxes or a service that will pack them

UPS wants a $150 apiece approx. to pack them and FedEx says they can ship but cant pack it

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What's the cheapest option for international shipping. Dimensions: 37*16*4.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #325 on: November 22, 2016, 04:28:24 PM »
Not sure where to post this Q.

I have somthing ordered from Amazon, and is being delivered by DHL. Since shabbos, it shows that it is Arriving today by 8pm

Shipment details
Latest update: Saturday, Nov 19
Out for delivery
Carrier: DHL, Tracking #: 1234561234569999999999

Is this normal? (The shipment is not late, it was not prime eligible)


ETA:
Looks like DHL handed it off to USPS. The tracking # was a USPS tracking #.
November 20, 2016 ,8:21 am Arrived at Hub CLEVELAND,  OH 44118
November 19, 2016 , 8:29 am Out for Delivery CLEVELAND,  OH 44118
November 19, 2016 ,8:19 am Sorting Complete CLEVELAND,  OH 44118
November 18, 2016 , 1:34 pm Accepted at USPS Destination Facility CLEVELAND,  OH  44118
November 15, 2016 , 3:38 pm Departed Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item
COMPTON,  CA 90220  DHL ECOMMERCE
November 14, 2016 , 8:44 pm Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item COMPTON,  CA 90220  DHL ECOMMERCE
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #326 on: November 22, 2016, 10:37:23 PM »
Is there a max weight that USPS can ship? Seems like I can get up to 75 lbs for flat rate through Ebay but wanted to confirm...

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #327 on: January 24, 2017, 10:46:42 PM »
Does anyone have a contact at UPS to negotiate discounts for large volumes?
I tried calling several times was told a salesperson will call me back but that never happened
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #328 on: February 26, 2017, 10:21:55 AM »
Am I allowed to use USPS flat rate boxes when I am not paying the flat rate price, but paying the price per weight?

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« Reply #329 on: February 26, 2017, 11:02:00 AM »
Am I allowed to use USPS flat rate boxes when I am not paying the flat rate price, but paying the price per weight?
Your paying for first class mail or priority shipping?