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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

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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 #360 on: August 07, 2017, 07:09:15 PM »
Anyone have a account to ship from China to US, or have anyone that has account to reccomend

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #361 on: August 09, 2017, 11:36:36 AM »
I see shipper that uses Stamps.com First class PKG Rate

Packages showing "4oz First class PKG Rate" actually weighed 6.5oz and ones marked "8oz First class PKG Rate" weighed 12.5oz

Is he underpaying or am I missing something in the way stamps.com works?


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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #362 on: August 09, 2017, 04:14:43 PM »
I see shipper that uses Stamps.com First class PKG Rate

Packages showing "4oz First class PKG Rate" actually weighed 6.5oz and ones marked "8oz First class PKG Rate" weighed 12.5oz

Is he underpaying or am I missing something in the way stamps.com works?

Underpaying. Soon it won't matter anyways.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #363 on: August 09, 2017, 05:55:03 PM »
Underpaying. Soon it won't matter anyways.

Why?
I saw something that Amazon will charge the shipper difference.
Is it the same for all shippers.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #364 on: August 09, 2017, 10:29:34 PM »
Why?
I saw something that Amazon will charge the shipper difference.
Is it the same for all shippers.

UPS and Fedex ignore the weight and go by their own scans and adjust price based on that.
Now USPS will be doing the same starting August 15th.
https://stamps.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4737/~/the-usps-automated-package-verification-%28apv%29-system
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #365 on: September 14, 2017, 12:28:54 PM »
UPS MyChoice offers free package forwarding, correct?
Does it add a day to the shipping time (if the fwd address is in the same neighborhood as the original destination)?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #366 on: September 14, 2017, 09:23:40 PM »
UPS MyChoice offers free package forwarding, correct?
Does it add a day to the shipping time (if the fwd address is in the same neighborhood as the original destination)?
Thanks
Yes it does offer free package forwarding, but unsure whether it will add a day more to the package.
 If you really need it just place it on hold and pick it up at the depot with ID, and I assume when you change forwarding to a new address best would be in the beginning of the delivery otherwise my hunch is they re-sort it for the next days delivery, vs printing out a new label on the spot and delivering it, as each driver is assigned to a specific route and I don't think there is time to do redirect's, rather they send it to be resorted and pashdus the next day, (now this is all a nice סברה but to find out it this is true I would suggest to actually make a edit on one of your future deliveries or wait for someone to chime in.)

 But re directs you have as many as you need.
 Now that you asked a question on this im curios to know up to how far can my redirect be? 
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #367 on: September 14, 2017, 09:31:32 PM »
UPS MyChoice offers free package forwarding, correct?
Does it add a day to the shipping time (if the fwd address is in the same neighborhood as the original destination)?
Thanks.
I know there was many people who signed up for the ups mychoice, but don't think your going to attract those members to This thread, as it's a master thread.
 I would suggest you to find that post where it was for a 10$ fee for 10months and post there, chances someone there will answer and chances someone or more then someone has used the redirect's, I have always wanted to use the redirect's for the shtick of it but never had time to play around.
 Good luck I hope you get your package.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #368 on: September 14, 2017, 09:36:31 PM »
And lastly I can vouch for this guy on Fiverr for the $5 shipping label as I have shipped 3 packages so far and was very happy, he responds right away. (only downside is the added $1 fee for fiverr (called the processing fee.)

 Is there maybe a cheaper way to ship a 4 pnd box less then 5$ or $6 after the 1$ fee? (not with media mail assuming I want my package to get there, and not worry about it being returned?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #369 on: September 15, 2017, 11:20:23 AM »
Not sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm having an issue with USPS.com and was wondering if anyone can help.

I went to the page where you quote a price, and put in some info, and see that my cheapest option is "First-Class Package Service - Retail™"

Now I'm trying to create a batch shipment of these packages, and under Select a Service Type, I don't see that choice, I only see Priority Mail choices, and all of the options are significantly more expensive (we're talking around $7 each instead of around $4).

Any advice on this?

Thanks!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #370 on: September 16, 2017, 09:52:20 PM »
Not sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm having an issue with USPS.com and was wondering if anyone can help.

I went to the page where you quote a price, and put in some info, and see that my cheapest option is "First-Class Package Service - Retail™"

Now I'm trying to create a batch shipment of these packages, and under Select a Service Type, I don't see that choice, I only see Priority Mail choices, and all of the options are significantly more expensive (we're talking around $7 each instead of around $4).

Any advice on this?

Thanks!

You can't create first class labels on USPS website.
Use paypal or paypal bulk shipping tool specifically for your needs.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #371 on: September 16, 2017, 09:53:46 PM »
You can't create first class labels on USPS website.
Use paypal or paypal bulk shipping tool specifically for your needs.
Okay thanks!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #372 on: September 17, 2017, 03:02:15 AM »
And lastly I can vouch for this guy on Fiverr for the $5 shipping label as I have shipped 3 packages so far and was very happy, he responds right away. (only downside is the added $1 fee for fiverr (called the processing fee.)

 Is there maybe a cheaper way to ship a 4 pnd box less then 5$ or $6 after the 1$ fee? (not with media mail assuming I want my package to get there, and not worry about it being returned?
Used him 2x myself, don't think there's anything cheaper.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #373 on: September 17, 2017, 07:48:10 AM »
Used him 2x myself, don't think there's anything cheaper.
Good to hear, depends on the location to when you will get next day(one day delivery.)
 Is there anyway to avoid that $1 fee each time?

Wonder if he would let me buy 5-10 labels on credit?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #374 on: September 17, 2017, 08:06:46 AM »
You can't create first class labels on USPS website.
Use paypal or paypal bulk shipping tool specifically for your needs.
Does it only work to ship items which you sold via paypal?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #375 on: September 17, 2017, 08:08:04 AM »
Does it only work to ship items which you sold via paypal?
doesn't have to be sold in order to use paypal.
 Use papal mutli order shipping when ever you like.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #376 on: September 17, 2017, 08:20:47 AM »
cool, thanks!
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #377 on: September 18, 2017, 11:15:39 AM »
Use paypal or paypal bulk shipping tool specifically for your needs.
Is there a way to set the senders name? When editing an order I see I can choose the address, but I don't see where I can put in the name of the sender.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #378 on: September 18, 2017, 12:06:21 PM »
You can't create first class labels on USPS website.
Use paypal or paypal bulk shipping tool specifically for your needs.
Another question - is there a way to print the labels 2 on a page? I bought avery shipping labels and don't want to waste half of them...
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #379 on: September 18, 2017, 01:08:54 PM »
Another question - is there a way to print the labels 2 on a page? I bought avery shipping labels and don't want to waste half of them...

Not sure through paypal shipping.
But you can put the label back in the printer.
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