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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

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Latest 1/10/22 the best labels so far.
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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 #400 on: May 02, 2018, 08:20:11 PM »
Ah forgot paypal angle. Thanks.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #401 on: May 03, 2018, 01:03:03 AM »
Seems like he stopped with the $5 labels moved on to bigger labels.
Yup confirmed with him, Hi! There has been just too many orders for me lately and I can't satisfy all demand, I am now only working larger orders or orders for heavier labels. Sorry for the inconvenience, I am hoping to become have more availability for all orders in the future.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #402 on: May 08, 2018, 06:42:00 PM »
I sold an item on eBay.
What's the best/cheapest way to ship a small (4x6x4) 10oz box to Canada?
And do I have to fill out any forms or pay for any taxes...?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #403 on: May 08, 2018, 06:49:56 PM »
I sold an item on eBay.
What's the best/cheapest way to ship a small (4x6x4) 10oz box to Canada?
And do I have to fill out any forms or pay for any taxes...?
What's the rates that ebay is offering you?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #404 on: May 08, 2018, 06:56:42 PM »
What's the rates that ebay is offering you?
I should really correct my post. I didn't sell it yet but am considering to sell it to a buyer in Canada. Just never shipped internationally before.

So I don't know what eBay would offer.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #406 on: May 22, 2018, 09:54:43 PM »
Wonder of this is real?
 Will try it out and report back.

https://www.fiverr.com/hiketheworld/provide-low-cost-fedex-priority-overnight-shipping-labels?

As well there's another seller for the USPS for $5.
https://www.fiverr.com/leklassique/make-usps-shipping-5lbs-weight-and-more?

http://www.fiverr.com/s2/71bafba046
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Someone offered him cheap fedex rates while creating the labels from a big corporate account

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #409 on: May 23, 2018, 01:48:14 AM »
I can't imagine they are fake these labels.
On the other hand I can't imagine someone actually getting those rates.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #410 on: May 23, 2018, 07:09:07 AM »
I know someone that was in big trouble and in court for something like this
Someone offered him cheap fedex rates while creating the labels from a big corporate account
Just placed an order for a FedEx overnight, seems ligit, now I don't know where he's pulling these labels from but if it works then that's all I need.
   I have an count with FedEx as well as I get FedEx overnight labels for around 10 bucks as I'm getting it from a company but for $5 I can't go wrong.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #412 on: May 23, 2018, 07:17:31 AM »
That's stamps and these are labels.
The guy had another article about Priority Mail labels too
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #413 on: May 23, 2018, 07:38:28 AM »
The guy had another article about Priority Mail labels too
  Would love to see that article, if you see it send it over. Thanks
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #414 on: May 23, 2018, 08:34:40 AM »
Just placed an order for a FedEx overnight, seems ligit, now I don't know where he's pulling these labels from but if it works then that's all I need.
   I have an count with FedEx as well as I get FedEx overnight labels for around 10 bucks as I'm getting it from a company but for $5 I can't go wrong.
If they pull it from someone else account you might be liable for fraud

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #415 on: May 23, 2018, 04:16:10 PM »
I ordered a couple of labels. I am still unsure what he does. I will not order more for now, only if i have an extremely expensive overnight to the west coast for example.

The thing that worries me the most now is the profile picture is from a dead college students obituary (thanks to google images. I always check profile pictures for authenticity) so he may well be a fraudster in Nigeria. His English from the limited communication looks good, so I am torn.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #416 on: May 23, 2018, 06:16:06 PM »
I ordered a couple of labels. I am still unsure what he does. I will not order more for now, only if i have an extremely expensive overnight to the west coast for example.

The thing that worries me the most now is the profile picture is from a dead college students obituary (thanks to google images. I always check profile pictures for authenticity) so he may well be a fraudster in Nigeria. His English from the limited communication looks good, so I am torn.
How many years have you been working undercover for? Lol
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #417 on: May 23, 2018, 06:23:17 PM »
How many years have you been working undercover for? Lol

Not getting what you are saying....Explain please.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #418 on: May 23, 2018, 06:34:33 PM »
Not getting what you are saying....Explain please.
     Was surprised to see your detective work on a seller with a fake name and profile who's selling legit FedEx overnight labels.
 
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #419 on: May 23, 2018, 08:39:51 PM »
     Was surprised to see your detective work on a seller with a fake name and profile who's selling legit FedEx overnight labels.
 

You know the guy?