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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 #480 on: February 18, 2020, 02:12:55 PM »
Is there international Media mail or something? I want to ship a book (likely over 1lb - not sure) to Canada.

Also how do customs fees work? Declare it as a gift?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #481 on: February 18, 2020, 02:31:13 PM »
Any online site that allows me to print postage for free like paypal for my large envelope weighing 2-3 OZ?

What's wrong with using Paypal?
That's what I would recommend.
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« Reply #482 on: February 18, 2020, 03:04:53 PM »
What's wrong with using Paypal?
That's what I would recommend.
That's First class mail with a tracking number.
   I don't need the tracking number. Just plain postage.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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Anyone able to discount DHL from NY to israel?
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« Reply #484 on: May 01, 2020, 12:20:40 AM »
https://store.usps.com/store/results/prepaid-priority-mail/shipping-supplies/_/N-1ved7wlZ7d0v8v

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #485 on: May 07, 2020, 12:53:56 PM »
I need to ship a 23LB box (12x13x30) from NJ to TX
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The cheapest I found was $53 with UPS
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #486 on: May 07, 2020, 10:04:42 PM »
What rates are you seeing for usps priority or usps parcel post?

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I need to ship a 23LB box (12x13x30) from NJ to TX
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The cheapest I found was $53 with UPS
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #488 on: May 09, 2020, 10:31:41 PM »
I bought three things from 3 different eBay sellers they all used dhl ecommerce. It is the slowest shipping I've ever seen. There was something located in NJ and it still took 7 days to arrive. Why do they use it? Is it cheaper than first class?
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« Reply #489 on: May 13, 2020, 04:48:49 AM »
I need to ship a 23LB box (12x13x30) from NJ to TX
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The cheapest I found was $53 with UPS
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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Best option to ship a sweater weighing 10 oz to Canada?   Thanks

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #491 on: May 14, 2020, 02:02:11 AM »
Best option to ship a sweater weighing 10 oz to Canada?   Thanks
I'm pretty sure first class international is your best option. I think it's around $20
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #492 on: May 14, 2020, 02:56:24 AM »
In first class service Is there big difference I. How many oz. it weighs?

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In first class service Is there big difference I. How many oz. it weighs?
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You worked it out?
i ended up using Fedex for $36

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i ended up using Fedex for $36
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« Reply #497 on: May 14, 2020, 04:57:42 PM »
In first class service Is there big difference I. How many oz. it weighs?
I think if it's domestic then it varies by the oz. Not by much but it does.
International I think anything up to one pound is the same rate the same for two pounds. I'm not sure about higher then that but I think it jumps significantly above 2 pounds. (I'm basing this on the rates eBay/PayPal gives)
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I hope you bought someone's Amex offer and got your label reduced further?
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