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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

•°•°For Decently priced USPS labels see this post.•°•°

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 #525 on: June 05, 2020, 02:52:53 PM »
Unless the destination was in the same city?
Not a chance :D
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #526 on: June 07, 2020, 12:02:09 PM »
Label 400.
Can I use it on a regular envelope?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #527 on: June 07, 2020, 10:18:20 PM »
What are good options to order supplies either online or in store?
Tapes /dispensers boxes bubble ...

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I like scotch packing tape https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J07BRQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Cheap if you order S&S and there's a sale/coupon every so often too
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« Reply #529 on: June 07, 2020, 10:21:31 PM »
I like scotch packing tape https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J07BRQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Cheap if you order S&S and there's a sale/coupon every so often too
Yep but not grt If shipping a lot those rolls are good for few boxes lol

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Yep but not grt If shipping a lot those rolls are good for few boxes lol
Have you found a bigger roll with a dispenser that's actually easy to use? I've tried a few...
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #531 on: June 07, 2020, 10:32:47 PM »
What are good options to order supplies either online or in store?
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Looking more wholesale

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Looking more wholesale
I figured. But still wondering if there's something more cost effective for the average consumer who does a lot of online shopping (and returns)
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #533 on: June 07, 2020, 10:37:16 PM »
What are good options to order supplies either online or in store?
Tapes /dispensers boxes bubble ...
Zoro has some great shurtape, staples, and amazon has great prices..
 if i get a free minute can link all the links for ya.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #534 on: July 09, 2020, 11:35:44 AM »
My Package from Zara shows delivered  (they even provided a picture) But I never saw it in front of my house, I'm assuming it got stolen.
Is there anything I can do at this time?
Unfortunately I used a Citi Double cash, So no protection from that side.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #535 on: July 09, 2020, 12:26:47 PM »
My Package from Zara shows delivered  (they even provided a picture) But I never saw it in front of my house, I'm assuming it got stolen.
Is there anything I can do at this time?
Unfortunately I used a Citi Double cash, So no protection from that side.

Thanks.
The picture is pointless, doesn't accomplish anything more than saying it was delivered without the picture.

  The very guy who delivered it can be the very guy who stole it. (Usually that's not the case as they're going to get in big trouble should they be caught.)

 One guy Trails the delivery truck and steals the packages as it's delivered.

 Your best bet is to call Zara
   
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #536 on: July 09, 2020, 01:03:47 PM »
The picture is pointless, doesn't accomplish anything more than saying it was delivered without the picture.

  The very guy who delivered it can be the very guy who stole it. (Usually that's not the case as they're going to get in big trouble should they be caught.)

 One guy Trails the delivery truck and steals the packages as it's delivered.

 Your best bet is to call Zara
 
Good point!
I did reach out to Zara, all they did was provide me with the photo and case closed.
Any other idea?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #537 on: July 09, 2020, 02:22:01 PM »
Good point!
I did reach out to Zara, all they did was provide me with the photo and case closed.
Any other idea?
First of all, how expensive was the item?

 Second of all. If they want to make sure their customers get their packages, then they should require a signature upon delivery, so as long as that's not required they would be responsible.

  Now that there's a picture it gives it room for someone to come steal it and say oh it was delivered.

 Don't speak to a Frontline rep speak to a supervisor.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #538 on: July 09, 2020, 03:13:00 PM »
First of all, how expensive was the item?

 Second of all. If they want to make sure their customers get their packages, then they should require a signature upon delivery, so as long as that's not required they would be responsible.

  Now that there's a picture it gives it room for someone to come steal it and say oh it was delivered.

 Don't speak to a Frontline rep speak to a supervisor.
was around $100.
Will speak with a supervisor.

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #539 on: July 10, 2020, 07:45:13 PM »
What are good options to order supplies either online or in store?
Tapes /dispensers boxes bubble ...
I don't know if it's the cheapest. But there's polyair for mailers and Uline for boxes and tape.

One thing I highly recommend is 3 inch tape. Ulines s-445 tape is awesome. If you buy enough you can get it for less than $2/roll
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