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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

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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 #220 on: June 02, 2014, 12:04:33 AM »
True, but that probably is smart post. And most people here do not have accounts with good rates, I was saying for the typical person.

Although domestically with Fedex on light boxes my rates are not "amazing" but for international shipping to most countries my Fedex Express rate is cheaper than USPS Priority.

Yah I ended up paying $12.xx and $17.xx for the medium and large flat rates at USPS.  Packages were 5 lbs for the CA to WY one and 12 lbs for the CA to IA respectively.  Pretty good deal?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #221 on: June 12, 2014, 11:06:11 PM »
Can Anyone help me out..I am looking to send a package from NJ to TX. Weight is 24lbs, dimension are 21x18x19. It is being shipped to a PO Box.
Best rate I got was with UPS for $41. Does anyone have an account that they can get me a better rate.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #222 on: June 12, 2014, 11:25:44 PM »
Thought ups don't ship to po box.?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #223 on: June 12, 2014, 11:35:21 PM »
Well they gave me a price shipping it to a po box

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #224 on: June 13, 2014, 12:00:27 AM »
Can Anyone help me out..I am looking to send a package from NJ to TX. Weight is 24lbs, dimension are 21x18x19. It is being shipped to a PO Box.
Best rate I got was with UPS for $41. Does anyone have an account that they can get me a better rate.
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dont put in dimensions and might work out cheaper

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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I need to ship 7,200 pounds to Nigeria. Any ideas?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #226 on: August 01, 2014, 11:32:27 AM »
I need to ship 7,200 pounds to Nigeria. Any ideas?
Are they wiring the money to you? :P

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Are they wiring the money to you? :P
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« Reply #228 on: August 01, 2014, 12:46:03 PM »
I need to ship 7,200 pounds to Nigeria. Any ideas?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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Do Fedex/UPS deliver to P.O. boxes? Seeing conflicting reports on google. TIA.

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Do Fedex/UPS deliver to P.O. boxes? Seeing conflicting reports on google. TIA.
Typically no

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Can someone with knowledge in this start a wiki?
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« Reply #232 on: August 05, 2014, 10:59:25 PM »
Can someone with knowledge in this start a wiki?
Go thru the tread. Start a wiki with Questions. I will fill in the answers.

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Go thru the tread. Start a wiki with Questions. I will fill in the answers.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #234 on: August 06, 2014, 10:56:13 AM »
Go thru the tread. Start a wiki with Questions. I will fill in the answers.
Ok I started I will continue later but you can start filling out now.
Also we may need an introduction to explain the shipping services UPS USPS FedUp DHL....
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« Reply #235 on: August 06, 2014, 01:31:13 PM »
Go thru the tread. Start a wiki with Questions. I will fill in the answers.
Added a few more. I need more info to make a full wiki. I would luike to make a table to sort it by wight but need more info when it comes to wight. Also what are the sizes for flat rate?
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« Reply #236 on: August 06, 2014, 10:54:50 PM »
Go thru the tread. Start a wiki with Questions. I will fill in the answers.
Ok I did a bit more I think I need some/a lot of help withat table but I think I can figure it out with a bit more info
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #237 on: August 13, 2014, 11:27:55 AM »
Thanks for the great wiki. Regarding UPS pickup, I was told in the UPS store that it costs $10 for one time or $10/month if you send 40 packages. I would assume that's only for packages paid usin UPS account.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #238 on: September 14, 2014, 12:11:03 PM »
Anybody familiar with same day domestic shipping services?

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #239 on: September 15, 2014, 04:13:40 PM »
Anybody familiar with same day domestic shipping services?
From where to where?