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For domestic shipping, is USPS always cheaper than UPS, FedEx, DHL and other companies?

oilspill 762 58 September 13, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Dear all,

I plan on shipping items of various sizes and weights. I don't need fast shipping. What's important is price. I want to ship the items as cheap as possible. All shipping is domestic (within USA).

Below are some of the items. Note that each line break denotes a separate shipment

> 1 can of pop
> A letter-sized (8.5 x 11) piece of paper that cannot be crushed or folded
> A T-shirt
> A small keychain about 3 ounces and the size of one's thumb
> An object about the weight and size of a Mag-lite flashlight that takes 4 D batteries (and battery weight included)

My untested theory is that USPS is always cheapest. Can experienced shippers/mailers here chime in?
Or perhaps there's a company that ships cheaper than USPS, FedEx, DHL and UPS. Please share your knowledge.

Thanks.

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If those are going out seperately then USPS only.

Rule of thumb:

Anything small and lightweight, USPS is the cheapest.

Anything heavy try everything but USPS.

BTW you have two threads for the same topic
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Generally, the smaller and lighter the item, the better USPS is. Though USPS does have the no-weight-limit boxes now of various sizes, and those can be good if sending heavy but not-too-big stuff. Plus, you get the boxes for free.

It's strange to me how those no-limit boxes can be a better deal than using your own box and shipping it priority. If your item is on the lighter side, and you have your own box, it's cheaper to do it that way than use a no-limit box. But if it's 2-3 pounds but nowhere near the no-limit limit (50 pounds?), then it can be cheaper to use a no-limit box, plus you get the box for free. USPS loves their no-limit boxes and hates your boxes, I guess.

USPS' site is pretty nice and has a good shipping estimate calculator and lists all their box sizes.

If it's under 13 ounces and not big, you can ship it first-class USPS, and generally even just put stamps on it if you want.
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Quote from Deusxmachina View Post :
Generally, the smaller and lighter the item, the better USPS is. Though USPS does have the no-weight-limit boxes now of various sizes, and those can be good if sending heavy but not-too-big stuff. Plus, you get the boxes for free.

It's strange to me how those no-limit boxes can be a better deal than using your own box and shipping it priority. If your item is on the lighter side, and you have your own box, it's cheaper to do it that way than use a no-limit box. But if it's 2-3 pounds but nowhere near the no-limit limit (50 pounds?), then it can be cheaper to use a no-limit box, plus you get the box for free. USPS loves their no-limit boxes and hates your boxes, I guess.

USPS' site is pretty nice and has a good shipping estimate calculator and lists all their box sizes.
From what I understand, USPS, FedEx and UPS (and maybe others, too) have discounts if you pay on their website.
Does this discount include buying the USPS no-weight-limit boxes online?
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From what I understand, USPS, FedEx and UPS (and maybe others, too) have discounts if you pay on their website.
Does this discount include buying the USPS no-weight-limit boxes online?
USPS Priority mail flat rate boxes/padded envelopes are free. Order them from USPS.com.
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Or if you don't want to wait for USPS to deliver the boxes to you, go into any post office and ask. They'll point you to the correct shelf or get them out of the back for you. However, the post office usually only carries the common sizes. There are other options available on their website.
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put a CD with your Biz info or some BS along with your item to ship...mark Media and send via Postoffice
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#8
USPS is always cheaper but UPS is the best logistics wise and total peace of mind.
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