What is the Cheapest Way to Ship a Package?

September 6, 2013 – 11:34

What is the Cheapest Way to Ship a Package?

What is the cheapest way to ship a package? It all depends.

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I stumbled upon your blog and I’ve got to say, it is very helpful. I am a new Ebay seller and am new to this whole shipping business. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I use USPS for my shipping; I’ve found it to be cheaper than FedEx and UPS. Priity Mail Flat Rate Options

Price Size Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope$4.9012-1/2″ x 9-1/2″Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box$4.958-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ x 1-5/8″Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB1)$10.7011″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB2)$10.7013-5/8″ x 11-7/8″ x 3-3/8″Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (Domestic Addresses)$14.5012″ x 12″ x 5-1/2″Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (APO/FPO Destinations)$12.5012″ x 12″ x 5-1/2″
  • You have a 2-pound package that is shipping to a zone 2 (someplace close). If it fits into the Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box, you can ship it for $4.95. BUT, if you put it in another box, it would only be $4.90. If you used the bigger Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box, you could pay $14.50—way more money!
  • If you have a 5-pound box, the rating becomes more complex. For a Zone 5, you would pay $11.76. It would be cheaper not to use the Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box. But the same package going to Zone 8 (cross country) would be $16.37, so it would be cheaper to the Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box. Now, I could ship that same box with FedEx Home Delivery for $10.59 and save $5.78 with the rates I get from FedEx (email me and I will tell you how).

The bottom line is this: no carrier is the cheapest carrier for every kind of package. The USPS does a great job and is the cheapest for package shipping to residences that weigh less than 2 pounds. My advice is to compare carriers and services.

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There's really no cheap method

UPS is probably your best option, even though it will cost a fortune. DHL is a newer company, so you may want to check them out as I'm unsure about their int'l rates.
But 50 lb. boxes are gonna be a lot of money no matter what method you choose. I would go with a reputable company like UPS, because if you pay less you may end up with less upon arriving in Zambia.
Probably worth the extra buck.
What about consolidating the two 50 lb boxes into a 100 pound crate? The shipping companies might take it if it's 100 lb.
Good luck.

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