Originally Posted by etisll40
Great additions to my list guys. Total price with or without shipping is the key. I'm a shopper too. I've shipped a few items I've sold to friends so does anyone know the best and or cheapest way to ship stuff? I'd like to know for reference in the future.
I have accounts with all the major carriers, UPS, Fed-EX and DHL as well as USPS. For domestic service you can't beat USPS for cost plus the delivery window (total transit time) is better than any private carrier, typically 3-4 days cross continent whereas the private carriers are over a week for ground service. Private carrier rates are markedly higher.
On offshore shipments, again, it's USPS for price. There are a couple issues with USPS. One is size limitation, 2, you can't ship firearms or live ammo or a host of other prohibited items, 3, tracking on offshore shipments can be real spotty once the package leaves US soi, however, on offshore shipments, there is a customs waybill number attached to every shipment that allows tracking by the recipient.
Domestic is USPS hands down for price and convenience (they will pick up the package at your residence plus they provide supplies and boxes free of charge), tracking is excellent, delivery is excellent, price is better than the private carriers plus you can prepare the shipment and pay online and print your postage paid labels on your printer, for free. (forget the stamps.com crap, the Post Office has their own site....)
Offshore, it's a crap shoot depending on what you send. keep in mind however, that everything 'lands' on the same plane in the country you ship to, despite what the advertising says.
Also of interesting note is that UPS uses what they call a hybrid ship method for domestic shipments, which is shipment to the nearest post office to the recipient and then USPS delivers the package.
Again, firearms and parts or ammo or any ORM-D substance or regulated item can't ship USPS in the states or outside the states. Thay have to go private carrier.
All said and done, Midway and shiney nose Larry are still sticking it up your anus on small, under 100 dollar shipments. Anytime you price items on the net from websites, price the ship cost as well and then add the ship cost and compare to the competition, so long as the competition has what you want....