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Allot of grocery stores have free boxes you could use and just fill with packing peanuts.

I would just use USPS for shipping. They are the cheapest option by far for anything I ever shipped besides large shipments that involve using crates.

Fedex is "ok" but they are insanely expensive and I always walked out of their facility after getting price quotes. They wanted $25 to ship a GPU heatsink that weights 1lb and was in a small box. Even small bubble envelopes for shipping console games was in the $10+ range for US48 when USPS is under $5.

UPS tends to break things in spectacular ways. They managed to somehow crush a billet aluminum framework that was several inches thick. I knew someone who worked at a major UPS sorting hub and he openly admitted to people there using hockey sticks to slam packages across the building. They will also deny any damage claims until you give up, usually making the seller lose their money in a Paypal or credit card claim if they push for a refund.
post #22 of 22
It's been 6 years since my posts and I've changed shipping and now do all my small shipping with usps and larger items with fedex.
Small = under 10 lbs
I do ebay. A lot of ebay. Ebay uses usps and fedex by default. Web rates are way better than store rates. On top of that I'm now a power seller so I get up to 11-44% shipping discount.
I recommended ups over fedex earlier because I used my business partner's ups account. And according to him ups was cheaper than fedex.
If you' just rarely ship I guess you'd have to pack the item yourself and take it to each store and compare rates.
You really don't want to bank on shipping insurance. I doubt you'll win. Maybe for items worth hundreds of dollars. To prevent breakages pack your items extremely well. Unless the item is lost by mail, if he items breaks 90% chance it will be because of seller. Sorry, that's just my opinion. If shipping made insurance claims easy it would encourage fraudsters.
Always use your own boxes. Unless the item is going too far then in that case use priority boxes. For shipping medium to large items long distances you have to use either fedex or ups. I use fedex. FedEx will hit you with a surprise about $6+ per package in your monthly billing statement for ebay sellers.

USPS and fedex work together. When you create your label for small to medium items and the FedEx label says usps you can drop off the package at a usps drop off center or post office. You can never drop off a Usps package at FedEx.
USPS priority mail 2 day is not guaranteed. I ship up to 15 items a day and by some tracking numbers some items don't move for no reason. They say sometimes items drop off their machines and unless called they don't know about the packages. I experience this every month.
Some packages even go totally wrong direction to California instead of going to New York. If you don't call, the item will be "out on delivery" ie last truck to deliver before they catch their mistake. Items do eventually get there.
Insurance in my opinion is a waste of money.
For expensive item I'd rather to confirmed signature. Don't want mail leaving the stuff out and someone steals the item. Some buyers tell me to put a note on the label to leave the packages at the back door.
I don't ship high risk items anymore. Too much money and headache associated with that...
Even when I did high risk items on eBay MacBook laptops and iPhones is rate my experience 100% on eBay. My only problem was mail losing my packages for up to 2 months and having to give their money back but the mail reappeared any way. But ebay gave money back to buyer after dispute. Or laptops just dying and buyer wanted their refund. Motherboard video problems. Not buyer not seller fault. Apple nvidia fault.

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