By Paul Stevens
If your Holiday gift plans include shipping off packages to family members, you might want to consider doing price comparisons on line before heading off to the UPS store. Some of these companies have got so big they are no longer competitive.
At Cottage Craft Works we are having to continually check shipping cost between the different carriers. We have discovered some will cost you double to three times as much for the same package going to the same location. Often the cost of shipping can add up to be as much or more than what the contents cost.
For small or long boxes we have found the US Postal service to be the most economical especially using their free flat rate boxes. We can ship a 2lb box for $5.20 UPS would charge $22. and Fed Ex would charge $14. For International shipping US Postal Service Priority mail is just hard to beat. Take those savings off several packages and leave you a bit extra for your own Christmas.
Also be careful with the strip mall pack and ship stores they are convenient, but with a premium price for that convenience. Ship early where you can ship at the lowest rates, and check the difference between shipping to a residence of business address. For Preppers living out in distant places the difference can be substantial. Some businesses don’t mind accepting packages for their employees or dedicated customers.
These are the web sites to check cost for shipping. You no longer have to try and figure out the complicated girth measurements, just enter the box size and weight. Log on to https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request to find the UPS estimated cost, then Log on to http://postcalc.usps.gov/ to check the US Postal Service estimated Cost and Log on to https://www.fedex.com/ratefinder/home?cc=US&language=en to check Federal Express estimated cost, use the quick estimator or you will need to create an account.