The cheapest overnight shipping for Christmas
Here's our price comparison and 5 more tips for saving money when you ship gifts.
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis at partner site Money Talks News.
If you've ever spent Dec. 23 standing in line to ship a last-minute Christmas gift, you know all about the crazy cost of sending packages by overnight mail. Sometimes the fees cost as much as the presents.
What you may not know is that there's a huge difference in fees for the same service among the big three shippers -- the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS.
We compared the cost of overnight shipping between New York and Los Angeles for the three largest shippers: UPS, the Postal Service and FedEx. Here are the results for an overnight letter, delivered by no later than the next afternoon:
- The U.S. post office had the cheapest price -- $19.95 for a flat-rate envelope.
- FedEx ranked second, at $37.40 for the same package.
- UPS came in a close third, at $37.57.
The results were similar for shipping a 5-pound box:
- USPS charged $39.95.
- FedEx charged a whopping $82.89 for the exact same box.
- UPS came in even a bit more expensive, at $83.26.
We compare overnight shipping options every year and each year the Postal Service is the winner. By a lot.
The costs rise steeply, of course, when you're shipping heavy packages, so take that into account when you’re doing your holiday shopping for items you'll mail.
USPS offers even cheaper rates if you go online, print your own label and request a pickup online. Cheapism.com's survey of shipping costs included prices for 5-pound packages sent overnight from New York to Chicago. The results:
- FedEx, $78.16.
- UPS, $82.05.
- At the post office, $48.10.
- On USPS.com, $34.08
Five more ways to save
There's more you can do to cut your shipping costs for the holidays and throughout the year. Here are five tips:
- Check out flat-rate shipping. USPS and FedEx offer it. Delivery takes one, two or three days, depending on where you're sending to and from. (Shipping can be faster from some towns than others.) Buy the box and pay a flat price for everything you ship in it. Flat rate is a better deal if your package is heavy.
- Give gift cards. Personalize them to make them unique. To keep shipping costs down, buy them in a brick-and-mortar store and mail them yourself. If you buy online, be sure to read the fine print about shipping and other charges.
- Shop online stores that offer free shipping. L.L. Bean, Nordstrom, Zappos and Abe Books are a few companies offering free shipping with no minimum purchase.
- Use Free Shipping Day. It's a one-day promotional event -- on Dec. 18 this year. Participating merchants offer free shipping with delivery guaranteed by Christmas Eve.
- Mail your stuff now. Avoid the rush and the cost of overnight shipping by mailing gifts as soon as possible.
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and every year the majority of people still ship with the USPS, yet the claim they lost 5 BILLION dollars last year.
Here's a couple of ideas to save money;
1.) Stop Saturday service except overnight deliveries.
2.) STOP ADVERTISING! Everybody knows who the USPS is and uses them on a regular basis. You will not lose any customers if you stop the stupid commercials and radio spots.
3.) STOP ALL CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS! Stop sponsoring everything from Nascar to the Bike Teams.
Bet you will be in the black in the first year.
Another thing is that Fed Ex and UPS also give you a delivery guarentee on your shipment. Meaning if they damage or loose it they will reimburse you....my 18 year old shipped a $180 USPS it never arrived I called them they told me that they had indeed thrown the book away because "their policy dictated that is any portion of a pallet had any damage they would dispose of the entire pallet" USPS confirmed they threw her book away but informed me they were not responisble for the damage nor would they return the shipping fee or the price of the book..............becuase they do not insure all of their shipments you must request it. The price of the Fed Ex and UPS includes product replacement etc.
P.S. I will never mail anything through the tax revenue sucking USPS they should shut the entire system down.
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