Who offers the cheapest holiday shipping?
We compared the top three shipping carriers -- FedEX, UPS or the U.S. Post Office -- to see who provides the least expensive shipping options for this holiday season.
So, buy cards, mail cards, send packages and use the USPS. And remember with some companies you can request the kind of shipping you want. They will usually give you a quote for the most expensive so always ask if there is an alternative, cheaper shipping price. Merry Christmas and God Bless America
The postal service is your best option. To keep universal service for all of us going forward we need to impress upon congress to pass a fair postal bill that will free the service from the ball & chain strapped to them by the Bush administration in 2006 which mandated it to pay an annual 5.5 billion dollars to prefund "future" health care for retiree's. They are the only federal agency having to do so.
This fund was healthy previous to this mandated law and unnecessary. The elimination of this by congress along with allowing them to play on an equal playing field with it's competition would bring financial stability to the service. This benefits all of us by keeping postage down, prevents the closing of small rural post offices, keeping 6-day delivery, door to door service in lieu of the proposed "cluster boxes". Nobody delivers to more locations then the postal service which processes and delivers 528 million mail pieces a day. We have a storied history from moving mail with steamboats in 1811 to the days of the pony express in 1860 which began its run through parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. Riders covered 75 to 100 miles a day changing horses at relay stations set 10 to 15 miles apart. The postal service is an American treasure with a long track record of public service that belongs to all of us. Lets make sure congress doesn't take that away from us.
"Who offers the cheapest holiday shipping?" Me, because I deliver my Xmas gifts in person.
I buy some gifts online, the rest I buy in person. I shop at whatever retailer has the best price. Often it's cheaper than Amazon, or any other online retailer. If not, many companies will match prices, or beat them, just to stay competitive. Be a smart consumer during the holidays. ask questions.
Okay all, use some CS which is not common anymore, yes common sense. USPS is a government cash cow the reason its not privatized. All governments around the world uses institutions like these to make money. USPS used to be in profit and then starting 2006 it went down in billions yes with B$$$$. Have you ever heard of the law PAEA passed by republican congress which requires USPS to fund its retirees health care benefits in advance for the next 75 years even the employees who are not hired yet. Postal employees have their own health coverage after the retirement but still pay medicare taxes for the American public. You just don't know the history and watch too much of TV possibly FOX news. Just tell the accountant to add two line items on your annual report one for $5 Billion and one for $ 7 BILLION and see how much your business loses, the case with the USPS right now. Get your FACTS straight. Thank you and God Bless America
Both UPS and FedEx use the Post Office to deliver parcels 'the final mile'. This is in large cities as well as rural areas. Not really sure the difference in what they will deliver and what they give to the post office to deliver though because we get large, small, light, and heavy packages. I also don't know if it is a trade off for using their planes, or if they pay the USPS for this service. We (the employees) have never been told and I haven't found out in print anywhere. Just in my station alone, we have been getting 5 pallets of parcels daily (most are 6' tall) from FedEx and that started last week. Expect even more the closer we get to Christmas. UPS brings theirs 5 days a week and we have been getting around 150 parcels a day - some 'parcels' are actually sacks with 3-8 packages per sack.
Are some of the packages damaged? Yes, sometimes the pallets are so tightly saran wrapped that some packages get crushed (but loosely wrapped pallets shift when a truck makes a turn and they end up all over the truck). Also sometimes they put a 'partially filled package' on the bottom and a heavier one on top and it slowly crushes it. Some shippers only use one small strip of tape and it doesn't hold the box together cross country - surprise! Happens with all three carriers. Some personal shippers think a piece of newspaper will keep their glass bowl from shattering. You have to remember your package is being sent from one station to another, packed with millions of other packages, going through hands and machinery multiple times. Your packages are not walked from one place carefully to the next. Addresses are bad, incomplete, spelled wrong. Try delivering something to 'grandma' at an apartment complex with no apartment number - and a bad (yes, some people don't know their own address) or incomplete or no return address. Also your items get damages from the negligence of another sender. We received a small padded envelope with cologne in it. The cologne's top had come undone during shipping (probably from vibrations). It soaked thru the package erasing the sender's and receiver's addresses. It also erased the addresses on a couple of other packages. Luckily the sender's addresses were still legible.
Once again, the Post Office receives ZERO tax dollars.
How 'bout you do a little research next time before you go spouting off at the fingers.
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