How much does it cost to ship a package?

How Much?

This is a common question that is usually posed at the last-minute. Most people don’t ship packages everyday. Once a year we almost become shipping experts during the holidays. Unfortunately, this expertise fades over the following few months.  So, how much does it cost to ship from Royal Oak Michigan to Dallas Texas? Well, it depends on a few factors.

When companies figure out the cost of your item to be shipped, they will first need three pieces of information. They need to know the weight, dimensions and destination (zip code). From there they can give you a cost estimate and options.

Don’t forget to consider the weight of the shipping container (box) and the material you are using to pack your stuff safely. If you weigh your package ahead of time to get estimates, make sure you include all these items.  It is also a good idea to be sure your scale is calibrated, a few ounces can make a difference.

As a general rule, the father away you are shipping your package, the more it will cost. International shipping certainly costs more than domestic shipping. Some carriers include some insurance and tracking.  If you have highly valuable items in your package, you should consider additional insurance which will increase the cost.

How Fast?

How fast do you want it there? Another big factor in the cost of shipping a package is when do you want your items to arrive.  Overnight, a few days or anytime? The cost increases the faster you want your package to arrive. So, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to save money. This is especially true around the holidays.

Some free standing bricks and mortar businesses offer good rates for the company they represent. For example, UPS stores offer UPS shipping. They will most likely have the best shipping price for UPS.  Your other option is an independent shipping company such as Pakmail and Goin’ Postal. These companies offer rates from multiple carriers.

The bottom line is the greater your needs the more expensive you will find shipping a package.  Size, distance, weight and how fast you want it to get there all play a role in the cost. Try an independent shipper, at least they can compare prices between carriers.

What experience have you had with local shippers?




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