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cheapest way to ship?

Post by usernamesareannoying » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:59 am

so i need to ship about 7 marines and I was thinking of going with a flat rate box but that guy is 6 and change.
is it cheaper to throw them in as small of a box as possible or is 6 dollars about as cheap as it gets nowadays?

i dont think that an envelop will work as some are assembled.

assume east coast to west coast if it makes a difference.

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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by pretre » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:35 pm

Cheapest shipping in the US is generally First Class.

Get a smaller box. Pack your marines well in bubble wrap. Put them in the box. If it is under 13 oz, you are going to pay less than $5 to ship it anywhere in the US. 7 marines, as long as they aren't made of dwarf star alloy are going to be under 13 oz with any reasonable box.

If you have a scale, you can ship from home using paypal or the USPS website. If you don't have a scale, the post office will still do First Class for you when you come in.
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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by usernamesareannoying » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:54 pm

lol, thanks pretre.
sounds like im better off going with my own smaller box over the small flat rate.
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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by pretre » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:12 pm

usernamesareannoying wrote:
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:54 pm
lol, thanks pretre.
sounds like im better off going with my own smaller box over the small flat rate.
Yeah, every time. I never ship flat rate small box. I ship hundreds of packages and the vast majority are under a pound so you can use First Class (14-15.99 oz you can only do at home if you print shipping, but 13 oz and less you can do at the PO).
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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by MagickalMemories » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:36 pm

For an amount of models that small, put them in the smallest box you can fit them into SAFELY.
Put that box into a bubble envelope.

I do it all the time. Envelopes ship for less than boxes.

Just make sure to reinforce the bubble/padded envelope with packing tape. Rough handling and misfortune COULD cause the corners of the box ro rip/poke through the envelope. You don't want that to happen.

Oh, and put the shipping address on the box, as well, with a note that says, "If lost/misdirected, please send this box to..."

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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by kturock » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:15 pm

Also remember, first class doesn't include insurance. With gw prices, 5 marines can easily cost $50.
Insurance is about $2.50. So add that to postage and it's about break even.
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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by ABCellars » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:51 pm

Some of this was lightly touched on by previous posters:
In the US: Barrow the postal scales at the USPS, maybe a friends, or, if you ship enough buy one. Get a Paypal account, print your shipping labels through their Multiorder shipping. This will allow you to get the Commercial/Online rate for shipping USPS (even First Class up to 15.99oz, with tracking), UPS, or FedEx. I believe, you also get a discount on USPS insurance. USPS Click N Ship does not provide the ability to ship 1st class. Also, when you don't print off your own USPS 1st Class shipping labels, tracking is an extra service, for additional cost. You can get up to a 30% discount on UPS or FedEx shipping. The shipment doesn't need to be associated with a Paypal purchase or a sale on eBay.

A USPS first class parcel can now weigh up to 15.99oz
A USPS regular Priority flat rate envelope can hold up to 70lbs, "If it fits, it ships" - Be sure to tape the seams. - can hold a small flat rate box;)
A USPS padded Priority flat rate envelope can hold up to 70lbs, "If it fits, it ships" - can hold a 8x6x3 box and still seal;)

I am new here, hope this isn't out of place, and maybe this will help someone.

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Re: cheapest way to ship?

Post by MagickalMemories » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:25 am

Well, the thread is a bit old, but we don't really get uptight about that, so long as your post is productive... and it IS.
Not out of place, at all.

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