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I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

I mailed a 6"x3"x2" box weighing 2.2 lbs at USPS today cost $11.77!!!  The items in the box were only $20 and family pictures.

 

I was shocked,in fact, I asked the clerk to reweigh it because I couldn't believe it.  Here's the biggest shock:

 

Normal 1st class 7 day delivery - $11.76

Priority 4 day (no longer 3 day) -$11.77

 

I won't be mailing much anymore!  I left shaking my head then thinking geez maybe I'm getting a bargain when I shop Q (both ways).

 

 

 

 

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

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In my neck of the woods, USPS shipping charges has always been higher than UPS.  FEDeX is somewhere inbetween.

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

you probably should have used one of the usps flat rate priority boxes. it doesnt matter how much items inside weigh, it is still a flat rate and the boxes are free. the small one measures 8 11/16" x 5 7/16" x 1 3/4" and costs $7.90.

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

the Q shipping charges don't look too bad compared to if someone were to ship on their own

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

@homedecor1  been there, done that.  i've actually left the post office before, deciding to keep something. 

the pre-paid postage for clothing and such are a bargain. sad but true.  i try not to mail much. 

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

I always ship using parcel post.  It has the lowest priority but unless it's during the Christmas rush, it seems to get there about the same as first class.

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

Yes they are high...that is the biggest reason we mostly send money to daughter and family for birthday and Christmas....costs to much to send gifts!

 

I am not a fan of sending money but we have resorted to money gifts because of the cost, plus our granddaughter has way to much 'stuff'...her parents indulge her. 

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

I have two young family members to whom I mail a care package every month.  I feel your pain.  Although I combine items within one small box, the shipping cost each month always is between $13 and $15 to send the box 60 miles by USPS.  

 

In December, when both girls have birthdays ( along with the holidays) and when USPS seems to lose packages ( twice in three years), I send UPS. Yikes, last year the cost was $27 for one carton to travel 60 miles. It did arrive quickly and with no difficulties. 😁

 

Yep! Those QVC shipping costs can be considered a bargain.

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A kind family found my dog's tags (ID & rabies) that had fallen off her collar.  They were kind enough to send them back to a stranger, just because it was the right thing to do.  Even though this is an 8 lb. dog (tiny 1" tags) they had to go to the post office because the tags made the envelope disproportionate to regular mailing rules.  They got a special envelope (small non-paper) from the post office, they carefully wrapped it in a little piece of bubble wrap and paid $3.66 in postage to send it to me.  I was so appreciative this unknown family would go out of their way to do this for me.  Of course, I sent a thank you and reimbursement.  I was delighted to be reminded there are such nice people in the world and I was surprised at how much work they had to go to mail a simple pair of tags - not to mention the cost of doing so.  

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Re: I'm shocked -- USPS shipping fees😮😳

usps flat rate boxes.....boxes are free, ship for a flat rate, come with tracking, up to $50 insurance. "if it fits it ships"

 

small flat rate box $7.90 8 11/16" x 5 7/16" x 1 3/4"

 

medium flat rate box  top loading $14.35 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" x 6"

 

medium flat rate box side loading $14.35 14" x 12" x 3 1/2"

 

large flat rate box side loading $19.95 12 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 6"

 

large flat rate board game box $19.95 24 1/16" x 11 7/8" x 3 1/8"

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