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Terry,

Take a look at Endicia. You get pretty good rates on USPS shipping. We've been using it for years.

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It was priority mail with tracking. I don't pay for insurance just because I've never been burned. I can replace lost or broken items many times over with what is saved by not buying insurance.

I know several high volume bowyers who do the same.

You can go online and figure USPS shipping on just about anything. When I shipped it The rate was within pennies of the calculator. Maybe there is a way of doing it that will save.

Since the shirts probably have a message on them maybe they qualify for media rate?

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Thing that gets me about a "handling" charge: Having worked retail for years, in stores that also ship... you can spend 1/2 hour or more with a customer who then turns around and says thanks, and goes buy online, or buys nothing. There's no charge. but if a shipping clerk spends 5 or 10 minuted for the shipping - add'l. charge.
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I second endicia.

Also, USPS will give you boxes for free.

If you use priority flat rate envelopes and if it fits, it ships for 6.50

I ship jackets and clothing in them all the time. Just gotta roll em up right.

You can use a regional A box or regional B box and get better rates as well.

Lots of tricks to shipping and saving money.

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They will also deliver the flat rate boxes to your door and pick them up when they are ready to ship.

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quote:
Originally posted by monterey:
It was priority mail with tracking. I don't pay for insurance just because I've never been burned. I can replace lost or broken items many times over with what is saved by not buying insurance.

I know several high volume bowyers who do the same.

You can go online and figure USPS shipping on just about anything. When I shipped it The rate was within pennies of the calculator. Maybe there is a way of doing it that will save.

Since the shirts probably have a message on them maybe they qualify for media rate?

The post office doesn't know what's written on the shirts they're packed when I take him to the post office

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quote:
Originally posted by 9 Shocks:
I second endicia.

Also, USPS will give you boxes for free.

If you use priority flat rate envelopes and if it fits, it ships for 6.50

I ship jackets and clothing in them all the time. Just gotta roll em up right.

You can use a regional A box or regional B box and get better rates as well.

Lots of tricks to shipping and saving money.

I buy my own shipping supplies and take them to the post office already packed

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quote:
Originally posted by 9 Shocks:
I second endicia.

Also, USPS will give you boxes for free.

If you use priority flat rate envelopes and if it fits, it ships for 6.50

I ship jackets and clothing in them all the time. Just gotta roll em up right.

You can use a regional A box or regional B box and get better rates as well.

Lots of tricks to shipping and saving money.

Well the post office never measures the bags or the boxes but they always weigh them... so whether I roll them up tight or not doesn't really seem to matter since they're weighing the package

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Well from the sound of things I guess I've been doing it all wrong... maybe I should ship things the cheapest way possible the absolute cheapest way and allow people to suffer scream and holler for 3 weeks till it gets delivered ...no tracking no insurance no nothing good luck HAHAHAhaha

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Okay seriously I'm going to ship a sweatshirt I just sold one I'm going to see how much it cost with no tracking no insurance no nothing no special

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I used the grey bags I mentioned earlier without an issue for 4 years. Never lost an item, they were delivered in a timely manner and it saved the buyer funds. Never used tracking or insurance.
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Shipping can be rediculous at times. I just picked up a stand off a guy here. 17lbs, 7.5oz and shipping ran $41.55 via USPS Priority! That's insane.

I would have expected $20-25 but $42! You can ship any of their flat rate boxes up to 70lbs for less than $20. The last batch of knives that I sent in for heat treat was in a medium flat rate box that weighted 69lbs 15oz and shipped for $13. Granted the box size was smaller but I literally shipped FOUR times the weight for A THIRD of the cost and most 18-wheelers are not full when they reach the weight capacity for shipping purposes which to me means weight and distance should be the primary contributing factor for cost.

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I mail bows every week and the cost of priority mail is usually 11.00 to 14.00. Then there is the cost of the box and the trip to the post office 24 miles round trip, it adds up . The service is good, I shipped a bow from N.D. to Rochester NY . I mailed it on a Tuesday and it arrived on Thursday same week , that's fast .
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quote:
Originally posted by Terry Green:
Well from the sound of things I guess I've been doing it all wrong... maybe I should ship things the cheapest way possible the absolute cheapest way and allow people to suffer scream and holler for 3 weeks till it gets delivered ...no tracking no insurance no nothing good luck HAHAHAhaha

Insurance would be included in shipping costs covering up to 50 dollars and tracking is free. All you have to do is pass the information along.

I was not being condescending with my response at all but apparently you were, I was just trying to offer some sound advice.

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quote:
Originally posted by Terry Green:
quote:
Originally posted by 9 Shocks:
I second endicia.

Also, USPS will give you boxes for free.

If you use priority flat rate envelopes and if it fits, it ships for 6.50

I ship jackets and clothing in them all the time. Just gotta roll em up right.

You can use a regional A box or regional B box and get better rates as well.

Lots of tricks to shipping and saving money.

Well the post office never measures the bags or the boxes but they always weigh them... so whether I roll them up tight or not doesn't really seem to matter since they're weighing the package
But it does matter if you can fit the shirt in the RIGHT package...

Just trying to be helpful

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