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Saving Money by Taping Boxes Together

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Saving Money by Taping Boxes Together

Sometimes we will get customers who are sending multiple boxes to the same address that are all roughly the same size. These may be moving boxes or maybe separately packaged gifts to each of the grandchildren or separate for whatever reason. While they could all be sent separately, many times they could also be taped-up together and sent as one package for much less. Today we had a customer send out 2 small boxes to the same address who would have paid about $10 each to send them out. We taped them together and sent it for just under $15, resulting in a 25% savings.


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Post Office Sticker Shock

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Post Office Sticker Shock

Yesterday on June 23, the Post Office implemented their new dimensional weight pricing and lowered their volumetric divisor from 194 to 166. What does this mean? It means that now the Post Office will start charging more based on box size and not just by weight. In some cases, shipping via USPS will increase by up to 500%! How can you avoid this price increase? As before, the absolute cheapest way to ship small heavy things would be the Post Office flat rate boxes at the Post Office (though you will probably pay for it in time) The other way to avoid this price increase is to come visit us in downtown Redmond. We had a customer today who went to the Post Office first and got a quote for $62 and change for basic Parcel Post service. She came here and we charged her a bit over $38 for a better faster option that came with real tracking and insurance ***for the exact same package*** because we were able to sort through all of her options at once and choose the one that best fit her needs. Pay us a visit and see for yourself!

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How are your prices? Do you charge more than the Post Office?

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How are your prices? Do you charge more than the Post Office?

That’s a question we get nearly every day. The answer is…it depends. For our shipments going out via Fedex, our prices will be exactly the same or less than if you were to go to a Fedex Office location. For UPS, our prices will be less than the vast majority of other UPS stores. Our DHL prices are also between 8-12% less than regular DHL retail prices. USPS? Well, if you are going to send heavy items across the country in a flat rate box that fits everything, you won’t be able to find a better price than going directly to the Post Office. Since the Post Office doesn’t offer us any discounts, we do have to upcharge USPS services. However, in many instances we would be able to send the exact same item for less using another carrier. UPS will always recommend UPS, Fedex always uses a Fedex-shaped hammer, and the same with DHL but since we are carrier-agnostic, we will always recommend the appropriate carrier best suited to your needs. Even if we can’t always beat Post Office prices, we will always be able to beat their typically long lines.

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