Tuesday, August 21, 2012

5 Secrets to Cheap Shipping

Cheap shipping can be easily conducted. All you need to know is the five secrets to cheap shipping and a diligent research.

Ship promptly

Not only will the clients love you for fast deliveries, but you will also take the benefit of cheaper shipping. While one-day shipping is highly convenient, it costs a lot more. Shipping with normal rates takes slightly longer (2 or 3 days, depending on how far the destination is) but it is also a lot more economical. One instance is USPS Priority Mail, where your shipping can reliably be delivered within two or three days.

Reuse packaging materials, if any

There is no point to waste a packaging cardboard when you receive a package, especially if it still looks good. Keep it and reuse it the next time you want to ship something. It goes the same with bubble cushion and other packaging fillers. Reusing these materials will save you money.

Research and compare shipping prices

It's always a good idea to research and compare shipping prices, even when they come from the same shipping company. For example, sending a group of items weighing less than 10 lb. could be cheaper in one single big packaging than in two smaller ones. Price comparison from one shipping company to the others is also a great thing to do. Every company has different unique offers. Take the best of each company and send packages with the company that offers the cheapest option for that type of shipping.

Time is money, so save time

Why spending all your valuable time queueing at the post office if you can do other better things? Choose off peak hours to send your package. Or better, find a service where it picks up your package for a small fee. This will be ultimately useful when you send packages frequently.

No insurance unless absolutely necessary

Unless what you are shipping is easy to break or of a valuable good, there is no point of buying an insurance for your package. Of course if the client requests it, you should buy the insurance on his expense.

It's not hard to ship inexpensively. You just need to be smart and do a good research from time to time to compare shipping services and costs.

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