Nobody likes paying more than they need to. This site will help you get an idea of shipping prices from various carriers.

Usually, figuring out how much it costs to ship something is a bit of a chore. You'll first need to know how much your parcel weighs, then you'll need to measure out the dimensions of the shipping box. To use most shipping calculators, you'll also need to know the full address you'll be shipping to.

Sometimes you don't have a scale or measuring tape handy. Other times, say if you want to list something on Etsy or Ebay, you don't know where your customer lives quite yet, but you just want a shipping estimate so you know how to price your item. This site makes all that easy!

Using this Site

With this site, you just need to click around on a map. The first click will fill in your "From Address", the second click will fill in the "To Address". You just need to click on the general city to get a ballpark price. You can always edit the fields manually. Most shipping carriers operate on zones. How far your start address and delivery destination are from each other will determine the appropriate rate.

Next, you'll need the shipping dimensions and weight of the package. Click on the icon of an item to prefill the weight and dimensions. If you know the shipping size and weight of your package, you can edit the fields for better accuracy. No need to bust out the postage scale or visit 3 different sites for quotes. Enter your information once and shipping prices for the United States Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS will be displayed in a single table.

Price Quotes and Discounts

The prices quoted on this site are retail rates. You can get easily get discount rates for most carriers, even if you don't ship in large quantities. They generally require you to open up an account online, some charge a monthly fee to get a discount, but there are a few options that are free! (Well, you still have to pay for the postage, you just pay less!).

While guessing weights and dimensions work for getting a rough shipping estimate, you'll need exact measurements when actually purchasing a shipping label. Before you get can ship anything online, be sure you have the exact weight and dimensions of your package. If you don't provide accurate measurements, your package will either be sent back to you, or you may end up getting charged a fine, so don't skip this step.

Below are some of the items I use (they are affiliate links, which means I get a percentage of the sale if you buy something through the link):

USPS Discounts

To get discount rates such as Commercial Base or Commercial Plus prices, you'll need an account at an online service that lets you purchase postage (you pay the most at the post office counter). Here are a few easy options to get discounted shipping labels:

  • Paypal - You heard right, you can buy discounted postage directly from Paypal! It's a bit hidden and hard to find amongst all the menus, so here a direct link. From there, you can buy your postage and print it out on your home printer. You can schedule a free pickup from USPS online. Skip going to the post office entirely. You'll need to sign up for a Paypal account if you don't already have one (it's free).

UPS Discounts

FedEx and UPS discount rates can be applied to your account if you ship enough volume. You just need to call a representative that services your region and negotiate a bit. If you don't ship a lot, here are some options that let you get discounts for free:

  • Ebay - Associating your UPS account with ebay can provide up to 34% in savings. You'll need an eBay and UPS account (both free).
    Sign up to eBay here. Learn more about the UPS program here.

FedEx Discounts

  • FedEx Save Now Program - 16% discount on select FedEx Express® services, 8% discount on select FedEx Ground® and FedEx Home Delivery® services

Yelp Discounts

  • Your local shipping center may be offering a deal through Yelp.com. Buying a deal through Yelp will get you a voucher that you can then use in-store. Discounts vary by location. Shipping prices will also vary wildly as some shipping and mailbox centers will add their own service fees on top of carrier fees. The screenshot below shows the results of the search "shipping centers" after a filter is applied to only show locations that are offering a deal.

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