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Grunt186112 Feb 2019 9:31 p.m. PST

By "our hobby" I mean shipping miniatures from peer to peer, not comercial type sales.

The demon spawn that is the USPS website is not working for me at all. In fact IMO it is in dire need of an exorcism.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 12:46 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear about your troubles with the USPS site.

They are my go to for shipping almost everything. In 25+ years of shipping thousands of orders with them, they've never lost a domestic package.

Once you start to dabble in UPS and FedEx you encounter "dimensional weight" in your pricing. I've also had issues with missing and often late deliveries from both of them. I never ship with them unless absolutely forced to, like on a vendor return/exchange.

I do agree with you on their website. It could use a makeover.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 1:06 a.m. PST

USPS does dim weights too now.

They are better than others with their Priority Mail service, as far as claims go, though their prices are skyrocketing, especially for international service. Regular mail is as well. Cost me $10 USD+ to ship a 1 or 1.5 ounce "package" to Canada, which was really just a slightly thicker envelope than normal, which is just highway robbery.

Filing claims with UPS and Fed Ex are pretty much a joke. You'll be lucky to get any money back from them, and then it's just pennies on the real value of what is lost.

Used to be you could get $9.07 USD per pound of weight of the item(s) lost, or damaged. Perhaps it is more now. Not sure you even get a refund on the shipping charges you paid for them on lost/damaged packages either, though that should be guaranteed too (probably isn't though).

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 2:24 a.m. PST

USPS does dim weights too now.

Correct. It slipped my mind because I almost always use their boxes for shipping, or something very close to their box size so its never been an issue.

Flat rate boxes are a pretty good deal as well.

Shipping overall to/from all points of the world is getting more expensive. There is no magic bullet here.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 3:57 a.m. PST

I use USPS only, never had a problem.

mildbill13 Feb 2019 4:15 a.m. PST

I use USPS unless buyer wishes something else. Service in my locale is good. However, some parts of the country I would be wary of using USPS (Philly, for example)
. Overseas shipping I let the buyer decide.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 7:16 a.m. PST

I had a problem with USPS once over the 30 years + that I have shipped thousands of boxes with them. I had a very expensive painted army that I shipped from Chicago to Florida to a fella who bought them. The boxes got lost in the mail. Fortunately I had insured them. Within weeks I received a check from them for the entire amount and the postal inspector told me they caught the employee who not only had taken my boxes but boxes from other people also.
He ended up doing jail time. So, yes, I too recommend the USPS.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 8:41 a.m. PST

USPS. I won't use anything else. My experience with Fed Ex has been very poor.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Feb 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

USPS Flat Rate has always worked for me

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 10:01 a.m. PST


Oppiedog13 Feb 2019 10:35 a.m. PST

USPS … normally the flat rate boxes.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2019 3:15 p.m. PST

Two things are going to be eternally true when it comes to shipping. The actual cost of shipping will continue to get more and more ridiculous and the people who buy things will continue to blame the person they bought the item from rather than the shipping company.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2019 2:18 a.m. PST

Personally I use FedEx, (not next day) for when it absolutely positively has to get there. Often 2 or 3 day delivery – and the tracking is great I can see when it was delivered.

Like any shipper, pack it like it is going through a bomb test site. Conveyor belts and slides have no compassion.

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