Last week, I mentioned in my FedEx post that I was anxious to try some shipping quotes with FedEx Ground rates included. Well, I got the chance this week!
I had a plate for sale in my eBay store that was priced at $9 for shipping (USPS Parcel Post). A customer emailed me, thinking the $9 I quoted to ship in the listing was way to high for a $12 plate, and they asked for a better quote. Since they lived so far away from me, I knew my $9 quote was pretty close, but was happy to give it a shot.
Here's what I found for a 3 lb box going from Texas to New Jersey:
-$8.65 FedEx Ground
-$8.85 USPS Parcel Post (quoted in eBay listing)
- $9.51 UPS Ground
- $9.90 USPS Priority (not Ground shipping, but I threw it in for comparison)
Yup, FedEx Ground was the cheapest. It was $.20 cheaper than Parcel Post, which runs real slow, and $.86 cheaper than UPS Ground! So, I e-mailed back the customer, they bought the plate (selecting FedEx Ground), and I got to open a FedEx shipping account. It was super easy, taking less than 5 minutes. Plus, I should get a 8% discount since I paid for the label through my account at home.
In this case, I learned something new, and made an eBay sale at the same time! Oh, and in case you are wondering, the plate was a Christmas plate, purchased 2 days after Christmas!