Homeschool Classifieds

Shipping Guide

We want everyone to have the very best experience and the most profitability in the homeschool classifieds marketplace.

Below you will find an overview and links to helpful tools to the three top carriers.

United States Postal Service (USPS)

Types of delivery methods they provide:

First Class Mail-2-5 business days to deliver.
Priority Mail-2-3 business days to deliver.
Express Mail-1-2 business days to deliver.
Media Mail-takes 2-10 days to deliver. Make sure to check the Media Mail approved item list to ensure your items are eligible to ship via Media Mail.

Always remember to add tracking and insurance to your shipments when available or not automatically included by the shipping company in order  to protect everyone’s best interests.

Helpful Tools:

Pros for using USPS

  • They have cheaper rates than other carriers for items under 2 pounds and items that are over 2 pounds, that can fit into a Priority Flat Rate Box.
  • The only way to ship to APO/FPO/DPO/MPO addresses Military shipping guide from stamps.com

Cons for using USPS

  • Reliability
  • No guarantee of delivery time frame.
  • Dealing with them when something goes wrong is infuriating.
  • Tracking often only confirms delivery, it doesn’t show where your package is en route.
  • USPS does not guarantee a delivery date, so make sure your buyer knows that the delivery date could flex.
  • Be careful using USPS because if they don’t deliver it on time, you have no recourse and your buyer might become unhappy with you.

UPS

Types of delivery methods they provide:

Ground-1-5 business days to deliver.
Next Day Air-Next business day by 1030AM
Next Day Air Saver-Next business day by 3pm
2nd Day Air-2 business days by end of business
2nd Day Air AM-2 business days by 1030AM
2nd Day Air Saver-2 business days by 3pm
3 Day Select-3 business days by end of business

Always remember to add tracking and insurance to your shipments when available or not automatically included by the shipping company in order  to protect everyone’s best interests.

Helpful Tool:

Pros for UPS

  • Good tracking services
  • Reliable
  • Usually on time deliveries

Cons for UPS

FedEx

Types of delivery methods they provide:

Ground Day-Delivery in 1–5 business days (3–7 business days to and from Alaska and Hawaii) based on distance to destination
FedEx 2Day AM-Second business day delivery by 10AM
FedEx 2Day-Second-business-day delivery by 4:30 p.m. to most areas (by 8 p.m. to residences) Delivery in 3 business days for certain shipments to Alaska and Hawaii
FedEx Express Saver Third-business-day delivery by 4:30 p.m. to most areas (by 8 p.m. to residences) Available throughout all states except Alaska and Hawaii

Fed Ex is cheaper than UPS and USPS for packages exceeding 3 pounds.

Tools:

Always remember to add tracking and insurance to your shipments when available or not automatically included by the shipping company in order  to protect everyone’s best interests.

Pros for FedEx

  • FedEx provides detailed tracking of your package while en route.
  • Reliable
  • Usually on time deliveries

Cons for FedEx

  • Higher prices than USPS
  • The customer service can be frustrating when something goes wrong.
  • If you are shipping internationally check out the Easy Ship Blog for detailed price comparisons to choose the best shipping method.
  • Remember that USPS is the only way to ship to APO/FPO/DPO/MPO addresses Military shipping guide from stamps.com

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