How to Estimate Shipping Costs

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Estimate your shipping costs online before paying.
Estimate your shipping costs online before paying. (Image: shipping dock image by Neelrad from Fotolia.com)

If you have a package to send, it's likely that one of the most important factors in deciding which company to use will be cost. Three commonly used shipping services -- the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and United Parcel Service (UPS) -- offer online shipping calculators to help you make a cost-effective decision. All you need to know are the packages' dimensions and weight, along with where it's going and coming from, and when you want it to get to its destination.

United States Postal Service

Visit the USPS official website. Click on the "Calculate Postage" tab near the top of the web page. Choose either domestic or international shipping.

Select your city of departure, your destination and mailing date.

Choose your package shape. You will also have to state the dimensions and weight of the package. You can also choose to use a Priority Mail flat rate box. These boxes come in small, two types of medium, and large...and "if it fits, it ships."

Click continue. You'll be shown a list of all available mailing options for your package. These options will include shipping speed and price. You'll notice that the price of postage is cheaper if you pay online, but you can also go to your post office to complete the entire transaction.

FedEx

Visit the FedEx official website. Click on "Ship," then click on "Get Rates and Transit Times."

Choose your destination and departure cities. You can ship your package domestically and internationally. Select the number of packages and the date of departure.

Click on "Get Detailed Quote." Enter your package dimensions and weight as well as how fast you'd like your package to arrive at its destination.

Click "Continue." You'll be shown a list of all available mailing options for your package. These options include shipping speeds and costs.

United Parcel Service

Visit the UPS official website. Click on "Shipping," then click on "Calculate Time and Cost."

Choose "Detailed Time and Cost." Select your cities of departure and destination. Choose your date of departure.

Enter your package information: dimensions and weight.

Click on "Next." You will be shown a list of all available mailing options for your package. These options include shipping speeds and costs.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you ship packages regularly and buy postage online, you may want to invest in a scale designed for weighing packages. A 10-pound limit scale is available on the USPS online store for about $40. A scale will help you prevent over- or under-paying postage.

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