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We shipped breakable objects from UPS, FedEx and the Postal Service. We chose the cheapest option that would get our package there in a couple of days. FedEx charged $8.04 for shipping and guaranteed 2-day delivery. Since we didn't pack it ourselves, it cost more for them to pack it than to ship it: nearly $12. We had the package checked on the other end by colleague Trey Paul at our sister station in central Illinois. It arrived on time.
"A little bowl and this one looks fine," says Paul. "It's all in one piece."
Next up: UPS. Shipping there cost more than FedEx, but packaging was a little less. The shipping is $9.14 but with packaging is $10.95. The UPS Ground price doesn't guarantee 2-day delivery, but it got there in 2 days anyway.
"This is packaged I'd say the nicest out of the group. This is the same vase I sent you, Stacy," says Paul. "Nice taste you have here, and this all arrived in one piece."
They have a pack and ship promise. FedEx has the same guarantee, which may be worth it if you're not a good packer. Our colleague wasn't. One box he shipped us was in shambles.
"This is the one Trey had to pack himself, in pieces," says FOX17's Stacy Case. "A total loss."
The Post Office doesn't package products for you, but did sell us the supplies, for $5.28. Shipping priority mail was $5.55. It got there in 2 days even though it wasn't guaranteed. The first money saving lesson from this experiment? Ship early to save more. Clerks are often surprised by how much people are willing to pay for procrastination.
Lesson #2: pack it yourself if you're able to do it correctly. Just remember if you pack yourself, fill in every bit of the space in the box with paper and bubble wrap.
Tuesday, November 29 2011, 02:42 PM CST
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