Shipping is EXPENSIVE these days.

I recently bought a particular pick-up roller assembly from Trainz on the Bay.  It was $6.60 and shipping was $4.74.  It was send in a small package.  I didn't have any shipping charges complaints.

However, due to shipping charges I sometimes buy more items than I might need to save on possible future shipping charges.  Or, I might actually buy another item to average down on shipping charges.  I just bought the Menard's REA boxcar, but I added the REA van on a flat due to combined shipping.

Alan

modeltrainsparts posted:

Mike, NOT Flat Rate boxes, but PRIORITY Mail boxes; there's a difference. Go to the USPS website.

Thanks mtp! Iโ€™ll pick some up Saturday, I did not know they had priority boxes, I need to pay more attention when I am in the post office. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

Mike

towdog posted:

With the flat-rate boxes, can you just walk into the post office and take some home to use later?  That's my only problem with them.  I don't want to have to bring my item to the post office only to have to package it there.

Pack it at home and do a ship and click.  Thats what I do  My letter carrier picks it up at my door.  

Melvin

I've shipped a ton of stuff in "composite" boxes.  However, note that the shoebox is NOT a flat rate box, just a free box.

I'm sure joining flat rate boxes to make a bigger box would be a total "no-no" in the eyes of the USPS.

If you use PayPal Ship Now! to generate postage, you can send stuff First Class, up to 4oz it's only $2.66 for a package.  Here's a chart from a shipping company, it's the same rates with PP Ship Now.  In addition to that, you will get a discount for Priority over USPS standard rates.  What's not to like?

Melvin P posted:

Pack it at home and do a ship and click.  Thats what I do  My letter carrier picks it up at my door.  

 Cheaper with PP, and I also schedule pickups at the door.

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