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USPS VS UPS VS FedEx: Which Shipping Carrier Is The Best?

There's no one perfect shipping carrier. Depending on how frequently you ship and the type and weight of your shipments, you may actually benefit from a mix of USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

    Shelbi Wescott
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Shelbi Wescott

Shelbi Wescott

Managing Editor at Merchant Maverick
Managing Editor Shelbi Wescott has been researching and comparing small business payroll and accounting software since 2019. An accomplished author in both the science-fiction and mystery genres, she received an Honorable Mention for Best YA Mystery from the Library Journal for her novel After Life. Shelbi has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College.
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    Joyce holmes

    All three are bad. Packages take crazy routes around your state and surrounding states before arriving. UPS has lousy tracking! And USPS makes up tracking excuses when nobody feels like scanning. Actually Amazon has the best delivery when they use their own people for deliveries.this doesn’t help if you are looking to ship something but it’s something to consider if you are buying something you would like to receive in a reasonable amount of time

      Megan

      Generally I would agree with this comparison, however, with my most recent involvement with Fed-Ex, they do not tell you that from 11/ 1 through 1/16 it is their peak season and the will not guarantee service (overnight or otherwise) and you cannot get your money back if they fail! So use the service wisely and have a back up plan.

        Alex Brown

        Thanks for the information. I was looking for a comparison and found this amazing article.

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          Sasha Vosk

          While this is a very informative article. I wonder re: USPS being the cheapest carrier for small items, if my 1.20oz, 3’5″ x 4″ padded envelope cost $4.5 -$5.5 in the US, and $14.5 – $17.5 internationally to be sent.
          It’s credit card size drive that cost a customer $5
          Unbelievably unfair, and no alternatives?

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