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    it'll be roughly shoebox sized, under 5lbs.
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    Pigeons. Lots of Pigeons.

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      USPS. Seems small things are the cheapest to send through the post office
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      • #4
        Pigeons. Lots of Pigeons.


        Better yet, a catapult.

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          I've heard that FedEx is cheapest when all the fees are counted.
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            USPS. Seems small things are the cheapest to send through the post office


            I concur...

            Also, just in case you weren't aware, if you're shipping a product to buyer in Canada, that buyer is responsible for taxes on the item. With USPS/Canada Post, it's hit or miss whether they'll get dinged on taxes, but at least there will be no brokerage fees like UPS and FedEx...
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            • #7
              But catapults involve lots of algorithms and other mathematical doo-dackers. All you gotta do is tell the pigeon where to go, that's easy!

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                I take back my response and go with catapult
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                • #9
                  I've heard that FedEx is cheapest when all the fees are counted.


                  Incorrect. USPS is the best for something of that size, UPS is always the wrong answer regardless.

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                    ground.

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                    • #11
                      Incorrect. USPS is the best for something of that size, UPS is always the wrong answer regardless.


                      Not in my experience. UPS Worldwide Express Air Small Shipment is fast and we don't ever get dinged with brokerage fees or extra taxes. We get PC Boards from New Jersey and this has proven to be the absolute best shipping method for them. Any ground-based shipping involves brokerage fees and other crap. We've gotten good service from both UPS and Fedex with a minimum of hassles. Maybe we've been lucky.
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                      • #12
                        UPS is always the wrong answer regardless.


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                          Not in my experience. UPS Worldwide Express Air Small Shipment is fast and we don't ever get dinged with brokerage fees or extra taxes. We get PC Boards from New Jersey and this has proven to be the absolute best shipping method for them. Any ground-based shipping involves brokerage fees and other crap. We've gotten good service from both UPS and Fedex with a minimum of hassles. Maybe we've been lucky.


                          Extremely. Everyone I know has a horror story about UPS and their high brokerage rates.

                          Myself, I once bought a small electronic device (drum machine IIRC) from a private seller in the US. Final sale price with shipping was $83USD. It had $56 or whatever the unit's sale value was written right on the tag.

                          It arrived and UPS asked for $116 for duty/taxes/brokerage fees and wouldn't hand it over until I gave them cash. A cheque wasn't good enough, they wanted cash money within 24 hours or it left, to be returned to sender.

                          Thankfully I just happened to have $120 in twenties in my pocket. He wouldn't make change, so left with it. I had to get it that evening from the local store/depot.

                          Never. Again.

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                            In my experience (sending 10+ basses to Canada), USPS is the best option for the Canadian buyer, and least expensive for the US seller.

                            UPS the worst for the Canadian buyer.

                            Not enough data on FedEx.

                            How about DHL? They seem to be gaining ground on the big 3, here in the US at least.

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                            • #15
                              Another -1 for UPS. We've never had them ask for us to pay brokerage fees on the spot, we just get a letter in the mail a week later basically saying we owe them $X, and if we don't pay within whatever time period they'll take us to court for it. We have to ask them on delivery if there's any fees owing and then opt to pick it up/pay for it later. At least with FedEx they give us the option of paying the duties ourselves, which costs a couple bucks in gas driving across town to do that, instead of $40 for the brokerage fee. Shipping through post is the best option IMO. They come to the door, ask for cash or credit card number. If we can't pay right away, the nearest depot is about 5 minutes away.
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