saving on shipping large packages

Let me just start off by saying that there is no rhyme or reason to how UPS charges what it does to ship items via UPS Ground. I had a discussion with a manager at my local UPS store a couple weeks ago about their formula and it would confuse most ivy league mathematics professors. The equations used are seriously the size of a large novel. He showed me.

With that said, I recently “saved” over $20 when I shipped a painting. It was an 18 x 24 x 1.5″ painting wrapped big-time in bubble wrap in a box that was 22 x 32 x 9″. The package was only a couple pounds. The cost to ship via UPS Ground to Washington rang up as $35. I just shipped a identically-sized painting in a similar box a couple weeks prior for about $16. The manager of the store heard me complaining about this and told the employee to see if 6 or 7 inches (instead of 9) would drop the price. Sure enough 7″ dropped it to $13.

They then had a handy perforating tool that they used to score the box and bring the box down 2 inches in height. I was very happy that they offered to size down the box for me. (Actually, I had already sized it down from 18″ to 9″ but that’s beside the point.)

$35: 22 x 32 x 9″
$13: 22 x 32 x 7″

Size matters.

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Tom Saaristo
16 years ago

Darn right size matters.

On another note, have you tried shipping via USPS Priority Mail? Their prices truly can’t be beat.