Need Advice On Large Package Shipping

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sablebrush52

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I have to get a pinata from Texas to the east coast.

It doesn't weigh anything but it's taking a 3 foot cubed box.

Shipping a box like that through conventional means is an arm and a leg.

I'd like to find a way to spend only an arm. Any help appreciated.

Thanks.


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rmpeeps

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I have to get a pinata from Texas to the east coast.

It doesn't weigh anything but it's taking a 3 foot cubed box.

Shipping a box like that through conventional means is an arm and a leg.

I'd like to find a way to spend only an arm. Any help appreciated.

Thanks.


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BROBS

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I have to get a pinata from Texas to the east coast.

It doesn't weigh anything but it's taking a 3 foot cubed box.

Shipping a box like that through conventional means is an arm and a leg.

I'd like to find a way to spend only an arm. Any help appreciated.

Thanks.


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scloyd

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From the USPS website postage calculator:

Houston to NYC....10 pounds....box 24" x 24" x 24" (I randomly selected Houston and NYC)
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Large Package, weight 10 lb 0 oz (4.536 kg), mailed on April 14
from HOUSTON TX 77001 to NEW YORK NY 10007
USPS Retail Ground®

USPS Retail Ground®​


Select a Delivery OptionExpected Delivery DayRetailClick-N-Ship®
Normal Delivery TimeTue, Apr 20$166.60Not available

I'd take it to a UPS store and let them pack it and ship it.


 

scloyd

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From the USPS website postage calculator:

Houston to NYC....10 pounds....box 24" x 24" x 24" (I randomly selected Houston and NYC)
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Large Package, weight 10 lb 0 oz (4.536 kg), mailed on April 14
from HOUSTON TX 77001 to NEW YORK NY 10007
USPS Retail Ground®

USPS Retail Ground®​


Select a Delivery OptionExpected Delivery DayRetailClick-N-Ship®
Normal Delivery TimeTue, Apr 20$166.60Not available

I'd take it to a UPS store and let them pack it and ship it.
I tried the USPS postage calculator again with a package weight of 5 pounds...still $166.60.

I changed the dimensions of the package to 36" x 36" x 36" and it states:
According to the dimensions entered, your package is too large to be mailed.

Good luck Jay.
 

cosmicfolklore

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I tried the USPS postage calculator again with a package weight of 5 pounds...still $166.60.

I changed the dimensions of the package to 36" x 36" x 36" and it states:
According to the dimensions entered, your package is too large to be mailed.

Good luck Jay.
I don't know how much I would trust this. I use USPS for everything from mailing bikes to anvils to large metalworking equipment, and I always go inside and talk to the Postmaster. They usually know how to get the lowest rate, and I have never paid anything like $166 to mail something. They genuinely want you to get the lowest rate, because the reason stuff is priced at higher rates is the "headache factor" for them.
 

scloyd

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I don't know how much I would trust this. I use USPS for everything from mailing bikes to anvils to large metalworking equipment, and I always go inside and talk to the Postmaster. They usually know how to get the lowest rate, and I have never paid anything like $166 to mail something. They genuinely want you to get the lowest rate, because the reason stuff is priced at higher rates is the "headache factor" for them.
Yeah, I thought it seemed a bit high.

I have used the USPS postage calculator in the past and it was accurate, those were smaller packages, not huge boxes.
 

instymp

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After several days of unsatisfactory research, I decided it was cheaper and more rewarding to commission an artist local to my sister to make and deliver a pinata.

Now, I have a large, pink elephant pinata in my garage.

I think I'll fill it with plastic liquor miniatures and take it to a bike rally end of May...



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