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You are responsible for costs of shipping and for making sure that your items arrive safely. This page should help you reduce shipping costs and protect your shipment.
Shipping Options in Order of Cost
- US Postal Service First Class Mail if total weight is 13oz or less.
- US Postal Service Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope (available for free at most post offices): Low price on everything that fits. Print label at usps.com for lowest cost and free tracking.
- US Postal Service Small Flat Rate Priority Mail Box (available for free at many post offices): Low price on everything that fits. Print label at usps.com for lowest cost and free tracking.
- US Postal Service Priority Mail: Depends on weight and distance. Generally best for 3lbs or less. Use the USPS Shipping Cost Calculator for a cost estimate. Print label at usps.com for lowest cost and free tracking.
- US Postal Service Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail Box (available for free at most post offices): Perfect for heavier, but compact shipments. Print label at usps.com for lowest cost and free tracking.
- FedEx or UPS Ground: As long as you are shipping within the continental U.S. this will usually be cheapest if your shipment doesn't fit into a Medium Flat Rate Box, especially if you can use your organization's shipping account. Visit FedEx or UPS website to create a label and/or find drop-off locations near you. Labels printed online will be cheaper than paying at the retail location.
Tips for Safe Delivery
We do not require that you use tracking or insurance; these services can be expensive and issues are rare, especially if you follow the tips above. However, if you do not want to take any chances, make sure you use a trackable and insured shipping method as we will not be responsible for lost or damaged shipments.
- Calculators are delicate. Use bubble wrap or other packing materials to protect them.
- Print the delivery address or shipping label. Packages with handwritten addresses are much more likely to get delayed or lost.
- US Postal Service methods offer tracking as an optional service you need to pay for (unless you use Priority Mail and pay for postage through the usps.com website where it is included). UPS and FedEx include tracking. Note that tracking is not 100% accurate; signature can be necessary to prove delivery, but costs extra.
- US Postal Service methods offer insurance as an optional service you need to pay for. UPS and FedEx include $100 of insurance. Please note that most companies will not pay for damage unless you adequately protect the contents of the shipment.