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bruc101

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10-21-2021 10:26 PM

I was talking to a retired woodworker this morning and he asked me a question about how we shipped our cutting boards. He said he had shipped one this morning that was 11” wide and 15” long and it cost him $43.00.

I told him we shipped USPS Priority Mail in the flat rate priority boxes. I told him we shipped 6 Larch end grain boards yesterday 2” thick x 12” wide x 18” long and it cost a little over $12.00 a board.

We don’t fool with trying to get the boxes at our almost off grid post office. We order them from USPS at no charge.

We order 3 different size boxes 3 1/2” deep and up to 24” long and 25 to a pack at no charge and no shipping cost. I suggest not to order the Express boxes. Cost much more to ship.

Some of you probably already know this, or have a better solution that fits your needs. I’ve enclosed the link to the USPS box page where you can order from. Just pick out the size, or sizes you want, and order them.

https://store.usps.com/store/results/priority-mail/shipping-supplies-boxes/_/N-p52cprZu9qwm0

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org


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#1 posted 10-22-2021 04:02 AM

I ordered some boxes about 7 weeks ago, haven’t seen anything on them. It’s been a few years since I ordered any, but pre Covid I would get them in a week to 10 days. So far as I have really needed them the local has had the ones I needed. I imagine a lot of that has to do with the Post Master of the local, as much as anything.

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#2 posted 10-22-2021 10:25 AM

I’m not a fan of the USPS, but for most of us, those flat rate boxes are probably the best deal going.

For people who walk in the storefront to ship a box, UPS or Fedex shipping for regular consumers is just out of sight price-wise.

-- Ray

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#3 posted 10-23-2021 02:54 PM

I make pizza peels. There aren’t any boxes long with a short height for these. I construct the boxes myself out of cardboard I get from a car body shop. Those are nice and big, flat, and without cutouts for the top/bottom like normal boxes have. I’ve also constructed boxes for the some of the cutting boards I ship. USPS boxes are usually to high for my liking. Make a box—It’ll be fun (he said :).

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#4 posted 10-23-2021 05:44 PM

I was in the UPS Store shipping something this past summer and the lady in front of me started bragging about some easy money making craft she created and how she was going to get rich off it. It was something that cost $9.50 in materials and only took about an hour to make and she had already sold 10 of them for $20 ea. (shipped). So I’m thinking $10.50 an hour less shipping is her profit, pretty low and not my cup of tea. She still needed to buy the shipping box (tube in her case) which turned out to be $4.50. Now she is down to $6.00 profit. It already started to go south. Shipping was going to be just over $21.00 each. Now she was $15.00 in the hole for each one and she had 10 to ship out. A net loss of $150.00. She started screaming at the poor kid behind the counter. She turned and looked at me looking for support and I said “You should have checked on shipping costs before you accepted payment because now you are stuck.” She told me to f__k off and stormed out the door.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#5 posted 10-23-2021 06:54 PM


I was in the UPS Store shipping something this past summer and the lady in front of me started bragging about some easy money making craft she created and how she was going to get rich off it. It was something that cost $9.50 in materials and only took about an hour to make and she had already sold 10 of them for $20 ea. (shipped). So I m thinking $10.50 an hour less shipping is her profit, pretty low and not my cup of tea. She still needed to buy the shipping box (tube in her case) which turned out to be $4.50. Now she is down to $6.00 profit. It already started to go south. Shipping was going to be just over $21.00 each. Now she was $15.00 in the hole for each one and she had 10 to ship out. A net loss of $150.00. She started screaming at the poor kid behind the counter. She turned and looked at me looking for support and I said “You should have checked on shipping costs before you accepted payment because now you are stuck.” She told me to f__k off and stormed out the door.

- northwoodsman

I’ve seen and heard that incident more than one time. Shipping charges will bite you on the butt if you don’t check into them. We’ve found over the years the USPS flat rate boxes save us a lot of money in shipping fees. We even use their deep boxes sometimes and cut them down to size.

We just got a shipment of different size boxes in today and have two more sizes that will be here Monday. We order the 25 boxes to a pack. The long box is the 24”. Most of our pastry, serving trays, bbq boards and long cutting boards will fit into it.

USPS also has a box to ship drawings in and we use a lot of those also. I shipped out a set of plans yesterday 36” x 48” that had 17 sheets in it and the cost was $10.50. We stopped using round tubes when we found out about the USPS boxes. They’re triangular in shape and located on the same place their other boxes are.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#6 posted 10-24-2021 02:23 AM

The last few times I shipped something, it turned out to be cheaper to buy a box from a local box store and pay priority shipping based upon the size and weight rather than the flat rate, even though the box was bigger than the large flat rate box. I think that the box was only a couple of bucks.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 10-24-2021 06:04 AM



The last few times I shipped something, it turned out to be cheaper to buy a box from a local box store and pay priority shipping based upon the size and weight rather than the flat rate, even though the box was bigger than the large flat rate box. I think that the box was only a couple of bucks.

- Lazyman

We do a lot of shipping, especially cutting boards, and save $100’s of dollars a year using the flat rate boxes. Sometimes we have to go to a bigger box and we cut it down.

We used to use a regular box cutter until an Amazon friend told us about this one for $16.88 on Amazon. I saw one being used in a Go Postal store awhile back. The box and the cheapest shipping was about $35.00. About the same size and weight we ship cutting boards in using the flat rate boxes for $12.50.

https://www.amazon.com/Cardboard-Box-Carton-Reducer-Sizer/dp/B00OI9RO94/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=cut+boxes+size+down&qid=1635054861&sr=8-2

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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