questionsshipping rates?

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Cheapest way for books and media is USPS Media Mail. Slow as frozen molasses but it does get there and it is very cheap.

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Parcel post.

Or UPS - I shipped all my belongings UPS from Seattle to Charlotte it was the easiest way to get them here.

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In my experience going to the post office and using USPS is the cheapest, but they have a weight limit.

If you have over 50 packages you can use Parcel Select and get big discounts, but usually nobody ships that many all at once.

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@theoneill555:

"Slow as frozen molasses"

May I steal this? Applicable to so many situations. Not to mention funny.

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When we ship books that we sell (old textbooks and business self-help which usually sell rapidly) we have also used the Media Mail option. It does take some time but I do not think that it was ever more than a week. You must be careful and make sure that if you choose Media Mail, that the items in the package all fall into the category, as the Post Office has been known to inspect contents of packages marked as such and will return to sender any boxes shipped under this classification that contain items that do not fit the Media Mail tag. We compared rates time and again and found that was the cheapest rate for books.

Also consider the Priority Mail boxes if they are heavy items as these ship for a set rate as long as it fits in the box.

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@theoneill555: I always heard "slow as molasses in January," but yours is a bit more direct. I like.

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@theoneill555: I like slower than snot on a cold winter day.

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@perkalicious11: My grandma liked to use that phrase, I just twisted it when my sons came along (I never realized just how slow two little boys were when getting ready for bed).

@sgoman5674: With little boys, snot is never slow. :)

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I can ship things from work under their account and then I get a discounted rate and they just deduct it from my paycheck.

Does Amazon have an employee shipping program you can take advantage of?

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Not much more to add other than my opinion, but I'll add my vote to media mail as being fairly reliable. Just be aware that the condition of your packaging better be pretty good - I've had a few packages (I work a lot with books and printed media) come through a little dinged up. That hasn't always been the case, but my general tendency is to gauge the value, and if it's higher, then lean towards UPS Ground as a still relatively cheap option.