Which shipping service do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by matbook101, Oct 2, 2011.


Which shipping service do you prefer?

  1. UPS

  2. Fed Ex

  3. USPS

  4. Other (please specify in the comments)

  1. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    FedEX followed by DHL, Brown (ups), usPS (emphasis on PS).

    Why no DHL on the poll???
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    For smaller stuff, I really do love USPS Priority Flat Rate. They'll leave stuff on the porch without making a 'federal' case out of it. Plus it's nice to not have to weigh stuff and being able to print postage at home. The free boxes upon request is a nice touch too.
  3. matbook101 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    because I didn't think that many people still use DHL, so it falls under "Other"


    Exactly that's why I love usps they give me free boxes, will pick up at my house, and shipping costs $5 anywhere in the country. As a person who sells small things on ebay all the time (recently a psp and a kindle) I just love them.
  4. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    plus priority mail is faster. three days usually max and sometimes only one or two days.
  5. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    UPS hands down, Ive had items get "Early Delivery". Not with USPS or Fedex, they will hold until until the expected date. Not to mention any package I need to pickup with Fedex cant be done and is a HUGE fight to get done, cant contact any local facilities or anything. USPS has no reliable tracking, I sent an item back from an ebay purchase with delivery confirmation since apparently thats the only tracking you can get unless you go with EMS. That package never scanned the local facility and was never delivered and USPS has no clue what happened and im out $50... Anything over $5 gets shipped with insurance through USPS now and I will never use Fedex.

    Also UPS seems to have the best tracking for packages, as I have stated with USPS...Delivery Confirmation tracking is OPTIONAL whether they scan it or not and Fedex is just horribly slow at updating it. Now if everyone at USPS was like my local post office, then yes I would love USPS. Til then, hope they default and go under :mad:

    Priority and First Class are not guaranteed.
  6. matbook101 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    Most of the time I ship via priority mail it gets there in 2 days. For far out locations from PA (California, Washington) they always get there by the third business day. Also, to a neighboring state most of the time it is one day!


    FedEx and USPS both have reliable tracking in my experience. Also, in my experience UPS is overpriced.
  7. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
    I personally prefer hiring a female Russian circus midget...very reliable and quite efficient.
  8. CBillups1 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    USPS, its usually faster and cheaper

    Priority Mail FTW
  9. Nermal, Oct 2, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011

    Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    USPS for stuff from the US, because of the tracking. The other two go silent once the package leaves the US.
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Depends. Small things within the US: USPS
    Larger things, especially outside the US: Fedex

    USPS has really improved itself (and their website/tracking)
  11. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    For me I like USPS for most things. Of all the shipping services they have screwed up the least often. Fed ex has screwed up before. USP has lost more than one package of mine and hell even delivered it to the wrong state before (heck ever item was radically different than what it should of been)

    USPS has never lost a package. Top it off they are the cheapest.
  12. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    My company does a considerable amount of shipping through each carrier...USPS gets the job done for lots of things, and Priority Mail is very fast. Looking at our database of shipments, many of them coast-to-coast, Priority Mail is much of the time a second day service. If it comes in at under 13oz it can go First Class for even less money, and just as fast. For smaller parcels this cannot be matched by FedEx or UPS in speed for price paid. The value of USPS declines dramatically when you start adding weight, however. FedEx and UPS do both offer much more flexibility with express and guaranteed services.

    I'm also partial to UPS as I worked as a driver helper riding shotgun and dropping off packages during college vacations leading up to Christmas. Pretty fun job. Like being Santa Claus. :D
  13. jal97jal macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2011
  14. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I suggest everyone stay away from UPS.

    They tack on additional charges to packages, and then expect the recipient to pay for them; You call them up and they inform you that because you accepted the item, you have to pay for it and now you have no basis for complaint. However, this is beside the fact that you were never informed of the charge until you got in the mail a week after the item was delivered and the guy on the truck just drops it off and leaves.

    They cheat. Give them a wide berth. I would recommend USPS, except they have a tendency to leave packages where they ought not.

    FedEx, ime, delivers promptly and I've never had any trouble.
  15. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    USPS, its cheapest and goes anywhere in the U.S., most places international.
  16. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Depends on the thing being shipped. Prefer shipping packages Fedex.
  17. gramirez2012 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Chicago, USA
    I love USPS because they're the cheapest and offer free flat rate boxes and free pickup at your home. For larger/more valuable items I use FedEx. I only use UPS if I want to be sure the package will arrive damaged. :D
  18. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Don't care. Whoever Amazon decides to do my free 2-day shipping with is up to them.
  19. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    In many ways I believe it's a product of where you live and how well the various carriers are organized in your area.

    I've done a lot of shipping & receiving with all of them. It's too close to call I'm my area since they are all very good.

    The one that does ride above the rest due to the fact I get early deliveries is FedEx.
  20. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  21. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    From UK so can't really say USPS so it goes FedEx, DHL, UPS and... *shudder* Royal Mail :eek:
  22. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    In The UK

    I only get UPS for Apple stuff....Same guy ever time. Miserable, moans but get's it here.

    When my iMac was delivered he said it was too heavy, and dragged it along the ground.

    Box had scuff's but the iMac is fine. 30lb's he can't carry?

    But since I have no choice I'm stuck with them....If he say's an iPhone is to heavy......!
  23. DW58 macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2011
    Here in the UK, UPS let themselves down by their diabolically slow standard service - I bought a Logitech Solar Keyboard recently, it took less than 24 hours to come from The Netherlands to the UK and then sat in their Preston Depot for four days! The UPS express service however is excellent.

    DHL don't inspire me at all.

    I can't speak for USPS within the US, but their international service is diabolical.

    In the past year I've had three Fed-Ex deliveries from the US to UK in under 48 hours, hence they get my vote.

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