Study shows that shipping cost less with the USPS, than with UPS or FEDEX.... a good reason to send packages with the Post office this Christmas.
For many consumers, Santa's sleigh takes the form of a white or brown truck, and gifts arrive by way of the doorstep rather than the chimney. FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service all promise to whisk a package shipped today across the country in time to go under a tree tomorrow. But can they do it without blowing your holiday budget? Cheapism obtained rate quotes for a variety of services from all three providers and, in every case, the Postal Service proved the cheapest option.
Take, for example, a 5-pound package going to San Francisco from New York. In its search for cheap shipping, Cheapism found that overnight service would cost more than $80 for delivery by 3 p.m. and more than $90 for delivery by 10:30 a.m. with either FedEx or UPS. In contrast, the Post Office will ship the same package with guaranteed overnight delivery for $39.95-$56, depending whether a flat-rate box is used or not.
Media Mail from the Postal Service emerged as the absolute cheapest option overall, costing only $4.33 for a 5-pound package and $6.52 for a 10-pound package to either city. However, the service applies only to "educational materials" such as books and DVDs. For other items, the Postal Service's Parcel Post beat out UPS Ground and FedEx Home Delivery, although the estimated transit times were six days to Chicago and eight days to San Francisco, compared with guaranteed delivery in two days to Chicago and five days to San Francisco with UPS or FedEx.