Understanding Flat Rates and Shipping Methods April 13 2017
Printkeg offers many discounted shipping methods and flat rate options to help reduce the burden of shipping expenses to our customers. In the past, we've experimented with free shipping, but that just hasn't been something we could maintain. Since that is the case, we have developed an attractive blend of shipping options. We offer the following services:
- Flat Rate Shipping
- USPS Priority Mail
- UPS Ground
- UPS 3-Day Select
- UPS 2-Day Air
- UPS Next Day Air
Each shipping method has advantages and disadvantages that are essential to understand especially if you have a deadline. We discount every service by passing our bulk rates to customers. We do not make any money on shipping and refuse to increase our prices to accommodate shipping expenses. Instead, we try to be as reasonable as possible. Here is a breakdown of each service:
Flat Shipping Rates - These are discounted rates provided to help keep your shipping costs way down. Most of the time, flat rates offer huge savings. If you select a flat shipping rate, our shipping department will select the least expensive shipping method which may include UPS Ground or any USPS service (including Priority). The method of shipping is at our discretion. The service we use generally depends on the weight of the package. For now, and after a time period of testing, we have strayed away from UPS SurePost and Fedex SmartPost since those services usually hand off packages to USPS for final delivery which can be confusing. Flat rates are not available for some areas and start at $9.99 (based on order amount).
$0 - $149.99 = $10.99
$150.00 - $249.99 = $14.99
$250.00 - $499.99 = $21.95
$500.00 - $999.99 = $29.99
$1000+ = $59.99
West coast orders may be $1 to $5 more.
USPS Priority Mail - While selecting a shipping method, you will be offered a USPS Priority Mail option. The option will either be "Priority Mail 2-Day" or "Priority Mail 3-Day" but usually not both. Only one will be available for your area. For lighter weight packages, USPS Priority Mail is often the least expensive method and can sometimes be cheaper than the flat rates. This is the most superior shipping method for light packages since it is inexpensive and fast. The problem with this service is the transit time periods are not guaranteed by USPS. Despite reading "USPS Priority 2-Day" that package may not actually reach you in two days. Some customers have better experiences than others. USPS Priority Mail is usually not ideal for heavy packages over eight pounds or stringent deadlines.
UPS Ground - The slowest and most basic UPS service aside from UPS SurePost (which we do not use), UPS Ground is an excellent choice for heavy packages. Once you hit fifteen pounds, this option will become far more economical than a USPS Priority Mail option. We recommend looking over this map that shows how many days UPS Ground would take to reach you from our facility. Many customers choose a flat rate over UPS Ground for the savings.
UPS 3-Day Select - For a reasonable price, you can purchase a coast-to-coast shipping transit time of three days rather than the standard five or six days offered through UPS Ground. If you are located in central or eastern USA, this service will not be beneficial since UPS Ground will likely make it to you within the same time period. Again, we urge you to look over our UPS Ground map.
UPS 2-Day Air - If your items ship on Tuesday, there is a 99% chance your package will arrive on Thursday no matter where you are located in the United States. This is a premium expedited service by UPS, but we recommend checking our UPS Ground map to ensure you're not wasting money. Many states are only two days away from us using UPS Ground. Many of our customers opt to use USPS Priority 2-Day over this service since it is usually much cheaper. However, it is important to understand that UPS actually guarantees their transit times, so this is the service for important deadlines.
UPS Next Day Air - This is the only service we provide that offers next day delivery. We actually select "UPS Next Day Air Saver" since most customers do not need the delivery by a certain time of the day. If you require a early delivery time, please contact our customer service. Early morning delivery options and prices vary depending on area.
A few notes
We offer different UPS and USPS solutions for Canadian orders.
Flat rates are not available in all areas including Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska.
Flat rates may not be available for custom orders and/or large orders which cannot be processed through our website due to weight restriction.