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With the loss of many manufactured spending methods this year, many people are turning to resale to fill the void. Unfortunately, reselling has quite a bit more overhead than Serve does. After all, labels and boxes aren’t free… or are they?
The three major US shipping companies, UPS, Fedex, and USPS, are very generous when it comes to packaging and shipping materials. I’m assuming their thought process is whichever company gives you everything you need to ship will likely get your business. Regardless, free is good and I’m glad they do it.
If you use FBA, which I’m sure most of you do, UPS is, by far, the best company to ship with. The reason for that is simple: Amazon and UPS do such a large volume of business together, that shipping to an Amazon fulfillment center is a fraction of what UPS would charge you to ship somewhere else. You can use other shipping companies with FBA, but it rarely makes cents (pun intended).
To “buy” free UPS shipping supplies, simply go to UPS.com, login, and select what items you need. You need to have a UPS account to get free UPS supplies, but you can sign up for free here.
They have a lot of options when it comes to free supplies, but if you’re an Amazon reseller, the supplies that will be of most use to you, will likely be the following:
FedEx is an oddity to me. I rarely receive orders through Fedex and when I do it’s usually on a Saturday, which is a day that UPS doesn’t deliver in my area. Not only that, but I never ship Fedex either.
Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever shipped a product via Fedex, but someone must… right? Otherwise, how would they stay in business? Regardless, they give free shipping products away as well, just like UPS and USPS, and it never hurts to have options.
To order free supplies from Fedex, head to their online store. You will need a Fedex login, but you can sign-up for free here, if you don’t already have an account.
Here are a few shipping supply highlights that Fedex Offers:
USPS has a leg up on Fedex and UPS because they offer free boxes for many types of shipping, not only for express shipments. If you sell on eBay, then I’m sure you know just how advantageous this can be. What USPS doesn’t offer that the other two do, is free shipping labels. No company is perfect, I suppose.
To get free USPS supplies, simply head to USPS’s website and select the items you need. Again, you will need an account to order free supplies, but that’s free as well.
Here are some of the more useful free items USPS offers:
As I mentioned above, if you use FBA, you’re more than likely going to utilize the free supplies UPS offers. That being said, it’s still very nice to have free products available from Fedex and USPS when you have to ship out eBay products and other items. After all, free shipping materials greatly help your bottom line!