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USPS Shipping Speed—Regular Package Service vs. Priority 3-Day

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Feb 14, 2020 - 4:22:59 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


22922 posts since 6/25/2005

Some of you followed my earlier topic on tracking a banjo shipped to me.  That topic is here:

That banjo was sent from Maryland to California by the Post Office‘s standard package service.  It took 12 actual, and 8 business days to arrive.  Tracking was not particularly informative, in fact, a bit misleading.  It arrived safely and met the P.O. criterion of delivery within 10 business days.  Cost: $82 and change.

This was a trade, and I shipped the return banjo via USPS Priority 3-day service.  It arrived, as advertised, in three days. Cost: $127 and change.  Both shipments were insured for $1,000.

Cost, of course, varies by distance, but this is a good basis for comparison. My take is that the Priority service is worth the difference because an instrument is less likely to sit where it’s too hot or too cold for a significant length of time.  Not to mention a much better idea of arrival if you need to plan to be at the destination point.

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:51:56 AM



215 posts since 12/17/2014

I'm with you on the $45 difference being worth it, but there will always be those who will go with the cheapest rate, no matter what.

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