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Subject: Method of Shipping
Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:29 AM ET
Member Since: 11/21/2007
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It seems that most swaps are shipped through the US Post Office. Is this a PBS requirement?  I was wondering if it would be OK to send by UPS? Are they more expensive than the Post Office? Just curious.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 6:08 AM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2006
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UPS is definitely more expensive.  I live in MA, so if I shipped a 1 lb pkg w/in MA the cost of UPS would be $4.20 (w/out package weight  plus their assorted fuel surcharges) .  To ship a 1 lb book from MA to CA via UPS it would be $5.08 (w/out package weight  plus fuel charges).   A 1lb book shipped via Media Mail to anywhere in the country is $2.47.  And some lighter paperbacks can be shipped via First Class mail for even less.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 8:29 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Yeah, UPS has no "media mail" option so it is quite a bit more expensive.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 8:42 AM ET
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USPS Media Mail may be slow, but it is so cheap the PO literally doesn't make any money on it!

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 9:30 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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my experience with media mail has been pretty good...rarely do the books take more than 2 weeks to get to their destination and sometimes there are there within 3 days!

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 4:06 PM ET
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To answer your initial question, you certainly can ship via UPS or another method if you wish (someone sent me one via FedEx once, looked like it was sent from work), but the cost will be significantly higher, and you should expect your fellow PBSers will use the US Postal Service when shipping to you.