If you've got a box of doodads that has to get to Kalamazoo in a day or two, what are you going to do? You know you have options, such as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service
To answer this question, you used to have to spend a lot of time checking with each carrier. (More likely, you just picked one, crossed your fingers, and hoped for the best.) Times have changed, though. Now you can go to RedRoller.com, where you can quickly get price quotes for DHL, FedEx, USPS, and some smaller shipping companies. All you need to do is enter the destination's ZIP code and the package's type and weight. Unfortunately, quotes from UPS won't be included. That's because UPS prefers to include itself in its own quote provider, Iship.com, which also includes USPS. So two quick trips to these sites should give you your best choice.
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