Best tricks and tips to save money on couriers costs.

If you’re looking for a way to save a lot of money on postage and get free supplies, read on. I’m going to share with you the tricks to help you save money on delivery and get free promotional items delivered straight to your client. This is a tactic that I employ in my company and has consistently paid off well for me. It’s easy to see how expensive delivery can be every month when you run a store. The trick is, a lot of people don’t think they can cope without delivery from time to time.

Shipping is one of the least attractive elements of e-commerce in the world. It’s pricey and it’s getting more expensive (notably this year from shipping cost increases from FedEx and UPS). Many of these improvements and cost increases are taking place, while consumers expect delivery to be extremely affordable and even free in many situations. Wherever you can cut delivery prices, you can take full advantage of them, and there are a few forms that you may not have heard of.

You can ship the goods on a daily basis without costing a fortune per month, you can set up a company and get paid for shipping. As you develop a good reputation, this is going to be a very lucrative sector. And how are you doing this? One approach is to deliver free items as a discount item when someone orders from you. Let’s assume, for example, that you’re providing a free Apple laptop online. If someone buys one from you and takes it around, you can sell them another free of charge.

This is well and you’re going to be free to market those items as much as you can. However, you find yourself getting annoyed with the deals. Why not make more in that case?

1-Make money any time you ship – Savings amount:

Shipping is protected by, or at least partially funded by, the clients. Money on mailing is something you’re still going to spend as long as you’re running an e-commerce company, so why doesn’t that money work for you?

If you use shipping apps like Shipping Easy, you have a credit card balance. When having a credit card that offers cashback benefits or frequent flyer miles, you’re paying a portion of each dollar for your postal value. Before you know it, you’re going to rack up points to go somewhere or make a little extra return from your shipping expenses. The more you shop, the more you can gain by using a reward-based credit card.

If you’re not actually using a credit card with a reward scheme, and you’re running an e-commerce business—get one fast! You can also use a smaller cap card since the shipping program makes automatic refills.

2-Do not get away from the Lavish LUXURY Shops.

From a reader called Samantha: “There are a few shops in my town that have the craziest tile discount rates that come out better than shopping at the big box store or rebuilding. Quality is a lot better and for a lot less money than the cheap stuff. I did extremely well at auctions and always took a lot of chances that when I didn’t need it, I sold it on Craigslist for a reasonable profit that protected my other purchases.”

I wish I had thought about this, particularly the tile we used behind our wood stove. We’ve got ours in a reuse shop, and though we don’t like it, we’re not in love with it either. Not to mention that we just saved a little bit by buying a new one in a big box store.

3-Demand free shipping supply from UPS – Savings amount:

UPS, FedEx, and USPS all sell their customers free delivery materials for such items shipped directly to the preferred address for free. These free supplies are for postal and expedited services, such as UPS Express Envelopes, FedEx Medium Boxes, and USPS Priority Mail boxes, respectively.

UPS provides free UPS materials, including packaging, forms, and stickers, to customers logging in to UPS.com®. You may also use the UPS Store® or the Customer Center to order extra packaging materials in person.


Requirements for:

UPS My Account (most e-commerce sellers should have an account already, if not go to UPS.com and create an account there)

The true physical address for delivering parcels

Form of things that you may order:

Generic brands for thermal shipping

UPS bins and niche boxes

UPS-related tags and formats

Reference Manual for shipping

How to get your UPS delivery materials free of charge:

There is a link to “Order Supplies” in the UPS.com sidebar tab. Click the link and you will be sent to the My UPS account login page. Sign up and take out all the different supplies you can buy for free. You need a My UPS account, or you’re not going to see the supplies to order.

UPS restricts the amount you can buy at one time and will contact you if you believe you are wasting the free materials they have. The blank UPS labels give work on every airline since they are generic blank labels. Anything that has UPS marking or operates for UPS shipments in particular.

One extra note: not all free label carriers operate with all printers.

4-Order free shipping materials from the USPS – Savings amount:

Probably less well known than the free supplies of UPS and FedEx, the United States Postal Service also sends its customers free mailing supplies. Although their options are more minimal, they are still free and will be delivered directly to your address.

Requirements for:

A physical address that can be used to accept parcels

Groups of things that you may order:

Main mailboxes and envelopes

U.S.S.P. Priority Mail Regional Rate Box

USPS logos and stickers

Global Shipping Kit

Where to order: shopping is easy, there is a free shipping page on USPS.com.

5-Order free shipping materials from FedEx – Savings amount:

FedEx, like UPS, also sends its customers free shipping materials. Like UPS, you need a FedEx ID and a valid address to collect the supplies. Where FedEx differs from UPS, it provides a broader range of generic brands than UPS, and you can buy them in larger quantities. Don’t misuse the service and buy more than you need to.


ID of FedEx

Amount of FedEx Account

True address of shipment

Groups of things that you may order:

Branded FedEx Envelops

FedEx “Packs”

Waybill pockets

Generic stickers for shipping

Thermal Shipping Labels are compatible with your printer

In FedEx’s top-level navigation of their pages, hovering over The “Ship” tab will show a menu where you can click the “Order Shipping Supplies” button.

You would need to log in to your FedEx account to see the things you wish to order. If you don’t have one, please register to start ordering.

6-Reduced thermal mark printers, Zebra GX420 – Amount of savings: up to $350

The Zebra GX420 is a workhorse for label printing for several e-commerce firms. Zebra thermal printers have the benefit of printing shipping labels easily and having no ink so that you don’t have to pay high prices toner and ink to print decent shipping labels. We still have a significant number of customers who opt for Dymo LabelWriter 4XL. All are efficient and highly preferred thermal printers.

There is one drawback to Zebra printers, though: a $450 retail price tag. Although the investment is worth it in the long run, there is an abundance of completely working restored units across the web. You can have a completely working Zebra mark printer refurbished online anywhere from $100-$250, which saves you as much as $350 on your order. There is clearly a danger of buying a renovated unit, but there are assurances that usually come with purchasing and third-party guarantees that will make the purchase safe for years to come.

Where to buy: eBay, Amazon, and independent platforms all sell renovated units. Try purchasing from a reputable vendor and add an extended warranty if applicable (SquareTrade extended warranties on eBay sales are $47.99 for 2 years).

To get started, here’s a GX420 thermal printer search results page on eBay that will help you find one.

If you like stickers on your GX420, you can buy them free of charge from FedEx if you have an account with them, or you can buy them from delivery stores and Amazon. Here are a couple of links to the rolls you can buy on Amazon to get you started:

7-  ASK FOR Discounted Prices AND FREE Shipping FOR Big ORDERS.

When we ordered all our tongue and groove pine for the walls and ceilings (the update here) we managed to grab two deals: the first for such a big order (it was about 3400 square feet) and the second for free shipping. And to get free delivery, all we had to do was get ASK for it. Sweet, of course. And they didn’t mind a little bit with an order that high.

In reality, they asked if we were a commercial job because most people order just a fraction of it. You will see more of how this version or the photo gallery page came out.

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