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Amanda Butterfield ReportingThere are 12 days until Christmas, and though you may have all your holiday shopping done, or close to, what about holiday shipping? We found that there is definitely a difference on what carrier you use depending on whether price or the time is the most important to you. We bought four of the same gifts, and sent them off using UPS, Fed-Ex, the postal service, and DHL.
It doesn't get more fragile then this: Glass ornaments, each about the same size and weight. We used the same boxes to mail the balls and wrapped them all in the same amount of bubble wrap. Filled them up with plenty of foam peanuts, and taped them off. Destination: Springfield Oregon, to our sister station KMTR-TV.
We went to the United States Postal Service to send our first ornament. We mailed it priority; that cost $3.85. We wanted to track the package, and receive delivery confirmation; that was an extra .45 cents. Total cost: $4.30.
Next stop, the United Parcel Service, and there was a big difference in price. We used the two-day delivery, and it cost $13.45. That includes tracking information and insurance up to $100.
Fed-Ex was the next carrier we used. Again we choose two day deliver, including tracking and insurance. Total cost: $14.35.
For the last ornament, we used DHL, like UPS and Fed-Ex, a global carrier. For two-day delivery with insurance and tracking, it cost $14.20.
The first carrier to deliver our gift was Fed-Ex, it arrived two days later at 9:30 in the morning. 15 minutes later the DHL truck pulled up with a delivery. It wasn't until that afternoon, just after 3:00 that UPS delivered the third gift.
So where's the fourth box? The postal service was a day late. The package didn't arrive in Oregon until three days later, at 11:05 in the morning.
Now keep in mind, the post office was the cheapest by about 10 bucks, so if money is more important to you then delivery date, you might want to stick with the post office.
Fed-Ex was the most expensive, followed by DHL, but they both arrived bright and early two days later. Of the four carriers, the post office is the only one that didn't automatically provide insurance up to 100 dollars. You can get an item insured through the post office up to 200 dollars, but you'll have to pay a few bucks extra.