What they charge depends on who you are.Edwin Dirnbeck
That was writing of UPS charges I think. A few thoughts;
I'm nobody, my business is very small now. When I need something fast I use MSC, they get orders to me from Reno in one or two days max, at basic ground rates, which is what the people in Portland do, but the Portland tooling store's UPS costs way more for some reason.
As for the time and expense of driving up there, my wife does that and her car is very frugal on gas needs, plus we try to have at least two errands for her to run in a day which cuts the gas price in half.
As for DHL, I like them a lot, AFAIK they are not union, which thrills me as I despise unions and all marxist tentacles. I also think they are slightly cheaper than UPS. UPS had a strike many years ago which meant dozens of my parts rusted inside their truck for about two weeks.
I believe in forgiving individuals, but not organizations. My experience with their insurance has been that UPS always fight against paying it, which pure aggravation is far more costly than whatever they should pay, though a refund's never happened to me from UPS. I would agree that it was the union that should have paid for the rusted parts but that would never happen.
As for buying from distributors instead of ebay, there are many distributors who use ebay as a selling platform, and among the perks you get an email the day of or the day before shipping, plus it's easy to tell who insists on using UPS by the shipping price shown in the ad before hand.
Since I mentioned confirmation emails, one seller in Portland sends confirmation notices the same day, within minutes of filing the order. That makes me think it's an automated process. OTH I ordered some acetal rod from another seller last week, and they don't send confirmation notices, so I didn't get to look at one and see that the salesman "heard" 5/8" diameter when I know I said 1 and 5/8" diameter. That has happened two or three other times, so the tool people's auto confirm feature is great in my book.
As to "too much trouble" for a company to send via USPS, stamps.com is a USPS offering that allows a company to print prepaid labels for a one time fee of $17.99 ad the postage is a monthly total of charges (Unless I have it wrong), no trip to the post office and cheapskates like me would love it!
It used to be that all first class USPS packages we sent were the same anywhere in the US, but lately they charge a few cents more for packages that are on the East coast (Padded envelopes 8X6").