Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Using Paypal for UPS Shipping - Get Cheaper Rates

Whether you ship something a few times a day or a few times a year, knowing your options makes all the difference.

A while back, I put together a Shipping Guide, which goes through all the steps on how to ship things easily. I recently came across a new method of lowering shipping prices and want to share it.

One of the main ways to ship is through UPS. Anybody can sign up for a UPS account, even to just send one package. When you go to Paypal to create a shipping label, you can link your Paypal account to your UPS account. You then get shipping rates that are much lower than the regular UPS shipping rates. For example, I shipped a box weighing 43 pounds. The regular UPS shipping cost was $44, but being that I linked UPS with Paypal, I paid $28.

Once you link your Paypal and UPS accounts, you don't need to go to Paypal to print labels, you can do it directly from UPS.com. This differs from USPS, where you can use Paypal to print Parcel Post, Media Mail or First Class Mail postage, but in order to do that you need to go through Paypal.

The reason why it is better to print the labels from UPS.com, and not Paypal, is because when you print a UPS label using Paypal, it will only work if you have money in your Paypal balance. You won't be able to use a credit card, or even your bank account. When you print the label at UPS.com, you will still get 'Pyapal rates', but you will be able to pay with a credit card.

In general, one of the things you have to be careful with when using Paypal, is that the default payment method will always be your bank account. It doesn't matter how many times you change it to your credit card, if you leave the page and come back, make sure to check that it didn't change back to the default method. Also, if you have money in your Paypal balance, you have to use up that money before using a credit card or bank account for payments.


Anonymous said...

Is there anywhere you can still get free tape?

Anonymous said...

How do you link the Paypal account?

Once linked, the rates in UPS.com change?

BuyRightSpendLess.com said...

Anon 1: You can try and get free Priority Mail tape from your local post office.

Anon 2: I added the link to the post. Just click on the "Go to Paypal" link. Once you link the account, your rates at UPS.com will change.

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