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Cheap Shipping Within the GTA

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Cheap Shipping Within the GTA

Have a contract settled and the client wants me to ship orders to the individual's homes. They're more than willing to pay for the cost for it, however I was hoping to find a cheaper option that will save them at least some money.

The first shipments will be approx. 70 packages all fairly small, about the equivalent of sending a t-shirt (thinking folded in a regular size manilla envelope).

Over the next several months this will expand into, roughly estimating, 500 individual packages. Looking over at CP they want about $9.50 (-10% for my business acct) for a 30x25x2 and 0.1kg. That just seems like an excessive amount of money to spend on shipping. All the clients are located in the GTA.

Delivery confirmation is not a must, but preferred as some of the packages will be relatively inexpensive but others can be upwards of several hundred dollars per piece.
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Nov 24, 2007
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What about some of the same-day couriers in the GTA? Some of them have some cheap rates if the distance isn't far:

http://www.themessengers.ca/showPage.asp?id=29 (+ $100 in free shipping for signing up).

Another option to look into is Canpar. If you can either get on a group rate or a negotiated rate, you may be able to get into the $7 range for shipping.
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so you are drop shipping directly to end consumer?
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Too bad you can't squeeze your product into a size allowable for lettermail.
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I am manufacturing them here and sending them out to the individual customers. Normally this is not a problem however these are low value items and adding $10 to cover shipping would make little sense on $50.00 product. I've worked out an arrangement for the time being but will likely be doing several of these over the year. I've thought about just delivering them myself as they're all in a localized area and I can bill mileage and collect shipping cost but it'd be a solid day of driving around to do it.
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Look into the pricing at ICS

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