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Economy shipping is the cheapest way of shipping a package. An economy ground shipping service is much cheaper than an express courier service that would get flown overnight. International tracked mail economy services such as DHL eCommerce, also offer shippers great value for money on cross-border delivery services to destinations around the globe.
Economy shipping does take a little longer than express or expedited courier services but is better value for money. We have a selection of economical courier services that you can use for domestic or international shipping, available via our shipping calculator.
The cheapest method of shipping in the United States is via Road. Ground services are perfect for big or heavy items as having to ship them by air is far more expensive.
Our specialist Heavy Ground service takes the stress out of shipping awkward items allowing you to ship your goods at hugely discounted rates via the ground economy route.
Economy shipping domestically inside the US takes around 1-5 days depending on where the package is being shipped to. If you are sending within the same state you can expect a package to be delivered more quickly than if it is going across the country or to a more remote area.
Parcel Monkey have a Ground Drop Off service where you drop your package off at your local FedEx store and we have a Ground Pickup service to where a FedEx driver will come and take the package from your doorstep. Both of these services take 1-5 working days to be delivered.
You don’t have to always take your packages to the Post Office to know how much it is going to cost to ship it, you can access economy and express USPS delivery services booking online with Parcel Monkey.
USPS Priority Mail is also available to book for those who need economy shipping and like to use the Post Office option, but if you book the service online you get a discounted rate.
Book USPS Priority Mail using our shipping calculator, print the shipping labels off at home and drop off at any USPS Post Office at a time that is convenient for you.
The shipping times for these economy services do vary depending on where you are shipping to, but generally, packages arrive in just 6-10 days to most major destinations.
We have a Light Packet service too, which is picked up from your home or work and transported internationally in 3-9 working days - ideal for smaller items.
Tracked mail is slower than expedited shipping, but is ideal for non-urgent goods as the prices are much lower. Both private shippers and small businesses use Parcel Monkey’s discounted tracked mail services for sending all kinds of items as the prices are some of the lowest available. You don’t need an account with a courier to enjoy huge cost savings, you only need to pay for each package you want to send.
eBay sellers are always keen to keep their shipping costs down so using economy courier services makes a lot of sense. eBay refers to three shipping types - Express, Standard and Economy.
There is nothing wrong with choosing economy shipping for eBay, especially if the recipient is provided with some tracking. Many of our services also come with protection cover to that you can add to the booking process.
Parcel Monkey use our economy courier services because;
Any shipment booked using Parcel Monkey can be tracked using the shipment number beginning with PMS. Share this with the buyer to improve the customer's experience.
If your shipping is free, the buyer is more likely to purchase from you and as economy shipping is more affordable it can enable you to offer this.
By booking tracked economy services like Ground Pickup or Drop Off, buyers can expect their item within a week, whilst you aren’t left paying for expensive shipping costs.
Likewise, if you are shipping overseas tracked mail services are much cheaper than express one's meaning you can reach new customers around the world, for less.
If the items you sell on eBay are a higher value, you should consider a quicker shipping method, but as eBay sellers and buyers are generally on the lookout for value for money, our economy shipping is perfect.
Parcel Monkey is a global shipping marketplace so we can help you find economy shipping outside the US too. Simply choose where you want to ship your package from and to, add the package weight in and see which carriers are available via our shipping calculator.
If you see an item listed on eBay with ‘shipping from outside the US’ listed, it means the goods are located in another country and will be shipped using a slow service to you. If you want a quicker courier service you could always contact the seller and ask that they use a reliable courier service with tracking. They can, of course, find this sort of discounted economy shipping online with Parcel Monkey.
There isn’t a huge amount of difference between standard and economy domestic shipping. Both services are tracked and are delivered in 3-5 days to most US states.
There is more difference between standard and economy when it comes to international shipping. Economic delivery is normally a parcel post or tracked mail services, such as DHL eCommerce or TrakPak, whilst Standard would be a service such as USA Express International or our International Drop Off service shipped by FedEx.
Economy shipping services still come with tracking but often it is more limited to a scan on the package when it is collected, once it has been received and sorted and sometimes a scan upon delivery.
Economy packages are normally shipped in bulk in order to keep the price down, so this is why scans on the items are more limited compared to an Express or Expedited delivery service.
Our new CSV bulk uploader tool allows customers to send multiple packages and book them all in together at once, even if they are going to various locations. This is an economical way of shipping as we will match your package up automatically with the best value courier service so you get the best price for each destination.
You can then be more economical with your time, and spend time focusing on your business or other tasks rather than having to book all your packages one by one.