Economy shipping is the cheapest way of shipping a package. It takes a little longer than express or expedited courier services, but provides an excellent means of transporting your goods, while keeping the cost of shipping down.
Parcel Monkey has a selection of economy courier services that you can use for domestic or international shipping. You can compare courier prices and book economy shipping services using the quick quote tool on this page or enter your shipment details into our Parcel Monkey shipping calculator.
The cheapest method of shipping in the United States is via road (ground shipping). Parcel Monkey offers a range of ground shipping services, including economy and express delivery options.
Ground services are perfect for large or heavy items, as shipping by air is far more expensive. Our specialist large and heavy item shipping services take the stress out of shipping awkward items, allowing you to ship your goods at hugely discounted rates, via the ground economy route.
Economy shipping time within the US is around 1-5 business 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.
Our Ground Drop Off and Ground Pick Up courier services, operated by FedEx, offer an economical shipping method for sending goods via courier within the US. Both services take 1-5 business days.
You don’t have to take your package to the Post Office to get a price for USPS economy shipping services, you can access prices for USPS shipping and book online with Parcel Monkey.
Simply enter your package dimensions into our shipping calculator, select your service, print the shipping label and drop off your package at any USPS Post Office at a time that is convenient for you.
If you want to send a package internationally using an economy international shipping service, we have a variety of tracked mail courier services to choose from:
You can also book international USPS services online with Parcel Monkey. First Class Package International is the cheapest USPS service to ship packages that weigh 4 lbs or less.
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 tracking. Many of our services also come with protection cover that you can add to the booking process.
Parcel Monkey can help you find economy shipping outside the US. Using our shipping calculator, choose where you want to ship your package from and to, add the package weight and see a list of available services.
If you see an item listed on eBay with ‘shipping from outside the US’, it means the goods are in another country and will be shipped using a slow service. If you want a quicker courier service, you could always contact the seller and ask that they use a reliable courier 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 shipping when it comes to international shipping. Economic delivery is normally a parcel post or tracked mail services, such as DHL eCommerce or TrakPak, which will take longer than Standard priced services, such as Ground International.
Economy shipping services still come with tracking, but often it is limited to a scan on the package when it is collected, a second scan once it has been received and sorted and sometimes a scan upon delivery.
Economy packages are normally shipped in bulk to keep the price down, so this is why scanning is more limited compared to an Express or Expedited delivery service.
Find out about our CSV bulk uploader tool. It allows customers to book in multiple packages all at once, even if they are going to various locations. We will match your package up automatically with the best value courier service.