How Much Does DVD Shipping Cost?
DVD shipping can be used for many different reasons. Whether you are in the business to ship out DVDs for a living or maybe you want to ship a DVD out that you just sold on eBay, you are probably wondering what it is going to cost to ship one by either UPS, USPS or FedEx. Also, if you purchase a lot of DVDs online, you will often have to pay shipping costs for them to get delivered to your home. Since all DVDs are going to be the same size, the costs are usually going to be pretty close across the board. The main factors that will affect the pricing will include the company you use and the type of shipping needed.
How much does it cost?
- Since there are several companies that offer DVD shipping, the rates will vary. On average, the cost to ship a DVD is going to range around $1 to as much as $5. Parcel post or 1st class is going to be around $1.20 to $2.50, while international shipping to countries across the globe can cost more than $8. Within the United States, you should not have to pay no more than $3.
- For example, on eBay, they have enumerated the actual shipping costs for DVD shipping both for domestic and international locations. A single DVD in a standard case will cost you $1.35-$1.59 for 1st class shipping. On the other hand, a bubble mailer envelope costs approximately $1. If shipping outside the country, the cost starts from $1.95 as much as $7.50 depending on the shipping destination and kind of DVD to be shipped.
What is going to be included?
- When shipping DVDs, most tend to place it in a bubble mailer since this tends to be the cheapest route. The average DVD weighs less than five ounces, which is eligible for USPS first class rates.
- DVD shipping will include the safe delivery of your package to its destination. The shipping should also have some type of guarantee that it will arrive safely without damage done to the package.
- Average shipping times can be anywhere from overnight to as long as 5-7 days. International shipments can take longer than two weeks.
- Most services today offer free online tracking of your package. This way, you can keep an eye on where the package is in transit; you can use this information to communicate the possible delivery date to your customers.
What are the extra costs?
- Some taxes may be charged for shipping and handling.
- The packaging of the DVD is quite important to avoid scratches or damage. Bubble mailers usually cost $1-$2. Shipping boxes may be needed for large volumes of DVD products.
- If you need the DVD shipped overnight or within just a few days, the costs will be a lot more than standard shipping.
- If needed, you can pay for insurance on the package to ensure that it gets to its destination. If the package is lost or damaged during transit, the insurance will reimburse you the value of the contents.
Tips to know:
- Wrap the DVDs in a way you want them to be wrapped. If you give a neat packaging for the DVD, this will give your customers (if you are in business) satisfaction and may attract more.
- Label the DVDs properly. Include the name, address, and contact number of the customer. It is best to type labels rather than handwriting them.
- In a manilla envelope, a DVD with the envelope will weigh around 8 ounces.
How can I save money?
- The cheapest way to protect your DVDs is enclosing them in a paper or plastic sleeve. This will cost you around $0.20 per piece. Buy in bulk to save money.
- You can use mailing envelopes for shipping, but by going this route, you risk the chance of damaging it during the shipment period.
- If you plan on shipping out a lot for either a hobby or because of a business, consider investing in a shipping scale to give you an accurate weight of the DVDs you will ship. This will save you more.
- Compare the prices and rates of the shipping and handling costs of different companies so you can choose the best and yet least expensive one. Many websites online claim that the United States Postal Service tends to be on the lower end.
- Do not be in a rush! The shipping costs will go up when it needs to be shipped overnight or within the next two days. Be organized enough to get the DVDs shipped on time. It is better to give your customers an approximate delivery date that is later than the estimated delivery date rather than promising them it will get there earlier than it actually will; this way, they will be surprised and delighted when the package comes early rather than being upset because it is late.
- If the DVD to be shipped is education related, consider mailing via Media Mail.