Ship quick or pay up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Still have holiday gifts to ship? Better move quickly if you want to avoid the highest shipping fees and still make sure the gifts arrive by next Sunday, which is both Christmas and Hanukkah’s start. One survey found that at more than a third of Web retailers, the deadline for guaranteed delivery by Christmas with standard shipping charges has passed, and higher expedited rates now apply. (Exceptions include Best Buy, with a Monday deadline for regular fees.) “If you like to leave shopping for the last minute, you’re going to spend a lot more for that luxury,” says Helen Malani, chief shopping expert for Shopzilla.com. People shipping gifts on their own may have a bit more time to get the best rates. The U.S. Postal Service says customers should ship Christmas gifts via its two-tothree- day Priority Mail service no later than Wednesday. Act earlier to be safe. Friday is the last possible day for its Express Mail service, which offers overnight delivery “to most areas.” The tab for going “Express”: a 10-lb. package shipped from New York to Los Angeles costs $37.50, versus $19.20 by Priority Mail, says www.usps.com. Expect to pay a big premium to ship past midweek. FedEx guarantees delivery by Christmas on most gifts shipped by Thursday, a spokeswoman says. Those who wait until then, however, could pay $90 or more for a 10-lb. package being sent from New York to Los Angeles. United Parcel Service’s Next-Day air delivery can be used through Friday to deliver gifts to some sites that offer Saturday delivery, though it can cost more than $90 for a 10-lb. package and is generally only an option in major metropolitan areas. In most other areas, the deadline is Thursday for delivery Friday.last_img

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