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Ship It Out

Ship It Out
by Gary Woods

There are a lot of ways of moving your packages around, from FedEx to UPS to the nice folks at DHL. But sometimes the easiest way of moving stuff is with the good ol' United States Postal Service. The cool part is that the Postal Service has made it a whole lot easier for us with most of the services available online at

You can order shipping boxes and envelopes at not cost, with no delivery fee. You can also place orders for stamps and other paid necessities to be delivered and an online calculator gives you current rates based on the package destination and weight.

Instead of using stamps, you can buy and print postage for a package online and you can also automate your shipping, especially for packages to repeat destinations. You just weigh your package, select a rate, and print the label.

If you'd rather use something other than the USPS a site called Endicia ( sells printers, labels, scales and services to automate your shipping. The best part about Endicia is that many of its products save you about 3 to 5 percent versus buying directly from the post office. And if you ship about 25 or more items daily, you could qualify for additional savings.

As part of a current promotion Endicia is offering new customers a free sheet of its postage paper and 50 cents of shipping credit to get you acquainted with their service. So whether you use or they're both a whole lot cooler than standing in line at the Post Office.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc