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Ship Now or Pay Top Dollar Later

By December 10, 2012

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Are you wondering how long you have to ship your gifts so that it all arrives before Christmas? According to Fed Ex, the deadline for most packages to be sent FedEx Ground is December 17. If you miss that you will be looking at sending items through the premium FedEx Express delivery service, that is through December 22 which is the cut-off date.

UPS Shipping Dates

If you are planning to ship through UPS you have until December 20 for normal pickup and delivery services for air, international and ground packages, however you will need to use UPS 2nd Day Air for your packages to arrive by December 24. After that you will have to use UPS Next Day Air by Friday, December 21 to guarantee that your packages will arrive before Christmas.

US Postal Shipping Dates

The US Postal Service is giving you through December 14 to ship packages through Parcel Post for pre-Christmas delivery. If you miss that deadline, you have until December 20 if you use the First-Class Mail option, December 21 if you use Priority Mail and finally shipping on December 22 may get your packages delivered by Christmas if you use Express Mail.

The last day for most international shipping for Christmas arrival is December 19, but they recommend that you get it together by December 17, especially if you are shipping to the military.

Compare Cost

To get an idea of what you will be paying if you procrastinate and have to pay for faster delivery we did a quick check at FedEx.

To ship a 10 pound package from Greenwich, Connecticut to New Orleans, Louisiana, with an insured value of $50 on Tuesday, December 18:

FedEx - Delivery - Service - Cost
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - FedEx First Overnight - $147.55
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - FedEx Priority Overnight - $112.37
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - FedEx Standard Overnight - $110.27
  • Thu. Dec 20, 2012 - FedEx 2Day A.M. - $78.88
  • Thu. Dec 20, 2012 - FedEx 2Day - $69.01
  • Fri. Dec 21, 2012 - FedEx Express Saver - $44.72
  • End of day(3 Business Days) - FedEx Home Delivery - $16.28
UPS - Delivery - Service - Cost
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - UPS Next Day Air Early A.M. - $147.55
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - UPS Next Day Air - $112.37
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - UPS Next Day Air Saver - $110.27
  • Thu. Dec 20, 2012 - UPS 2nd Day Air - $69.01
  • Thu. Dec 20, 2012 - FedEx 2Day - $69.01
  • Fri. Dec 21, 2012 - FedEx Express Saver - $44.72
  • Mon. Dec 24, 2012 - UPS Ground - $17.98
US Postal Service - Delivery - Service - Cost
  • Wed. Dec 19, 2012 - Express Mail - $73.05 ($49.50 online price)
  • Thu. Dec 20, 2012 - Priority Mail - $25.70 ($23.30 online price)
  • Mon. Dec 24, 2012 - Parcel Post - $14.48 (No online price posted)

With holiday online sales increasing by an expected 17% over last year, all delivery companies will be extremely busy. Unless you want to pay top dollar, you should go ahead and make all gifts being sent for Christmas your priority and get them picked up for delivery as soon as possible.
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