Click the shipping cost estimate before you print the ticket: UPS is charging a fuel surcharge of around $3 for fuel increases that occurred years ago. Now that prices have dropped over a $1 in the last year, UPS has not dropped the fuel surcharge. Why not? Apparently it's because the customers haven't noticed or because UPS keeps the charges so cleverly hidden.
Also, UPS charges you an extra $2 for them to deliver to a residence! Why is that? They give zero answers as to why residences are penalized.
USPS does the same delivery at $5 less
In February 2015, I contacted UPS about both these issues: for the fuel surcharge, they simply cut-and-paste a four year old explanation about high fuel prices; for the resident penalty, they do not respond
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