Hi, FedEx has an arrangement with the MSJA organization. If you
belong to their organization, shipping of up to $50,000 has been
worked out for people in the jewelry trade. That also means, one
can insurance for that maximum amount.
USPS is best used when purchasing their software listed at the
www.usps.com web site. They use Pitney Bowes (very expensive) and
Stamps.com for mailing services.
Stamps.com has a CD that when loaded onto your computer, will
generate just about every service the USPS can do, and you can track
it from your own computer. You can also download postage, rent
Stamps.com machines, print special bar coded labels that has a
tracking number that you can also e-mail to your customer so they
can track their own package.
The USPS will pick up from your location during Postal times and for
about $13.00 per pick, they will pick up 1000 pieces if that's how
many you have for the same price. They come to you and you can save
time, and free up your schedule by selecting what days you will ship
out, and plan according.
There might be more services, but UPS is very limited in the
insurance they allow you to buy. If you want to send very expensive
coins through them, they only insure for the face value. I found
out when I went to UPS to ship out a $1,000 coin and found out that
they would only insure it for the face value.
Use programs that might be available through: Costco, Sam's Club,
MSJA, other jewelry trade associations, USPS, or other
Hope this helps, good luck. Waynette