Christmas can be expensive for those who will use courier services to deliver presents to their friends and family. In order to save on domestic or international delivery costs, the best option is to compare courier costs online. There are online quote tools that will minimize the costs of sending a holiday present.
To save on delivery costs, most people will opt for Royal Mail; however, deadlines for last postal dates for overseas destinations have already passed. Another option is Royal Mail Parcel force Division Service where the cut-off date for parcels that will be sent abroad is on December 17. There are also courier comparison sites where you can choose the cheapest quotes.
There are websites like My Parcel Delivery, Parcel Monkey, Parcel Hero, Parcel 2 Go and Parcel Compare that will search the internet for the best value deals. You will be provided with quotes from range of courier services that include Hermes, DHL, UPS, TNT, Parcel Force, CX, City Sprint and Collect+.
After picking a courier firm or broker, it makes sense to check out cash back websites like Top Cashback and Quidco because they usually offer deals that will cut the delivery costs further once you click on their website to a chosen courier.
According to Andrew Hagger, financial expert at Moneycomms, most people do not know that there are cheaper alternatives for their package delivery. It is very easy to cut a third or more of the postage costs depending on the size and weight of the parcel. Royal Mail can be competitive for smaller parcels but not for heavier items.
People should watch out for couriers that will make their life more convenient by allowing them to drop the parcel at local shops and some independent stores. Costs are more competitive if the parcel can be dropped at a depot instead of having it collected from the home.
You can save up to 50% on courier costs if you compare prices online instead of going directly to the courier firm. All you need to do is enter the parcel weight and dimensions including the destination whether interstate or international as accurately as possible so that you can be provided with a quote.