I guess that it has been nearly 20 years now that in Western countries like the USA and in Europe, companies like Federal Express and others have been offering overnight deliveries of packages. I can remember when this first came into being, the fact that a package could be delivered from one side of the United States all the way to the other side of the country was virtually inconceivable. These days some of these companies even offer same day delivery! Amazing.
Did you know that there are also courier services in the Philippines who offer quick deliveries like that within the Philippines? It’s true, they do, and you might be surprised at the cost of such service.
Last week, I sold one of my books, 49 Ways to earn a living in the Philippines to an American expat who also lives in the Philippines. I offer the book either as an electronic downloadable book, or as a paper book that I will ship to the buyer. I chose to ship out the book via a company called “LBC” which offers quick deliveries, usually overnight, unless it is going to a remote location, in which case it might take 2 or 3 days at the most.
After looking at the price that I paid for the shipment, it made me wonder how much it would have cost to ship within the USA, just out of curiousity. I decided to do a comparison, so I went to two companies websites to get a cost estimate for the shipment. I made the inquiry based on the same size and weight of package, same type of item being shipped, and delivery over a similar distance.
The first site that I checked was Federal Express. When I entered the information, the price of the shipment came up. If I wanted overnight delivery, the price was $52.78. I could also choose 2 Day delivery for $22.84. Another option was a 5 day delivery, which was $18.81.
Next, I decided to check UPS to see how their prices would be for a similar delivery. Overnight delivery to be delivered by 8am in the morning would run me $65.68. Overnight delivery with delivery by 10:30 am was $32.36 (just 2 1/2 hours later delivery was quite a huge discount!). Two day service was available for $21.45, but no longer delivery times were given.
OK, so as I say, I shipped a similar package last week, for delivery within the Philippines. The package was sent via LBC, and was delivered overnight, by noon the next day (although no time of delivery was promised). Any idea how much I paid for this service? The total shipping bill was P115, that is equivelant to $2.45.
Amazing, don’t you think? This was a package that we dropped off at the LBC office, but was delivered to the door of the recipient’s house, which is the same as the service offered to me by FedEx and UPS (you can pay extra for pickup too, but that is not included in the prices I quoted).
I have to say that I am quite happy with the service offered by companies like LBC. There are other companies doing this type of delivery too, but personally I usually use LBC.
What do you think? Can you believe the difference in price?