FEDEX aka FEDUP will not deliver to many zip codes without charging additional fees. Their fees also vary for the same size package, for the same class of service, with the same weight, with the same parts, to the same zip code.
UPS aka United Parcel Smashers loves to increase the size of packaing and then charge additional money.
UPS also charges for "NOT USING CARDBOARD", when sections of Zip Dee awning tubes are used, which are many many layers of paper tightly glued and wrapped, that also burns, just like paper. Hello small claims court, which takes time and money, but will most often get you your money.
UPS will also throw away a package so damaged that it cannot be returned, and then deny your claim. And finally when an issue is resolved, it can take a couple of months to get your money.
Bottom line is beware of which ever one you use, as they all have pluses and minuses.
And then, holy moly, should you have a claim with them, they will always claim improper packaging.
Having a business that makes daily shipments, is no fun, as they are always wrong. Then you have to deal with your account rep, and start all over, because you will get no where on the phone.
Most folks have seen on TV, the ad by USPS, "If it fits, it ships".
A person would normally think, "look out, since it's the FEDS".
their service is great, they supply the boxes free, their prices are better, AND
should there be a claim, you have your check in less than 2 weeks.
Unfortunately, for large items, such as the above tail light bezel, in spite of not much weight, the cubic inch size of the package dictates the cost.
An empty large size box, will cost a lot of money to ship, becaue it also takes up space, which is limited regardless of the shipping method, be it truck, container or aircraft.
Lets all face it, instead of our world becoming simpler because of technology and inventions, it's getting more and more complicated and difficult.
Having a business today, has many challenges that come from different governments, up to the point that some even say, your success is because of them.