11" x 14" Oil Painting
I get emails all of the time about the best ways to ship your artwork. I don't think there is one perfect solution that applies to every situation. Thus I do think the best plan is to check out your options.
I usually ship my paintings, large and small via the USPS or Fedex.
I love USPS Priority mail, especially if I can use one of the boxes provided by the post office. Their envelopes and small, medium and large boxes ship at a flat rate regardless of weight. The boxes only work for smaller paintings but the cost is very reasonable. I always keep a few sizes of each in my studio (they are free).
You can also use Priority Mail to ship your own box and since most paintings and canvases don't weigh much their rates are still very reasonable. If I am shipping a larger painting I always weigh it and then go online to compare the rates for USPS and FedEx.
The FedEx rate I love to use is called FedEx Residential to Residential. It is listed as 2-day but you should know it could take four days if it is going coast to coast. Their rates only apply if you print your own label at home (hence, that's the first part of "residential") and are shipping to someone's house (hence the second part). Their rates are often in the $20 - $30 range for large paintings, such as 36" x 36". I think their rates are often much lower than USPS. You really need to check these out!
The key is to do your homework. And recycle shipping supplies. You can save a lot of money by saving and reusing packing materials!
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