Before organized shipping companies, people had to trust cross-country backpackers and flying squirrels to deliver thoughtful holiday packages to Liam Neeson. Ensure safe delivery with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $55 worth of packing and shipping services at The UPS Store on Nutley Street in Fairfax, Virginia.
The UPS Store's shipping professionals weigh, box, and gently wave goodbye to customer packages both sturdy and delicate, including high-value and fragile items such as art, electronics, and porcelain dog toys. Customers may choose an appropriate container for their gifts and goods from a range of box sizes ($4.25–$34.25), including the 20"x20"x12" ($10.50) and the 30"x17"x16" ($11.25), a container that can ship up to 103 regulation-size snowballs to a Caribbean relative. Specialized packages are also available for shipping such oddly shaped or precious items as golf clubs ($14.50), laptops ($15.15), or bicycles ($24.50). Shipping costs vary based on the weight, destination, and declared value of packages, but smaller boxes generally depart on their journeys for $20–$40 and bigger boxes for $40–$100.
The UPS Store's Pack & Ship Promise applies to all shipments packed in-store, and if an eligible item is lost or damaged, UPS reimburses patrons with the item's declared value. An advanced tracking system invites customers to keep tabs on deliveries in real time, saving them the hassle of dealing with a glib PI.
The UPS Store
The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for packing-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous shipping standards and solemn Pack & Ship Guarantee.