As with anything in this world you need to first and foremost always compare rates between carriers for shipment of goods, delivery of items, or even car shopping. There is a better price for each service everywhere, it all depends on if you took the time to ensure you are getting the cheapest rate out there alongside the best quality service. There are many carrier options online that allow you to do a rate quote right on their website, take http://www.anyvan.com/courier-services for example, you can go onto their website, insert postal codes and voila, they give you a rate for use of their eBay compatible courier services.
Another thing that should always be completed when you are searching for the best courier possible is to read reviews on what previous customers said about the service, friendliness of the driver and time of delivery. It’s important when you are shipping or receiving goods to receive them on time and in a courteous manner. As a writer who works from home and also receives products in the mail or ships products to family, friends and those who purchase my book, I always want to make sure that people are getting their stuff on time. There is no need to make people wait for products to arrive and worse yet, have the product arrived damaged or missing from the package.
Always make sure to research your courier before choosing one. That is the point of the story. Do you research couriers or just use a certain one every time?