I'm taking the time to comment here because I want for others to know how valuable is the service that uShip provides. Aside from using moving companies for cross-country moves of my entire household, I have absolutely no experience in shipping anything from place to place (aside from the occasional personal uHaul cartage). In my pursuit of more reasonable shipping charges for a mattress set (from the factory in San Francisco, to my home in L.A.), I happened upon uShip. I quickly learned that this was a website which would not only help me to arrange the logistics of shipment, but would manage the solicitation of competitive bids from partner shippers, all of whom have very transparent and accessible feedback profiles from others who have used their services. I had been quoted just under $400 (by the factory's shipper) for this shipment, and had bids (8 or 9, total, within 12 hours of posting) as low as $167. Within 24 hours, I had accepted a bid and been contacted by the shipper to discuss delivery. I found uShip's $14 charge to well-worth the investment in my peace-of-mind, while pursuing a service that I knew nothing about.
I CANNOT STATE STRONGLY ENOUGH HOW HIGHLY I RECOMMEND uSHIP IN THE PROCUREMENT OF COMPETITIVELY PRICED SHIPPING SERVICES!!!
PS to uSHIP WEBSITE OWNERS - I would strongly urge you to make it possible to send copies of testimonials, like this one, directly to all of one's friends and family. I would very much like to help get the word out that uShip exists, and how de-stressing it is to have such a well-organized logistics management service to assist one, not only in arranging but in soliciting competitive bids, for a service that most people have zero familiarity with. You should add a 'CC' facility to this 'Submit My Story' page.