I was bidding on an exercise machine in a liquidation auction and needed an estimate of the probable shipping cost, should I happen to win the auction. The uShip estimator provided a list of ten items and shipping distances similar to what my requirements would be. This allowed me to keep my bidding (and shipping) within my budget. I then posted my shipment on uShip, even though the auction was not yet over. The probable shipping cost scared me, as it was well above the estimator and my budget, but the first bid came in within my budget. The first bid came within hours of posting my shipment, but I was not able to accept it, as the auction was not over yet. After the auction ended, I did not receive any bids for a couple of days, so I went through the list of providers to request bids from several providers and received responses almost immediately. I woke up in the middle of the night and checked my e-mail and found a couple of bids that met my requirements, so I accepted one at 3:00 am. The final bids were actually less than the first bid. My service provider contacted me via e-mail and phone calls. The liquidation facility had limited hours for picking up items, so I was not sure if he would be able to get it before the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, I received an e-mail that he would be in my area that night or the next morning. Monday morning at 9:00, he called to say that he was ten miles from my house. He had two shipments on his truck. I went home from work and he helped me to unload the exercise machine. After unloading, he left to deliver a shipment to another nearby uShip customer. The savings from using uShip were very good and I would use uShip again.