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Compare your shipping options with RedRoller

Price comparison websites are the best bargain hunter’s friend. I reviewed horizontal comparison engines in the past (those that compare prices on anything you buy online) however there are so many more vertical websites that focus on a narrow market niche (real estate, air fares, hotel rates - just to name a few). This is my first attempt to review one of them. Expect more reviews like this in the future.

So what is RedRoller? The best way to describe RedRoller is to say that it does for shipping packages what Orbitz and Travelocity do for travel. You enter where you are and what you want to ship and RedRoller will list your available shipping options along with the rates and estimated delivery times.

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These carriers are covered: USPS, DHL, Eastern Connection and Overnite Express. UPS is not in the list and I cannot find FedEx despite the fact that it was mentioned when the service launched in June this year. International shipping is not supported either however the company has plans to add it in future.

RedRoller is pleased to announce that international shipping capabilities will be available shortly. We appreciate the many hundreds of comments from our users on this important functionality, which we are targeting for later this year.

Registration is free and there is no upfront cost or monthly fee (compare this to what PitneyWorks charges a month for their mailstation). After you choose the carrier and the type of service you want you can print the shipping label and arrange for package pickup — all from your RedRoller account.

RedRoller accepts major credit cards and PayPal as a payment and reportedly earns revenue through affiliated marketing and advertising. However I couldn’t find any advertising on the pages which is a little strange.

If you ship to the same people most of the time then you will find useful the integrated address book. Do you often sell things from eBay?

RedRoller can automatically synchronize your eBay auction(s) status and history. You will then be able to quickly and easily ship your sold eBay items directly from RedRoller!

All your past shipments are stored and you can track the delivery status of each and print an expense report from the Tools section of your account. You can even sign up for an email alert to notify you when your packages get delivered.

Conclusion

The absence of UPS and FedEx seriously limits the value of this service for power users however if you are as cheap as myself and rarely use anything but USPS then you will appreciate the helping hand RedRoller offers at figuring out what shipping options work the best in each particular case.


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7 Responses to “Compare your shipping options with RedRoller”


  1. 1 Henry Lang Jan 16th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    I looked into red roller to ship a bunch of packages and they didn’t have Fedex or UPS. I searched the internet and stumbled across http://www.shippingsidekick.com and not only did they have USPS, DHL, UPS, and Fedex, but the site also told me when the package would arrive. It turned out Fedex was cheaper so I’m glad I discovered shippingsidekick.

  2. 2 Yan Jan 18th, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    The problem with that website is that I have to give my credit card info out just to try it. I am not about to do it with a company I have not heard of only yesterday.

    There is very little information outside that sign-up form: a contact email and a ton of Google ads. My thoughts out loud: what if this is just a scam trap?

  3. 3 Scott Feb 15th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    A couple of comments:

    1) RedRoller includes four carriers right now; not two; the two other carriers are Eastern Connection and Overnite Express.

    2) RedRoller is FREE! Shipping Sidekick charges $14.95 a month to just provide rates.

    3) RedRoller lets you print a shipping label, keep your history in one place, track your packages, and use one address book.

    4) RedRoller offers discounted rates; Shipping Sidekick takes you to the carrier site where you could pay 30-50% more than RedRoller rates.

    5) RedRoller offers services, like DHL@home, not even available on the DHL site. These rates for shipping to residences offer a huge value to eBay shippers.

  4. 4 Steve Wiggins Feb 16th, 2007 at 10:37 am

    RedRoller has some advantages that that other ebay spin off does not. If you are looking for good small package rates sign up for AMPC, it’s worth it.

    RedRoller is struggling
    That Sidekick is opensource software and can be hacked into very easily. I hear that TransGuardian is developing a small parcel engine.

  5. 5 LeDamien Higgins Mar 2nd, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    I’m not sure why you’d want to use this red roller. It doesn’t offer any signicant cost savings and their support people are rude. I can see why they are struggling.

  6. 6 Marian Mar 7th, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I tried this, but I did not see any rates from FedEx??? All I saw was the post office and DHL, which doesn’t have an office in my town. Not much of a help.

  7. 7 Skip Wood Apr 13th, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    You get a free shipping scale with the Shipping Sidekick site!

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