I've noticed that the UPS rates provided by Shipstation are lower than the usual daily rates published by UPS. Having a published chart showing the rates for each weight/zone would be useful information for anyone using shipstations that offers "free shipping" to customers.
Shipstation support has said they have no such chart or table. Has anyone put anything like this together or would they like to see the Shipstation rates published?
The rates are lower because ShipStation is a large enough company to negotiate lower rates. (I actually had a UPS account manager tell me to stick with ShipStation rates because they were lower than I'd ever get on my own for my company.) As far as zones, from what I understand, it's based off of a radius centered on the "ship from" location, so any rates they give someone in one location won't be useful to someone in another location. For example, my company is based in NYC. If you were in Texas, your rates would mean nothing to me, and vice versa.
That is a good point but I think you're wrong. UPS publishes daily rates on zones, and zones are fluid depending on the ship from location. For example my zone 2 in ohio could be zip codes 123-234 and your zip codes in New York for zone 2 could be zip codes 456-567. Both are zone 2 and would receive the same rates. Shipstation's contract should work the same way.