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March 10, 2006

Why everyone should have their own personal FedEx account


I resisted when someone told me to get one, many years ago.

Why do I need one? I said to myself.

If I want to send something via FedEx I'll call them, talk to the person at FedEx and have them arrange a pickup.

And so that's what I did for years until I finally woke up and smelled the coffee.

I cannot tell you how many times having my own FedEx account has saved my bacon over the years.

Here are some reasons why you should go to FedEx.com or call 1-800-463-3339 (1-800-GOFEDEX) and get an account now:

• It's free.

• You get pre–printed labels with your info and account number on them — much easier, quicker and far more presentable than pressing hard through the three layers of paper with a pen and doing it yourself.

• You get unlimited supplies of FedEx packing materials — overnight envelopes, boxes of all sizes, whatever you want — delivered (again, free) to your front door.

• You can schedule a pickup very quickly and easily using their superior voice recognition technology 24/7 from any phone on the planet.

• When you absolutely have to get something there tomorrow there is no better way.

• When you need something sent to you fast and the sending party says they can't do it blah blah blah, you can instantly break the impasse by giving them your FedEx account number and having them ship it by billing your account. I have on many occasions had government offices, private companies and what–not send things to me I could not have received any other way — at least, not in the time–frame I was working in.

• You can use their superior packaging materials to send things via U.S. mail, UPS or any other shipper by simply wrapping them in brown paper. Extremely useful at crunch time.

• You don't need to have a credit card with you to send things: using your account number automatically bills the credit card you provided when you set up your account.

• If you've got serious money you can do what the stars do: ship your luggage direct to your hotel via FedEx and simply take a carry–on. Think how sweet it would be to simply put your suitcases by the front door, have the FedEx guy stop by and take them away, and not have to stand in line at the airport to check your bags. When I get big — real big — that's what I'm gonna do.

• Their boxes and envelopes can be broken down to top–quality cardboard for uses other than intended by FedEx.


Think of the possibilities.

I'm sure there are many other uses for a FedEx account that I haven't noted but that should be enough to convince you.

March 10, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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I opened a fedex personal account a few months ago. The problem is they charging my credit card whenever they want (strange titles for fees). I called today them to resolve billing issue. It looks like their computer falled into the loop and sending me a new bill everyday. I don't like to waste my time for resolving such a problem on the phone. I closed my account.

Posted by: Touareg | Sep 3, 2008 10:36:55 PM


Posted by: mb | Mar 10, 2006 7:21:45 PM

Are ya having flashbacks?


It was a great article a year and a half ago and still just as good today :-)

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 10, 2006 5:48:50 PM

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