What Is “Standard Shipping”?

Not all carriers and retailers offer an economy option. In fact, it’s more common for them to offer a “standard shipping” option (probably something to do with avoiding the negative connotation that comes with “economy”)

Standard isn’t much different than economy; in fact, when economy isn’t an option but standard is, standard effectively functions as the economy option. The only real difference here is that, when both are options, standard is always slightly faster than economy (but only marginally so, if at all).

“Why the distinction, then?” you ask.

Well, while the difference is marginal for domestic shipping, it apparently makes a more significant difference when shipping internationally. For domestic shipments, though, most of the time the difference in price and delivery time isn’t sufficient to set Standard apart. Either you’re looking for the cheapest shipping possible, or you’re looking for something more speedy.