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I cannot believe the shipping and handling prices!


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Initial post: Dec 2, 2012 4:41:08 PM PST
Me says:
I found a nice mug for $8 and was going to buy it but shipping and handling was $7! This annoys me very much.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 4:54:18 PM PST
Invariably I only order from those companies that have free S & H. I wait patiently until they offer it, and there are quite a few. It is frustrating though!

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 4:55:15 PM PST
Fuzzy says:
Go Prime!

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 4:56:47 PM PST
Mr.T says:
Become a prime have a set fee for the year, lots cheaper

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 4:59:06 PM PST
AZS says:
While understandable....how much would you charge to deliver a box to someones house?
Somewhere shipping cost is added in- free is not free on small purchases.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 5:24:33 PM PST
Bookgirl says:
I've saved a lot using prime. it's worth it if you buy a lot from Amazon.
I hate to shop any more.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 5:29:54 PM PST
Prime doesn't apply to marketplace orders unless Amazon is shipping their inventory [FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon)].

Sounds like this mug was being shipped directly by the seller which means even if you had Prime, Prime wouldn't apply to the order.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 5:38:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 5:38:53 PM PST
D. Caswell says:
I'm annoyed too. I wish that they would raise the prices so that the post office was at least breaking even. I hate the fact that they undercharge and are running a deficit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 5:42:43 PM PST
Bookgirl says:
Postage is going up January 1, 2013. Everything is going up, as we all know. Food, gas, products, etc.;).

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 5:48:25 PM PST
Kindred says:
I sell on etsy.com and I gotta tell you- I'M fed up with the shipping prices myself! I don't even cahrge any kind of 'handling' fees, though I'm going to have to start.
I sold a necklace last week- packed into a small box with bubble wrap- it weighed maybe three ounces. At the post office the first charge they gave me was 28.00!!! I assume that means having it hand delivered by a Chippendale, but come on! I finally settled on 4.55. That's still ridiculous.

And those one price ships anywhere boxes are only cost effective if you're shipping lead weights maybe. If anyone knows a solution, do share.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 8:25:19 PM PST
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I found a nice mug for $8 and was going to buy it but shipping and handling was $7! This annoys me very much.
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Shipping costs are based on distance & destination, weight, dimensions, and the speed of delivery. The value of what's inside the box only matters if you add on insurance, or excess declared value coverage.

Why? Because it costs just as much to move two different boxes going to the same place, with the same weight, and same dimensions, at the same speed regardless of what's inside the box. Why would it be any different?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 8:32:30 PM PST
Skydiver says:
Try retailmenot.com You can find discount coupons and free shipping coupons for tons of stores there. Most of the free shipping coupons require that you spend at least $50, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 9:26:42 PM PST
D. Caswell says:
Nobody cares about the shipping costs Warren. They just don't want to see the bill. They prefer to pretend that everyone can be shipped for free. Maybe someone can find an HTML hack so that the costs aren't displayed because NONE of the advice here lowers the costs of shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 9:36:13 PM PST
Mary Poppins says:
so wait for free shipping deals there will be some soon I hope.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 9:43:23 PM PST
Wait until what you want adds up to $25 and get free shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 10:05:24 PM PST
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They prefer to pretend that every(thing) can be shipped for free.
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Yeah. You're right.

People just don't understand the cost of anything. They don't understand how much shipping costs. They don't understand how much it costs to publish books. They don't understand why music and movies shouldn't be free. They just don't understand how money works, why other people need money, or how they get money.

They just don't get that nothing is really "free".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 10:13:51 PM PST
E. Schmitt says:
And YOU don't understand that no one wants to pay $7 shipping on an $8 mug which essentially makes it $15. It's ridiculous!

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 10:17:13 PM PST
try living in australia.shipping costs me an arm and leg.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 10:29:03 PM PST
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And YOU don't understand that no one wants to pay $7 shipping on an $8 mug which essentially makes it $15. It's ridiculous!
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Why is it ridiculous? Why do you think the shipping should cost less?

What's in the box is irrelevant. It's a box. It takes as much room as any other box the same size. It's as heavy as any other box the same weight. It takes the same amount of effort and resources to ship it as it does to ship any other box the same size and weight. It's a box.

Why does what's in the box matter? How is it ridiculous that two identical boxes should cost the same to ship regardless of what's inside?

Or should they just raise the price of the mug to $15, and then say it has "free" shipping. Does that make more sense?

It is ridiculous that you would think it should be less expensive to ship the mug than it is to ship something more expensive that's the same size and weight.

Reality isn't ridiculous. Not understanding that reality is the way things are is ridiculous! Thinking the world should conform to some fantasy rather than to reality is what's ridiculous!

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 10:30:49 PM PST
S. Owens says:
If the mug cost $8 and I'd need to pay $7 S&H I view it as a $15 purchase. If I don't like that price for the mug I just get it somewhere else or forget about it.

Splitting up the cost of something into components is really nice if you can get price breaks when you buy multiple things you want from the same seller. The only time I can think of splitting the cost up as being a "problem" is when each of those things gets looked at differently for other costs or reward. For example auctions that pay a percentage on the selling price excluding S&H.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 10:37:14 PM PST
rallen says:
Chief says:
Go Prime!

This!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 10:50:04 PM PST
D'ARCY says:
Yeah, but at least you've got summer now. Enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 12:26:44 AM PST
yes we do.thankyou.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 1:14:53 AM PST
David Nguyen says:
I also am an occasional ebay seller and shipping is expensive. No one wants to pay $7 shipping on an $8 mug but it is what it is. Go ship something and see how much it costs you. As a buyer, it sucks to pay that much for shipping. As a seller, that's a pretty fair price for shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 2:11:01 AM PST
David L Hall says:
Go Prime! You will not regret it.
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