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.
>>> I found a nice mug for $8 and was going to buy it but shipping and handling was $7! This annoys me very much. <<<
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?
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.
>>>> They prefer to pretend that every(thing) can be shipped for free. <<<<
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".
>>>> 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! <<<<
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!
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.
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.