Monday, October 25, 2010

Shipping and Handling

I find it hard to believe how much shipping and handling charges are these days. I've been seeing things advertised for low prices, but when you look at the shipping and handling fee the price of a simple things becomes ridiculous. I saw a TV commercial for a divider you use while baking. I doubt it weighs more than two ounces and they were asking $15 for shipping and they would throw in a second unit if you pay additional shipping and handling.

I know people that sell on Ebay and they tell me they make all their profit in shipping charges.

I wait every year to buy honey jars until after I harvest my honey. I weigh the buckets and then estimate how many jars I will need. This year I needed seven cases of plastic jars and I'd be surprised if the total weight came to 10 pounds in total. One outfit that I usually use as my source in Chico California wanted to charge me $58 for shipping and handling. Even my sources in Oregon charged about as much. Fortunately I looked at an outfit in Minnesota which offered free shipping on all orders over $100.

I really like dealing with companies that offer free shipping like Amazon (on orders over $25) which includes all merchandise. J.C. Whitney often has specials with no shipping charges. CompUSA ships free if the purchase is over $100.

I really get angry when I see the shipping rates exceed the price of what I am buying.


Blogger darev2005 said...

Oooh yeah. Got zapped a few time by that myself. Ended up paying too much for something I thought I was getting for cheap. Now I only buy from places that offer free s&h.

8:13 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

You, yup, yup. Don't like ridiculous S&H fees.

I don't get how the companies that advertise on TV get away with the buy one and get another free scam. I hear they won't send just one, so the real charge is for two. Not that I would buy whatever they're selling, I just wonder how they are allowed to do it.

The thing is we all end up paying for it because these companies get away without paying taxes on a large portion of their profits because they're written off as expenses rather than profits.

Oh, and then there's the fact that if you don't like the product they'll refund the cost of it if you send it back but you're still out the price of S&H. Rat bastards.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Pamela said...

Looking forward to tomorrow's post. I just can't WAIT !!!

7:47 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, the more reason to make it yourself or shop locally.

Rich, Dirty rat bastard shipping magnate wannabes.

Pam, You'll be disappointed.

5:18 AM  

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