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Shipping Costs

Posted by Mark S2 on Sunday, 28 January 2018, at 12:26 a.m.
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In response to 141720: free shipping, posted by Luanne M on Saturday, 27 January 2018, at 3:13 p.m.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as 'free shipping'. I don't know of any trucking company, FedEx, UPS or USPS service that doesn't cost to use.

Free shipping means that the cost of shipping in included in the price.

Some people look for the phrase to ensure that they know what the final price is, rather than place items in a shopping cart and be surprised at the shipping cost later on. However, many Kona Coffee farmers use USPS Flat Rate, which means that many of them charge the same thing for shipping. If it fits it ships is the slogan, meaning regardless of weight, the box costs a certain amount to send to the mainland.

Years ago people took advantage of this on Ebay. You would find the same item advertised two ways:

Item = $15 with free shipping
Item = $10 with $5 shipping

People would see the item listed as $10 and put it in the cart, only to realize that the final cost was $15. They would open another window and see that in the end they were paying the same price and just checkout. What happened behind the scenes was that Ebay charged the user a percentage of the item cost and was not including the shipping cost in their calculations. So in that case people could reduce the item cost and make it up by charging a lot extra for shipping.

In the above example, what is the actual cost to ship? It *MAY* be only $4 by the way :-) Just another way to make a profit.


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