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    Shipping charges has gotten completely out of hand. I wanted to order two patterns yesterday. Get this 2 pieces of paper 11 x 14 inches folded put in a business envelop and mailed for just $6.95 shipping cost. Hell the patterns only cost $6.50 each. I let the business know they missed a sell by overcharging for postage.

    My new year resolution, I will email every business that I want to order something from just to find their shipping out of line in my opinion.

    Just think if Scrollsaw Mag. would charge $6.95 for shipping each issue,
    it would cost us 19.95 plus 27.80 for shipping each year. And, they have a heck of a lot more pages then 2.
    Jim
    Last edited by Scrolling Jim; 01-01-2012, 08:44 AM.

  • #2
    Shipping charges have been out of line, before I retired last year I would order a single small integrated circuit that I needed for a repair job and that was all I needed and pay $10.00 to $12.00 shipping charge then have to add that to the part price.
    Bob making sawdust in SW Louisiana
    with a EX-21

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    • #3
      It's a rip off isn't it?
      They're making money off that shipping.
      I order patterns online and download them when I can.
      Of course most of my patterns in the past have been for needlework....
      I don't know if sites that deal with woodwork patterns do the download option as well...I would think they would.


      Originally posted by Scrolling Jim View Post
      Shipping charges has gotten completely out of hand. I wanted to order two patterns yesterday. Get this 2 pieces of paper 11 x 14 inches folded put in a business envelop and mailed for just $6.95 shipping cost. Hell the patterns only cost $6.50 each. I let the business know they missed a sell by overcharging for postage.

      My new year resolution, I will email every business that I want to order something from just to find their shipping out of line in my opinion.

      Just think if Scrollsaw Mag. would charge $6.95 for shipping each issue,
      it would cost us 19.95 plus 27.80 for shipping each year. And, they have a heck of a lot more pages then 2.
      Jim

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      • #4
        Best way to order is to order online and download, Shelia, Sue Mey, and a few others no shipping involved Edward
        http://www.scrollsawer.com/gallery/s...00&ppuser=6384

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        • #5
          What gets me is when they add the shipping to the item then charge sales tax on the whole thing. There is no tax on UPS or U.S. postage. I usually try to order wood, blades or something to make it worth the shipping cost.
          Mick, - Delta P-20

          A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.

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          • #6
            i often wonder howdo they calculate the shipping,recently i ordered a sheet of coloured paper from an american companyand i was all prepard too buy until they got back too me and quoted a price of 35 dollars too post it,i know im a far way from them but 35 $ too post a bit of paper,anyway i got back and cancled the order.
            not doing much
            and busy doing it


            having fun making sawdust.


            http://www.customcutz4you.webs.com/

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            • #7
              Well . . . I guess (at least this weekend) I have to fall in the category of "no complaints." I bought a book on Amazon on Friday and they gave me the option to have it delivered on Saturday for $3.99. Basically, I couldn't believe it so I said, "okay, let's see if you can do it?" I clicked on the "1 day shipping" and I'll be darned if they didn't get that book shipped from Tenn. to southern NM right at 24 hours and . . . . for a whopping $3.99 to boot.

              I am a happy camper!

              John
              I've Got A Lot More To Learn
              About Leaving Battlegrounds Alone
              "~~ Molly Venter

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              • #8
                Well, it's just like everything else. Way to expensive & they want us to spend more to keep the economy going?? If we all did that, it would be disastress ! I know I'd be broke.
                I had a chance to sell my Delta saw & it would cost more to ship it, than it was worth! Just don't get it! It's a new year & probably going to be more this year. No end in sight!
                PERK

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                • #9
                  I work in shipping and receiving for a company that services the trucking industry and I can attest to freight costs. According to our primary delivery service, we are about 50 miles outside the overnight "ground" delivery, so we have to pay air freight to get our "emergency" parts and the cost is astronomical.

                  The other day, one of our suppliers sent a ground package containing one O ring (the other two parts were backordered). Minimum one pound shipping for a $1.35 part--$7.95. Now I realize there is cost associated with boxes, packing, and labor--but I know the shipper ate most of those costs since I can send one pound to that same zip code and the cost will be in the six to seven dollar range.

                  Further, to my amazement, I often send small parcels between our locations and have found that it costs more for the location closer to me because there is no "hub" in that area and it spends a couple of hours longer on a truck than our location in the city where the hub is located. And, they both get delivered about the same time of the day!

                  Thank goodness there are people like our good friend Mike who charges a more than fair shipping charge. First time I ordered blades, I was shocked at just how inexpensive his shipping charges are. I think we are getting so used to high shipping charges we forget the little guy like Mike who covers his costs (maybe) and provides good service. There are other suppliers in this industry who are also fair and I hope they don't think I was singling out Mike.
                  Jim
                  When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
                  Too early to leave, too late to call in.

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                  • #10
                    Jim, see my PM. I think you and my husband work for the same company.
                    Betty

                    "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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                    • #11
                      Having made and shipped wood items for years all over the world, I know many Companies will charge a "handing fee" with all their shipments. They say it pays for boxes (if they use them), packing and people to do the shipping....in other words, it's just another way of getting money from us. Our Company has never charged "extra fees" in our shipping. We charge what ever UPS, Fedex or the Post Office charges us to ship the package. Now, the cost of shipping has gone up in the past couple years...and will keep going up, but that is because the shipping Companies keep raising their costs. So shipping companies charge more, sellers charge an extra fee (for whatever reason) and we are the ones that get stuck. Try living out here on an Island in the Ocean. Post Office is the only cheap way of shipping, but allot of Companies will not ship here....they say they only ship "within the US"...yea I know they mean the 48 States. Either way we all get hit. Some Companies will ship here, but not many. I have items shipped to my kids on the mainland and they ship it here through the Post Office for me.
                      Hawaiilad
                      Larry

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                      • #12
                        It's the same with telemarketed items. For only $19.95 and if you order in the next ten minutes we will double your order and include the super-duper sharp pencil point. You don't want to see the shipping and handling charge that they tack on to double or triple the cost to you.

                        george
                        A day without sawdust is a day without sunshine.
                        George

                        delta 650, hawk G426

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                        • #13
                          I live in a relatively small town and have a hard time finding some items here.

                          I know I can probably find the item online but the shipping and handling

                          charges sometimes amount to more than the item. As a result to justify

                          the shipping cost I sometimes add other items to my order. It kind of puts

                          you in a no win position, buy more than you intended or pay the high shipping

                          cost.
                          Last edited by Stoney; 01-02-2012, 11:17 AM.
                          Stoney aka Al

                          This gettin old stuff ain't for sissies!

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                          • #14
                            I agree, shipping charges on a lot of items is out of hand.

                            On the other hand, I sell (occasionally) photographs. They are printed and shipped from a major service. They charge $6.95 for shipping up to three or four prints (small to 12x18, depending on the weight). Cost goes up from there, again weight dependent. But the packaging is great, and required to keep the prints from damage. Two boxes, the inside "floating" in the outer container, braced at the corners so any hit on the sides is not transferred to the inner box. Well worth the charge.
                            Ron

                            My sawdust gallery

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