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Insane shipping prices

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CApighunter, Nov 29, 2012.

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  1. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    Not sure why more gun related places don't use Priority Mail Flat rate and charge the actual rate. (and the boxes are FREE) It's what my business does and some of our kits weigh 15+ pounds. Fairly rapid and reliable. Just go $6 (small) $11 (medium) and $15 (large)
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012
  2. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I suspect that it's because on average there is something in the order that they often can't ship via USPS and hence just settle on one shipper (UPS). But I agree with you in terms of shipping. Even Amazon uses USPS for some kinds of orders. Most seem to use UPS and it is more flexible for them. Some use FedEx, but not many. That should tell you something about ground rates. Also UPS and FedEx give preferred or discounted rates to shippers who do a lot of business with them and I don't think the USPS does this. Again, the flat rate USPS boxes are quite handy.

    There is sometimes a "handling" charge built into the price. After all they are paying for the box, padding, packing, and physically mailing it. That costs money. The ones that don't have such a charge only do it because of the competition. But they would like to.
  3. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    I order from Midway, Grafs & Buffalo Arms. All said and done, they're usually within a few dollars of each other, so it comes down to who has what I want on that day (And it's usually midway with larger orders)

    The key to it is increasing the order size. If you order a box or two of bullets, you pat through the nose for shipping. If you order a dozen things at once, though, the shipping is reasonable.

    Hazmat stuff I generally do not order online at all, though, unless it's going to be a sizeable quantity. Hazmat is too expensive.
  4. CoThG

    CoThG Well-Known Member

    Any place but Midway. I will not subsidize Larry Potterfield's big shot lifestyle by purchasing ANYTHING from them.
  5. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    $75, 56 inch drag bag. Not heavy, somewhat bulky but not hard to stuff in a box. $15.50 to ship it and will take over 7 days to arrive. Really need the bag but no thanks lol.
  6. DurangoKid

    DurangoKid Well-Known Member

    I refuse to support antgun proleft wing Orgs. I will not use Amazon which is a very antigun proleft Org.:barf:
  7. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member


    I'm not saying it isn't possible, but I've never seen any verifiable evidence of it. That, and they sell pretty much every gun related accessory you can imagine. I have saved a lot of money ordering scopes, stocks, tactical lights, etc. on Amazon.
  8. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    You don't believe in the American way of life? That a man can begin with nothing and through diligent hard work make a better life for himself and his family? Sounds more like envy to me. :barf:

    Prove it.
  9. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    Seriously? A 56" drag bag, add packaging and a box and you have a five foot long box. ANY shipper is going to tack an oversize charge on that. That's not Midway, it's just the reality of shipping. Besides, are you going to find it for $90 locally?

    Only once have I ordered just one item from any of these places. Yeah, the shipping was expensive but that's life. It's easy enough to use the wishlists on Midway or Brownells and grab one or two more items that I want to avoid the small purchase surcharge and not change the shipping cost more than a few cents or a dollar.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I bet if Amazon got into the ammunition business, they would cause some heads to turn and pay attention.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    I bought a mainspring for a Colt 1860 for 12 bucks and shipping was 6 bucks.
  12. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    Companies that use UPS for shipping charge a higher price for shipping because UPS charges by the address (urban or rural) and charge lower for a business (usually near main roads) versus residences. When I see someone uses UPS I just go elsewhere unless it is an item I can't find anywhere else. Check it out the next time you are ordering and they have the figure the shipping box. Check the business address box and see the cost. Check the residence box and watch the cost jump. I wanted to have something delivered to my girlfriend's place (very rural) and the cost was double to mine which was ridiculous so I just didn't place the order. I won't pay $9 shipping for a $6 or even $20 part. Whoever said Pay Pal fees add 20% obviously has never used it. Anti gun? I see a lot of gun related items for sale including mags, slides, barrels, etc. Some people just don't know what they are talking about.
  13. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Maybe, but I doubt they'd be able to beat other discount ammo suppliers.

    Amazon is not always the best price on everything, either. Most of the time, and especially when you figure free shipping. But I have had many instances when other sellers were cheaper, even with shipping. For instance, Walmart.com beat Amazon by about $30 on my Swann DVR surveillance system, even after tax & shipping.
  14. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    Amazon does a lot of drop shipping. Nothing beats their Prime program with free 2 day shipping for a year on most items. I'm sure that Amazon would be considered a major player if they drop shipped ammo from the big guys. When Sportsman's offers free shipping and an ammo sale (like this weekend) it's hard to beat their delivered prices.
  15. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

  16. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    Amazon OK with most/some gun related items.

    It's Ebay and Paypal who are decidedly ignorant of our Constitution, ignorantly motivated toward false benevolence and frankly worshiping at the feet of the new left.
  17. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Does that person who assembles and packs the boxes work for free? I doubt it - how do you cover the costs of those folks in the shipping department? Remember - Obamacare is adding upwards of 40% to healthcare costs - and it has been doing it for two years where my wife works. After the first of the year, there is an extra 1% deducted from the employee and an extra 1% added to the employer's payroll tax

    who do you think pays for that? YOU do

    Businesses NEVER pay taxes - EVER.....YOU do they merely pass it through to you
  18. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    You are preaching to the choir. In fact, you are coming on a bit strong - and trust me, it's not because I disagree with you.


    I was merely suggesting a lower cost method of shipping. Naturally all costs are passed on to the consumer regardless of where it shows above or below the line.
  19. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    UPS is Teamsters, USPS is also union, that leaves Fedex - and personally, where I live, they do GREAT job - I will use them over UPS every time

    REDMASTA Well-Known Member

    Ive bought tons of stuff from Midway never had a problem...Then again my orders are usually well over $25 so the shipping seems reasonable...
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