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The Midway "handling" charge

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Old School, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Old School

    Old School Well-Known Member

    Recently, I started to purchase some revolver clips from Midway. Upon check out, I found that they assessed a "handling fee". Apparently, handling fees are assessed when you make purchases smaller than $20.
    I was not real thrilled with this fee. In fact, I will go on the record and say that it sux. If my small purchases are so inconvenient for Midway, they will not be my first choice for any purchases large or small.:fire:
  2. ServiceSoon

    ServiceSoon Well-Known Member

    Don't get mad, get glad by buying somewhere else. They know what the repercussions are for their policy.

    Company's have to make these decisions sometimes. After all they are in business to make a profit and wouldn't be around for you to purchase items it they didn't make a profit. Just do what I do and tell the wife you have to spend X because otherwise they charge a handling fee.
  3. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    buy a box of plinking ammo with whatever you buying, easy way to avoid the fee, and you will use it up I am sure...
  4. Mikee Loxxer

    Mikee Loxxer Well-Known Member

    Having a minimum order charge is very common. This is done so that a business does not lose money by alloting costly man/hours to low dollar amount orders.
  5. Microlon

    Microlon Well-Known Member

    My philosophy is that any order is a good order, so we don't have any minimums (minima?). I figure that if someone buys something inexpensive and they like it, maybe next time they'll buy something a bit more pricey. Yes, we've "lost" money on small orders, but if it introduces someone to our stuff, it's worth it.
  6. snorko

    snorko Well-Known Member

    I stand in awe of the OP's discipline in placing an order for only what is "needed".
  7. davidjblythe

    davidjblythe Well-Known Member

    I would find a way to boost the bill over the minimum required to avoid the fee. The Potterfields are avid 2nd Amendment supporters and donate regularly to the NRA. They have been nothing but good to me. I would hate to see them lose a customer over that. Send the owner an email about it if you feel really agitated. He usually responds personally to certain issues.
  8. ralphtt

    ralphtt Well-Known Member

    Years ago, Midway shipped with zero shipping or handling charges. When they started the 'handling' charge I emailed the owner and sure 'nuff, got a prompt reply from him. He went into considerable detail explaining why Midway found the new charge necessary.

    I have not ordered from Midway since then . . . and it has been several years.
  9. pistolero6869

    pistolero6869 Well-Known Member


    My friends and I used to buy every thing from midwat years ago when they had a tiny ad in the shotgun news, Ammo parts reloading supplys. free shipping but that went away so did we. but now I buy from graft &sons $4.50 handling charge 5lbs or 500lbs on line or $6.96 by phone , mail or fax...
  10. Old School

    Old School Well-Known Member

    This man understands business.
  11. GingerGuy

    GingerGuy Well-Known Member

    Midway just today sent me an email wishing me a happy birthday and too take an additional 15% off my next order provided I purchase by 8/31.

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2008
  12. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    I'm just amazed someone could tool around the Midway site and still only come up with less than $20 of stuff to order.
  13. .38 Special

    .38 Special Well-Known Member

    Stand by for outraged posts about "butting into your personal business".
  14. doubleh

    doubleh Well-Known Member

    I really don't like to get hit with a "handling" charge. Kind of makes me feel like I'm getting skinned a little. Kind of like another mailorder shooting supplier that runs sales and then you find they are making quite a bit of it back on their inflated shipping charges.
  15. Dustinthewind

    Dustinthewind Well-Known Member

    Midway did the same to me. This was after two orders that amounted to $1500. I ordered a factory crimp die in .223, a week later, for under twenty and got charged with a handling fee. I still buy from Midway but have started using Graf's and Wideners more, as well as purchasing more locally. My local gun shop is a little higher but shipping usually more than makes up the difference. Also I have found that the more I buy in supplies locally the better the deals are on the firearm purchases.
  16. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Well-Known Member

    +1 on that. I have a hard time picking out what I need vs what I really relly really really need.
  17. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    I get steamed for a similar reason when I order from summit racing.

    It says "FREE SHIPPING!" on every cover in huge letters, yet they charge $12 bucks for handling.
  18. bobotech

    bobotech Well-Known Member

    I ran into that handling fee last week when I ordered something from them.

    I just bought a set of wolff hammer springs as well to make the total go over 20 bux. Worked for me.
  19. onebigelf

    onebigelf Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with the folks who are upset. A few years ago I ordered almost $1000 worth of parts for a project. After the parts arrived and I started working on the assembly I ended up needing a single, small, and very inexpensive part. It also was something that couldn't be found just anywhere. The part was less than three dollars and it took me almost a week to find someone else who had one. I've never ordered anything else from Midway. I understand the issue of "are small orders worth the time". Maybe they should ask themselves how much it's worth to piss off a customer. Make that Former Customer.

  20. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    That's why I wait until I have a decent amount of stuff before placing an order. Or I just browse the site until I'm horrified at the total in my cart and have to start deciding what I really need and start searching for promo codes :)
    Then when you figure you'll get even and order something that would cost more than $12 to ship like a seat they'll smack you with an oversize charge :banghead:

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