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Insane shipping prices

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

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  1. FIVETWOSEVEN

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

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    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.
     
  3. MachIVshooter

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    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.
     
  4. larryh1108

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    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.
     
  5. Swing

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  6. OilyPablo

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    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.
     
  7. oneounceload

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    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
     
  8. OilyPablo

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    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.

    Taxes?

    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.
     
  9. oneounceload

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    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
     
  10. REDMASTA

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    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...
     
  11. EddieNFL

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    Ordering $20.00 worth of anything from anywhere is not going to be a good shipping value...unless you really need what they have. I rarely order parts, ammo, reloading supplies, etc., unless I can make it worthwhile. If I break a part and need it now gladly pay the freight.

    A week or so ago I ordered a case of .22 ammo. Widner's had the best price, but their shipping was higher than Midway's. I live closer to Johnson, TN. Go figure.
     
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    I think it is new. I ran into it a couple months ago. The handling fee is for orders under $25. I don't agree with it. I think handling small orders should be part of the cost of doing business, but it's their business to run as they see fit. I just wait until I can order $25 or more.

    Fortunately I can pick up my orders at Midway and avoid shipping, so for me, that makes them cheaper than CTD or any of the other online houses.
     
  13. spm

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    +1.

    I've met Larry Potterfield and he is very personable and down-to-earth. He contributes millions to shooting sports.
     
  14. OilyPablo

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    Nothing against the man, but if his competition beats him out, well that's where my money goes.
     
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    Wow. Didn't know Wildners was in Johnson City TN. Learn something everyday... which means I pay sales tax. Ouch.
     
  16. CountryUgly

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    Here's my take on it. Maybe shipping is a little more than some obscure websites and smaller companies but it's way less than CTD and they are higher than wally world but I order from them because it's hassle free and I've never waited more than 3 days for anything to arrive at my door. I point click carry on and in under 72hrs I got my stuff without having to drive 30 miles fight a crowd and wait in line for 20mins or more. It 's easy to order from them and no worries about when or if you'll get your stuff. The extra couple of bucks on occassion is worth the peace of mind. Oh BTW they have all kinds of promo codes and honestly I've rarely had to pay shipping and usually end up paying less than the basket total when using then codes ;)
     
  17. MilsurpShooter

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    I just don't see it as a 5 foot box, cloth folds, isn't too heavy. But if they have to ship it flat, yeah makes more sense, just don't see why they'd do that. And I could get a cheaper locally, just would have to hard case it and I'm tired of having to play tetris to get the hard cases to fit in my trunk honestly lol
     
  18. TAKtical

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    In my experience, amazon prime pays for itself in about a month. Also, Ive noticed that when I order a bunch of items from cheaperthandirt or midway, shipping isnt bad but ordering a few small parts can cost $12-$15 dollars. I actually decided not to order anything a few times because I was paying almost as much in shipping as I was for the items I wanted.
     
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    Because when you saw the permanent crease, you'd be pissed and ask why on earth would they do that.
     
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    Pssstttt. So does FedEx ground.
     
  21. larryh1108

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    Thanks, I did not know that. It is good to know. To me you can't beat the fixed rate boxes from the USPS. If it fits, it ships! (bad slogan stealing). I do believe that companies that do not offer this option lose a lot of sales. I am one of them and there are several others mentioned in this thread.
     
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    Was about to order something from cheaper than dirt a couple days ago. Maybe 4 #'s. $17.99. Shipping was going to be $21.99. No thank you!!
     
  23. oneounceload

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    And the USPS is broke and has raised rates a lot in recent years.

    UPS is Teamster; Fedex is not, but both are making money for their shareholders, not costing tax payers hundreds of millions

    I'd say their business model is working while the USPS is not.........
     
  24. Robert

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    Now that we are down to the politics of shippers I'd say we can call this one done.
     
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