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    try asking your LQS to order the pattern for you - they can add it to their regular order -- no shipping and handling for you!!

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    I agree...sometimes those fees are outrageous...then I think about how far I drive to get stuff...and then I think, well...maybe it is worth it to save the costs in gas..and of course I can be sewing during the time it would take me to drive to get it.....sometimes...that is. :wink:

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    I bought material at $7.99 a yard on the internet. After they added shipping and handling it was $10.99 a yard. I was steamed.

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    Shipping and HANDLING used to be so aggrevating to me until I did a national fundraiser and realized that the handling really pays for supplies and someone's time. It took me hours to package and label the product for shipping, the trips to the PO, the many trips from the car into the PO for all the boxes, and the time it took to do it all.

    Shipping charges are what they are, and if someone is not close to a PO and uses priority for everything, then it is going to cost you whatever that set amount is.

    If someone is buying packaging, tape, labels, taking the time to cut, pull, package, seal, address, and deliver to the PO (gas, time, etc), then I believe they should be paid for their time and materials which is the HANDLING. Larger companies pay employess to pull and package, so I now I understand the HANDLING part.

    I had an issue with Equilter charging me $6.95 shipping and handling for one yard of fabric. I called and asked them to ship differently to save me money and they didn't because they have to pay someone to do the work to cut, package, invoice, etc, and that is the fee they charge, alson with the price of priority mail, and they were very kind in explaining that to me.

    I now shop to find the best shipping price along with the best sale price for what I need. Those that charge excessive amounts don't get my business, but those who charge reasonable S&H do get my business. I look at it as saving my time and gas money by not traveling out to look for what I want.

    I've also come to realize that paying full price for fabric at the local quilt shop often costs less than finding the fabric on sale, online, and having to pay S&H!

    Webfabrics.com and fabric.com both have low order amounts for free shipping! I'm sure there are several others out there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    I have had the same thing happen to me -- S&H more than whatever I was buying. Have sent nasty emails but nothing ever happened and I didn't buy their product(s).....
    Try a nice email next time.

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    I used e-patterns, I think that is the name. My computer has been wiped out since I last ordered. Any way, I paid a small fee for the pattern and they sent it to me in an e-mail. Then you just print it off. Worked great for me.

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    I just place an order with Nancy's Notions for over $50.00 and the shipping was free. Not long ago I ordered from Connecting Threads, order over $50.00; the shipping was free. Then there have been times when I had a small order and the shipping was rather high, but there was a coupon for free shipping on the next order. I did notice that overnight shipping has really escalated in price across the board. Before I retired I worked a lot with shipping costs. A company that ships a lot usually has some discounted shipping costs and the more they ship the larger the discounts. Perhaps smaller companies are actually paying a lot for their shipping.

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    There sure are a lot of patterns named Hokey Pokey. The one on the catalog looks very simple to make. I love the colors.

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    This is one of my major gripes! I realize they pay someone to package,etc. but some companies go way overboard! I always check the shipping first and then figure how much I would spend in time and gas to go out looking for an item. Some companies make you fill out your order before they quote the shipping....I hate to spend time "shopping" and end up canceling the order at the end! Since the local quilt shops charge such ridiculious prices. Since Walmart is closing out the fabris departments,I do most shopping on line. I am always thrilled to find a company that is reasonable. :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    I have had the same thing happen to me -- S&H more than whatever I was buying. Have sent nasty emails but nothing ever happened and I didn't buy their product(s).....
    Try a nice email next time.
    :lol: :lol: I was much too ticked at the time to be sweet!!! :lol: :lol: -- However, you're right. I SHOULD have been reasonable and NOT told them I'd NEVER shop at their on-line store again...but I don't have red hair for nothin' :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Have you caught the new one? Some companies are charging S&H for EACH piece. I've seen this on TV but so far, none of the online fabric stores. Be sure to watch for it.

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    Now that will just make me mad.. :evil:

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    Amen to that!!!!

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    I do the same thing. Sometimes I end up not buying anything if I can make it worth the S&H fees.

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    I agree there are quite a few times I have gotten my stuff all in my cart and then canceled when I saw the shipping charge. i am not going to pay an arm and a leg when I know it is darn well a lot higher then the actual shipping cost!!!

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    Was that from Clotilde? Man,... the last thing I ordered from them was a 'pattern', turned out to be a leaflet, 8.95; S$ H 5.95... it cost me 1.24 to return it, and 60 days and 2 phone calls to get a refund. I keep getting catolouges that say 'DON'T LET THIS BE YOUR LAST!" if only.....they'll never get another cent from me.

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    Oh, I'm with you!... Do you think all redheads aren't that concerned about 'burning a bridge' or making a bad impression? because neither of those things seem to bother me that much. I figure if you don't have my best interest at heart, I feel the same about you....

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    I used to never worry about shipping and handling until I did the math one day and found out how much more I could buy without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjengels
    Oh, I'm with you!... Do you think all redheads aren't that concerned about 'burning a bridge' or making a bad impression? because neither of those things seem to bother me that much. I figure if you don't have my best interest at heart, I feel the same about you....
    Well I don't know about you -- but me and my red hair just get more cantankerous with age. I used to try to be nice and polite to everyone until I developed stomach problems. So now I try not to hold so much in.... :D

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    I hate paying high S&H. But, speaking as someone who owned an internet business, the costs really do add up. Mailing envelope/box, bubble wrap, bag, invoice, tape, label, person to package it and take it to post office, etc. Plus overhead since you're usually paying for the workspace.

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    where was you ordering it from?

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    I needed to order a sticker to replace one for a shop tool my husband has. The sticker was $1.60 and the shipping and handling was $8.00.................LOL

    And it was to arrive in a regular envelope. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    Oh, I just saw that pattern on the front of the KeepsakeQuilting catalog....SO PRETTY!!!!!!!

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    I have a problem with it, too! BTW, last month we bought a Bissell carpet cleaner machine from Walmart....online, for $80.00 less than the local stores and the shipping was..............................are you ready for this????????????????????? $.95.....yes...NINETY-FIVE CENTS.....

    Shipping and handeling are moneymakers that's for sure. I recently sent a painting....was yaking and ignoring what the local shipping store was doing when packaging it. They put it in a HUGE (think refridgerator) box....wanted to charge me $85.00.....~!!!!!!! I made them RE-package it and it cost me $20.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    When Keepsake Quilting had free shipping last month I placed an order and even used the special code. I sent it to family in the US, as I know international shipping is (almost) never free. Well, when they saw the invoice I'd been charged $9 shipping! I haven't pursued it yet as I don't have the invoice in front of me, but I can't believe they actually charged me when it was meant to be free.

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