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Old 01-15-2010, 06:20 AM
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I soooo wanted the quilt pattern Hokey Pokey, went to order, pattern is 8.95 yet they want 4.95s&h. For a pattern :thumbdown: :thumbdown: Just needed to vent, thanks ladies and gentlemen, I'll go silently into my sewing room and pout now :-(
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:53 AM
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OK - I feel you pain! And then if you finally break down and order the item, it gets to you and you see what the postage actually was, that really gets me started!
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:57 AM
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shipping does get to you sometimes
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:02 AM
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There's an article in my new Readers Digest this month about this same problem. Companies actually make money on S & H especially items sold on TV.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:15 AM
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This is a major peeve of mine as well. But remember it is S&H, emphasis on the H. The amount over shipping they charge is the handling fee for paying someone to pull the item off the shelf package it (packaging isn't free either) and process the sale. Yes it annoys me to no end but I have to sit back and realize I am paying for more than just USPS fees. This is why I always save up my on line ordering so that I am at the top end of the price grouping for the that S&H charge or close enough to getting it free for spending up to a certain amount (usually $50). Most on line shops price S&H on a sliding scale with what you spend.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:26 AM
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Order a bunch of things to combine shipping and it doesn't hurt so much. Yes, enabling is fun!
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:32 AM
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I have had fights with companies over this. As previously said, is the H that kills you. They want to get paid for the box and the time spent packing your box. Also, some companies use flat rate to make it easier for them. In that case, no matter the weight, the shipping will be the same.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:35 AM
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Have you contacted the company and asked them what the charge is to mail one pattern? Sometimes I've been pleasantly surprised with their response. Is there another company that sells it?
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:53 AM
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I don't charge extra for shipping on my website, but I don't have the Hokey Pokey pattern. (I've got others!) Some sellers charge a minimun shipping rate so they can use the free Priority flat rate envelopes and not have to pay for additional shipping supplies and it does cost around $5 to mail it, not counting tape, labels, printer ink, time spent packaging, and a trip to the post office. That can really add up $$$ fast. It also makes it more cost effecient to the buyer if the buyer purchases additional items, sometimes the seller won't charge extra S&H if it all fits in the same flat rate envelope.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:37 AM
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That is horrible. More than half the price of the pattern for shipping.
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