Something for nothing: Ships for free

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 3:36 PM

Once a bonus, online retailers are paying the postage to make the sale.

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reader2580Dec. 2, 12 9:06 PM

Shipping is never free. The shipping costs are just built into the cost of the product. It is interesting that two merchants can offer the same price for a product, but one adds shipping and the other does not.

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erikj3Dec. 3, 12 3:27 AM

Everybody wants something for nothing. Part of the reason why America's in decline.

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furguson11Dec. 3, 12 6:16 AM

I always check the total cost including shipping to compare prices on Amazon, eBay and Google shopping. Ther still is a huge variety of final prices. The shipping cost is built into the local local store price. Often the "ship to store" price (free?) is the cheapest but then I have gas and time into the pickup. I find it interesting how Target, Amazon and Walmart are serving as fulfillment center for products that they never touch or are not stocked in stores but on their websites - direct ship from the distributor.

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jhbensenDec. 3, 1210:41 AM

Companies, when they ship, do so in mass quantities and so they receive a discount. So, why is it that when you receive it and are charged a shipping fee it is normally more than you would be charged if you shipped it yourself. Then along comes the handling fees now that technology has come a lot farther than it was many companies are going fully-automated. What's up with the hidden fees like that.

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tomstromieDec. 3, 1211:06 AM

Several years ago there were some web sites that did not inform you of the shipping costs until you created an account with them. I never returned to those sites. I do not mind paying for shipping, but retailers must make it easy for me to know my total cost so I can make accurate comparisons. And above all I have to trust them.

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reader2580Dec. 3, 1211:34 AM

"Free" shipping is NOT something for nothing. The cost of the "free" shipping is built into the cost of the item. Amazon has "free" shipping, but some of their heavy bulky items cost far more than other retailers because the other retailers don't have "free" shipping.

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mixie7Dec. 3, 12 5:16 PM

That "something for nothing" shipping has ended up as a bunch more of my already strapped time. Two years running now, I have more problems with things that don't ship, incorrect items, etc. Amazon has really gone downhill in that regard. Huge hassle this year with a Wal-Mart order. And it's not like you can wait for these things to finally get delivered correctly (early dates for Adopt-a-Families, early family gatherings, etc). You just have to return it, and then go buy something in a store which would have been quicker and cheaper in the first place! Sorry for the vent!

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