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Sat Sept 17 2016 21:55:27

UPS Hiring a Reminder that Shipping Isn't Free

By: Ina Steiner

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Big retailers have convinced online shoppers that there is something called "free shipping," but a UPS announcement is a reminder that that's not the case.

Packages do not get delivered by themselves, and UPS said it was expecting to hire about 95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2017.

Naturally UPS (and other shipping carriers) pass along those costs to merchants - and it recently announced it would increase rates nearly 5% at the end of the year.

But small sellers are impacted more than large sellers - back in April, the Wall Street Journal demonstrated the striking difference in the cost of shipping the same package depending on whether you were a mega-retailer, a small-medium retailer or an ecommerce startup - all due to the fact that large-volume shippers get big volume discounts.

As a merchant, you must decide how to handle higher shipping costs - raise your shipping charges, raise your product prices, or squeeze your margins.

For eBay, there's a silver lining: the annual rate hikes by shipping carriers generally mean a boost in revenue, since eBay charges commission on shipping costs (much to the ire of sellers).

Are you doing all you can to minimize your shipping costs as the holiday shopping season approaches?




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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Sep 17 22:13:31 2016

Shame on you Ina 😃 eBay says it is!

eBay says that not only should it be free, it should be fast, and that they deserve a cut of the cost AND that it raises the price of items won't change how people shop on eBay.

I guess they know "best". LMAO

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 18 11:19:09 2016

You would think that you could call them and ask for a better price if you use them...but thats not the case..you have to show proof of how much you ship.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 18 19:42:59 2016

Well we don't use Stamps.com or Ebay or Paypal to print a label. We do our own labels with tracking and then use postage stamps to ship. Saves about 60 per cent of shipping costs.

UPS, USPS, FEDEX can raise there rates all the want. We close all 5 of our stores the week before Thanksgiving until the second week in January.

While everyone is screaming that they have been cheated, didn't get their package, or are being picked on by Ebay we will be on the sunny beaches of California without giving Ebay, or anyone or anything a second thought. Computers are off till we return to the Mid West in January.

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Sep 18 20:11:08 2016

@pace306

"Free" shipping combined with FVF on shipping costs demonstrate that the eBay [mis-]management team has no freakin' clue.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon Sep 19 06:49:04 2016

Another example of how the small guys get screwed.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Tue Sep 20 01:21:42 2016

"Shipping Isn't Free" — a refreshingly HONEST headline! You made my day.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Tue Sep 20 01:29:29 2016

Yes, I am doing all I can do to minimize shipping. All bulky items now get shipped SmartPost with third party insuring to circumvent insurance issues (USPS blames FedEx, FedEx blames USPS). The last several years have been solely focused on whittling down profits. If I cut any further my work will soon be 'free.'  

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Sep 20 10:47:20 2016

Shipping a Huck 353 Rivet Gun 17 lbs. with so called FREE shipping.

Fedex Smart Post $29

USPS Priority Mail $44

I choose USPS and paid the extra $15

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by: ebay refugee camp This user has validated their user name.

Tue Sep 20 13:57:08 2016

Ebay should not be allowed yo charge a fee on shipping, ebay supposedly gives you a boost in the search for saying shipping is free, it really isn't sellers just added it to the price. Ebay's lawyers just wanted ebay to get sellers to change to free shipping because eventually a lawsuit will stick.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Tue Sep 20 15:33:34 2016

@tool May I inquire why you elect to pay the extra $15? (Acknowledging USPS is much faster if your parcel is a coast-to-coast dispatch.)

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Tue Sep 20 18:23:38 2016

@ LasVagueness

The Fedex Office is 10 miles away and the trip would take close to an hour. And like you said Priority Mail is much faster then Fedex Home Delivery, the Mailman picked up the package off the porch so I didn't have to drive anywhere. Last time I shipped a Huck 353 I went to Fedex, that was last month sometime. I guess I did USPS this time for convenience.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Tue Sep 20 18:54:52 2016

@tool I would pay the $15 too. I've never been one to underrate convenience. :-)

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Tue Sep 20 23:41:18 2016

BEWARE OF TEMP UPS EMPLOYEES.
I witnessed a disgruntled, newly laid off after the season was over, UPS employee disappear up to the second floor bathroom to sabotage the sink faucets to keep the water running.
It created a waterfall that poured down to the first floor ALL OVER THE COMPUTER TERMINALS and into high voltage electrical wiring.
I'd rather get my package late than cater to these terrorists.
LOCK 'EM UP !

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Tue Sep 20 23:43:12 2016

This same woman showed up at Home Depot treating customers like garbage.
Apparently she didn't want to work.
She was terminated in 8 short weeks.
I'll be watching for her again this year.



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