OT-Kinda: Ordering Parts and Shipping Cost

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A friend of mine gets US mail but it comes to a box that's about a half a mile down the hill from his house. The house is on a paved road, and there are other houses on the same road that have the same arrangement.
There was a similar deal at my parents' house in Florida.
This is fine for paying the electric bill but it's not so good if you're trying to run a business that involves shipping product.
UPS always delivers to the door and picks up at the door.
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They don't deliver to new neighborhood homes in the Houston area at all. You have to go to the "block" mail box to get your mail. Like living in an appartment complex. USP will deliver to your door.
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For priority mail, which is minimum about $5. They will pick up 1st class packages from the mailbox, if they fit.
-Kevin
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A couple of reasons. They probably have a deal with UPS and get better rates than you would since they ship in bulk. The shipper may be getting paid minimum wage and does not have the ability and/or authority to make such a decision so everything goes UPS.
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Spring from Delta $0.90. Shipping $4.95. Several years back.
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Shipping is more than product is often the case. UPS and FedEx makes out.
At least you bought the item low - many companies have a minimum price and often stuff under $10USD a value is added. When in Marketing I created kits of parts - so a customer would not pay this large markup on each nut, bolt, screw, resistor..... They soon learned to buy a kit once in a while and save money.
Martin
On 4/5/2011 8:10 AM, RonB wrote:

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Another component in the overall equation which might have gone without mention in the thread is that UPS covers $100 worth of insurance automatically on an item with an established replaceable value. USPS charges extra for insurance.
If a qualifying shipment is lost or damaged in that process, the liability/cost is on the sender under the UCC.
People buying on eBay are frequently snookered by the seller's notificastion that the responsibility for insurance is on the buyer at extra cost. Nonsense. When notified, eBay and Paypal support the UCC interpretation and the purchaser in resolving such complaints.
Regards,
Edward Hennessey
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