Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

I hate when the shipping on an item is almost twice it's cost!

Ordering online sucks.  I want to buy a $16 item and the shipping is over $25!  And that's UPS Standard.  Express shipping is $60!  For a $16 item.  Why would I purchase *anything* online.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 30th, 2007 2:13pm
Because you often get "free" shipping which, when coupled with discounts, makes the cost of the item equal to or less what you would pay locally with sales tax.

That's why.

Duh.

I also often buy things online at retailers with a "pick up in store" option because their online price is often cheaper than their in-store price.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 30th, 2007 2:17pm
I'm bitching that I'm not getting "free" shipping so that doesn't help.  There isn't much of discount (accessories are rarely discounted) and I still have to pay sales tax.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 30th, 2007 2:20pm
Because ordering it at the store without driving is usually a pain in the butt, and they really frown on one browsing in nothing but their underwear.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
March 30th, 2007 2:21pm
Wayne: is that for something ordered from the US?

In Canada, the shipping cost for anything from the US is insane.  I've ordered a few things from Amazon or Costco, but we either:

- have it shipped to a mailbox place right across the border, drive down and pick it up there, or

- have it shipped to someone in the US who's either coming up for a visit or that we're going down to visit.

Wayne: if it is stuff from the US, contact "Security Mail" in Blaine, set up an account with them ($10 setup, $2 pickup fee per box) and have your stuff sent there.  It's up to you whether you declare it or not...
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 30th, 2007 2:40pm
"is that for something ordered from the US?"

No.  I know that getting something shipped from the states is even worse.  I even got one of those weird customs bills that was well over the cost of the item -- I just never paid it.

"If it is stuff from the US, contact "Security Mail" in Blaine, set up an account with them ($10 setup, $2 pickup fee per box) and have your stuff sent there.  It's up to you whether you declare it or not..."

My old boss used to do that all the time -- he didn't live far from Pt. Roberts.  He would buy all kinds of things -- books, electronics, etc toss the packaging and never declare.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 30th, 2007 2:46pm
I found a similar item in-store to the one I was looking at purchasing online.  The online one was $16 with $25 in shipping and the in-store one is $39.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 30th, 2007 2:47pm
So when you ask "Why would I buy *ANYTHING* online" what you MEAN is "Why would I buy *ANYTHING* online under these specific conditions as I have outlined them".

The answer to that is you wouldn't, unless you're a fucking idiot.

Anything else?

Please do try to ask the questions you MEAN to ask from now on.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 30th, 2007 2:50pm
"Why would I buy *ANYTHING* online under these specific conditions as I have outlined them".

Except the conditions are always the same, for me.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 30th, 2007 2:54pm
Is this something that weighs a lot or is unusually large? Reminds me of how pets.com failed because it costs $40 to ship a $5 bag of dog food.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 30th, 2007 4:00pm
Try triple the cost of the item.  $1.49 for a sticker from CafePress, final cost $5.14.

The really sucky part is that they have a print-on-demand location on the other side of I-40, so I paid $3.65 to ship it less than 20 miles.
Permalink xampl 
March 30th, 2007 4:00pm
I just have to ask, what are you buying?
Permalink AHA's Wife :) 
March 30th, 2007 4:03pm
Busted!
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 30th, 2007 4:11pm
It ain't jewelry. Probably is pet food. Or garden supplies. Lye?
Permalink blahty heartsheep 
March 30th, 2007 4:18pm
Rubber hoses, a knife, a b-b gun, and diapers.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 30th, 2007 6:51pm
It costs me $5 a book to ship to Sri Lanka, and $6 a book to ship to Saudi. More than wipes out any discount Amazon gives, but there is no other way of buying. I ordered the mainboard, processor, video card and memory for my desktop from the US a year ago and it cost me $740 + $80 shipping.

Online ordering is obviously not a viable proposition for things that are bulky or fragile.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 30th, 2007 6:55pm

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