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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Please do try to ask the questions you MEAN to ask from now on.
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.
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.
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.
March 30th, 2007 4:00pm
March 30th, 2007 4:11pm
It ain't jewelry. Probably is pet food. Or garden supplies. Lye?
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.