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Saving Money on Shipping Charges

Ordering things online is a great way to save time and money. If you are not careful though, the shipping charges can easily eat up most or all of that savings. This is a page about saving money on shipping charges.


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October 13, 2011

My floor fan which I sleep with in my bedroom for the noise is about ready to bite the dust. So, I got online today and through much searching for an hour or so found what I wanted. Store XYZ offered it at $50 with free shipping. Store ZBA offered it for $45 with $8.91 shipping. I called store ZBA and flat asked if they could ship it for free after I was told the shipping charge. I said I found this fan at a competitor for free shipping.

The young man said, "I can take care of that for you". Woohoo. However, he is instructed to only ship OOPS and not postal. I have only a post office box and he said it is too big for your box so they won't do that. I told him they will just put a yellow card in the box and I pick it up at the counter. So, he overrode it on the computer to force it through since I suggested that too, lol.

Now my post office which I am worried about, gets more business and I don't have to worry about it being stolen off my porch. OOPS recently threw a "signature required" item on my porch and took off. I have had 6 packages stolen off my porch in the past 4 years. So, anyway, I figured with the economy the way it is, it was worth checking on them giving me the free shipping. And I saved money in the process!


Source: As far as I know (and I have plenty of senior moments), I thought it up.

By lori macDonald from AR

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November 29, 2010

To save money on shipping for the holidays, ship from the Post Office. Almost all other places that accept packages, though very convenient, also have a handling charge. I recently mailed a very small package to California and was literally shocked at the cost. I asked the clerk why it was so much and would it be cheaper for me to take it to the Post Office. She side stepped the issue and called over the store manager who basically tip toed around my question. I actually asked what the handling charge was for shipping something from their store, and once again I wasn't given an answer. I was told several times that there was no handling charge.

I was in a rush and paid what they asked. After going over their receipt when I got home, I noticed one little sentence that stated that the business did apply a handling fee.


Their handling fee was an extra $8.00 on top of the regular postage.

When you start thinking about an extra $8.00 for every Christmas present shipped it really can add up.

By CPJ from Madison, AL

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful
September 17, 2007

With the recent postal hikes, postage can be the breaking point for some people. For those who find themselves shipping items often, the point can be at hand. Whether you ship items for an on-line business, as part of your regular business, or to far away family members, there are ways to save on shipments.


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December 20, 20102 found this helpful

If shipping overseas, find out if the person lives near a larger airport then check with the different airlines that go there. The term is "counter to counter".

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May 9, 2018

I refuse to pay shipping fees when it comes to ordering online, only because the items I am purchasing may not work out. If I end up returning the item, I'll be at a loss of the non-refundable shipping fee. I usually wait when there are promotions to order online and receive free shipping.

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