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Old 05-17-2006, 09:07 AM   #1
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Am I just tight or do you think $4+ for shipping on 2 diapers is a little high. This is the cheapest FC.


Changed title because it isn't about just that particular diape now.

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Old 05-17-2006, 09:25 AM   #2
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Sounds right if its priority, anything else (parcel/firstclass) I can say that I just shipped 2 sb w/insets out and with dc it cost me alittle over $3, so it depends where its going also.
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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I agree! I think one SB is about 2oz and I've paid ~ 2.50$ for shipping 2 w/FC. But like LuAnn said, it depends on the destination. Either way, 4$ does seem a bit high IMO.
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:36 AM   #4
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I guess it's one of those things that is supposed to help covering labels, ink, packaging.
but I've seen some sites with WAY worse shipping costs!!!
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:40 PM   #5
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I'm really tired of hearing about how inflated shipping charges cover ink, packing materials, yadda yadda. When I go to the grocery store, I don't have to pay for the bags my groceries are packed into, nor am I expected to pay the store employee who helps me out to my car. Buying bags and paying the employee are costs associated with doing business. I feel that, unless the packaging is really expensive or specialized for a very fragile item, that the seller should count things like polymailers and labels and printer ink as part of the cost of doing business online.

If a seller just can't bring themselves to foot the bill for that stuff, I'd rather see the cost of a diaper go up 25 cents than have that tacked on to the shipping after I've decided to buy. At least with a slightly higher item cost, I know up front what it's going to cost. I even often prefer shopping at places that have slightly higher prices and no shipping/handling charges, because it's a known quantity without having to go through the whole checkout process to see what the shipping charges are.

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Old 05-17-2006, 12:43 PM   #6
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$4+ is a little pricey for FC shipping. A flat rate priority envelope is only $4.05 so may as well ship them priority at that rate. But everyone is right, it depends on where it is traveling to.
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:36 PM   #7
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~~~ Rant Warning! Rant Warning! Rant Warning! ~~~

I'm really tired of hearing about how inflated shipping charges cover ink, packing materials, yadda yadda. When I go to the grocery store, I don't have to pay for the bags my groceries are packed into, nor am I expected to pay the store employee who helps me out to my car. Buying bags and paying the employee are costs associated with doing business. I feel that, unless the packaging is really expensive or specialized for a very fragile item, that the seller should count things like polymailers and labels and printer ink as part of the cost of doing business online.

If a seller just can't bring themselves to foot the bill for that stuff, I'd rather see the cost of a diaper go up 25 cents than have that tacked on to the shipping after I've decided to buy. At least with a slightly higher item cost, I know up front what it's going to cost. I even often prefer shopping at places that have slightly higher prices and no shipping/handling charges, because it's a known quantity without having to go through the whole checkout process to see what the shipping charges are.

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Just my .02 . . . .

Just my 2 cents as well
At a grocery store, your profits on items are exponentially higher than on diapers and pretty much everything else a diaper WAHM store will sell. The reason you see only a handful of brick and mortar diaper stores in the US is that reason alone. I mean, a grocery store buys a gallon of milk for pennies, but can see it for over 3 dollars. Your margin is several hundred percent. Just to put it in perspective
WAHMs have to work hours and hours into the night to fill orders, reorder supplies, and work on our websites to kep things up to date. We make emergency trips to the post office with cranky children in tow if a customer needs something for a surprise baby shower, and will take time away from family dinners and quiet time with our husbands to make sure a customer is taken care of, or calls to ask about how cloth diapering works. A grocery store employee works a shift with specific hours, but any WAHM will tell you of how she stayed up until 2 a.m. taking care of work, to be woken up at 3 with a sick baby, and still gets to the post office the next day to make sure the order gets out. It is a labor of love, which I wouldn't trade for the world, but to support a WAHM in these efforts, with a few extra pennies towards covering her time and shipping supplies is well worth it
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:18 AM   #8
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When I go to the grocery store, I don't have to pay for the bags my groceries are packed into....
OOO OOO I DO!!!

Our grocery store charges 5 cents per bag, or you can use their crappy boxes that I swear they just toss to the front of the store and 90% break on contact! lol

Totally OT though, and I agree. I don't charge extra for the boxes, tape and packing I buy or the ink for my printer. I don't even charge PP fees (THAT is my rant! )....
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When I go to the grocery store, I don't have to pay for the bags my groceries are packed into, nor am I expected to pay the store employee who helps me out to my car. Buying bags and paying the employee are costs associated with doing business. :
LOL! REALLY??? The some stores HERE charge you for bags and the whole going to the car thing too...lol...heck you gotta pay a quarter to use a cart!!!! (Of course you do get your quarter back IF you take your cart back in.) andthe bags are like $2 each....needless to say, we end up carrying all these individual items home b/c heck if I'm going to buy basic grocery bags...lol...
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Re: shipping

I wanted to mention that I just bought my first BG diaper from Stephanie at www.abbyslane.com. She offers free shipping on all US orders. She sells many brands of diapers.

I agree with you. High shipping charges are enough to make me look for another seller.
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