Re: “Free or Flat Rate Shipping” – Opinions?
Free shipping works but not on me. I consider the cost is just built into the cost of the item. there are some exceptions. I actually count it as a black mark against a vendor given how prevalent gouging on shipping is it is just one more method to conceal unethical business practices. I want full disclosure on what I am purchasing. There is one case that cost of shipping does effect my choice of who to purchase from. That is Grizzly.com They have a large volume of heavy shipments and have gotten special fixed shipping rates on all there items. they list them with the price and the price of shipping separately but you know up front what you will pay for shipping.
I nearly always avoid paying taxes by buying online. shipping costs are nearly always lower than taxes woudl have been had I purchase locally. I consider that saving also and do not usually spend a lot of time thinking about shipping costs. I am more interested in quality and timely delivery.
Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.