Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!
As a customer, you always have the option to provide the shipper with your UPS account number and have shipping charges billed directly to your UPS account. That way you will find out (and pay) the exact shipping cost. (This applies to shipping via FedEx and LTL trucking companies as well.)
However, unless your own UPS account ships a LOT of packages (and you get a corresponding big discount from published rates), using your own account may not save you any money. In fact, you are likely to pay "counter rates", which are what you get simply walking up to a UPS owned shipping counter.
When it comes to getting discounts from published shipping rates - its all about VOLUME.
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