How Do They Make A Profit?

@BelleStarr (39122)
United States
February 13, 2018 8:25am CST
I went shopping last week at Walmart and they didn't have the Lays potato chips individual servings bag that I wanted. I decided to order it from their website. To get free shipping I had to order more than $35. I have a few items for my kitchen that I wanted and I needed filters for the air conditioning system. The filters arrived first alone. Then the Germack nut mix arrived, alone. Then the potato chips arrived alone in a box. The strainer came in a mailing bag, alone. I still have two more things to come. I can't imagine how it is profitable to end all these items to me separately.
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@amadeo (67872)
• United States
13 Feb
do not have to worry about that.Each items probably came from different sellers.There.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes I am sure that is what it is but it does seem inefficient.
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@amadeo (67872)
• United States
14 Feb
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• United States
19 Feb
@BelleStarr It's definitely inefficient!
@Corbin5 (109908)
• United States
13 Feb
The products do come from different sellers, thus the separate mailings.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
I am sure that is the reason but it seems so expensive and inefficient.
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@Plethos (10304)
• United States
13 Feb
Like others have said, Its coming from different sellers.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes but it still seems wasteful.
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@Courage7 (8482)
• United States
13 Feb
Yes that really is quite wasteful to ship everything in different boxes tho they may be coming from different sellers.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes but they should come up with a more efficient method.
@Hannihar (38356)
14 Feb
I like to make a profit from my business in charging more than I paid so I can also make money because I have to give money to where I sell so need something for myself too.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes I am sure they charge more than they pay but it seems such a waste to send things separately.
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@Hannihar (38356)
14 Feb
@BelleStarr Yes it does Belle.
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@rebelann (42015)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Feb
Maybe it's profitable because so many other people also buy online. One thing I did notice is that some items are more expensive online than in the store so you really have to watch it.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
These prices were all exactly what I would expect with no additional charges for the shipping.
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@rebelann (42015)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Feb
I always watch what they offer as far as shipment methods are concerned, sometimes if they offer free pickup and you want it shipped instead then the price is higher to get it shipped @BelleStarr
@AKRao24 (19803)
• India
14 Feb
On line stores have different people supplying for them and on receiving the order the agency inturn palce the orders to these suppliers and then these suppliers ship your product on behalf of the agency whom you have paid dear @BelleStarr! By doing so agency doesn't have any head ache of shipping with them! Thanks!
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Walmart is not quite like Amazon with the suppliers but I understand.
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@AKRao24 (19803)
• India
14 Feb
May be I am not sure about them , in fact I really have no idea about them dear @BelleStarr ! Thanks for adding to my knowledge! have a nice time!
@cintol (6948)
• United States
14 Feb
I always wondered why they couldn't put it all in one box but I was told that not all the items ship from their warehouse, they come from different places.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes but doesn't that seem inefficient? Call me crazy but getting 8 separate deliveries is very overdone.
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@cintol (6948)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes, it does and I am with you, I don't know how they make a profit
@Fleura (7195)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb
As Alfredo says they are probably despatched from different places.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes but think of all the extra postage lol Just so inefficient.
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@Fleura (7195)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb
@BelleStarr It does seem totally crazy, especially if you got a postage discount for ordering more than a threshold spend!
@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
13 Feb
I agree with Alfredo, they ask the sellers to ship directly to the customers.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes I am sure that is the reason but it is quite inefficient.
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@LadyDuck (164154)
• Switzerland
15 Feb
@BelleStarr It would cost more to ask to send them the item, to group the items and then send the package to you. I also receive the items from Amazon in several shipping, even if I only ordered movies on DVDs. Some come directly from the UK, others from Italy and others from France. It is less expensive to send them directly to me from their different plants.
@Marty1 (34793)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Feb
That seems strange? Did the items cost more than the price one would pay in the store? If so that might be how they are making money. Did you put them all on the same credit card or did you order them at separate times? If you did, that might be the reason?
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Absolutely not, I would not pay more than an excellent price, I am very cost conscious.
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@Marty1 (34793)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15 Feb
@BelleStarr Good for you being cost conscious! I try to be but am not the best at it, but I am learning! my uncle will help me tomorrow when he takes me to the grocery store
• United States
19 Feb
If they charge you delivery for each shipment, I guess that's their profit. If not, they need to hire some new people!!
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
19 Feb
No, the shipping was totally free!! I am at a loss on this one.
@marlina (75085)
• Canada
15 Feb
Seems very ill conceived.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
15 Feb
It does to me as well, 8 items , 8 deliveries.
@Juliaacv (31366)
• Canada
14 Feb
You really got a lot of items for that minimal order for free shipping. I would imagine that the items come from different sources and that's why they ship separately, but still, that is a cost that somebody is paying for.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
It would seem that yes indeed somehow that shipping is incorporated into prices.
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@mom210 (6788)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Feb
wonder about it from them and amazon. But since they are way smarter than I am, I guess they have it all figured out.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes I imagine so since they are so successful.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb
You'd have to wonder wouldn't you?
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
You certainly do, it seems wasteful.
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@vandana7 (66160)
• India
13 Feb
I agree they need to improve on their logistics, and even go to the extent of ensuring that the client would be informed on which day around what time they would be arriving. That really helps.
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@BelleStarr (39122)
• United States
14 Feb
They did let me know when each package would arrive, I am still receiving them, I have one more to come.
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