Will you pay for SHIPPING?

Will you pay for SHIPPING? - A picture of a lady shopping with a trolley. Taken with permission from http://farm1.static.flickr.com/45/162478786_beeb5f9b11.jpg?v=0 .
Singapore
June 28, 2007 6:13am CST
I am not sure how many of you here do online shopping. I normally get what I can get offline from "traditional" retailers. However, there are times when I am looking for something special - that's when I turn to search online. There are very few worthwhile retailers in Singapore that sell online. The bulk belongs to countries like the USA. Delivery charge is a serious consideration when I am ordering online. It is usually quite a hefty sum of money. In fact, sometimes the shipping cost might even be higher than the price of the item itself! That, in my opinion, is ridiculous. My principles just refuse to allow it. So I will end up not buying the item eventually. What about you? Will you pay for SHIPPING regardless how much it costs? Or will you pay only if it is below an acceptable $X? Or will you not pay unless shipping is free? Or do you never shop online? Or... ? Do share your thoughts.:)
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• United States
28 Jun 07
it really depends on what the product is,and how bad i need it.as a rule though,i usually won't pay more in shipping than what the item costs. i used to order records from the uk in the 80's (special releases,rarities) and from there to here (us)it could be expensive.
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Yup. To do otherwise seems a bit unreasonable.
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• Philippines
2 Oct 07
Hi there, what's been up to lately my dear? Well, i would have to agree with Scarlet also, it is really depends maybe. But i never tried to purchase anything online coz i tend to buy what i want in store or in market. But maybe, if i have to buy something and the price is much more cheaper in Online Market, then maybe i will buy it through Online. Have a nice day ahead and happy posting and earning here in myLot. Ciao, Kiko
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@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
28 Jun 07
Hey Wizard I buy a fair amount online and I always take shipping into consideration. Sometimes the shipping is an outrageous price and not worth the item that you wish to purchase so you have to take it into consideration when you purchase stuff. I am a member of a few auction sites and one in particular would offer free shipping at certain times so I would do most of my purchases during those times but I wouldn't not buy something because I needed to pay for shipping. It is just a bonus if you get free shipping. Food for thought--if they are offering free shipping chances are they have added it to the price of the item so you are still paying it you just can't see it as a separate payment. :)
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
I don't have so many things to buy online.:P
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• United States
28 Jun 07
I do shop online a good bit. A lot of the places that I shop do offer free shipping. I don't mind paying a little bit for shipping, but if it is astronomical, no, I won't order it. My son wanted a book that I could only find overseas and the shipping was more than the cost of the book. Needless to say he did not get the book. I just could not justify paying that amount of shipping for a book. I have a friend in the Netherlands that we do ship each other things and the cost is high, but that is different than purchasing something. I don't mind paying the cost to ship her things at all.
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Same here. I feel that shipping charges are ridiculously high.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
I buy a majority of my stuff online.I usually will wait til i get either a free shipping online coupon or one that greatly reduces the price of the shipping.Once in awhile if i want something bad enough,I will pay full price but not very often.I will not pay shipping that is very high though.
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
If you buy many things online, maybe you want to scout for those shopping clubs that target online shopping. Discounts and all.:)
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• United States
28 Jun 07
i do get discounts. It's according to the store,but sometimes I will get 25 or35% off and once in awhile i will even get 40%.I love it!
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• Singapore
29 Jun 07
Wow, that's quite a bit! :P
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I pay for shipping because I only shop for small items on the internet. So far it has not been a problem. Due to the high cost of gasoline it has been less expensive to shop online than going to the stores.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
For me, it was. I once inquired about shipping charges for a ring. They quoted me what I needed to pay for a big box of things!!
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
28 Jun 07
That would depend on the price of the item. I have not done a lot of buying online. I have bought a few things though. First the item price would have to be significantly lower than retail. Second if the price including shipping makes it retail or lower then I would consider buying. I dont think I would buy something that would cost more to ship than to buy. It would have to be really important for me to do that.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
And it will dig deep into your pockets. :P
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
28 Jun 07
yes if its resonable...(i have bought stuff off of ebay and paid around 5-6 dollars in shipping) what bugs me is the people that list stuff for 99 cents (to avoid the high cost of listing) then charging $50 for shipping, thats just NUTS!
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
ebay scams...
@kaplya (1578)
• India
28 Jun 07
i usually buy online when i m sure that i can't find that particular thing in my city. but that shopping is done inside my country so normally delivery rate is not that much high.there are some things however which i would like to order from other country, especially the foreign language literature as i love books but as you say most of the times it happens that shipping costs seems to overpower even the item's cost,that one just can't imagine ordering!;) i m very miser in such cases and i'll prefer waiting till those books are available in my country.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
It's good when you have a wide choice of online retailers..
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
I do some online shopping once in a while. I usually do so when I am trying to buy something that isn't available in the local shops. I have to agree that shopping online is great, there is a mind bloggling choice of all sorts of goods available. In general, yes, I'd be willing to pay for some shipping costs. How much I am willing to pay for shipping though, really depends on how much I covet the item/items that I am intending to buy. Usually, I'd consider the overall costs of owning the item (including the items, packaging, shipping, handling, GST, etc) before deciding if it's worthwhile to buy the item online. It'll be nice though if shipping could be free. :)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
The day will come when the world is without borders. :P
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
28 Jun 07
I have shopped online many times and have bought a lot of books from the U.S. Before I pay or bid for anything, I have to make sure how much is the shipping cost that will be charged for such item. If the cost plus shipping falls within the reasonable amount or budget that I have, then I would buy it. Under no circumstances would I ever buy something that would come out more expensive because of the shipping. I usually get those items a lot more cheaper when I shop online.
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Some things are originally "cheap" but with the shipping charge thrown in, it is no longer the case.
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28 Jun 07
It really depends on how much the shipping is. We also have to worry about custom fees and that dreaded ripoff of VAT at 17.5%. That on top of the shipping fees makes it not worth the effort. However, in saying that, if I really want something, I have it mailed to my brother or a friend of mine in the States and they will rebox it and send it over to me. The shipping is alot cheaper and I avoid all that other expense. My brother just packs it into a box with some of my used stuff and ships it over. I still have alot of my stuff in the States and it does have its advantages. I shop online all the time. Most of my shopping is within country. Sometimes I will shop the US sites if I can't find it over here. That is when friends and family in the States come in handy.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Yup. If you have friends or relatives to help you, I think you might just be able to save a bit here and there.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
28 Jun 07
I would pay for shipping if I think it's worth it. For example, if something is hard to find and can only be find abroad or at a certain online store (and not available in malls). For local purchases, shipping is not very high, so when I take the amount of shipping and compare it with the cost of gasoline and parking and of course the effort of meeting the seller (in case of meetups)....well, I'll just pay for the shipping. But, of course, it also depends on the item. If it's something common that I can buy in the nearby store, I'll just go and buy it in the store.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Yup, makes sense. ^^
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I hardly ever buy anything online. The only thing I purchased online recently was airline tickets, car rentals, and some Pokemon cards for my youngest from Ebay. I just used my Mylot earnings for that, so I didn't pay much attention to the shipping, although I do know it was not more than the item itself. I understand when something is big and heavy, the shipping is more, but I will not pay excess shipping for something small and trivial. Like you I will end up not purchase it.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
That's quite a bit lol! :P Don't you order your bananas by the truckload online? :PP
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• United States
29 Jun 07
no, I get my bananas shipped directly from a fresh tree.
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• Singapore
29 Jun 07
You must need a whole jungle of banana trees as your supply source.:P
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@Stiletto (4584)
28 Jun 07
I not only buy online but I sell a variety of products online - not just via eBay but I also own a number of websites. I don't generally mind paying shipping costs because I know how expensive they really are. There is no such thing as "free" shipping. It just means the costs are hidden somewhere else - usually included in the price of the item. I prefer to see exactly what I'm paying for so I would rather shipping costs were detailed separately. Actually I have to admit it gets on my nerves sometimes when people gripe about shipping charges so I was going to sidestep this discussion lol. The truth is that most sellers don't inflate shipping costs unnecessarily - it's the carriers themselves that charge a lot of money. The exception to this is on eBay (well on UK eBay anyway) where you quite often see sellers charging 1p for the item and £19.99 for the shipping. That's simply to circumvent eBay final value fees which aren't charged on shipping. I don't blame them for doing it (although personally I don't do it) because the final value fees are high enough as it is. As for shipping costs being higher than the cost of the item mostly I wouldn't go for that BUT I did buy a very fabulous record player from the US which I couldn't buy here in the UK and in that instance the shipping costs were a fair bit more than the cost of the item but as I couldn't get it anywhere else and I really wanted the item I just had to grit my teeth and pay up lol!! I sell a lot of things internationally and quite often the shipping costs are equal or higher than the cost of the item but if people can't get it in their own country they obviously use the same rationale that I did.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Some stores are charging ridiculous prices for shipping - in my opinion, they inflate them. I have seen stores that charge real bare minimum for shipping. So I would compare and wonder WHY. I am talking about "reputable" stores though, not ebay.
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@Stiletto (4584)
28 Jun 07
As far as "reputable" businesses (ie. excluding eBay) go the size of the business makes a difference as well - when I say size I really mean the amount of business they do. The bigger (or more successful) they are the chances they will have a contract with one of the carriers. For example we have a contract with UPS and larger items that we sell which would normally cost £26.00 to ship only cost us £15.00 because we get a volume discount so that's what the customers pay. However, I see other websites selling the same items with a much higher shipping charge but that's probably because they don't get the same discount with UPS or whatever carrier they use. By the same token of course I see others selling the same items with "free" shipping but the price of the item is higher to absorb the shipping costs. There again of course there will always be chancers I suppose lol!
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• Singapore
29 Jun 07
Yea, bulk discounts probably..
@sakana (260)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Yeah I hate shipping charges! D
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
vpost is ridiculous. I asked them how much it costs to ship me a ring. You know what they say? No difference from if I order a big box!!! The ring can put into baby envelope they want to charge me box price. Ridiculous or not?
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@sakana (260)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Omg that's quite stupid T.T I used to use vPost a lot back when the charges hadn't shot up yet, and they always overcharged for box dimensions and whatnot. Their customer service really sucks too. At the start of the year I wanted something returned so I asked them to write "Return To Sender" and dump the parcel into a random blue mailbox and they still haven't done it. I've given up on that parcel already!
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• Singapore
29 Jun 07
Yes their custservice sucks. I gave them a piece of my mind over email.
@AmbiePam (51136)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I HATE shipping costs! On the rare occasion I find a place with free shipping or low cost shipping, that company usually will get more of my business when the time calls for it. I like places like www.overstock.com because they have a flat shipping rate of $2.99. I too prefer offline stores, but when you need something specific, you try to be flexible. If only online companies were. With the cost of shipping going up, I don't know when the consumer will catch a break. If the shipping cost is more than the item, I usually will not buy the item unless it is urgent. So far no occasion has been that urgent for me.
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
A pity for me who am not in the states. "International customers" are just extras for them. They don't really care about us.
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@AmbiePam (51136)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Actually when I buy something from overseas, on the rare occasion, they charge ME more than the country more than they do their country and the ones surrounding it. I guess everyone is in the same boat. I'll never be able to import you because the shipping will be too much. : (
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• Singapore
29 Jun 07
Yea, it's just "unfortunate" that I am not in the States.:P
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I really don't like to shop online, Ther is one company that you can order something on line and shipping is free, you just half to have an account with them.But you in Singapore so I don't know if they would consider you but you can sheck and see I will send you the Company by mail, if you give me your email Address. P.M. me and I will give you information.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Nah.. it's alright. I don't really shop online much. Why the hush-hush anyway? :P
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Secretive...:P
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Hello Lordwarwizard, You're right, shipping costs are a real consideration, when making online purchases. Hubby & I actually do quite a bit of on-line shopping. It's much more convenient than going to the brick-n-mortar storefront. However, shipping costs can sometimes exceed the cost of the item that one wishes to purchase. So, we both take advantage of free shipping offers, and wait on purchases for the purpose of consolidating items, when free shipping is not available. However, if we need or really want the item, and no free shipping is available, then we'll go ahead and eat the cost of freight. It's the price we pay for both convenience, and the lack of availability locally. Except in the instance of shipping charge gouging. If a business tacks on an exorbinant processing fee, then we will purchase elsewhere. I imagine that international shipping costs can be terribly expensive.
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• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Yes, if you stay far from shops, I can well understand. Singapore is very well connected so we don't need to drive a few hours to get to the nearest site of civilization. :P Yes, international shipping costs can be awfully forbidding.:P
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
3 Oct 07
I keep forgeting that shipping charges is different for each country and that some people or places doens't ship things everywhere. I ansered this post several months ago but I haven't a clue as to what page it was that I responded to and since lordwarwizard always has great post it always has atleast 10 pages per post or more. I wish it would take us straight to the page we posted on or atleast give us the page so we can respond better.
@youless (98212)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Jun 07
I like buying via the net. It's so convenient. Since I just buy the things within in China. And it's no problem for me to pay for the express charge, because it's not very expensive.
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• Philippines
29 Jun 07
yes if the item is just in local, the shipping rates are cheap but if that is international, then yes it is so expensive that is why I seldom buy internationally hahaha
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@arcidy (5015)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I usually pay for shipping on most sites you have to pay for shipping which sucks and thats why a lot of people dont shop over the internet when they could save a few bucks and not have to wait a week to get the item they wanted and thats what I hate about shopping online not so much the shipping but the waiting.
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• Singapore
29 Jun 07
That's why there's another option to pay over the internet but collect the items yourself at the shop - it is a halfway but it takes the thrill out of online shopping.. quite a stupid option lol. :P