If you are shipping by UPS...
I had packaged a T radiator for shipment from Green Bay to lower Michigan; took it to the UPS terminal a week and a half ago and got a quote which I relayed to the buyer. Payment was made and today was shipping date. The UPS shipping charge was increased by almost 25%!!! Be aware for the potential 'surprise' if you've gotten a previous 'quote'...
thanks for the heads up.
ALL shipping companies are doing this
It reflects the ACTUAL price it costs to ship an item
Auto transport brokers have been doing it since cars were invented
What I don't understand is when a UPS quote is requested, with the actual physical package size and weight in front of them, that there is such a change that soon.... I've never had that happen before.
The trend in shipping freight is catching up with auto transport.
Simply put - the longer a package travels on a truck - the more you will end up paying for it.
Whatever the charge - it is far less than what you would spend to physically deliver the package yourself ...
So if Fed EX and UPS merged would they be called FED UP?
Better check things out in advance before buying anything on Ebay. If its heavy, bulky or large be prepared to pay a hefty price for shipping. You can wind up paying more for an item than its worth!
Some of the sellers make their money charging extra for shipping and packaging.
That's to bad but it does happen.
When one tries to be conscientious, honest, and up front, it just feels that ethics and principles are being compromised. If I hadn't reminded the same counter guy of his week earlier quote, he had wanted to charge almost double from his previous quote. Ethics? Principles?
Same exact thing happened to me recently when I went to get a quote on an early gas lamp I was selling on eBay. Price doubled when I went to actually ship it and they wouldn't honor previous quote. I shipped it and told them thanks to this I had sold light at zero profit. I informed the manager that that was the last time I'd ever do business with them and left. About an hour later I received a phone call that they had repacked the light and were able to save me $50.00 shipping charges!
My advice after this is to always get a WRITTEN QUOTE when pricing in advance.
Howard D, same thing happened to me, sold model a rumble seat cushions on ebay, shipping nearly doubled what the guy paid me, and when i asked him to chip in some more he wrote in my feed back that i was trying to screw him! shipping price was on the box, so how could i be lying? should have just given them away!!
#2 diesel has been holding steady for the past couple years around $4.00 a gallon ...
Again - what you guys pay for freight is NOWHERE NEAR what the actual cost is for shipping & handling.
If you had to personally deliver what you were trying to sell - no one would sell anything ...
Shipping prices in general have not kept pace
for several years now with actual shipping costs ...
Be grateful someone will ship at the prices they charge
The year is 2014 gentlemen ....