>I, too, have had a similar response to one seller's packaging/
>shipping charges (even wanted to charge me the exhorbitant rate
>one of those quick-stop postal centers charges). I now try to
>get a rate quote up-front during the auction if it's not posted
>in the description and I encourage any potential bidders on my
>things to do the same from me.
That's why I always use the USPS; I don't want to pay
a fee to a mail-drop center to use UPS (and its a long drive
to the UPS terminal.) In fact, for the same mileage it takes
me to drive to UPS, I can drive to the USPS terminal at the
Salt Lake City airport - where my Priority Mail packages go
out on the next applicable flight (and many of my customers
get next-day deliveries because I do that often!)
>BTW, Kris, "Staples" in the WFW2's post referred to a chain
>store which is similar to an "OfficeMax" or "Office Depot".
Hi, jp -
I know what Staples is .... I might be in Utah, but we do have
paved streets here. We even have this weird kind of stage
play where people sing, instead of talk. I believe they call
it opera. ;)
We've got all the normal stuff such as Staples, Office Max,
and Office Depot (along with a large number of independents
who are becoming very competitive in their pricing.)
My comment "Staples! Egad!" was based upon the prices
that one pays for packing materials there.
>> >This is the message I got when I complained about a shipping
>> >charge greater than the cost of the item:
>> >When our employees who pack and prepare the orders start
>> >working for free
>> How much does such an employee make "per hour" - not
>> more than $7? How many packages can a DECENT packer
>> pack in an hour? The military standard on small items is
>> 30! That's a production line process, but if you have
>> "employees" (in the plural), you must have a production
>> line or other organized manner. $7/30 = $0.233333 PER
>> package (or, lets round it to a quarter.)
>> >and Staples starts giving away packing tape and labels
>> OK....let's add a dime for those.
>> >and packing material grows on trees, we'll pack and ship for
>> As we've discussed here, there's more free packing material
>> available than people can haul away. Staples? Egads!
>> The piddly amounts you purchase there are so damned
>> expensive that its comical.
>> Right now, I'm overflowing with GOOD boxes (from my
>> recent beautiful gifts we were sent during our surgeries,
>> from shipments my husband used to receive when he
>> worked at home, etc, etc, etc.) I've got about 200 boxes
>> (mostly folded). Wish I could magically transport them
>> to folks who needed them.