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Christine

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BTW, your nail art stickers are awesome!  I am an overjoyed customer!



Thanks, I am delighted to hear they arrived safely, you are my only customer here so far so - gives me a 100% success rate [biggrin]

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Free shipping is never free, and is a deceptive marketing technique.  It is just like all the techno talk that big companies use to confuse people about what they are really paying for.  If you buy into this, it is condoning the cover up and I will not participate.  Whatever happened to just putting the facts out there and show shipping costs right along with the cost of the item.   There is no way I can give "free shipping for most of my vintage items, due to size and weight.  And that is only with domestic shipping.  Forget international.  I stopped doing that a few years ago except for special circumstances where there is open communication with a knowledgeable buyer.   Right now I am only listing light in weight things on Artyah with first class postage shipping costs.  I am hoping that in the near future, before the buying season starts that there will be some type of cart with a shipping calculator tool.
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Free shipping is never free, and is a deceptive marketing technique


Actually I feel the exact opposite, many times I see a price of an item, and go to buy it and the shipping doubles the cost to me or is even more than the item.  I feel that is deceptive.

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Actually I feel the exact opposite, many times I see a price of an item, and go to buy it and the shipping doubles the cost to me or is even more than the item.  I feel that is deceptive.

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This is true, without it being deceptive, especially for some types of craft disciplines, like papercrafting, die-cuts, etc., where some products can have low prices but must be shipped in a small manila envelope ~vs~ a #10 envelope. True shipping and handling costs are not deceptive when they are more than the cost of many products. Because of this, I am developing ways that I can add more customer value to my low-cost products, or slash the shipping in half and eat the difference at least. It's easier for me to offer free shipping for my higher priced handmades.

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Crafty PA.  I don't agree that higher shipping than the actual item is deceptive.  I live in Canada.  I have a small coin purse that I sell for $5.00.  It costs me more than that to ship to the United States in a small manila envelope.  People generally understand that they have to pay to have something shipped from another country.  I don't make any money on shipping (in fact, sometimes lose a little)  and I refund on multiple items,
with combined shipping. 
I totally agree with SassyDoggs - free shipping is never free - of course it isn't free!  It is always added to the price of the item, unless the seller likes losing money, or their items are overpriced to start with, so they know they aren't losing anything.
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I don't believe Free Shipping should be mandatory, and it certainly doesn't work for everyone.

My daughter just pointed out to me today about some shoes she wanted.  She did a shopping search, and found the majority of the shoes were in the $60 dollar range.  But then there was some listed for only $5.  When she checked them out their shipping was $70!  They were purposely cutting the price, so they show up on shopping searches as the cheaper option.

Shipping is something that is often manipulated to the consumer's disadvantage.
That is why I decided to offer the Free Shipping.  I will leave it to the customer to make one decision to purchase based on the price they see.  It is better than having them make two decisions, on whether they want it for that price, and then whether they want it for that price plus shipping.

Personally, I prefer free shipping when I shop, knowing full well the shipping is built into the price, but the price I see is what I am willing to spend.



 

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I'm curious ... come tax time how does Free Shipping work as a deduction.  Anyways, I did a quick add of what I've spent for actual shipping this year so far and the busy season is just coming up. My receipts added up to over $750.00.  That's a bit of change coming out of my pocket if I'm going to include Free Shipping especially when I probably wouldn't be able to raise my prices to cover that Shipping cost. I do offer combined S&H and should multiple items add up to a Shipping overcharge of $2.00 or more I refund, when I've had people elsewhere buy one thing and than maybe an hour later add another thing ... So Free Shipping may work for some but doesn't work for me....
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I have been selling online long enough to be familiar with the cost for shipping similar items to mine.  I have seen shipping costs that are highway robbery, such as shipping a pattern from U.S. to Canada
and charging $10.00 for the shipping, when it actually costs about $3.50 (I know, because I have ordered them and paid $3.50).  The sellers are only hurting themselves, because most people won't pay it.
I am in Canada, where shipping to U.S. costs me $6.84 to ship many of my things.  I charge $6.00 U.S.   With the currency exchange, it comes out pretty close with S & H.  I try to keep my shipping costs as low
as I possibly can without losing money.  It keeps sales coming in steadily - well, over there, anyway.  Hopefully, one day, here as well.
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