Monday, March 12, 2018

The Cost of Free Shipping

The cost of free shipping isn’t a topic I would have originally thought of to write about; especially since we all pretty much realize that shipping charges are buried somewhere in the price of whatever we are purchasing; however, the following information was a huge eye-opener for me. 

Perhaps there are other blog posts about this topic, but I really needed to share my revelation with others, especially since the business that I’m in, I believe most customers would prefer to buy more beads and jewelry making supplies than pay exorbitant FREE shipping charges.

Let me explain.

We all love free shipping and Amazon has pretty much forced large and small businesses to offer free shipping regardless of the cost to business margins or the customer's wallet.

The customer's wallet, how could that be, isn't free shipping is supposed to save us so much money?

Okay, so I mentioned that I sell beads and jewelry making supplies, which for the most part are very light-weight.

This year, and it looks like next year the lovely trend of making silk tassels will continue;

I sell tons of silk cord one is available on spools, and the other is carded, Griffin Silk Cord, and extremely light-weight; so when I saw on Amazon Prime the purchase price so much more than what I was selling the same Griffin Silk for I thought, seriously?

Amazon Prime sellers prices are ranging from $4.49 - $4.98 per item, compared to what I’m selling it for $1.79 - $ 2.21 + $3.93 (shipping & handling) and then $0.15 (on Etsy only, flat rate on my website) for each additional Griffin Silk Cord.

Okay, so if you’re purchasing just ONE carded Griffin Silk Cord you’ll come out a bit cheaper buying from the Amazon Prime seller - but recall that I stated I sell lots and lots of silk cord - and although the average order size varies, most often people purchase 10+ colors (usually more than one color) and in various sizes (sizes range from 0-16).

Now YOU do the math!

This same scenario holds true for other lightweight bead related tools and supplies used by bead art jewelry designers and offered on Amazon Prime.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Amazon Prime and use it maybe more often than I should - it’s just so convenient, but I must admit that after this revelation I have been comparison shopping more often - recently purchased in-store an item priced at $3.24 vs. $9.34 on Amazon Prime- since making this discovery about the cost of free shipping.

Hope you find this information useful and would love to read your comments.

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The Cost of Free Shipping

The cost of free shipping isn’t a topic I would have originally thought of to write about; especially since we all pretty much realize th...