Insight: How U.S. retailers are building up their online muscle

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Bob9999 wrote:

Shipping from store is less likely to generate efficiencies in processing orders to FedEx or UPS and, therefore, less likely to qualify for reduced rates with those carriers. Free shipping is the key to online retailing success. Retailers may not like this, but they have to pay for overhead with their stores which they do not have to pay for with online transactions.

Dec 24, 2012 8:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
gunste wrote:

There is a costly problem for buying small items,under $20, on line. The shipping costs become a very significant item. Recently, I wanted to buy an item which I could not find in any stores around my area, but in the end, with shipping amounting to a sum almost equal to the cost of the merchandise, I did without.
In that connection, many merchants overcharge for shipping,since they could just pop the item into a plastic bag and send via USPS at 20 to 40% of their S&H charge.

Dec 24, 2012 5:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gunste wrote:

There is a costly problem for buying small items,under $20, on line. The shipping costs become a very significant item. Recently, I wanted to buy an item which I could not find in any stores around my area, but in the end, with shipping amounting to a sum almost equal to the cost of the merchandise, I did without.
In that connection, many merchants overcharge for shipping,since they could just pop the item into a plastic bag and send via USPS at 20 to 40% of their S&H charge.

Dec 24, 2012 5:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Donnatello wrote:

Yet, I can buy small items from Taiwan and have them shipped to the U.S. for $.01.

Dec 24, 2012 9:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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