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Posted By Bill4373 on 07/31/2008 8:10 PM
I needed 6 aaa battery boxes and 6 on-off switches. I ordered them from Allied Electronics, Ft Worth, Tx. The boxes cost $5.58 and the switches cost $4.14. They listed $5.00 as a handling charge. I thought OK, not bad. THEN I get the bill. On top of the $5.00 handing charge, a shipping charge of $13.16. Not bad $18.16 for $9.72 worth of merchandise. I emailed them Monday and no answer as of 10PM Thursday night. Needless to say, my last order from them.




Well, now that you're smarter (though sadder) it is a good practice to inquire from a seller what service he uses. If the USPO is shameless, UPS is obscene, in their rates. Larger business use them because they get 'free' insurance. Also, UPS handles big bulk, whereas the USPO doesn't.

Before doing any buying with shipping involved, ask for the total cost, INCLUDING shipping. Quite often you can buy locally, cheaper or as cheaply.

Strangely enough, many people don't count 'shipping' as a cost.

Les
 
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