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    Camera shops must be hurting

    $39.99 for an enlarger lens.
    $40.00 s/h.

    No, not 3-day, not 2-day, not overnight not even sonic. From Seattle to Los Angeles.

    I get that packing supplies and packing time add up but this shit better be padded with nougat and kinder eggs.

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    An empty box for a Leica Noctilux lens recently sold on ebay for $2,000 and the shipping charge was $45 - for an empty box.
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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    I've heard of paying for box but that's ridiculous!

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    Is that charge really from a camera shop? You do realize that there's some of us who live in the area and it might not be that difficult to do someone a favor?

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    Heck - ever looked at the fine print on one of those $19.95 TV ads (that flashes past
    in about 2 sec). Paying three or four times as much for "shipping and handling" as for
    the product itself is routine. I know parts houses that have a $25 min charge on a fifty
    cent part. Otherwise, they wouldn't even bother. Sometimes you gotta wonder, however. Like the dude at the burger stand driveup window who was getting six hundred bucks per bag of "french fries".

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    Shipping and handling -- the new cash cow of the internet !!

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    Quote Originally Posted by false_Aesthetic View Post
    $39.99 for an enlarger lens.
    $40.00 s/h.

    No, not 3-day, not 2-day, not overnight not even sonic. From Seattle to Los Angeles.

    I get that packing supplies and packing time add up but this shit better be padded with nougat and kinder eggs.

    w0rd
    Let's break it down:

    $15.00 for actual shipping
    $5.00 for box and supplies
    1/2 hour for packing = $12.50
    1/4 hour for internal processing = $6.00

    You see, I think the cost quickly adds up. I just sent off 4 packages yesterday and it took me the better part of 2hours to package and label. We take this time for granted, but a business must cover this extra costs.

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    A lot can be sent priority mail and the Post Office supplies the boxes.

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    This was on eBay, not the store's own site? Because they are just circumventing the eBay rules by jacking the handling fee in the shipping and handling calculation.

    I just bid on item without realizing the seller had a shipping and handling fee that was at least twice as high as actual postage, for a simple item. It was still a low bid but they "got" me and I probably should have canceled my bid out of spite.

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    Re: Camera shops must be hurting

    I agree Frank. I've been bitten the same way, it's not happening again.

    When I buy something I want a straight answer on the whole price.

    Harry, I spent years in a small business that did mail order. For a customer who called late and needed something fast I could leave the sales desk, get the stuff, box it, lable it and have it ready for UPS or USPS and be back on the sales desk in 5-minutes. The costs of the boxes and materials were nowhere near your estimate, all that stuff was measured in pennies. The cost of writing the invoice was also negligible ad fast. Retail customers actually took more time to deal with.
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