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Offline Snow Snake

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Shipping costs
« on: January 04, 2020, 01:49:07 PM »
 Ok, the holidays are over and Amazon continues to grow. I wonder how they can offer either free shipping or for just a few bucks while our Appleseed store has to have a minimum and still charge over $14(priority USPS).Why?
 Let's revisit this with the thought of joining the current internet sales boom.               :slap:
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Re: Shipping costs
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2020, 08:57:33 PM »
Ok, the holidays are over and Amazon continues to grow. I wonder how they can offer either free shipping or for just a few bucks while our Appleseed store has to have a minimum and still charge over $14(priority USPS).Why?
 Let's revisit this with the thought of joining the current internet sales boom.               :slap:

Most likely economies of scale, as well as Amazon requiring their sellers who sell items that qualify for "prime" to subsidize the shipping cost through the charges that Amazon charges their sellers to sell through them.  Amazon isn't making $ on shipping, they are making $ on all of the other stuff (web services, apps, video, music, selling your personal information, etc.).  I get that we are used to free shipping over a certain small amount through countless other online merchants, but as big as Project Appleseed is, we are a super small fish compared to the likes of almost any other online merchant that primarily sells online.  Its going to be hard to get that down without moving some serious quantities constantly.

One thought I'd throw out there is that we look into the costs involved of being an amazon seller, see if it makes any sense there.  One concern is that it would be very difficult to separate our products from the countless other "me too" products (shooting mats, slings, etc) out there on the amazon marketplace, we may end up losing $.

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This is where I'd heavily promote the use of amazon smile and set RWVA as the charity of choice.  It doesn't cost RWVA or you a penny and amazon donates to the program.  Spread it far and wide and the more people we get to set RWVA as the recipient on their amazon smile profile, the higher the donation.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2020, 08:59:17 PM by GTEngineer »
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Re: Shipping costs
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2020, 10:29:43 PM »
     :yeahthat:
 Yes,I understand and agree with much of what you say. Sticking only with USPS as our only shipper,would not First Class Package Service fit many of our members needs? How often is Priority service really needed? Lets offer choices.
 Many orders are impulse and don't meet the $25 minimum. They are left waiting and ultimately  cancelled. Who in retail has minimums? I can't think of any.Lets be member friendly.
   Ken                           
  Ps: I too use the Amazon smile program
 
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