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I purchase quite a few items from a major restoration supply company located in Pottstown, Pa. I was going to order a 3.52 -ounce item that cost $11.99, at checkout the 4-8 day delivery to Virginia was $16.86, for a total of $28.85. I thought this was out of line. For the most part I love their products and the videos that they develop and will continue to buy from them. At one point they offered free shipping for orders over $99.00, but doesn’t show on their website anymore. This a yet another example of what drives so many people to Amazon.  I may be just whining because we all know our hobby isn’t a cheap one. Has anyone had similar experiences and have been able to get a more reasonable shipping quote?

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$17 for shipping is crazy, especially 4-8 days.

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A lot of the sellers mark up their shipping. I had a similar experience with a vendor in Wash state wanting to charge twice the purchase price for shipping a small electrical part. When asked they changed the charge to a USPS padded envelope that was less than half the original shipping price quoted.

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If it is a ORM-D (other regulated material)  like paint or solvent, charcoal, flux and a ton of other items the Federal Government has declared "dangerous". UPS, FEDEX and the USPS have surcharges and it is a ground only transport. Adds an average of 20% to 38% to the shipping costs.

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1 hour ago, 41chevy said:

If it is a ORM-D (other regulated material)  like paint or solvent, charcoal, flux and a ton of other items the Federal Government has declared "dangerous". UPS, FEDEX and the USPS have surcharges and it is a ground only transport. Adds an average of 20% to 38% to the shipping costs.

I was a 3-1/2 ounce spot weld tip for a mig welder. I figured hoped Eastwood would use priority mail or another reasonable method

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I ordered a Thermodyne emblem from Watts . The shipping was $20.00 maybe the insurance added to this . In the end it did not make any difference I dropped it and it broke in half. 

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No matter what I use buy from Eastwood shipping was always around 12.00. I'm 1.5 hours away. I stopped buying from them because the local paint supply has better options. 

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On January 18, 2019 at 9:15 PM, VaPatentman said:

Just received an e-mail from Eastwood ALERT!!!!!!! "Free Shipping on orders over $99 I don’t have Alexs or an Echo to listen in on my conversations so they maybe they are BMT followers!

I've looked at stuff from other places and had it added to my shopping cart.  I didn't purchase at that time, and a few day later I get an email reminding me about the stuff I left in my cart  and offered me a discount. 

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11 hours ago, Hobert62 said:

I've looked at stuff from other places and had it added to my shopping cart.  I didn't purchase at that time, and a few day later I get an email reminding me about the stuff I left in my cart  and offered me a discount. 

That's good to know.

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2 hours ago, HarryS said:

That's good to know.

I think it was from find it parts.com their site got  complicated to look at from my phone, but they have pretty good deals sometimes.  

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Amazon is amazing. I don't know how they do it, but I order stuff from them and as soon as finish ordering I go pick the item up off the front porch. Sometimes it's been there since yesterday.

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1 hour ago, other dog said:

Amazon is amazing.

ln this house it's called "The Devil Site"!   .....Hippy

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