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"UPS costs more than my item!"

shipping from Canby, Oregon Hoboken, New Jersey for $202.00

7/23/2010
$202.00
Canby, Oregon
Hoboken, New Jersey
2907 mi.

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Many of my suppliers are on the West Coast (I'm in NJ) - and my shipping costs have gotten ridiculous! The final straw was a $498 shipping charge on $3000 worth of inventory. How can I be competitive paying shipping charges that are 17% of my wholesale cost? My next order was shipped by truck - an even bigger order ($4000 worth of inventory) went for only a bit over $300. The only problem is that its only once every several months that I order that much at one time. After that positive experience I decided to shop around and find the least expensive LTL carriers. UShip found me a provider that would ship an order at around $200; which means I can make slightly smaller orders (~$3000) every couple months from that vendor.

- Ian R.
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