R U Being Screwed by FREE Shipping? Know and Save at True to Size Apparel. R U being screwed by FREE shipping? Hey Everyone! B: Hey Ana, what are we talking about today? A: Free shipping, Bell. We are going to share with our listeners why they may be paying too much when thinking that they are getting something for nothing. B: Huh? How can free be expensive Ana? A: Well Bell, the cost of shipping an order is ALWAYS paid for by the customer. It is HOW the shipping is being paid that is the marketing gimmick that oftentimes fools trusting customers. B: Keep it simple Ana, you know how my head aches when you use fancy math or big words. After all I am just a kid. A: Gottcha. You see, the company selling stuff has to use the Post Office, Fed Ex or UPS. All of these companies have published rates, available for you and I to see on their websites on the Internet. All three shipping companies do offer online or volume discounts, but even for the largest selling companies, that discount would be no more than five or ten percent. What the selling company is paying for shipping is not much less than what you or I pay to send something. They just ship a lot of packages and can get their tape or boxes a bit cheaper than us. You and I can get a good idea on how much everyone pays to ship by any or all of the shipping companies. If you guess that the box the stuff comes in weighs 1 pound for a small box and 2 pounds for a large box, then add 1/2 a pound for a shirt, etc., you can do the simple math to get a good idea on the weight of your order. Then look on the seller's website and get their zip code, and use their zip and our zip code to get a shipping estimate from the US Post Office, UPS or FedEx's website. B: I can do that! B: Are you saying Ana that the company we buy things from on the Internet or phone has to pay for shipping just like us? A: Duh! That's exactly right Bell. No such thing as a free lunch or shipping for the selling company or for us. B: Well then, how can the selling company offer free shipping and why is it that you say we are being screwed? A: Quite simple Bell. The selling company hides the shipping cost by charging you a higher price for the things you buy. B: Oh I get it now! That is how True to Size Apparel earns a WOW. True to Size Apparel gives the lowest price on the things we buy, and then offers the lowest shipping cost using the FedEx program called Smart Post to deliver stuff to our house at the lowest shipping cost. A: Because we want a tracking number and the selling company wants their package insured, just in case it is damaged or stolen before it is delivered, the cheapest method of delivery is FedEx Smart Post. FedEx picks up the package from True to Size Apparel and delivers it to the post office closest to us or any of their other customers. The post office finishes the delivery to our house. Because the post office is making the delivery, FedEx does not charge a residential delivery fee and charges a much smaller surcharge. A surcharge is what they call it when they add the increased price of gasoline to the shipping rate. It does take anywhere from two to four days longer to arrive when using FedEx SmartPost than when using UPS or FEDEX without the post office, but we save about 30% on shipping. Also, it may not take the extra days when you realize that FEDEX and UPS delivers on Monday through Friday on ground packages, while the Post Office delivers to your house on Saturday. B: I get it Ana. When we add up the selling price for clothing or accessories at True to Size Apparel and the shipping price, found on the shipping company's websites, we know that there is no better TOTAL PRICE for clothes than at True to Size Apparel. B: At True to Size Apparel, you get what you pay for. A: Free costs too much anywhere else Bell.