New Shoes and Free Shipping
I recently tried on these shoes at The Walking Company and really liked them. But before buying them at $115, I decided to look online and sure enough I found them for $76 with free shipping.
When the shoes arrived 2 days later, I realized the Chinese quality control on shoes may not be so good because the very same 9-1/2 M was way too tight. Thinking perhaps I had actually tried on a 9-1/2 W, I ordered a second pair at the same $76 with free shipping, which arrived the next day. That pair slipped right off my feet.
So I bit the bullet and bought the shoes that fit, leaving me with 2 pairs of shoes to return. That’s when I realized return shipping wasn’t covered. I boxed them up and prepared to go to the USPS, knowing the shipping would probably be $20 or more.
Then I had the idea of calling Amazon to find out if there was a cheaper way to return them. Miraculously I talked to a guy in India who figured out how to get prepaid shipping for both pairs of shoes.
Which brings me to my real question du jour about all the free shipping that is out there luring us to make purchases online. I often get the item the next day or the day after that and pay nothing for the many people responsible for the delivery to my door.
The free shipping seems to apply to items large and small. Last week we bought a refurbished Kitchenaid stand mixer online weighing at least 30 pounds. Free shipping. Yesterday I bought a jar of shoe polish online for $2.50. Free shipping. Both items already had rock-bottom prices, leaving me to wonder how these companies are actually paying for shipping.
All I know is at the cost of shipping these days, I mostly buy items which advertise free shipping.
How about you?