Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
Again, if you only look at the bottom line (product + shipping, including handling
+ taxes, it doesn't matter if you get charged actual shipping costs plus actual product price, inflated shipping costs to allow lowering product price, or inflated product prices to allow supposedly lower shipping costs, it all comes out of the same pocket.
Your cost USPOS analysis fails to cover the cost of labor to pull the order, then package it. Even if using a flat rate box, the packing materials used to protect the products inside the box cost money. someone has to pay for it and, whether you get charged for it directly or the cost is added to the price of the product, you
are still the one paying for it.
As far as this being "not an issue" only when FCPU was still around, you are dead wrong. Prior to FCPU going south, I would compare the bottom lines between them and PPCs and they were pretty much similar. Sometimes one would be a bit less expensive than the other, especially if a promotional discount was available, and that would be the one I would order from. When FCPU went down , PPCs announced they would not price gouge customers and, so far, I have yet to see any sign of it.
You are also ignoring the cost of labor to pull the order and pack it. Keep in mind labor costs more than just the wage or salary of the worker. Each employee cost a company overhead in the form of taxes, insurance (liability, disability, Medicare and SSI), any other benefits. The overhead per employee can easily exceed the wage or salary the employee is paid.
Why do you think the USPOS can afford to discount the cost of shipping if you pay for it and print out the shipping label your self? It's because you replaced the cost of labor required to prepare the shipping label and put it on the package and the cost of materials for printing it. Another part of that cost reduction for the USPOS is reduced wear and tear on their equipment.
Taking USPOS boxes for use other than shipping materials through the USPOS is stealing. Period! Just because they are easily accessible doesn't make it right. Someone has to pay for those boxes and I guarantee it isn't the USPOS.
I worked in warehousing for a major AZ electric and irrigation utility, including in supervision, for thirty years, which included frequent extended stints in Shipping & Receiving. I worked retail for a while after I retired to fill the gap between retirement and Social Security kicking in, again including some lower level supervision (retail is very similar to warehousing except some sales skills are also needed). I'm very familiar with how the industry works and what the real costs are.