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Fedex, UPS or DHL?

     
5:39 am on Jun 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hello everybody.. my first post here.. Im thinking about starting an online store (i'm from Argentina) but my worry is shipping.. fedex wants over 32 dollars to ship to the US.. will the lower the price if i open an account with them? will customers get scared because of this shipping price?

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6:00 am on June 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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maybe you should try dropshipping large orders or wholesaling or something. $32 shipping for a purse seems like a boat load.
4:59 am on June 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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badly enought thats not an option for me.. any advice on getting cheap fedex rates?
11:49 am on June 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The more volume you do with any carrier, the bigger discounts you will receive. We get fairly good discounts with UPS and re-negotiate our contract and discount levels annually with our sales rep.

Talk to a UPS or FedEx sales rep and see what they can do based on your volume.

Another option is to make regular larger shipments to a US based fulfillment service and then have them ship your individual orders from their facility.

2:51 pm on June 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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32 dollars may not be your only cost, there is duty on all textile type products entering the US.

Getting a fulfilment deal in the US would be your best option. That way you could send a large quantity, paying all the duty and brokerage at once. The other bonus is that your customers do not receive an unexpected duty bill when the Fedex guy/girl arrives.

9:07 pm on June 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I agree with what everyone is saying about getting a fulfillment deal in the US. You and your customers will save a huge amount by not shipping every item individually via fedex. You may want to check out gsi commerce. They might be a bit big for you right now but it's a starting point.
 

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