Originally Posted by angelas2babies
I recently ordered from Dallas-Foam, but I was slapped with over $20 worth of shipping on a $25 order. Plus, they didn't even tell me what my shipping charges were going to be until after I had confirmed and paid for my order. The good news is I have a ton of dummies, and I personally feel like one after spending all that money on shipping.
Just my own personal experience. Angie
I used to manage two warehouses plus at another job, I was in charge of our international orders, so I am very familiar with how shipping works.
When you pay for shipping, you are paying for space or weight, whichever is greater. Styrofoam is very light but very bulky, so you are paying for the space. Here's why: Trucks will hold, let's say, 18,000 lbs of freight. Their rates are based on $x.xx per pound. But if you order a truckload of styrofoam, the weight will only be, let's say, 3,000 lbs. The trucking company can't add anymore freight to meet their overhead but you've knocked them out of 16,000 lbs of freight .... lost opportunity and they can't meet their overhead costs on that truckload of freight.
WHen I worked at the cremation-casket company, I would ship internationally. Basically I was shipping empty, light-weight boxes of air, so I always paid more for space than I did for weight.
So if you order anything that is lightweight (styrofoam, wicker, etc), the freight will seem disproportional but it's because of the weight/space ratio.