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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Tfd1224, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Tfd1224

    Tfd1224 Member

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    I am just learning and am fixing to mount my first deer. Anyway, do yall feel like taxidermy supply companies skin your butt on shipping charges? I ordered the whitetail A to Z dvd and a four ounce bottle of safety solvent from Mckenzie and they charged me 18 dollars and some change to ship to alabama via ups. I just ordered a lutan f kit from van dykes to tan a gator hide with and didn't know till after the fact that van dykes and Mckenzie are the same company, on this order I checked priority mail so I may not get skunt up as bad. Hell, I ordered a whitetail form, gallon of hide paste, 5 lbs of critter clay, a 4 oz bottle of hydro must eye fluid, a hide pulling tool, apoxie sculpt, and a set of eyes from joe coombs and only got charged 22 dollars for shipping. What gives? Do yall feel like Mckenzie over charges for shipping? I seem to remember ordering an 8" oak base for a wood duck mount and some fake duckweed from them last year and it costing like 21 dollars shipping.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Wow, this is the first time I have seen anyone on here complain about shipping prices. It must be just you that feels they are being butt skint.
     

  3. Tfd1224

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    18.61 to ship something that weighed .90 lb? you don't feel like that is a ripoff?
     
  4. Tfd1224

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    And what really sucks is they don't have a shipping calculator, they just bill whatever they want to your credit card after you place the order.
     
  5. Steven .B

    Steven .B New Member

    Some body has to handle the stuff and it goes through many hands free shipping would be nice but the postal service doesn't work for free and It all depends where you at. Where the company ships from. If your getting hazardous material shipped they cannot come through the USPS. They have to come UPS.. You said you where on your first deer head and I assume its the first thing you have ever tried to mount? The shipping you paid is cheap vs the money your going to spend on the materials and the time your going put in to turn that deer around.. If your only doing one. You may have been better off to have it done professionally especially if you have a full time job and are doing it to try to save a dollar.. Good luck
     
  6. Tfd1224

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    I wasnt trying to save money mounting this deer, I just like tinkering with stuff like that and take pride in doing stuff for myself. I just can't understand how it costs that much to ship something that doesn't even weigh a pound. The supplies and tools are actually really cheap until you add in the shipping costs. I guess what I'm trying to say is I can order an rtic cooler with free shipping, order a firearm from buds gunshop with free shipping, order a pallet or 1 box of shotgun shells from Rogers sporting goods with free shipping, and mind you that aside from free shipping, you are still getting the best deal on these items that you will find anywhere, but I can't order something from a huge company like Mckenzie with at least reasonable shipping costs.
     
  7. Tfd1224

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    Just called ups and they quoted me 11 dollars to ship a .90 lb package from my house to granite quarry nc
     
  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Not to beat this dead horse again but call ups back and ask them to package those supplies and then ship them. Folks forget that shipping supplies and labor to pack, costs companies money.
    Don't forget the reasons they wrap the hell out of stuff with bubble wrap is because folks complained that they didn't protect things enough.
    Comparing Coombs to McKenzie is laughable at best, I like Coombs' products but, they send their shredded garbage in the box instead of paying for bubble wrap.
     
  9. juli

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    You think you are getting ripped? move to Alaska. I just paid $45 for a snowshoe hare form to be shipped from McKenzie. So basically paid $90 for it.
     
  10. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I blame the high cost of shipping on the shipping companies. When fuel prices skyrocketed a few years ago, they all jacked up their rates big time and when it went back down they did not lower them, but rather raised them some more. Some of the Taxidermy supply companies also raised their prices a lot with the "energy cost" excuse and of course kept right on raising them after the prices went down. Taxidermy supply and shipping rates have gone up way more than the rate of inflation but unfortunately a lot of us can't raise our prices enough to cover the extra cost, so we have to eat it. This is why I am buying a lot fewer supplies from McKenzie lately and instead going with other companies that have not gouged so much.
     
  11. Tfd1224

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    Do these companies that ship out hundreds and possibly thousands of products per day not get reduced shipping rates compared to what the lay person might pay? I guess I've just got used to buying ebay stuff and getting free shipping. Also, when I ship things, I usually use usps and shipping is not all that bad.
     
  12. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Yes major shippers get huge price breaks, which they pocket. The shippers then charge average Joes more to make up for it though I suspect. With giants like Amazon and Walmart offering free shipping, you can expect shipping prices to go up even more for the rest of us.
     
  13. Tfd1224

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  14. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    All you have to do is click USPS shipping rather than letting it default to UPS, which is super expensive for small packages. Or leave a note on your order requesting best way shipping. Any large supply company has to employ people to ship, provide them with a place to do this, and pay for boxes and shipping materials. When you get your own quote from a shipper, that's the shipping cost ONLY, not the handling and other costs that supply companies also have to cover. (My day job is at a place that ships its products around the world, and it costs a lot just to have someone check orders and pack and ship everything. I can't even tell you how annoying it is when customers complain that the actual cost to ship is less than what we charge. Duh!) Getting pretty darn tired of all these dumb shipping threads. It's not that hard, people. Shipping is expensive, you need to factor that into your prices.
     
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  16. Tfd1224

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    I'm not really worried about how they pay their guys in their shipping dept. like most things, the company overhead should be added into the price you pay, not skimmed off inflated shipping charges. The shipping charge should be what it takes to get the package from point a to point b. When I call ups and find out I got charged 7 dollars more for shipping than it would have cost me, and the company already gets discounted shipping charges from what I get, yeah that gets me mad. Especially when the package only weighed .90 lb, 40 dollars, and it would have been 7 dollars cheaper for me to ship it. I don't remember seeing a stocking fee on my last receipt at Walmart but those guys in their receiving and stocking dept got paid.
     
  17. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Go to UPS and ship something. It cost you for the box, packing material and the actual shipping. Now go home and put money in a jar to pay for the time you spent getting the package ready and to go to and from the UPS store. Then add the cost of gas and milage to get there and back and then put an additional 35% of all what you paid so far. The 35% is the profit. Now, I'll bet there is more than $7 in the jar.

    How much did it really cost you to send it UPS? McKenzie is in business and this is part of it. You are not in business so if you shipped something with UPS as if you were a business, your $7 would get eaten up pretty fast.
     
  18. Tfd1224

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    As long as you're content paying their business expenses out of your shipping charges that's your deal. I would be inclined to think that ups picks up at Mckenzie like they do at the business my dad works at. I would also be inclined to believe they get a greatly reduced shipping rate from what I would get just like the business my dad works at. I would also be inclined to believe that a 6x6x4 inch box, 2 pieces of bubble wrap, and the 5 minutes that it took an employee that most likely makes around 10 bucks an hour to find and box the product and print a shipping label didn't cost 7 dollars either. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought businesses made money by selling product for more than they paid for it.
     
  19. ANDY

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    The first 4 words of this post says it all.............
     
  20. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Tfd1224, I will correct you because you are wrong. Businesses make money by selling product AND SERVICES for more than they paid for it. Using they make money one selling product for more than they paid for it, you should be livid that TASO sells his white tail forms for$35 when every other suppler is way higher. Why haven't you stared a thread about that? Are you OK with that?
    Are you OK that it costs me $65 to have tanning done not counting shipping to and from the tannery, when I can tan it in house for $15? Is it OK that they sell a lip tucking tool for 3 times what it would cost me to make it, that they charge me so much for scalpel blades when I can just use a knife sharpener and my knife, it costs $45 to $65 to get a turkey head freeze dried when I can do it for less than $10?
    I can do all those things reasonably well without paying those high prices once I get the the initial costs covered, but what about time? does it really cost $15 to tan a cape when I could have been doing something else the make money while my cape was at the tannery? Did it equal what I would have made?

    Walmart is quite a bit bigger than McKenzie I would assume, so just because it isn't itemized on your receipt, doesn't mean you didn't pay for it.