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Re: dash wiring harness from vicky brit

To: bill@cs.scranton.edu
Subject: Re: dash wiring harness from vicky brit
From: "Nolan Penney" <npenney@mde.state.md.us>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 16:36:41 -0400
There is no realistic way for a shipping company to examine and interview every 
recipient of goods to determine their individual ability to handle deliveries 
and set a specialized individual rate for each of them.  They do know that by 
and large, businesses are better able to handle it then residential addresses.  
Like it or not, that's a fact.  Old men being the non-sequitor.  So they charge 
more to deliver to the places that on average cost them more to deliver to, ie, 
residential addresses.  They aren't inherently subsidizing the business 
addresses, they are paying for their increased delivery costs.  In fact, the 
businesses might be subsidizing the residential addresses if it costs over that 
20% difference.

Charging shipping costs by weight is nice, but it adds another layer of 
complexity to the order, and increases the payment and billing mistakes.  
Particularly if the order is catalog mail order where the customer fills out 
the paper invoice.  And customers aren't terribly inclined to pay the 
additional amount they forgot when the order has already been delivered.  

So while it's not nice when you're ordering expensive light weight things, it 
does have a rational basis.

If you'd like to add to the grousing, don't forget delivery areas.  This allows 
your neighbor to be charged less then you because of their different zip code, 
even if the delivery truck drives right by your house to get to theirs. :-)

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