We get this question fairly often, and in light of the Amazons of the world, it’s not surprising. While some retailers have felt compelled to offer this as part of their marketing model, there is some truth that cannot be ignored.
We ran some comparisons with our competitors to see how our product and shipping cost compared. In these examples, we used the same jar (R08-12C), quantity (20 cases), zip code (81419), and shipping carrier (UPS Ground) for our comparisons.
Now, let’s look at some comparisons with our competitors to see how our product and shipping cost compare if we purchase jars WITH lids. Again, in these examples, we used the same jar (RO8-12C) and the same lid (RC-G70 GOLD) and quantity amounts (20 cases), zip code (81419), and shipping carrier (UPS Ground) for our comparisons.
The results show that free shipping is not always the cheapest option. Companies who are offering “free shipping” have built the cost of shipping into their product pricing in order to maintain the margins they need.
We hope the next time you consider price shopping Fillmore Container you make your decision based on all the facts. We encourage you to also read this post for additional tips on how to save on shipping.
Our product pricing and shipping cost are just one part of the equation. We’re serious about what it takes to pack and ship glassware correctly. That means investing in quality materials and quality employees.
While we procure upcycled cartons for smaller orders, most orders require boxes specifically designed for heavy, fragile contents. That means meeting standards approved by UPS: double-walled corrugated cartons with high strength ratings to protect your purchase from our door to yours; and with optimally calculated dimensions that maximize your shipping dollar.
Our Biodegradable, Compostable Packing Peanuts are made in-house at a controlled density – heavy enough to protect, but light enough to not add unnecessary weight (cost) to the package. Making them in-house also means they’re in better shape to protect and less dusty than ones that have changed hands several times.
Our warehouse crew takes great pride in shipping high volumes of fragile glassware with an incredibly low rate of damage. They understand that every well-packed carton and properly stacked and wrapped pallet is an opportunity to make a customer’s day and uphold Fillmore’s reputation.
We value and reward team members by providing a family wage and family health coverage and offer a positive work environment.
Next time you are shopping for glass, we encourage you to break down the product cost and shipping costs to evaluate the best bottom line price. Hopefully, you’ll find our total cost to be favorable to that of our competitors.