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Old 06-24-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys, So I've been talking to many of you and have been reading the suggestion thread that was in the general discussion section and it's clear that you guys want a better shipping solution. So That is what i'm going to try and deliver. However it's going to take some time. I'm extremely busy and it's going to involve a lot of tedious, easy but time consuming labor on my part. So until I have that finished I've decided to just cut my flat rate shipping down to $5 flat rate. So you are basically getting the minimum possible shipping charge. If I go lower than that I'm literally losing money on many of the small item sales.

From now till I get my new shipping method sorted out shipping at AKoptions,LLC will be $5 flat rate on everything.....except parts kits, They generally cost me about $15 to ship each so i'm going to keep the shipping on parts kits at $10 each.

If you have not already, come check us out at https://akoptionsllc.com
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Old 06-24-2017, 05:11 PM   #2
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Don't apologize for covering your shipping costs. Idiots will always whine about it who have no freaking clue how expensive it is to ship things. They will bitch if your prices are "too high" and bitch if your shipping is "too high." They will bitch is you bury your shipping cost in your prices. They will bitch if you are honest about your shipping cost. Simply put the average Joe has NO Idea how expensive it is to ship things.

My advice is to take advantage of USPS free boxes and just ship USPS Priority.

Anyone who doesn't like it can just suck it, but you won't lose money on shipping AND you will have free boxes.

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Old 06-26-2017, 02:52 PM   #3
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Don't change your shipping costs for the whiners.. or really change anything else that other companies do not.

I have special snowflakes whining when I sell a 91/30 for $199($50 lower than most of my competition) because "5 years ago I purchase one for $99".

I also have on occasion a special snowflake complain about $40 to ship a rifle to California. When I send them a picture showing just the cost of postage at $43(so not counting the $3-4 in bubble wrap, $3 box, tape, labels, monthly cost of computer printing software and of course the $250 label maker) they STFU right quick..

In the end if you're charging people $7 and it costs you $5. That extra $2 is for YOUR TIME. Should you be expected to work for free?

Concentrate on finding cool product. I can tell you this with 100% confidence that you will never be able to please everyone.
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:32 PM   #4
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I agree with ncreptile; charging actual costs isn't unfair. Consumers pay for gas, insurance, wear and tear on their vehicle, etc. every time they get in their car to go shopping. Why is it unreasonable to pay a vendor for shipping charges? The bottom line is you don't want to deal with the people who are too damn cheap to pay what's reasonable; those are the customers who are the biggest pain in your ass and you make nothing on them. I block numbers from customers that are a pain in the ass to deal with.
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I agree with you guys for the most part. But more than anything right now. I Need to build a customer base. Sales thru the site are not going great. I'm spending in the thousands and sell in the Hundreds. So i'm trying just about anything right now to attract costumers away from the big dogs like apex. Shipping and personalized service is something I can offer because of my company's small size so I'm trying to use that to my advantage. If eating $2 in shipping charges gets me a sale verse no sale. Then I'm happy to eat it. I need customers.
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I use a stamps account that is linked to my website and I use first class mail for orders under 16 ounces.. It is on average 1/3 a day slower than priority.

I click import and pick box sizes for 30+ orders before I can get my cup of coffee gone.

Honestly you just need to keep in mind the market is in a major slump.. My sales are off almost 30% from last year and I hear that is pretty good.

I'm thankfully in a unique arrangement that I actually have another job that will take me any day I'm free.. So between batches I'm not eatting my foot to stay open.
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I agree with you guys for the most part. But more than anything right now. I Need to build a customer base. Sales thru the site are not going great. I'm spending in the thousands and sell in the Hundreds. So i'm trying just about anything right now to attract costumers away from the big dogs like apex. Shipping and personalized service is something I can offer because of my company's small size so I'm trying to use that to my advantage. If eating $2 in shipping charges gets me a sale verse no sale. Then I'm happy to eat it. I need customers.
No offense meant. But that's because you're selling parts/accessories.
That's not a quick mover or fast profit maker.
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I thought your shipping was reasonable.
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Hey squirrel, Do you ship usps or ups? I have an order in my cart on your site. I need to know as the post office doesn't deliver in my neck of the woods.
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Hey squirrel, Do you ship usps or ups? I have an order in my cart on your site. I need to know as the post office doesn't deliver in my neck of the woods.
I normally ship USPS, But if you put a note with the order I'll ship however you want
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I normally ship USPS, But if you put a note with the order I'll ship however you want
USPS is good. It just has to go to my P.O. Box. Just needed to clarify. Happy to help out a files bro. You seem like real good people.

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No offense meant. But that's because you're selling parts/accessories.
That's not a quick mover or fast profit maker.
No offence taken at all. Your not wrong. The thing is I'm not really looking to compete on apex's level. I like the smaller feel. But I'm casting my net into the same shallow pond over and over. I need to expand my reach to a bigger audience. I'm just not sure how to reach more people. I know i'm never going to get rich selling parts and accessories. But AK parts and accessories are the game I know.
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