First Friday Giveaway - Selection of Crystal Squaredelle Items

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Total Retail Value = $84.50
You can choose your favorite color!

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Retail = $17.50

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Retail = $36.00

Each month of 2011, on the First Friday, I'll post an item or an array of items that I'm going to giveaway. In order to enter, you answer a question by clicking on the link below that reads "need your opinion" or "post a comment".

Question: In general, do you ever reconsider buying online once you see the shipping cost? If yes, what is the tipping point for you?

To enter more than once:
1. Click to follow this blog. See the follow tool on the right side. Note in your comment that you are a blog follower.
2. Use the share feature to share this giveaway. See the little icon below - choose your favorite social network and share our giveaway. Please note where you shared our giveaway in your comment. I will enter you as many times as you share this blog post with your social network!

Responses will be collected through Thursday, March 10th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 11th. Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you or you may not get your prize. If you have questions or are uneasy about sharing your email as a comment, you can email me at Sara [@] SoftFlexCompany.com.

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Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog. She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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  1. Yes, I have reconsidered my purchase. When the shipping cost is more than a quarter of the cost of the item/items...I have to source out something else.
    BTW, those crystal squaredelles are really nice!!
    Elaine
    e.gill@sasktel.net

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  2. blog follower, tweeted, and posted to facebook as well. I LOVE SoftFlex!

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  3. oops forgot to answer the question.

    I think the tipping point for me depends on how much I am spending, and how long it will take to get what I need. I have put piles of stuff in shopping carts only find out the combined price and shipping was more than I could buy for at a shop 50 miles away including gas. So moderate charges OK, high NOT. But please let me know up front.

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  4. Most definitely!! I have many times emptied a basket because of the shipping cost. I have found that many unscrupulous sellers will offer their items at an extremely low price to draw you in and then they make up their money on the shipping.

    I am a blog follower & I'm sharing this one. Love the give away items!

    Trudy aka Momma Goddess
    www.mommagoddess.etsy.com

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  5. Following Blog...Check
    Share Blog....Check

    Answer and comment to question,
    I recently spent an entire two and a half hours picking out the jump ring sizes (specific one) in order to start doing Chain Maille designs. I assumed shipping charges for/to the USA were going to be somewhere around but no more than the flat ship rate of $4.95-$5.00. WRONG! At check out I went throught he motions and the shipping was nearly $15.00 min. I emailed to request flat rate but they would not work with me. Bottom line, I seek out the lowest shipping companies unless they have a specific product or specialize in something I need, otherwise I have found amazing companies to get my supplies from that offer free shipping with no min. So I guess to answer your question, yes I pay close attention to shipping because that dips in to any profit I might have made or it causes me to have to pass the cost on to my customers.

    Comment posted...check :-)

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  6. Yeap, Definately! My tipping point seems to be what is reasonable based upon shipping costs. If I order something that doesn't weigh alot, but I get charged more than the cost of priority shipping, I empty my cart and move on!

    Any cost over the actual shipping, I think should be factored into the business.

    I especially hate when charged a lot for the shipping, and then the package comes with the postage much less than what I was charged.

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  7. Gorgeous! I love the squaredelles!

    I am in canada so shipping can be an issue for me. I don't mind paying a bit more as long as it's shipped a applicable method, I have a beef with paying 20.00 for shipping and then it comes ground and cost the shipper only 2.00!

    I followed your blog and also shared this via facebook!

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  8. Yes, I have reconsidered several times. I've gotten the items in my cart and then on checkout find out the shipping price is skyhigh and just empty everything and look elsewhere. It usually just depends on how much I want to spend total for the item whether I'll reconsider, but if their shipping is 1/4-1/5 of what I'm buying (unless it's really heavy) then I'll reconsider and look elsewhere.
    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  9. I'm a blog follower.

    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  10. Just tweeted about your giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  11. Just shared your giveaway on Facebook.

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  12. Following the blog and posted to FB and Twitter

    As to the question, it depends on how much of a rush I'm in. I will be willing to pay express shipping if it's something I need for a deadline. For the most part though, I cringe at paying more than 10 bucks for shipping.

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  13. Hi Sara,I follow u alredi & what a generous givaway.In regards to shipping cost i also am from Canada & sometimes shipping cost is very high, unless the item is heavy or extremly valualbe i will empty my entire cart if the shipping is way out of line there are flat rate boxes now so really don't get the difference in shipping costs from one company to the next especially for the exact same item.ttfn Lana

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  14. I hate to pay for shipping, so I usually wait until I have to order more things to justify the cost of shipping.

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  15. Yes I look at shipping when I buy online but usually it is cheaper than buying local and so I just make a big order to get my moneys worth. I also tend to go to places like artbeads.com that have free shipping unless I can't get it there. It also depends if I need the item or I just want it if I need it for an order I just buy it.

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  16. I shared on my blog frenchelegantjewelry.blogspot.com

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  17. Yes.
    I am walking that fine line with shippng as well. I have toyed with rolling shipping costs into my items so many times. I might still do that. I think that sometimes shipping gets overinflated as well. And that is a hard pill to swallow. I just bought three items from an online retails of metals. I just got the package today. It was a long tube (about a meter at least in length) that had the three things. But wait. It was packaged in a huge long box. I almost thought I was getting a dozen long stemmed roses!! And inside this was the long skinny tube (not more than 3" in diameter) with wadded up newspaper. On the packing slip I see that they actually charged me $10.00 even though their website clearly states that they charged just $6.00 flat shipping, something I also have confirmed in writing from the VP of the company as well. I sent them an email stating I was disappointed that this was the case, maybe due to the packaging? But that they shouldn't say one thing than do another. I am not certain that these specialty items will have me coming back again, but I will certainly watch my order confirmations closer in the future.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  18. I follow your blog!

    Shipping cost are a big factor in ordering!

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  19. Yes I have reconsidered by purchases. It is hard when sometimes the postage is double the cost of the item. I hate to do this as I then have to look elsewhere and usually settle on something not quite the same.

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  20. I am a blog follower. Yes I have reconsidered buying from places with high shipping costs. I also have started to buy from places just because of no shipping.
    Shannon C

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  21. yes i have reconsidered my purchases because of the shipping charges, but if i am desperate and its the only place i can find what I am looking for then i may buy it

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  22. Yes I have reconsidered. It all depends on how much I've ordered really. If shipping is more than a quarter of the cost of the purchase then I may look elsewhere.

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  23. I'm following your blog and am sharing this on my facebook page

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  24. I always consider the shipping costs before making the final purchase. If I can't find it in a local store then I will buy. I follow this blog and I will share on facebook.

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  25. The Saphire would go great with some SWK crystals I have laying around in project bag for a bracelet! I follow the blog from Facebook! I shared on FB page.

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  26. These are so pretty! Following and shared! Thanks! Z.

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  27. I've definitely reconsidered before.
    My tipping point seems to be around 1/4 the cost of my purchase, or anything that goes over $10 for an order that doesn't exceed $50/a few pounds. When I've gotten packages that charged what seemed a high shipping charge & the postage on them is less than half what I paid for shipping, it makes me upset enough to not use that vendor again.

    {I follow on twitter, and can be reached via my livejournal or rhamesses @ yahoo-dot-com }

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  28. No, I'm happy to pay the shipping costs as long as it's less than the $5 flat rate box. The online sources are so much better than retail stores and I can track my purchases too.

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  29. Yes. I have reconsidered based on shipping cost. I review the total cost and the shipping. I also distribute shipping cost across the items to be be purchased to derive an 'actual cost' per item. The tipping point is whether the cost with shipping is still a good or fair value.

    I am also a blog follower :)

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  30. Yes, if shipping is too much, I won't purchase on line. I'm not sure exactly what the tipping point is. It depends on the total cost of what I'm buying, how badly I want it, if I can find it elsewhere and my bank balance. I'm much more likely to purchase if shipping cost is low or free.

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  31. I definitely reconsider purchasing when I see the shipping costs. I usually try to shop places with free shipping (or free shipping over a certain amount). I guess my decision whether to purchase or not depends on whether I can find the product locally (at a craft store) and whether the product costs less online than to purchase it in person. I often order a lot at once so I can maximize my product per shipping cost.

    Kell

    kelly.r.morin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I liked this blog post on facebook.

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  33. There are quite a few who offer free shipping, that's a plus. As long as I don't order anything heavy I have a problem with shipping over what a flat rate box should cost. Loved meeting you in Tucson!

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  34. I absolutely take shipping costs into consideration when shopping online. Generally, the first place I check is Amazon, because I have Prime. If I can't get it there I'll go elsewhere, but I do check shipping costs.

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  35. i followed and shared to my facebook page!

    shipping costs are a huge factor to me when i make purchases. my funds are so tight, i can't afford to be spending what little i have on shipping. i always try to shop first at stores that offer free shipping, or low minimums to get free shipping. i also take shipping into consideration when i sell on my etsy, artfire and shop handmade shops. i try to keep the shipping to what it actually costs and free shipping with multiple purchases. shipping is a very big factor to me when i buy!

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  36. It really depends on a couple of factors. 1. How badly do I need the item. 2. What is the value of the savings I'm getting compared to other websites, and 3. Does the website have other items I really would like to have to offset the shipping costs.

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  37. Being in Hawaii I have a similar problem as the Canadians. Some sellers don't even realize that it's domestic postage. My tipping point depends on the value or weight and volume of the item, but I have given up on some sellers who refuse to ship in priority mail flat rate boxes. I also usually don't do business with sellers who mention "the contiguous 48 states" as that tells me they don't ship flat rate or don't know how it works.

    Aloha,
    Maren

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  38. Oh yes, shipping costs are a major factor, especially if you are reselling as you have to add that into your materials cost. I'm turned off by not having the cost come up in the shopping cart or if I have to go hunting through the website to find the information. The best for me is when it's clearly stated what services they use, particularly if I can use Priority Mail. I won't buy at more than 25% of the cost of the item or if the cost seems high for the weight of the item. Also a Facebook follower.

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  39. Usually when I buy supplies online, they are cheaper than at the local bead or craft store, so I don't mind paying shipping...especially with the price of gas these days! Also, many places that I buy from, like Artbeads.com, offer free shipping if you order a certain amount, so I always take advantage of that. As for my limit, it would just depend on how bad I wanted the item(s).

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  40. Shared the giveaway on Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/#!/lucidmoonstudio/status/44494372552720384

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  41. more than once the cost of shipping has caused me to empty my cart. i may end up having to spend another hour or so tracking down what i was going to buy, but it's worth it......i assume the places i buy from do some tracking, maybe if they lose enough sales it will cause them to reconsider their shipping costs!

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  42. Yes, I do consider shipping costs. If they are too high for what I want to buy - I don't. I try to maximize my orders. It iritates me when someone has handling costs in addition to shipping - I don't do that.

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  43. Yes, shipping is important and factors into my buying decision. I prefer a flat rate.

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  44. ...shared, tweeted and follow :-)

    High shipping = no sale

    I would need to justify paying a high shipping fee by factoring in the scarcity, quality, and how long I think I could live without it.

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  45. I do consider shipping costs. If a similar item is available somewhere else I will compare the sites to see which has enough things that I want to make it more cost-effective than the other.

    If it is a rush order, I will consider paying more, but only if the customer agrees to reimburse the cost.

    I am a Facebook follower and can be reached at cnikita2 at aol.com

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  46. I don't worry too much about shipping costs......some places I shop online don't even charge for shipping, the main reason I shop online is I have a better selection to choose from, my local bead store doesn't offer a very big selection of findings, so I shop on line

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  47. I am now a follower of your blog, and I "liked" softflex on face book

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  48. I definately consider the shipping cost especially if it is more than the total purchase. I have actually cancelled purchases due to that reason. The cutting point is no more than 25% of the total cost. FYI: I am crazy about squardelles, they fit purfectly in a bracelet that I have had several orders for.
    Sandy

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  49. It depends on how far away the piece is traveling.nIf it is overseas then I may pay a slighty higher shipping cost. If it is within the U.S.A. and is not more than the item I am buying.

    I shared on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and Google.

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  50. I follow this blog..
    and have my own group..
    Florida Beaders...yahoo group..where I posted.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FloridaBeaders/

    drop by and say hello...

    Linda

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  51. I have reconsidered my purchase on many occassions. Then I will research to see if I can find the item elsewhere for lower postage fees. I will pay up to $10 if I am purchaseing $40 or more. On smaller orders I don't like to go above $5 or $6. A company will get repeat business from me if the postage fees are less. Keeping a chart of basic shipping fees allows me to save time and money. If a company offers a special on shipping and they send an email I will probably shop from them at that time.

    I also posted your link to Facebook.

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  52. For me the shipping is based on the need of the item
    with the rate other sites have the item for at the time. I try to pay the lowest shipping rate so I can pass this savings on to my customers. If only one site has the item and a customer had requested the the component I will purchase. Shipping is a big breaking point for me always.

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  53. Shipping costs can definitely cause me to reconsider a purchase. Above 20% of the amount spending, and it is generally better for me to shop locally. Following the blog, posting on twitter and facebook. Thanks, enjoy your store!

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  54. Shipping is an important factor in online shopping. I have spent a great deal of time on a website like some of the other commentators, filled my cart with tons of stuff only to find the shipping costs were very high....I resented having wasted a great deal of my time, and moved on after making a note regarding this supplier. I love the companies that tell you up front on their home page what shipping costs will be.

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  55. I definitely watch the shipping cost. If i don't need something right away, those USPS Priority Mail boxes are da bomb! Sometimes cheaper than UPS ground shipping. I don't have a specific "formula" but I do watch the amount as a percentage of what I am ordering (or what I can pass along as material fees to a class). I especially like sites that offer free shipping based on an order total, i.e. free shipping for order minimum of $100. I especially HATE when there is a per item shipping charge and no discount for multiple items. I don't care what they are selling, I no buyee!

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  56. All the time, especially when it comes to jewelry making supplies. I hate it when I only need like $5 of findings, but it will cost me $10 to ship. I'm a big fan of flat rate shipping, or prices which include the S&H. I know volume = shipping discounts, and I will vote with my feet if it looks like they're charging me big bucks for the privilege of using their business. For goodness sakes--build your handling costs into the individual item prices, and don't charge me over what I'd pay to ship a box myself.

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  57. Since there are a few places that offer free shipping, I tend to buy from them when they have sales.

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  58. Forgot to mention, I'm a blog follower.

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  59. shipping costs can dissuade me from making a purchase on soemthing that I might want on a whim!

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  60. Yes, many times I've reconsidered my purchase. I'll actually search the net for better shipping or free shipping. The tipping point is the whole cost of the item. If the shipping really increases the cost of the item, I usually won't get it.

    sweepyhead at gmail dot com

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  61. I follow you on GFC!

    sweepyhead at gmail dot com

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  62. Yes, I have reconsidered my purchase. I don't hesitate to order if the shipping is less than $10.00. If more, I evaluate whether or not I could find this locally.

    Blog follower and posted to facebook.

    juhl@gmail.com

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  63. I live 3 hours from any large bead stores or even a Michale's, so shipping is my best bet to save money. I try to gather items to order to get the best shipping or free shipping where possible. I will share this on Facebook. You can reach me at beadnlady@gmail.com.
    i enjoy the things available on the Softflex website.press

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  64. I have certainly dropped an order I was planning on submitting when I saw the shipping charges. It's one thing if I'm ordering something that will weigh 10 lbs or more---then I expect to pay more than a minimal amount for shipping. Actually, I've often thought that other big companies should do something like what LLBean does---if you get their credit card, shipping is free.

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  65. Shipping cost is a HUGE factor I need to take into account when I'm ordering abroad since I'm from Canada too. I love buying online but many a times, I had to empty my cart to find that the same item cost much less in here than abroad!!!!

    Can you imagine buying for 1-2 items just to find that the shipping is $20!!! Just because i'm across the border does not mean the seller has to overcharge right?

    I'm a follower and I posted on Facebook & twitter.

    Thanks

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  66. I do buy beading supplies online. The tipping point for me when I buy online is free shipping for spending $25 or something similar.

    I am already a follower of this blog.

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  67. Reconsidered, then canceled. I hate to pay more than 25% of the cost....but my tipping point is the sellers who won't reveal shipping costs until you are deep into the sale. If they are upfront, I may consider paying more shipping for the convenience - gas is HIGH! - but I want to see the price first. Sometimes you must enter a purchase and proceed to checkout JUST to figure out the shipping costs. Grrr.

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  68. I have definitely reconsidered buying something when the shipping is high, especially if it is above the price of the item! I love these squaredelles! I posted this on facebook. I follow this blog!

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  69. Blog follower and shared on Facebook.

    Yes- shipping makes a big difference. For most small jewelry supplies, unless you are ordering a ton of things and the weight is heavy, shipping shouldn't be more then $5-$8 in my opinion. It also makes a difference to me WHO the shipper is- I love UPS and the Postal Service, but I will flat out refuse to buy anything if my only choice is Fedex (I've had big issues with them and won't use them for shipping).

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  70. I have to agree -I've gotten my shopping cart full on site then gotten to the shipping charges. which was about half as much as the order and dumped the while order.
    Went looking for a less expensive web site to shop and can usually find one.
    Love this site tho.
    Midnite's Creations

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  71. Yes, I check shipping costs before I puchase.
    Brenda

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  72. Yes I definitely check shipping costs before I order. It makes a big difference in the price of the merchandise I am looking at.

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  73. I have reconsidered my purchase online because of the shipping price.My tipping point is if the shipping costs more than the item or items that I am buying,or if there are no coupons for either free shipping,a percentage off of the shipping or order,or if it's not something I need or want right away.If the items are on sale,thats even better.But I wont usually spend more than 9.99 for shipping unless its fedex or ups and I need it right away. I am also a follower of your blog,and am sharing this with everyone I know on twitter and Facebook.

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  74. I must consider Shipping Costs when ordering on-line! Shipping costs should be fair and weight of items ordered s/b considered.

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  75. Yes I really watch the charges for shipping since I got caught on an oversea order with $4,000 shipping charges. It took time and humble begging to clear up, but now I watch charges, shipping specials, and local sales. I discovered the difference from "need" and "want". I am very careful with my orders now and use only the "best" sites - like here!
    Chari
    charibeads@gmail.com

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  76. The online companies that I deal with charge $5. I save up items until I reach enough to make it worthwhile. If I need something in a hurry--$5 isn't bad for the convenience. Remember, the cost of gas to travel here & there!
    cyclebelle@yahoo.com

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  77. It depends on if I am buying in bulk, and what I am buying. If it is something I can buy easily at a local store without too much markup, then I don't buy online. I decide where I buy my supplies based on balancing shipping costs or markup on the worth of what I'm buying.

    Followed the blog and shared via facebook :)

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  78. Yes, I do try to figure shipping into the total cost of whatever items I would be ordering.
    If the items are having a really good sale, I am more willing to pay higher shipping.
    A lot of sites do have fixed shipping costs, so that really helps.
    Even better are the sites that have free shipping.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love Swarovski and absolutely love blue!
    email in blogger profile.

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  79. I follow your blog on google friends connect- Joanne Schultz .
    email in blogger profile.

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  80. tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/44885474715774976
    email in blogger profile.

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  81. shared on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/js2222/posts/204567632889628
    email in blogger profile.

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  82. Many times I have not ordered when the shipping is almost as much as what I am ordering. I don't know why handling is added on many times. If this is a site that only ships I would think that that cost should be added in and not added on at the end.. Joan

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  83. shared on myspace - http://www.myspace.com/js222222/stream/activity/634351049132736682/ShareFile/323563324?primaryId=352823312
    email in blogger profile.

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  84. And they say the post is on it's way out. I had a transaction of beads that the post came to $75.00. And no that was not account of weight or insurance. It puts one off of a vendor.

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  85. I always consider shipping costs. I have a list of preferred vendors that have reasonable shipping, and a list of vendors that I will only shop there once in a while if I have a big list of items because they charge too much for shipping. If its more than $5, I'm not happy.
    Erin S
    eastrother1@gmail.com

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  86. I might reconsider but if I really find unique materials, it is worth the cost.

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  87. These blue crystal components are gorgeous.
    As to shipping costs...I think I generally check that before composing an order. Hard as it is that sometimes causes me to pass on a sale or offer.

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  88. I love your findings and wire and everything. Just got into beading a year ago and have become a beading nut!

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  89. I always check the shipping costs from a new company or person I might be wanting to buy from before I start shopping. If their rates are to high I look else where and don't even start filling that cart...because just like the rest of you...been there...done that and don't want to waste my time and be disapponinted.

    So yes shipping is a big factor to consider.

    Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway...I already follow you.

    Pam

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  90. I am a follower.

    Being in Australia I buy 90% of my bead supplies from overseas so shipping is a huge factor for me. I don't like to have to pay any more than $20 for shipping. I like companies that had a flat shipping rate so no matter how many items you buy it's still the same price.

    I also like companies that offer free or discounted shipping if you spend over a certain amount - I mean lets face it we can always find something else to add to our cart if it means paying less shipping costs!

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

    Karyn

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  91. Usually try and wait until I have enough for free shipping offered by some companies over certain dollar. After that $8 depending on what and how much I was ordering would be my cut off price.

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  92. I do a lot of my shopping online. I take into consideration product pricing as well as shipping cost when deciding where to buy. Of course if I need something in a hurry, then I go to my LBS.

    I generally prefer to shop with sites where the shipping is reasonable. There's so much competition these days that I feel as a consumer I want the most bang for my buck. It's meaningless if a shop has low product pricing, but then make it up on the shipping cost. That just burns me.

    I'm a follower both here & on twitter. I tweeted the giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/lajewelrydesign/status/44873252685885440

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  93. I always calculate the cost of shipping into the individual cost of each item; I always shop around to find the best "total per item" price unless I have to have it NOW! (which isn't very often in these poor economic times).

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  94. I definitely watch the shipping "handling" charges, because I feel that too often, sellers use them as a quiet way to markup their costs. So if I think the costs are out of line, I will empty the basket and lok elsewhere. I find that Fire Mountain has pretty reasonable shipping charges for your average products. If I want something very unusual, it had better be really special if those shipping costs are high!

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  95. I've never reconsidered a purchase because of shipping costs, even if I do wince occasionally if something seems kind of high. Then again, maybe I've been lucky in my vendor choices.
    I am now following your blog, as well as the general Softflex page, on Facebook.

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  96. Shipping is definitely a factor. I know free shipping or $1.99 shipping to Canada heavily influences my purchases.

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  97. Sales tax here is 6%. Since most places I shop online are in another state I avoid sales tax. I figure if the shipping is less than 6% of my total order I am ahead.
    helen@tressastreasures.com

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  98. I have certainly reconsidered my purchase. What I look at is whether the item cost plus the shipping is more then I would pay locally. And I really hate is when I spend an hour browsing a site just to find out that the shipping is outrageous.

    blogbaby(at)comcast(dot)net

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  99. I follow your blog thru GFC

    blogbaby(at)comcast(dot)net

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  100. I posted the giveaway to Facebook

    blogbaby(at)comcast(dot)net

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  101. Hi Sarah,

    I already follow you.

    http:/lindab142.etsy.com

    I love all the items!

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  102. I put the giveaway on Facebook.com/linorstore

    Shipping costs is a factor sometimes, but when I have to order some charms, one place is more expensive with lower shipping and the other is less expensive with higher shipping.

    So, sometimes, I gotta order what I need for my specialty clients.

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  103. Following your blog and tweeted the giveaway!

    I balk at high shipping rates for small items, but I've been re-thinking things a bit after having some bad experiences with "free standard shipping" lately. I missed out on the opportunity to create new pieces for Valentine's Day because the free shipping took a full month to arrive. Not cool.

    www.LonesomeRoadStudio.com
    LonesomeRdStudio@aol.com

    [beautiful items in the giveaway - I'm working on a bridal set for a friend and currently using a few of the siam colored Swarovski crystals]

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  104. Shipping costs are a big factor in placing an order. Many companies have free shipping with a minimum amount which I understand. I love these blue cryatals, and could certainly put them to good use.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Chris

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  105. Love the selection!

    Like many of my fellow "posters" I definitely look at shipping costs. Because I have researched costs for shipping, I have a good idea of what it costs. I do not buy from suppliers who have exhorbitant shipping costs!

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  106. Liked you on face book yes, Following blog yes,
    Shared you on facebook yes.
    Post on my own blog yes.
    Answer to the question. I work in St. Louis so if shipping is not free I will go to one of the craft stores in St. Louis and buy the product I need. I wouldnt mind paying minimal shipping but over $5.00 I will empty the cart.

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  107. Softflex sqaredell items have a great selection of color and are very useful.

    I use vendors with reasonable shipping costs such as SoftFlex when posslble.
    Sandy
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  108. I certainly reconsider if the shipping costs are like, more than $5.00.

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  109. Love softflex, makes my passion for jewelry making flare!

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  110. Shared my comment on Facebook, i have reconsidered buying from suppliers like the others when shipping costs came up. they can be hard on the purse strings.

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  111. Most definitely! I live in Hawaii and many times ordering online is the least expensive way to purchase my supplies...BUT...I absolutely refuse to pay more for shipping than the price of what I am purchasing. That's an absolute tipping point for me. I will empty my basket in a flat New York second (and have done so a number of times). UPS and FedX are almost always a no go because they are so cost restrictive when shipping to Hawaii, although I have found a few sites that shipped my order UPS and only charged me Priority rates. Those are the companies that will receive my continued business. I also wish more sites that are offering free shipping would say right up front it's only to the continental US instead of me finding out only after starting to check out that not only is it not free shipping here, it's outrageously expensive. No more business from me, uh uh.
    Jackie
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  114. Yes, I have reconsidered many times. It would be helpful if merchants would state up front how shipping is calculated. I also believe that handling should be included in the price of the item as the true cost of handling varies by the type of item the merchant has to ship. I think the cost of shipping should be based on size/weight and not the cost of the item, because it is more accurate. It's nice when the merchant offers a choice of carriers. Tipping point varies depending on the rarity of the item, how much I need it and if the seller is jacking up the shipping beyond actual cost. I would pay no more than 50% more than what I think the actual shipping is (for an item I really need).

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  115. Yes, I definitely have changed my mind when I feel the shipping is too expensive. The tipping point is hard to pinpoint for me. I know some shipping is based on weight, so when it's something light and the shipping is high, I usually will not buy it. Generally speaking, if the shipping is more than 25% of the item cost, I'll choose not to buy it. That said, there are those rare exceptions when I really "have" to have something that's not available elsewhere.

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  116. Shipping is outrageous at some stores. It should be based on weight not cost. I have backed out of an order once I see what the shipping is going to be.

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  117. Yes, shipping is definitely a consideration when I order online. But even in the stores, we have to remember that the retailer's shipping costs are reflected in its sale price to us, the customers. We're still paying shipping costs, we just don't see it.

    On the other end of the shipping costs spectrum, I work for an online business. We often wonder when people will order one small item and pay twice that amount in postage. If it were us, we'd order something else, as long as we were paying so much for shipping. We are customers, too, both in business and personally, and we pay postage and shipping, as well.

    Many of our customers blame us for the high shipping costs, but it's the postal services and other shipping vendors, as well as other countries (think customs fees), that set the shipping prices, not us.

    You would be surprised at the number of international customers who ask us to change our packing lists in an attempt to pay lower customs fees. We can't do that. Not only is it wrong, but we'd lose our international business rights--and, we'd be criminals.

    One thing we DON'T do is bump up our shipping costs.

    By the way, UPS rates are one rate per WEIGHT RANGE, NOT the size of the package. So, a smaller box or less packing paper may not make a difference in the shipping costs. Packing paper keeps products from shifting in the package, and from breakage.

    It is legal for a seller to add a handling charge to help offset the cost of the packing materials, but not to gouge the customer. Our business has NEVER charged for these materials--tissue paper, boxes, bubble envelopes, air bags, etc.--AND those costs are NOT recovered in the costs of our products. Packaging supplies are provided FREE OF CHARGE to our customers.

    We don't deliberately pack in larger boxes to raise U.S. postage prices, either. We use the smallest packaging we can without damaging our product. I have even pushed the edge of the one rate priority mail box to keep the shipping costs down.

    I'm stepping off my soapbox now.

    Oh,yes. I LOVE soft-flex.

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  118. I follow this blog as well as other jewelry making blogs and some personal ones. I have also emptied my cart more than once when I saw the shipping was going to be more than I was willing to pay. I tend to check out shipping costs (if I can) before I get too involved in placing an order. I love SoftFlex and use ONLY SoftFlex beading wire. It's the best! The crystal squaredelles are gorgeous!

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  119. It all depends on the quantity of goods shipped by the company selling the product. I feel that for one item, anything higher than $3.00 is too much. For an order that contains more than one item, a small increment of the base charge is acceptable. If I deem shipping charges as too high, I will shop elsewhere. In all, it should be no more than 20% of the total product cost.

    Love the Swarovski components.

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  120. suziemoore@eftel.net.auMarch 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Yes I have emptied shopping baskets because of shipping costs. I live in Australia and am a pensioner, so have to be careful with my money. I usually use shipping costs charged by ArtBeads as my guide, but some sites charge a great deal more, with significantly longer delivery times! Have also ordered and paid for items only to receive an email saying "an additional $30.00 is required for postage! Some of the publishing companies (Beading/Jewellery) have very high postage costs to Australia, so I now seek alternatives, and almost always find them.

    P.S. Love this site, and what great give-aways! Well done to SoftFlex.

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  121. Yes, I have reconsidered due to high shipping costs. If they are charging 3-4 times what it will actually cost I'm not willing pay. Places that have really great shipping deals are more likely to get my buisness, even though I know it's probably built in.
    I shared on twitter, and on Facebook, and followed the blog. Thanks for the entries!
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  122. i am disabled and shipping costs are a big factor to me. if they seem high i will figure out the cost of the item i am making etc..i really do hate companies that force you to search all over or the shipping costs only pop up when you get to check out...an estimate as well as type of shipping is helpful too. i have ordered from companies and gotten things so well packaged i know they undercharged and others that sent a padded mailing envelope and charge me an arm and a leg
    Altho if i am getting a special item i havent been able to find elsewhere, i do sometimes pay more than i would like to..i always figure whether the cost of shipping really makes it worth it once i have made the whole project.
    great question!

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  123. NOt sure if i have already posted, having a bit of computer trouble maybe.
    i always figure shipping costs into the final cost of my project. i am disabled so i cant get to the local bead stores like i used to. i really dislike companies that give you no hint of thier shipping costs or policy until you check out. i have had items sent in padded envelopes yet i was charged shipping for each item, and other companies that did a wonderful job of packing yet charged me a flat rate.
    Love your blog thank you for all the great information
    and this is a great question lots of good answers
    sara

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  124. I have reconsidered if the shipping is more than the item I am buying or if it is a big percentage. I also reconsider iff they are asking for a shipping amount higher than it should be for the methos it is being shipped

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  126. Sarah, Yes, shipping costs have and are a definite factor in whether I purchase from a company. I have made it a policy in my small business to use only sterling or gold fill, genuine stones, Swarovski crystal and only Soft Flex wire. Needless to say it is getting more difficult financially to continue to design pieces at that level, but it's what my clients expect and there's a certain amount of pride involved, also. It's also practical; sterling and gold fill can be cleaned well, and your wire has never failed me, so therefore if the my pieces are cared for, they continue to look "new" years after they have been designed. The gist of this is if I purchase findings and gemstones from a vendor at considerable cost, I find it very difficult to accept shipping costs that to me seem exceptionally high. I understand there is more to it than just the shipping; employees must be paid for the entire process of packing, also. Therefore, I try to use the companies that still offer free shipping; they have my loyalty and my appreciation. I'm unfamiliar with blogs, and although I have a Facebook account, I rarely look at it. Guess I'm having trouble moving into this century, so I hope I have done this correctly. I sincerely appreciate Soft Flex for considering our opinion on this matter. Barbara lars2pal@aol.com

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  127. I definitely look at shipping costs. I live in the NY metro area so if I need to make a big purchase for a craft show, I go into NY or attend bead shows. If there is a unique clasp, strand of beads, or finding, I will pay extra shipping.

    I'm following the blog, Facebook and follow you on Twitter.

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  128. I definitely pay attention to shipping costs. If it's higher than priority rate, then my order better be really big to justify paying much more. I'd never go over $10, and doubtful if I'd pay even $10. FMG's $7.68 is bad enough, no matter their prices.

    Commented, followed and shared on fb. Good luck to all!

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  129. Just tweeted about your giveaway. The crystal's look great. Thanks for the e-mail reminder.

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  130. Yes, I usually reconsider my purchase if I feel the cost of shipping is too high. When I'm looking for beads and findings, I almost always look first at the websites that I know offer free shipping.

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  131. I have definitely reconsidered purchases when the shipping is too high. I try to figure the shipping in to the overall cost/profit ration of whatever I plan to make with the ordered items. If it's something for a custom order, I certainly figure the shipping cost into what I charge the customer. I'm lucky, though, that I have a couple of friends in my area who are beaders, and we will someimes go in together on an order, which saves us all on shipping, and sometimes allows us larger bukk discounts.

    I follow your blog, and I also posted this on my wall on Facebook! Thanks!!

    Mia Denman
    aka BeadyChick

    beadychick@gmail.com

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  132. With the caveat that I am really a tightwad...I reconsider if the shipping is more than 10% (local sales tax) and I can get the item locally for close to the same price. Thanks for offering the beautiful give-away!

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  133. Hi Sara! I follow your blog, and here is my answer to your latest question: Yes, I have changed my mind about ordering online once I saw the shipping charges. I don't have a specific amount that changes my mind, I just have a set budget to get what I need. If S&H puts me over that budget AND I know I can get the same or similar items elsewhere - I leave the site. As a business owner myself, I know shipping is expensive... but I also know it does NOT cost $10 to mail me ONE pendant!
    I hope I hope I hope I win!! If I do, everything I make from the Squaredelle Crystal item will be donated to the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research (brendanovak.auctionanything.com). My email is craftmom (at) gmail (dot) com. Kudos for your great blog!

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  134. Following the blog now =)

    I've reconsidered an online purchase after seeing the shipping costs if they seem inordinately high, compared to the value of what I'm purchasing. It's not something I could put a number on, really.

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  135. Yes, I sometimes reconsider making an order because of the shipping. Especially when there is an additional charge to ship to Hawaii. I may still get it if I cannot find it anywhere here.

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  136. I absolutely reconsider based on postage. Honestly, I rarely buy things online unless the low price negates the shipping or I can buy with free shipping, ie by special promotion or by ordering in high volume. I also love my local bead store, and so want to give them my business first.

    I follow your blog and posted this on Facebook. Great giveaway. =)

    Jenny
    liberre@yahoo.com

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  137. Yes, many times I will reconsider a purchase due to the shipping cost. Whether I go ahead or cancel will depend on the total overall cost, the proportion of the cost that the shipping makes up and in particular how easy it is to find the product elsewhere etc. So sometimes I will go ahead with a purchase despite astronomical shipping just because it is the only way to source the product.

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  138. Yes I have reconsidered purchasing after I found out shipping costs are were more. I usually purchase quantities to save shipping. However, if I really need an item on occasion I will pay the extra shipping and work it into the cost of item I'm making to sell.

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  139. I place a lot of online orders, and a lot of purchases are made around the cost of shipping. When the shipping is cost is too high I won't usually place the order.
    onemeanjean@live.com

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  140. Most suppliers offer free shipping at a certain ordering dollar point, which I usually take advantage of.

    Small, unweighty orders can be shipped for less than $3 in most cases. A portion of the handling costs for any business should be included in the cost of doing business, so when the cost of handling doubles (or more) the cost of shipping, it's a "No Go" for me.

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  141. I always consider the price on shipping as I am more then an hour away from the closest bead store. Therefore I usually purchase my supplies from FIRE MOUNTAIN BEAD and SUPPLY catalog. I have found that they have a great selection and I receive my order quickly. I am also a follower of your blog and enjoy all of the tips and remarks given as they have helped and have answered questions that I have had. I also love the the FRIDAY GIVEAWAYS even though I never win as it gives some great ideas to use in my jewelry. The crystal findings will really add a wonderful finishing touch to any necklace or bracelet.

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  142. I do reconsider my purchases quite often, even after spending hours picking out my order. I have to order online many times though because of the limited amount of bead and jewelry type stores in my area. I try to combine orders with my sister to get free shipping. Free shipping is a "good" feeling!
    jampc760@msn.com

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  143. With ref. to shipping charges...I try to buy in bulk qty's to keep shipping low, however, when I need something to complete a project with a deadline I feel I have to call around locally in order to locate the exact qty's I require and drive to get them. Yes, shipping costs really come into play when placing a order. Also, would appreciate a "month" for shopping cart items. I can put 50-60 items in a cart, leave the site and not get back to it for 10 days and lo'and behold.........its gone! Very frustrating, especially in these hard economic times. I think you should re-think the shopping cart holding time. Your products are of great value!!

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  144. Yes, I have reconsidered a purchase many times due to shipping cost--although it is not the only determining factor. I am relatively new to this craft and in this economy I must look at the item(s) cost, shipping fees and availability from other sources before I will commit to a purchase. I calculate the order total including shipping to determine the per item price. If this is more that what I can find locally or at another vendor--I stop there. As always if an item is unique enough I factor that into my decision but it must also have sale ability with a margin of profit. If by chance its to be used for a family member's gift I may elect to spend alittle more.

    Your giveaway is a wonderful selection of components and I know they will inspire the winner to create something beautiful. Thank you for sponsoring it.

    Melissa
    Melissac13@yahoo.com

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  145. If the shipping raises the price of individual items to a point I feel is to high I will look elsewhere.

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  146. alices beads and baublesMarch 8, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    yes-sometimes I have to admit I have decided not to buy based on shipping. If it is a larger or heavy purchase I understand But if it is a smaller item that does not cost much to begin with I do not want to pay 5.00 for and item and turn around and pay 5.00 more in shipping. Would love to win-

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  147. If the shipping charges make it "not such a good deal" or if it exceeds the cost of the item, I will not order. I am looking for bargains, not extra charges and fees.
    smjnrtj at yahoo dot com

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  148. I don't mind paying shipping as long as it is in line with what I am buying, i.e. 10.00 for a 15.00 order would stop me from making the purchase.

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  152. I absolutely reconsider! I refuse to purchase and item online if the shipping is 50% the cost of the item I'm purchasing or more. Unless of course it's an item I'm finding a GREAT deal on, compared to buying in a store locally, where the shipping plus the cost of the item is still cheaper than I can buy it locally. Thanks!

    Andi
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  153. I only buy from places that give free shipping or flat rate otherwise it gets to expensive and I don't like to pass on that cost to my customers.
    Blog follower and sharing this via face book.

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  154. I love this giveaway, nice stuff...and about shipping, usually I buy on websites that offer free shipping.

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  155. I look at shipping very closely being on a budget like everyone else. As I send a lot of things out to family and have an idea of the shipping cost if it seems too much and when shipping is close to or more then the item I am buying I cancel the order and look around town for what I need. The sapphire crystals look wonder full hope I am doing this correct contact robinjeanp@gmail.com

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  156. Yes, I have reconsidered purchasing online when the shipping is more than the sales tax in my area. Love softflex stringing wire, thanks for coming out with the colors, and now the colors in the artist wire!

    Vikki
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  157. I reconsider shipping costs anytime it gets significantly more expensive to order online rather than go to my local suppliers.

    Lisa
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  158. Shipping costs often make a big difference when I make a purchase. Often I only need something small that a local store may have or be able to get for me quickly if they don't stock it normally. I don't particularly care for the people at the local store, but shipping costs can make the decision for me at times.

    mechanager@earthlink.net

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  159. If shipping costs are more than 10% I will definitely reconsider. I'll try another website to see if they have the same things. Don't mind paying reasonable costs, especially for items I can't find at a local store.

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  160. Love your flex wire! Wish I could get #19 in retail stores when I'm in an emergency replacement situation.

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  161. Followed your Blog and shared on Facebook.


    For me, shipping is a huge factor when I purchase something online - especially on small orders. I've reconsidered my purchase many times and in some cases either opted to not buy at all or go to a local shop instead.
    Even right now I'm considering on buying a set of sand paper from riogrande because they use flat-rate shipping and the sand paper is only about $11 and can be mailed in a big envelope.

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  162. Hope I win and hope it is easier to win than register for this contest!!! How obscure!

    Peggy
    peberspecher@yahoo.com

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  163. Hope I win the contest, love the squaredelles! When you click on enter, it is hard to know how to enter!

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  164. Yes. I live in Alaska, and some companies seem to think that's a great excuse for layering on extra shipping charges. We are part of the U.S. and if items are sent by USPS it shouldn't cost any more than shipping from California to New York, for example. UPS & FedEx are ridiculously expensive, so if that's the only choice, I back out of the order. At the same time, I do realize it costs more to ship now, with fuel prices up, and am willing to pay for something I can't get here.

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  165. This is something I struggled with too, as I got started in the jewellery aspect of my business.
    After much trial and error, I came to the conclusion of ordering only from companies who have reasonable shipping rates to Canada. And by reasonable, I mean $5 or less, ground, postal service.
    Sometimes I order $500+ worth and other times I need only $50 worth.
    A certain company which will remain nameless, charges $38 and goes up from there as the value of your order goes up.
    We all know what shipping plus handling would 'really' cost.
    It is a shame because, as an end result, these companies are losing business.
    I am more than happy to deal with companies who treat me as a welcome customer.

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  166. Yes, the shipping cost is money and I factor it into the cost of the item and it must be considered when making the purchase. I love when the shipping is free, of course. But I will pay for shipping as long as the charge is not too high, the items I am purchasing cannot be bought cheaper elsewhere, or sometimes the items are one of a kind and no one else has them.
    Vicci
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  167. Shipping charges can become a huge stumbling block when placing orders.
    If I am unable to find specific products in my area then I might go ahead with the order. I have made purchases in the past thinking I was getting a great bargain and then have the shipping cost eat up any savings.

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  170. Great contest!!!
    I'm a follower & tweeted!

    I have to purchase my products on line so shipping is always a consideration for me. I'm from Canada which naturally means higher shipping costs when I ship from the US...I purchase 80% of my products from the US as there just isn't the selection in Canada. This of course means duties and taxes but in all fairness they they really aren't that high it is the shipping that often turns me of.

    I've heard explanations but honestly I'm not sure how some shipping charges are calculated as they can be so different from one company to the next!!!!!!!!
    Cheers

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  171. I figure about how much the items would cost if I had to ship them, if it is a rip off, I don't buy.

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  172. I always look at shipping costs first. If it is reasonable then I purchase.

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  173. I will comparison shop or send a message to the dealer asking about alternative shipping costs. I know some software programs are very rigid and you may not have the choice of having all the shipping options on the site.

    To me, if you are sending me jump rings or small items that can fit in an envelope, I won't pay more than $2.50. So yes, shipping costs is a factor on where I buy from.

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  174. Free shipping is a great "buy" item for me! Usually I DO NOT purchase when shipping costs are high! spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  175. I let a post on Facebook about this giveaway! spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  176. I left a "Tweet" about this giveaway on Twitter! spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  177. I definitely look for the least expensive shipping to help keep costs down. I don't know why more places don't do what Fire Mountain does with $5 shipping for just about everything!

    One way to save on shipping is buying supplies from Etsy sellers, many of whom charge less shipping than bigger companies.

    I already follow this great blog and I will tweet @MicheleKurpisz

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  178. Yes, I absolutely do consider shipping costs when I order online. It is just a smart way to do business.

    Softflex is a great product and the website is user friendly, which is always a plus.

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  179. Yes, I do reconsider my purchase once I add on the shipping costs. If an incentive is offered that includes free shipping, I almost always take advantage of it.

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  180. i am a follower on Facebook & Twitter. I also Tweeted your blog.
    Yes To answer your question. If the shipping is unreasonable I will not purchase from that company. The only time I will is if it is a specific product and I can't get elsewhere.

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  181. I have reconsidered my purchase depending on the shipping/handling charges. I compare the total cost of my purchase with the s/h with other vendors and then make my choice, especially on eBay. I love free shipping, but not if the cost of the items are outrageously high. If I've had good customer service with a company, and enjoy their products and their honest approach and/or way of doing business, I will purchase with them all of the time.
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  182. Yes, I have emptied my cart if the shipping (& handling) charges are more than 10-15% of the cost of items I wanted to purchase. There are companies who won't ship to Hawai'i. Thank you for keeping your shipping costs to us so reasonable! :)

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  186. Most of my purchases are around the shipping. If they don't offer a low flat rate or a low ship I'll just shop elsewhere. I am a blog follower on facebook. Have been for a few yrs now. Just love the items you all have. Besides the shipping you have to watch out for the hidden handling chgs some try to slip in.

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  187. Shipping costs have a lot to do with my ordering. If they don't offer a low flat rate or low shipping I will shop elsewhere. I already have softflex on facebook but don't mind letting others know about the lovely supplies to be found and the great give away.

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  188. Wow - I was so happy to see so many people enter this giveaway!

    We have a winner - TesoriTrovati.

    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback about shipping.

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