Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Just ridiculous

I just had an idea for a gift card Christmas present for someone, so I went online to see about buying one. They do sell them online, great! But shipping is $12.50!?!?!

Come on. It's a GIFT CARD. It fits into an envelope that can be mailed for 50¢. I understand the concept behind the "handling" section of the cost. Sure, you need someone to grab the card, print out the envelope, get postage on it and drop it in the box. But really, it's not $12 worth of handling. If an employee makes $12/hr, it does not take an hour to perform this task.

What a rip-off. Sorry to the person I was going to get this present for, but I refuse to pay that much for a gift card. I'll just have to find another present for you.

5 comments:

John said...

That is ridiculous. It's criminal what places feel they can charge for "handling." The only way to combat this is to tell them why you choose to go elsewhere with your spending money.

Consumers have a lot of power, if we just use it!

liz said...

I did comment back on their site that I thought it was ridiculous. Not expecting to hear back from them, but at least I had my say.

For The Loft Report, I'm Pete Jones. said...

Liz, just a thought...
Perhaps you could ask
that certain retailer to
50/50 the handling charge.
Waive 50% of handling or lose 100% of your business!

Peto

liz said...

That may work on a more local retailer, but not on a $25 order to an international chain.

Dre said...

Liz, I came across this guy's site that has some pretty incredible pumpkin carvings and I thought you might get a kick out of it....
Pumpkin Gutter