FREE Shipping Mystified

Logistically, and not to insult your intelligence, there is no such thing as free shipping, or a free tax for that matter, but shipping or taxes included is less deceptive. If you’re not convinced, just visit your local DHL, Fedex, UPS, USPS facility and try sending out just an envelope for free.

free shippingThat means somebody, the vendor in this case pays for shipping, and why would he do that?

Because FREE shipping works like a magnet, if the price is kept competitive at the same time, and for that something has to give, unless the vendor is prepared to take a loss.

Since shipping is less costly and very securely handled within the USA, many vendors in the US factor the cost of shipping into the total, and to attract more business call it FREE shipping. Unfortunately for international shipments you could end up with results you don't like.

The least costly shipping methods from China are their local postal services like China Post, HongKong Post Air Mail, and the likes, and here is where it can get very interesting. You might find out a language barrier, long-distance and weird time zones to deal with. Then tracking, if provided is known to be pretty sketchy and unreliable, and if you requested insurance there is no way to know for how much you're covered, or if insurance has even been paid for, as such a transaction is totally based on trusting someone outside your jurisdiction and legal reach.

However, if all goes well you should be prepared to receive your package within 30 days, and longer in some instances, and if long waits and taking chances are not your thing you should definitely use any of the US based shipping companies, or the German based DHL.

Unless a Chinese vendor in his FREE shipping campaign specifically names on his website, or purchase order any of the shipping companies like Fedex, UPS, or DHL, you should receive a tracking code the minute the carrier has it.

Pay attention and insist on either one of the prime carriers for Expedited shipping, and if you are not receiving a tracking number from any of the prime carriers, let them know up front that your order will be declined, and that you'll initiate a charge back. Hopefully you used your credit card, or PayPal, and if you hinged your protection on the AliExpress Escrow Service, read their fine print and you're not going to like it.

Recently many Chinese vendors are using a new wrinkle for the Expedited Free Shipping term as follows.

"Expedited Shipping: Sellers may use DHL, UPS, FedEx, TNT or SF for this service level."

Common sense prevailing, you should know what to expect, and figure out that they are going to use either one of the last two less costly ones. Here is where the saying "you get what you pay for" really justifies the meaning.

We practice transparency instead of using gimmicksCleverMembers.com 50% Split Option

For any international shipment only the best, DHL, FedEx or UPS, depending on destination country, are the options, but we will offer the less costly Air Mail Option on special request, but only for $50.00 or below items. Anything above it's simply not worth the risk and hassle.

And lastly, for many products we offer a "50% Split Option," which is a better alternative. We then determine the best prime carrier for your country and pay half of the Fedex, UPS, DHL, or USPS shipping cost.

After all, CleverMembers.com is a community with YOU in mind, always aiming to make surprises pleasant ones.



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