Question:

Why does shipping cost so much?

Why Shipping Costs so Much

Anyone doing business online or through mail order has probably groaned about the price of shipping goods from one place to another. The same holds true for those hiring a licensed mover. "Why can't I just find a guy with a truck to do this?" they may ask.

You can, of course. But besides the cost of gasoline and labor, your shipping and moving fees also pay for licensing and insurance that protect you and your goods against unscrupulous or hazardous situations.

Some online companies also use shipping fees as a profit center. As a customer, you'll want to shop around and find a supplier willing to charge you something close to the true cost of the shipment.

Shipping Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to ship a cat or dog?

Should I hire a professional carrier to ship my pet?

What questions should I ask a horse hauler?

How can I prepare my horse to travel?

What sort of crate or kennel should I use to ship my pet?

What do I need to know to take auto trips with my pet?

I'm taking a journey with my dog or cat. What do I need to bring?

Should I ship my item as freight or as a parcel?

What are standard procedures for shipping freight?

How should I pack my freight shipment?

How can I avoid common problems with freight shipment?

What factors will affect the price of my shipment?

What sort of insurance should I use to cover my shipment?

Which freight shipper should I choose?

I'm shipping freight into or out of the US. What do I need to know?

How can I save money during my move?

What insurance do I need for my move?

How can I help my kids have a positive experience of moving?

Should I hire a mover or move myself?

What's the most efficient way to load a truck for a move?

What are some last-minute things I should remember before leaving my old home?

How should I decide what to keep and what to toss?

What are some tips for moving furniture?

What do I need to know to move a piano?

Does it make sense to have my furniture shipped?

What equipment do I need for my move?

What supplies do I need for my move?

What should NOT go in my moving truck?

What do I need to know to safely move my computer?

What are some guidelines for shipping antiques?

What should I think about in deciding to hire a pro to pack antiques?

How should I pack china, glass, or other fragile items for shipping?

Can I ship large pieces of antique furniture myself?

How can I crate my own art or antiques?

What is the best way to pack electronic devices for shipment?

Should I use a drop shipper?

How can I ship paintings safely?

What should I look for in an art shipping agent?

How do I ship art to another country?

What types of boxes should I use for shipping?

How can I save on shipping costs?

What's the best way to ship a pool table?

What should I know when shipping my collections?

How should I ship large appliances?

How can I ship a bridal gown or other valuable clothing?

What do I need to know to ship a camera?

How should I label my shipment?

I plan on shipping items regularly. What can I do to save time and money?

What are some ideas for packing irregularly shaped items?

How can I make sure a refrigerated shipment arrives safely?

What is dimensional weight?

What are the rules for shipping alcoholic beverages?

What are my choices for shipping products sold in online auctions?

I need to move a person from one place to another. Are there ridesharing services available?

What do I need to do to obtain a commercial driver's license?

How can I become a licensed mover?

How can I ship live plants?

How can I get my goods to a trade show?

I'm in the military and just got my orders. How fast can I move my family to my new location?

How can I ship an arcade game?

How can I ship a spa or hot tub?

I have a large musical instrument. How can I ship it?

Why does shipping cost so much?

How much rest does the U.S. government say a licensed driver must get?

How do I ship my car?

How can I ship my boat?

How can I ship my trailer?

Is there a way to ship my RV?

How can I ship my motorcycle?

Can I hire someone to drive my car to its destination?

What do I need to know to ship a vehicle to another country?

What questions should I ask when hiring a vehicle shipper?

How can I relocate my fleet of business vehicles?

How should I prepare my car for shipping?

How should I prepare my motorcycle for shipping?

How should I prepare my boat for shipping?

How should I prepare my RV for shipping?

What kind of inspection should I perform before shipping a vehicle?

What special considerations are there in shipping an antique vehicle?

Will my insurance cover a vehicle being shipped?

What's the difference between a broker and a direct shipper?

How can I save money on vehicle shipping?

What if my vehicle is damaged in shipping?

Are there special things I need to know to ship a vehicle from Hawaii?

How can I plan my shipping trips to save on money & help bring in more business?

What is the best way to grow my start up shipping company?

Where should I look for references when trying to find a shipping company?

How can I find a good shipping company for a reasonable price?

How can I quickly and easily find shipping quotes?

Do I Need To Place A Deposit On My Shipment?

How Can I Find Cheap Shipping Rates To Ship The Items I Sell?

How Can I Find Someone To Ship My Large Or Unusual Item?





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