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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.