Almost without fail, I purchase my kit from Charles at QED. It is things like hard soap and cologne that I find at these places. Sometimes I believe that Charles undervalues his time wrapping and packaging. Each item separately wrapped in its own cocoon of plastic wrap protecting it and the other items from the vagaries of shipment. Oh well, I guess that is why he has such a loyal following. It could also be the challenge of his web site?water said:I wrote them yesterday to enquire about the cost of shipping one Trumper's Sandalwood soap bowl to Canada. $12.50?! That is crazy.
For the sake of comparison, shipping for two Trumpers shave cream tubs and a bottle of Coral Skin Food from QED cost $8.50.
While I am not their (Greenpond's) appologist, perhaps that (at least in part) is their allocation for someone motoring to the post office and standing in line (for goodness knows how long) to take care of the "Above the 49th" declarations required by Ali Baba and his 40 thieves at the border? I find that a bit much, but consider this when getting colognes, etc from Robert it is a ₤10 minimum for shipping ($18+).water said:Though people often complain about the QED web site, I have no problem with it. If it means less customers and, as a result, better service keep it the way it is!
Seriously, all I ever do is drop Charles an e-mail telling him what I want to order. I have never had a problem. Great service.
Regarding the cost of shipping, Charles clearly charges me exactly the amount it costs him to ship the box. That means no charge for the box itself or the wrapping inside. Still, even taking that into account $12.50 for one Trumper's soap is ludicrous. To offer a guess based upon packages I have received in the past, I would reckon that the actual shipping would cost Green Pond $4. So I am paying $8.50 for packaging and labour?