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Old 01-19-2015, 01:11 PM   #1
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Does Online Metals ever offer promos or free shipping for small orders ? I have a $50 order but shipping is an additional $25. I would like to ease the pain somewhat.


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Old 01-19-2015, 01:38 PM   #2
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Does Online Metals ever offer promos or free shipping for small orders ? I have a $50 order but shipping is an additional $25. I would like to ease the pain somewhat.
They had one a few weeks ago that was either a percentage off or free shipping, in thier emailed offers. Usually it is just some percentage off though.


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Buy more so that the shipping is a smaller portion of the cost. That is if they can actually ship the extra weight for not much more. Shipping weight is a problem for metals. That is one reason why finding a local supplier is often a good idea.
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Buy more so that the shipping is a smaller portion of the cost. That is if they can actually ship the extra weight for not much more. Shipping weight is a problem for metals. That is one reason why finding a local supplier is often a good idea.
I usually check Online and Speedy, but unless it's a real oddball my local supplier can ALWAYS beat them on price and delivery- usually by 20% or more- never mind shipping. A recent example, 8" by half cold roll plate, local guy was 53 bucks including local tax, Speedy was 66, no tax, and 30 bucks to ship...

Buying more to average ship costs should work, but it presumes that the shipping costs are fixed across a range of weights. The way most of the suppliers work it, they make money on shipping/handling- prices are a percentage of total, or go up by the ounce. The exception to that rule is suppliers (like Fortal.biz for 7075) who advertise on ebay and ship using flat rate postal boxes with no or fixed handling charge. The big flat rate box can hold 50 lb of aluminum in decent sizes, and one can indeed average shipping costs down with those suppliers. Unless they've changed recently, Speedy, Online, Schupan, and the like won't use USPS flat rate boxes, even when a piece fits (and remember, those boxes are free at the PO). My opinion is that doing so cuts their profit margin (UPS negotiates enormous rate cuts for business users, so a UPS shipper can charge less than residential rates but still more than the actual cost. Note Amazon Prime's disclaimer. With any internet supplier, shipping and handling needs to be compared carefully.

Always check the local guys first. If you spend a few bucks there on a regular basis, you may find they have a drop pile or a scrap bin, too.
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I just ordered some material and had 10% off because I was a preferred customer. That basically means that you have ordered from them before. As I was checking out I was offered an additional $5 off shipping. Also I noticed that some sizes even larger was actually cheaper. I needed something about 2 7/8 dia and one short piece 3 1/8 dia. 2 7/8 was quite a bit less than 3" and 3 1/8 was cheaper yet. Since I had to machine the OD anyway I just ordered the 3 1/8.
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Its cheaper to ship to a commercial address if its going UPS. I get mine shipped to work.
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I usually buy from MSC, Enco which is MSC now and McMaster Carr. MSC often has free shipping if you buy over a certain amount. I used to buy from Online Metals but stopped because of the shipping fees.
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