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    FedEx will start charging based on size, not weight
    So how will this effect e-commerce? Since you could easily add up the weight of products in an order it was simple to create a shipping table based on weight and zip code. Now is this going to cause higher prices to ship Overnight or 2nd Day via Fed-Ex?

    Fulfillment/Delivery - FedEx will start charging based on size, not weight - Internet Retailer

    Makes me think that weight isn't the determining factor as modern cargo jets can handle incredible loads.

    The rate increase will impact the most large, lightweight packages—such as a box of toilet paper or shoes—because the shipments are charged based on their size rather than their weight. For example, a pair of shoes weighing 2 pounds in a box that is 12 inches by 8 inches by 6 inches would be charged as 5 pounds using dimensional weight shipping.


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    Immediately I can think that some different/additional columns will need to be produced for all merchants. Short term this could be a boost for UPS. Long term, it's going to take a while to figure out what product can be combined with one product to ship them together for savings. Ugh.
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    Sounds like it's an idea designed solely for the purpose of increasing profits. And I absolutely agree that it will be a boon for UPS, and also USPS and other shippers.

    I would not like to be in the shoes of a merchant right now trying to figure this out.
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    USPS has been doing dimensional weight for years.

    UPS has been doing it on non-ground shipments...
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    Right, USPS has envelopes and boxes at a set price that includes the postage for whatever you can cram inside - shipping that way is generally about the cheapest method around. It would be interesting to see how FedEx rates will compare.

    All this goes back to the basic fact that charging shipping fees based on the price of the purchase is just plain ridiculous and has little relation to the actual shipping cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound View Post
    All this goes back to the basic fact that charging shipping fees based on the price of the purchase is just plain ridiculous and has little relation to the actual shipping cost.
    Which is what we do with our drop ship customers - USPS 2-day / shipping is based on order total. Exceptions apply on freight/cargo items...
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    Interesting, I wonder if this will be a pro or a con. Weight can cause price to be nasty depending on what you ship. I am curious to see how this will work.

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