IT was the best of buys and the worst of buys…
Two different CDs from different singers – to be shipped from the same country. One cost US$9.99 the other cost US$14.99.
The more expensive CD is autographed by the artist.
Converting the cost to Aussie dollars brings the price of each to well below the normal cost of a CD in Australia, particularly with the current exchange rate or about 96 US cents to one Aussie dollar.
But there’s a slight catch that explains the opening phrase of this blog entry. That catch is the shipping cost.
The Autographed $14.99 CD comes with free shipping. The cheaper CD, while inclusive of postage within the US, has added costs for overseas mailing. And what would that cost for a single CD be? A couple of dollars? Maybe $5.00?
No! They are charging US$28.00 for mail alone, in addition to the original $9.99 for the product!!!
I am hoping this is an error – maybe a misplaced decimal point. The CD was ordered before the supplier realised they hadn’t taken into account overseas shipping. Now if I still want the CD (which hasn’t been mailed yet a month after ordering) they will enclose an invoice for the additional $28 shipping cost.
I’ve asked them to check their costs and have requested a refund if the cost of shipping remains at $28.00.
Until this is cleared up I’ll only reveal the identity of the singer who isn’t making ridiculous shipping charges.
He is the very generous Richie McDonald, former singer of Lonestar.
Update, 9 MArch 2011: The singer with the expensive postage costs has now negotiated a much better rate and I ordered a copy for Gloria. It seems his sales people are new to the process of internet sales and through experience are improving their service.
This photo is the cover of his latest album as it appears on his website.