Companies in the US aren't complaining because they *probably* have an online component but at first, they probably were short-sighted and thought they would lose money because they needed to lower markups to compete.
In the DR, we are going through that first phase where companies are starting to notice that sales are down, and the government is also noticing and wanting to do something about it.
Solution: companies should find ways to lower prices (either stop thinking they can be millionaires by reselling swimsuits, find other shipping mechanisms, etc) and the government might start taxing imports, which I think they will start doing.
Customers: find ways to evade those taxes, continue to buy online.
Happy holiday and I wish all a wonderful new year. If I may speak this word that the new year will usher in a better price for oil. It has been steady for few months and I think we will have it better in 2012
At this time of year in particular the freight companies know they have a captive audience, so to speak, and oil prices give them a valid reason for the increase.
@Barbara, thanks for the reply. I don't think oil is a valid reason for this price, because oil prices have corrected significantly this year. Infact oil is trading below 100$ compared to its life time high of 140$+.
Mr R: I suspect the price differences have more to do with local taxes and/or levies...in theory, the Internet should be tax-agnostic because it really isn't "headquartered" anywhere: it is governments that are after the taxes. They have found it is diffcult to enforce, but that doesn't stop them from trying...
I hear ya, Tim! I can still remember back in college when a friend of mine bought the White Album on white vinyl! And the Born to Run album cover folded out to that awesome Bruce/Clarence b&w image. (I'm already sounding like my grandmother but I'm only 50...ish...) I wouldn't go back to casettes or VCRs, but some things, such as iconic album covers, get lost in translation. Where would Abbey Road be w/o the photo? A two-inch screen doesn't do it justice.
Readers--am finally getting around to doing some online shopping, and when the postage represents about 50% of what the gift cost, I gotta think twice. Luckily, there are a lot of free shipping options out there--IF you spend more than $100. JayBond's solution is a good one--ship to the store. Many retailers offer different products online than they do in the storefront, so it's a good compromise.
One of the best things going right now is "ship to store". I can't tell you how many times we will order something online and have it shipped to the store for free and pick it up when we are doing errands. Even if it's the only thing we have to pick up it is still cheaper than standard shipping, unless you're using Wal-marts $0.97 shipping.
The stores benefit by shipping the product with there normal deliveries and the consumer benefits by free shipping.
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