No Free Shipping to Hawaii

Illustration about no free shipping to Hawaii.
The MorningPaper ran

a story about shipping discrimination to Hawaii

. The paper checked 50 websites and found that more than
half refuse to provide free shipping to Hawaii even though
they routinely do so for the lower 48 states.

In addition, the shipping rates that these sites charge
are double, and sometimes triple, what the residents of other
states pay. So, for example, we pay over $20USD for even the
smallest package sent via UPS. This, even though the US
Postal Service offers a shipping rate of $7.70USD to ship two
pounds ANYWHERE IN THE 50 UNITED STATES
in no more than three to five days. I don’t understand why
these companies don’t use this US postal service. I mean, the
US Postal Services comes to your business to pick up the
package just like the other guys. And unlike the other guys,
the postal service delivers on Saturdays
. So why not increase sales to Hawaii when it doesn’t cost
you anything more and, in fact, costs your customers
less?

Aloha!

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2 responses to “No Free Shipping to Hawaii

  1. Many of us grew up in an era where UPS was the less expensive way to go. I noticed some time ago that is frequently not the case any longer, but decades of cultural inertia stand in the way of widespread recognition. My sympathies to that extent. Howver, the reality of being on an island out in the Pacific Ocean does affect relative economy of access. I experienced a similar situation on the far north coast of California, where everything was 10 cents a pound more than in the same store chain in San Francisco.

  2. Sounds rather familiar.
    Except of course that a lot of US firms don’t even ship to Europe, free or not.