Why Is It?
Why is it that shipping costs have skyrocketed in recent years? Is it because the cost of fuel increased? Is it because of the growth of internet sales leading to an increase in the amount of items being shipped (shouldn't this have lead to a lesser fee per item shipped)?
The rate of increase in shipping costs in recent years seems extreme. The shipping companies (and the USPS) are trying to make a profit. However, how much of a profit do they need to make? Because of the huge fees charged and all the restrictions to be followed, the shipping process for both consumers and businesses necessitates way more time than it should, and costs way more than it should.
What impact will shipping costs have in the future on what is sold and how much it is sold for?
Why is it that the same product will sell for $1.00 at a yard sale, $3.00 at a second hand shop, and $10.00 at a vintage & collectibles boutique? Or this product will not sell at the yard sale or at the second hand shop, but will sell for $20.00 at the vintage & collectibles boutique? Why does it matter who is selling the product or where it's being sold, especially if it's not electronics or automotive?
A bargain price doesn't necessarily equate with a substandard product just as an inflated price doesn't guarantee quality.