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The 5 Most Expensive Items to Ship

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We take shopping online for granted now, but just think: there was a time when we’d have to leaf through catalogues and brochures, make a phone call or mail a check, and then wait weeks for our items to arrive. Now, all it takes is the click of a button, and our hearts’ desires are on their way – at a price. Freedom is not free, so the saying goes, and neither is shipping. If you think your item is going to cost a lot of money, get a load of the shipping and handling. Research and studies have shown that the number one reason people abandon an online purchase is because they feel shipping charges are exorbitantly high. Here are the five most expensive items to ship.

1. One Step Ahead

A mother of three young children writes that she purchased a play yard for her children from the One Step Ahead website. The company is well known for its lines of infant toys and accessories, covering everything from safety equipment (like car seats) to educational items for kids. The mother in question purchased a play yard set for $200, and then paid $77 – 34.5% of the item order itself – for shipping.

2. Canon Safe

Its full name is the Canon Safe CO54 Commander Series Fire Safe. With a name that impressive, it’s got the chops to pull off being the most reliable piece of insurance you could ever hope to buy. It can withstand fire of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes, has its own power supply, and has a lifetime warranty. Its weight? Only 1,509 lbs. Its price? A reasonable $3,486. Shipping? Over $700.

3. Cars

When it comes to buying a car, some of us have a better idea than picking something up off the lot. Or maybe you’re moving across the country, and don’t want to wear your car out doing the journey. Whatever the reason, shipping a car carries a hefty price tag. On average, it costs $1,255, going up as high as $1,700. Price will obviously fluctuate on distance, carrier (like the Parcel Bound website), and numbers of other factors, but either way you look at it, shipping a car is not cheap.

4. Dogs

Similar to cars, if you can’t stand to be parted from your best friend, you’ll find specialized carriers who will reunite the two of you – but at a significant price. Shipping fees are based on the size and weight of the animal, as well as distance, accessories and any medical factors that need to be taken into consideration. When all is said and done, it could cost in the neighborhood of $200 to ship a dog.

5. Golf Clubs

Golf can be a deceptively expensive game, and shipping golf clubs is appropriately pricey. As with most items on this list, a lot of what determines the cost is the weight of the clubs, the distance involved, how quickly the customer wants the items, etc. But FedEx charges $245 for three-day shipping, with the price going as high as $429 for faster delivery.

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