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There are various means of calculating shipping charges over the Internet. Some stores charge by weight, by purchase total, 1 flat rate, or offer free shipping entirely.
While free shipping is extremely desirable, if you have to pay for shipping keep these tips in mind:
If you are buying many items, look for a retailer that gives a flat rate. An example would be Lucy.com charging a flat shipping rate of $4.99 no matter the number of items.
If you are buying a number of small dollar yet heavy items, look for a retailer that offers flat rate or calculates shipping by dollar amount. An example would be buying $50 worth of groceries at netgrocer.com and paying $5.99 shipping because the purchase was $50 or under.
If you are buying an expensive item, look for a retailer that offers a flat rate charge or free shipping with a minimum purchase requirement