Minimizing Shipping Costs

Due to the nature of Liquidation Goods & their relative low cost – at times shipping can become prohibitive. There are various methods you can use to reduce the relative cost of shipping:

Option 1 – Ship Multiple Pallets

SHIPPING MULTIPLE PALLETS IS OFTEN CHEAPER THAN SHIPPING JUST ONE.

Much of the initial cost of shipping covers the pick-up, the delivery and the administrative paperwork. These are generally fixed costs and shipping one pallet will always be relatively more expensive than shipping multiple pallets. After that initial charge, the cost for the second or third pallet only goes up marginally. This is especially true when shipping to residential addresses and/or when shipping with a lift-gate since both are relatively fixed flat charges.

Using the Example you can compare side by side the difference in the landed cost (total cost including delivery) of the goods when Purchasing 1 Pallet for $750/pallet as opposed to 3 Pallets. In the example below Buyer could purchase:

  • 1 pallet for $750 + $145 shipping for a total landed cost of $895 OR
  • 3 Pallets for $750/pallet + $275 Shipping for a total landed cost per pallet of $841.67 ($53.33 cheaper per pallet or 5.96% Cheaper).
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Option 2 – Shipping to a Freight Terminal Can Save you the Residential Charges

Although it can be much more convenient to receive the merchandise directly at your door, it does cost a little bit more and there are options to avoid those additional residential charges. One way to avoid these additional residential/liftgate charges is to go pick up your pallets at a local freight terminal. There is a freight terminal in or near every major city, and you can rent a U-Haul or drive over with a pickup truck to get the merchandise from the terminal to save yourself some money. There are some things to consider to determine if this will be worth it for you:

  • The distance of the terminal from your home
  • The rental cost of a U-Haul/Pick-Up/Van if you do not have use of a track or van or trailer
  • The fuel cost of driving to the terminal and back
  • The time it will take you

Often times, the residential surcharge is very reasonable once you factor in the time and out-of-pocket expenses you would incur by picking up the pallet from the terminal yourself.

Option 3 – Adding Case Packs Spreads Shipping Over More Merchandise

If you only have space for 1 or 2 pallets but the shipping costs are rather elevated, you can opt to add a couple of case-packed items to your order. Case-packed items are items which when ordered alone, are typically shipped by Courier such as Fedex/UPS. Case packs are sold in smaller lots, packed inside small boxes that are relatively low weight and can be consolidated with most pallet orders and shipped at little to no additional charge.

In the Example below Customer initially is purchasing 1 pallet of Water Dispensers initially for a total of $540 on Merchandise + $220.90 shipping (almost 30% of total $ investment goes in shipping). When adding 1 or more case packs (2 in this case) Customers Shipping Cost only increases by $9.91 so now customer spends $975 on Merchandise + $230.90 on Shipping – result being that total $ spend on shipping is reduced to only 20% of total investment).

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Option 4 – Maximize Space on the Truck

When purchasing larger loads of merchandise such as full truckloads, it is also a good idea to use up ALL of the space on the truck. In the large majority of cases, shipping rates for full truckloads or containers are FLAT and do not change whether the truck is filled to capacity or half empty. Depending on the type of pallets & trailer/container used  24 to 52 pallets can typically fit on a truck.

If for instance you are purchasing a 20 pallet load, there may still be plenty of space available. The cost of shipping the truck will not change, but adding more merchandise to fill the truck all the way will reduce the percentage of shipping that you pay on the overall load. This, in turn, will reduce your landed cost per pallet or unit and will increase your potential profit. Below are a couple of mathematical examples to illustrate the potential savings

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Buyer orders 24 pallets + shipping compared to 48 Pallets + Shipping

Original Order

Item Qty Price Ext Price
WM Pallet 24 $350 $8,400
Shipping $800
Total $9,200
Landed Cost/Pallet $383.33
% Paid in Shipping     8.70%

Modified Order

Item Qty Price Ext Price
WM Pallet 48 $350 $16,800
Shipping $800
Total $17,600
Landed Cost/Pallet $366.67
% Paid in Shipping     4.55%
$ Savings per Pallet     $16.67
% Saving     4.35%

Buyer Orders 24 Pallets + Shipping compared to 24 Pallets + 2 Other Pallets they purchased to add to the back of the truck

Original Order

Item Qty Price Ext Price
WM Pallet 24 $350 $8,400
Shipping $800
Total $9,200
% Paid in Shipping     8.70%

Modified Order

Item Qty Price Ext Price
WM Pallet 24 $350 $8,400
New Footwear Pallet 2 $1,500 $3,000
Shipping $800
Total $12,200
% Paid in Shipping     6.56%

Above examples are also extremely valid if you are eligible for our SoCal shipping specials.

Read more about out our Flat Rate SoCal Shipping Specials.

Shipping Costs – Old

To obtain a real-time online shipping quote please register or log in to your account. Feel free to call or email us any time should you prefer to obtain a quote by email or phone. Our system will provide you a quote based on the information entered in your “Ship to” address book. Please note you may add an unlimited number of shipping addresses in your account and you can quickly calculate the cost of shipping to your different destinations. If the information is entered inaccurately (wrong address or type of destination), the returned quote may not be accurate and we may contact you to adjust your address and/or revise the shipping quote. Please make sure that you accurately note whether your ship-to address is commercial* or residential** and whether you need a lift-gate or not (not applicable to UPS shipments).

 

In order to obtain an online quote, simply add items to your cart and click the “checkout” button to obtain the quote. This will not submit your order to us – it will simply take you to the confirmation page where you can revise your order, cancel it or submit it. If the system displays “call for quote,” you can still submit your order to us and we will contact you shortly with a shipping quote. Please note that our online quoting system currently only provides quotes for the following:

Feel free to chat live with a support agent or contact us by email or phone, or email us to request a customized quote.

Generally, pallet deliveries to a residence will require a lift-gate to lower the pallet(s) to the ground. Commercial locations, if not equipped with a loading dock or a forklift will also require a lift-gate. LTL carriers charge extra for residential deliveries. They will usually levy a flat fee of between $25-$75. Carriers also charge extra for trucks with lift-gates, typically a flat fee of around $25-$75.

*Commercial Delivery: business location, storage unit, warehouse, store.
** Residential Delivery: house, apartment complex, residence of any kind.

*Commercial Delivery

  • Business Location
  • Storage Unit
  • Warehouse
  • Store

** Residential Delivery

  • House
  • Apartment Complex
  • Residence of any kind

Typical Costs

Generally speaking, the cost to ship one pallet ranges from $90 – $200 and varies according to the weight and contents of the pallet. Shipping subsequent pallets is considerably cheaper, especially if shipping to a residence (for example it might cost $200 to ship 1 pallet, but only $275 to ship 2 pallets, and $310 to ship 3 pallets). Visit our resource pages for more information on shipping pallets. Truckload shipping is calculated based on mileage and usually ranges between $1.00/mile to $2.00/mile with a minimum charge of $350. Visit our truckload shipping page for more information. Case-packed items shipped out with UPS or USPS generally cost approximately $25-$50 per box depending on the weight of the items being shipped.

Please Note: all shipping quotes sent out by email or over the phone are only quotes, and are to be confirmed once order is placed. All shipping quotes are provided with minimal insurance. If you would like to purchase additional insurance, please let your account manager know before the order is finalized.

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