Shipping costs, TFS and RD (Page 1/5)
montegut FEB 08, 07:20 AM
I don’t like what seems like high shipping and handling costs charged by TFS and Rodney Dickman but I think we have all been spoiled by the “Amazon primes” and “free shipping with orders over $25” of the world. These two retailers are the ONLY businesses supplying large numbers of parts and accessories to help us keep our cars on the road. If I need something I figure in the cost of S&H and then decide if I will make the purchase. I still shop around. I don’t think Rodney is living in a mansion on the hill because of the money S&H brings in. I try to support these vendors as much as I can and if I need to pay a little more on mark up, S&H than so be it. Let’s hope “Rodney Dickman Fiero Parts” is still open for business next year! Thank you Rodney and TFS.
olejoedad FEB 08, 07:50 AM
Internet shopping (Amazon, Rock Auto, etc) may save you a buck or three today, but when your local retailers close up shop, your property taxes will sky rocket.

Internet shopping is foolish in the long run, and should only be used to source hard to find items.

The Fiero community is fortunate to have vendors like TFS and RD.
Support them whenever you are able.
jjd2296 FEB 08, 09:17 AM
I agree. Try living in Canada and ordering from the US. Lol shipping sometimes is as much as the item and we still run the risk of duty. That’s why I do bulk orders with friends. It’s still worth it. We can’t get anything local.
nosaint FEB 08, 09:33 AM
i just paid 150 usd for shipping to canada for the fiero store....sucks
Thunderstruck GT FEB 08, 09:42 AM
Shipping is crazy to begin with. 95% of the vendors have ZERO control over it. Just because Amazon, cRock Auto, etc. offers free shipping doesn't mean a small vendor can or is even able to. Some of you people think and act like these small guys are F'ing you because they're millionaires. WRONG! If it was that easy to become a millionaire selling collector car parts, especially FIERO PARTS, everyone would be selling them.

My suggestion..... If you don't like the cost of shipping or want FREE shipping, buy all your Fiero parts (new and used) from Amazon or cRock Auto. Oh that's right..... You can't.

Rant and enlightenment over.
IMSA GT FEB 08, 09:48 AM
So that's my next question for those who live in Canada. You have NO local auto parts stores up there? Almost every engine part can be ordered from O'reilleys, Autozone, or other automotive parts stores.

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IMSA GT FEB 08, 09:51 AM

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Originally posted by nosaint:

i just paid 150 usd for shipping to canada for the fiero store....sucks



Do you mind if I ask, what did you order?
css9450 FEB 08, 09:54 AM

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Originally posted by olejoedad:

Internet shopping (Amazon, Rock Auto, etc) may save you a buck or three today, but when your local retailers close up shop, your property taxes will sky rocket.

Internet shopping is foolish in the long run, and should only be used to source hard to find items.




That's an important point. I can't even count how many times I've read on here about people buying common items from the Fiero Store, such as spark plugs, distributor cap, water pump, wiper blades, etc, that they could get over the counter at their local store without any shipping charges. Or heavy or bulky items.... I can get a Fiero radiator at Autozone and even if they have to order it from their warehouse there will be no shipping charges and I can inspect it in the store before I buy it.

EDIT: IMSA posted almost exactly the same thing while I was typing.

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IMSA GT FEB 08, 09:57 AM

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Originally posted by css9450:


......no shipping charges and I can inspect it in the store before I buy it.



Key point which is my gripe. See it before you buy it so you verify it isn't damaged or some cheap reproduction part that won't fit the car.

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Raydar FEB 08, 10:00 AM
While Rodney's shipping is not free (It says so, right on his page) I have never thought it to be unreasonable. It costs money to ship. Even little stuff.

TFS? I'll reserve comment. Haven't bought anything from them in a while.

The only reason I buy from Amazon, is that stuff that I want (not always Fiero related - or even car related) is not available locally. Or not when I need it.