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June 29, 2006, 06:33 PM
I've ordered from Cheaper Than Dirt in the past and they've always provided good service. When I attempted to place my most recent order, however, I was surprised to see how much their shipping costs have gone up. Maybe I was doing something wrong, but to have a nylon mag pouch and two packs of snap caps shipped was $ 18.15 !

I'm not sure how they arrive at this figure. The service chosen was Fedex Home Delivery ( least expensive option ) for a package that weighed less than a pound. I checked the Fedex website and they list Home Delivery rates for a 1 lb package ranging from $ 3.80 to $ 4.56, depending on what zone you are having your package shipped to.

I'm sure that there may be a fuel or residential delivery surcharge that is included in CTD's quote but they also probably have a volume discount deal set up with their account through Fedex. I don't mean to single out CDT, with the rising fuel costs I'm sure that everyone has to pass it on to the consumer.

It's been awhile since I've ordered anything, maybe it's just me....

June 29, 2006, 09:08 PM
I think at Midway if your order is under $25.00 they slap on an additonal charge also. Might be the case with CDT.

June 30, 2006, 06:06 AM
package shippers have been impacted by the cost of fuel. They're adding fuel surcharges and the retailers have to pass these increases along.

June 30, 2006, 07:47 AM
Why I try to use USPS for the stuff that can be shipped that way.

July 14, 2006, 08:19 PM
I Quit Doing Business With Cheaper Than Dirt. I Tried To Buy A Soft Gun Case Off Their Web Site. Case Cost $49.99. I Go To Check Out. It Tells Me Case Weighs 25 Lbs And Ups Shipping Would Be $18.00. Prices Might Be Cheap But They Make It Up On Shipping. Needless To Say I Didn`t Pay It. Buy The Way. Case Was Small ,made For Uzi, Mac-10- That Size.

July 15, 2006, 11:59 AM
I ordered some parts from them and paid for express shipping. 2 of the parts I needed were not in stock, they didn't let me know until after I received the 1 piece. Finally got the order cancelled after 4 phone calls and 4 different excuses why I didn't have my complete order.

I no longer do business with them.


August 3, 2006, 02:46 PM
I bought a set of little plastic Magloaders from Sportsmans Guide which contained 2, 22 to 32 cal & 2, 380 to 45 ACP Magloaders. These are the type that fit on the end of your thumb. Total weight couldn't be more than a few ounces. But included in the package was a brochure just like the one I ordered from and several pages of useless mail order type crap. The cost of the Magloaders was $8.97 (buyers club price) but shipping was $5.99. Total = $14.96. What a deal. I called & complained about the shipping charge & they sent me a $5.00 coupon towards my next purchase. There wont be a next purchase unless they have something I just can't buy locally and can't live without.:mad:

Blackwater OPS
August 17, 2006, 04:51 AM
Go with aimsurplus, free shipping!

September 4, 2006, 08:39 AM
Every time I've thought about doing business long-distance with Cheaper Than Dirt, the shipping costs have eaten up any savings I might have realized. Midway has been much better to me for mail order.

HOWEVER...if you're ever in Fort Worth, by all means go to the physical store. It's now a separate company, so don't let the name put you off. I've gotten some incredible deals on ammo there, almost as good as at the big Texas gun shows (which Texans here will vouch for as being pretty darn good).

September 4, 2006, 06:52 PM
Shipping has been weird from all those companies lately...

I ordered 850 rounds of 9mm (heavy order!) from Sportsman's Guide and paid less than $10 for shipping.

Cheaper Than Dirt sometimes charges $18 or 20 for that same sort of order, but not always... They only charged me $7 for an order that included over 100 foster-type 12ga slugs.

Midway only charged me $3 for shipping my last order, which is good because the whole thing weighed less than 1lb. In the past, however, they have really stuck it to me when I have ordered .22 target ammo (around $20 for a less-than-5lb order).

I don't know how they calculate these charges, it seems different every time...

September 4, 2006, 07:47 PM
There is a reason why local stores have so much mark up on stuff. they have to cover this sort of nonsense all the time.

REally tho, ordering just one or two items is always going to cost you more. I deal or try to deal with companies that offer free or reduced shipping on larger orders then try to keep my orders over 100 bucks.

September 5, 2006, 06:21 AM

thats a link for ups fuel surcharge rates.

it seems all companys want to get rich off shipping theses days. go to ebay and look up anything. there are things (cell phones big time) that the shipping cost more than the product. i only buy things i cant find locally online. then again amazon has good deals on certain gun related items.

September 17, 2006, 10:48 PM
I believe Cheaper Than Dirt recently changed hands, that is why I no longer look at their flyers, well that & I got my FFL. I remember when they had the cheapest, best deals around, but now I'm thinking it was all for show, to increase the numbers in their book, in order to get a good price for the store when they sold out.

September 18, 2006, 05:14 AM
Comes in handy to have friends who drive right by the store every other week.

No shipping charges, and they like the excuse to go in and check out all the toys even when they're not getting anything for themselves.

TexiCali Slim
September 18, 2006, 12:48 PM
When I pay shipping on a item they allways throw in that heavy master catalog?!? maybe they factor that into the price?

Northern Sod Breaker
September 19, 2006, 12:38 AM
I saw a couple of you complaigning about Sportsman's Guide. I must say that after doing over $500 worth of business with them I have always been satisfied. When I order something Sunday night and it is here by Monday afternoon. And this is with the basic shipping. I wonder how fast it would get here if I paid the extra cash for "express" shipping.

September 19, 2006, 04:05 PM
All I can add is regarding USA Midway. I just placed a $40.00 ammo order and the S&H with UPS ground was $9.44. I was figuring around $6-7 for shipping. If I can find a specific brand in a local store I don't deal with catalog businesses. Of course this particular brand was unavailable. Estimated date of arrival is 7 days. We'll see.......

gary c coffey
October 14, 2006, 11:17 AM
CDDN usually has about anything I need. Flat rate shipping of $10.00 on most purchases.

October 14, 2006, 12:14 PM
Two days ago CTD tried to charge me $15 and change for shipping for a $30 order that weighed .57lbs. I wrote them an e-mail asking what was going on but they ignored me.

So I ordered the same stuff from the Natchez website... They got me for $8, but what the heck, that's half of what CTD tried to stick me for.

October 14, 2006, 12:15 PM
I can attest to the practice of companies trying to make money off of shipping. I was looking to buy a new benchmade folder, found it advertised at a few places for about $20 cheaper than the next highest place. After going threw the ordering process I saw that the shipping was $25! And a message was on the page explaining flat out that the company advertises the low price so that it can be ranked higher on things like froogle and pricegrabber, but then they up the shipping to make a profit. While their price was still a few bucks lower than anywhere else even after shipping, but I thought that was pretty underhanded.

October 14, 2006, 12:17 PM
Midway's been good to me. 200 bucks worth of stuff and less than ten bucks shipping. But for ammo they've gotta tax you. I looked at getting 10,000 rounds and shipping was almost $400! :D But still, to have someone bring you that much happyness it must surely be worth it...

I would love making the UPS man work that hard...hehehe

October 14, 2006, 12:26 PM
Midway's ammo prices are so insane that it does not matter what they charge for shipping. $23 for 25 rounds of Rem .45 Golden Sabres? $28 for 20 rounds of Pow-R-Ballz?

Who cares if they "only" charge $10 for shipping... you are still getting the shaft in a most ruthless manner.

October 14, 2006, 12:32 PM
I hate how premium ammo is priced. If they can't bother to put it in 50 count boxes, I can't bother to buy anymore...

October 14, 2006, 04:30 PM
Check out this deal. They have simmilar deals on lots of other calibers / loadings but 100rnds of 9mm 124gr Rem Golden Sabre +P for $35 is my sort of price. 100rnds of the same ammo from midway would cost you close to $100! It's amazing midway sells any ammo at all...

Ah, yes... good ol' Sportsmans Guide.


October 14, 2006, 08:05 PM
I order most of my ammo from midway or natchezz. I just about ordered a bunch of sabots and FFF and pyrodex pellets from cabelas, but the "extra" shipping was crazy, went to basspro site and the same thing, checked out midway and they only charged half of what the others charged.

As far as midways ammo prices I can't complain. Most of my ammo is commo (30/30, 7mm Rem mag, .223, etc...) and they have the lowest prices and largest selection around. I like natchezz for things like mags and scopes, but their shipping is outrageous for things like long gun cases (bought 4 plano double scoped rifle cases at 19.99 each (on sale) and paid almost 50 for shipping. OUch!!

November 6, 2006, 08:39 PM
My experience is that CTD has always used their catalog prices as a come-on and then piled on the S&H costs. I've seen orders go over 35% after the add-ons.

IMHO, Midway and Brownells are the most fair and honest suppliers, running neck-in-neck for the honor. Additionally, in all the yrs I've done business with Midway and Brownells, anytime there was an issue they cleared it up immediately. They didn't give me the third degree, no BS, no arguments, no "it's the manufacturer's fault" -- NONE of that crap. I sent in the defective item, they sent me a new item AND reimbursed me for the shipping back to them.

Since I have a small gun business, I often use Midway or Brownells as a secondary source or for items I can't get anywhere else, but I still spend a considerable amount of money with them. The interesting thing is that several friends and customers who do the typical $50.00 to $150.00 per year that most shooters would do, STILL rave about their service.

Just my $0.02 worth.

No S&H charges today!

The Gunrunner

November 7, 2006, 06:26 PM
I just finished a deal with cheaper than dirt, first time. 6 items weighing 18 pounds. two packages one, from Texas one from another southern state(I forgot which). $18 for shipping. Before packages arrive they sent a email telling me one of the items was out of stock. Refund hit my account within 5 days.Seemed like a seamless transaction.....maybe i was just lucky