Reasonable Maximum Shipping Costs?

Hey guys and gals, wanted to get your input on something at MorphMarket.

We are generally very free-market, and don’t interfere with vendor pricing as long as they are following the rules of our site. Occasionally we find someone trying to list animals at a very low price, only to put an actual value in the description, all to avoid paying for a membership.

However, something I’ve been looking at recently which happens less frequently is when a vendor bakes in a large shipping and handling fee. I’m referring to the cases where they are not just trying to get around a membership fee.

For example, this person lists up to $1000 for domestic shipment of a gecko. That’s pretty ridiculous, and maybe an accident.

There are others though as well. We have someone selling retics who also lists shipping up to $1,000. They say that shipping an adult retic can be expensive.

In the middle I have some Canadians shipping ball pythons with prices up to $450. Exchange rate isn’t that different, but maybe shipping costs a lot more in Canada? Note that this field is clearly marked “domestic shipping”.

I am inclined to leave this alone, and let the buyers just see this and avoid it. But I do need to be able to distinguish this from jokers shifting $500 from their ad into their shipping for a ball python to violate our terms of service, and that’s how this got on my radar.

Questions:

  • What’s the max it could cost to ship a retic or other large reptile in the US?
  • Are [domestic] Canadian shipping fees that much higher?
  • Any other insights

I cannot speak for the actual shipping fees in Canada but one consideration is that Canadian breeders might be adding in associated costs for shipping into the U.S. like permits and vet inspections and such.

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Thanks for that question Travis, I forgot to make this clear but have updated it above – the field is clearly marked “domestic” shipping costs.

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In Canada I’ve paid between $55-$125 for shipping costs, shipping within a province isn’t TOO expensive although the cost definitely goes up if you’re sending/receiving from another province. I’d raise my eyebrows at a shipping fee around $150 and above for one animal, but I’m also not into the large constrictors so it might be reasonable for a grown burm or retic? $450 seems extremely high to me personally.

Just one canucks point of view.

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Based on my experience shipping a 30×16×10 box priority overnight across country runs $200 + if I use my own FedEx account and $150 if done via a third party company that allows to print labels.

When you know the box size (since shipping is based on dimensions not weight) it’s pretty easy to get a quote.

Canana I have no idea.

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Shipping via Delta used to run $80 for same day shipping up to 100 pounds. I believe it’s around $100-120 now but still much less than $400. I can’t imagine an overnight company even considering the shipment of a 100# retic, but if they did it would likely cost $400.

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I think the $1000 is most likely a typo. A lot of breeders of anything on here are in such a hurry to get all their animals listed, that some don’t pay attention to what they are typing. Which is totally understandable. I wouldn’t want to spend 3 or 4 hours typing either.

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have the site highlight it in red and make it bold 14 or 16 point font if they put something crazy like that. If its a mistake, they will fix it, if its not then it will stand out to a customer

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