Happy Thanksgiving, or What’s With the FTDNA Shipping Cost?
Years ago, I had an accounting professor who would say, “There is no such thing as free shipping.” He was right. It is always built into the cost of your product.
I received a $10 off of any product mystery gift from Family Tree DNA today and was excited to add that to the already discounted price of $89 (instead of $99) of a Family Finder test (for a relative) through the end of the year. My calculations told me that the cost, before the $5 shipping, would be $79. That would be $84, instead of the normal $104.
But when my Checkout page came up, I saw this and was dismayed:
When did the shipping go up to $9.95? I will now lose $4.95 of my extra $10 mystery award, so instead of getting $20 off, I will get $15.05 off. I could buy almost 3 gallons of milk for that $4.95. That’s a bummer.
But I’m not complaining (really, I am, because for many of us, $4.95 is nothing to sneeze at). You all should know by now that FTDNA is my favorite. And this is nothing like 23andMe’s total doubling of their price. I’m glad I am already in their stupid database.
How can it be possible that the actual shipping cost for a DNA test kit is $9.95? Did they add a chunk of gold in each little test box? Maybe they are using FedEx express or UPS 2-day. Use the US Postal Service, guys. It is ours. We need to use it and support it. I just checked on-line, and it looks like Priority Mail would be less than or equal to $5.95. Don’t mess with me.
Thing about it is that if FTDNA had just had $5 for the cost of a kit and kept the shipping at $5, I probably wouldn’t even have a problem with that. Isn’t that odd how the brain works?
So when you, dear readers, order your Family Tree DNA tests, go through a link on my page. I’m an affiliate. Maybe I can make the $4.95 back and get a few gallons of milk. Or ice cream.
If there is a way to get around this and get free shipping, please let me know. Pffffttt. I grossly dislike paying (or appearing to pay) for shipping costs.
At my house, we don’t like turkey, so we have a big ol’ spiral ham with brown sugar glaze awaitin’. An’ PIE, with a capital PIE. And probably a few other things. Yum.
I love you all, and I love this cute little picture.