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Date: 3/25/12 4:26 AM

I've been so attracted to the mystery bundle from Fabricmart, and I thought oh well I can try it out once, it might be worth it for getting 10yds of fabrics plus they have nice fabrics at decent price if the shipping is $8.
But I didn't realize that they charge extra to ship to Hawaii, and seems like they can't find out until they cut the fabric and get the actual weight.

Has anyone from outside of contiguous US order from fabricmart?
Did you pay hefty shipping?

I just emailed them and see if they can get me an estimated cost, but it probably isn't worth it if the shipping is like $20.
For this reason I love www.fabric.com, since they ship for free even to Hawaii as long as the order is over $35, but for once I wanted to try different selection... (and the mystery bundle!!)

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Date: 3/25/12 8:17 AM

Amazon Free Shipping over $25 has utterly spoiled me.

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Date: 3/28/12 1:36 AM

I got an email back from them and they said they can probably fit all my orders in flat rate priority box for $15.50. Which sounds pricey for a shipping, but considering how their price is so good, it seems worth it. With mystery bundle included, if you average out each fabric comes to about $2.50 each.
I think I found another store to go with...
I don't know if it's a good thing. :p

Thank you for your reply jadamo00, i didn't know Amazon would honor free shipping on fabrics!

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Date: 3/28/12 2:26 AM

Yes, good: at $2.50 per, it's good. And you will have so much fun with your fabrics. It's worth it!

Very nice!

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Date: 3/28/12 4:14 AM

I meant $2.50/yd (which is still good).
I seriously need to stop looking at their website...
I'm starting to become a fabric stasher!!

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Date: 6/18/12 8:19 PM

I wanted to order some thread and sewing supplies from Wawak and the standard shipping charge to Hawaii is over $25! This is just ridiculous. My order is over $100 and if they can offer free shipping to continental US, flat rate USPS Priority Mail cost the same to Hawaii. I can have them send it to my sister in NV for free and I can email my sister a prepaid postage label which will only cost $15. My last order from Atlanta thread (before they became Wawak) was shipped to me at a very reasonable shipping cost. I guess Wawak just lost me as a customer.

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Date: 6/18/12 9:57 PM

Awww fellow Hawaii sewist!
I've been trying alot of online fabric stores.
To list the stores with shipping...
fanricmart w/$15.50 flat rate, GirlCharlee $5.15 priority envelope, Belraf Fabrics $3.95 USPS.
Although there's a shipping fee, I still like ordering online because of the selection and quality.
It's so hard to find fabrics in Hawaii!
Oh yes, I also have two toodlers so it makes fabric shopping extra difficult. Lol.

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Date: 6/20/12 2:42 AM

Yes, when I ordered from them and the shipping was like 30$ and it just ate up anything I was going to save. Depending on what you're looking for, Fabric.com does ship for free if it's over 35$ and they have a lot of the same fabrics as Fabric Mart.

I broke down this weekend and just paid full price at Kimuki Dry Goods!

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Date: 6/24/12 11:31 AM

One thing to remember is that most companies that do lots of shipping tend to have largely automated shipping systems. Even if there's lots of manual picking and packing (as there will be for fabric), the printing of shipping labels, and calculating costs, and transmitting that data to the carrier, will all be automated, and doing something else will require manual intervention, and thus, money.

A company I worked for a number of years ago did all their shipping with one carrier. I did a project to work out what it cost to ship the few orders that got shipped another way. It was surprisingly expensive: it took about half an hour, and requied at least two people to be involved. And that was for something that could go in regular packaging, and didn't require something someone to get special boxes or shipping documents.

Cleaner's supply just sent me 10 sewing machine needles by fed ex. They were out of stock when the rest of the order was shipped, and were sent along later. 10 needles can very well go into an envelope with a first class stamp. I bet it's still cheaper to send it fed ex....

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Date: 6/24/12 11:47 AM

I factor in shipping cost when I order anything, to see if I really, really want the item. In the case of fabric, the answer is almost always "YES! OF COURSE! SEND IT TO ME NOW!", especially when I factor in the cost in time and energy (mine and Mobil's). Tack on 6-7% in sales tax and I usually decide that ordering online is a real good deal and shipping charges add a minimal amount to the per-yard cost.

I like to support my local small businesses, but our one remaining indie store can't possibly stock everything I want, and some of the best online fabric vendors are small businesses that I'm only too willing to support. Often. Okay, too often. And shipping charges include the convenience of having the fabric waiting at my front door for me at the end of a long work day. (The dog does that, too, but then he wants me to feed him. The fabric doesn't).

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