Originally Posted by piedradesigns
Mike, do you have an ETA for the Lace Agate?
Dear Gretchen and Barbara, just woke up. yawn..........No ETA on the Lace Agate. If it comes by seafreight, it will be here in about 3 months, if it is shipped by airfeight it would be here in about 3 weeks.
Do I want to pay $.20 per pound or $3.00 per pound for shipping?
Now if it were to be shipped UPS Expedited, it would be here in 4 or 5 days, but it would cost around $6.00 per pound.
I am working with UPS to see if they can give me something that I can live with.
The problem with the $3 per pound airfreight is to get it that low I have to bring in at least 400 pounds of glass as the first pound cost me around $200 to ship.
These are some of the reasons I have 100 tons of glass in house, shipping can kill ya!
It is impossible to have everything, either I forget to tell them to include a color or they do not have any in stock.
Another form of shipping is LCL, this is where we ship by container, but it is not just a Frantz only container, it is a shared container, this cost is around $.65 per pound.
Then there is UPS Express, 2-3 days.....last time I had anything shipped UPS Express (and it was a mistake I had to pay for) it was around 1,200 pounds at it was close to $12.00 per pound, and UPS even billed me wrong and charged me for twice the weight, but they did correct it.
It would have been less expensive to take the shipment and toss if off the Hartstene Island bridge and try it all over again, but that did not happen. You can imagine how I felt when I was given a $12.00 per pound airfreight bill by UPS.
Communication is very important, and in this instance, communication failed.
So there you have it, freight can cost between $.20 and $12.00 per pound!
It is much easier to absorb high shipping rates with glass that sells for a high price compared to common clear and black.
For that reason I try to not run out of the most ordered common colors. That is one reason that I have over 4,000 pounds of dark ivory in stock, and over 1,000 pounds of black, clear and white.
Bringing glass in from Effetre, should not be a complicated job, and most of the time it is not, but if shipping gets messed up, wow, getting glass to us quickly can cost an arm and a leg.
I just thought I would share a bit of shipping information with you since you asked about when will I have Lace Agate.