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The free P&P offers are a bit of a false economy (unless you're just buying a couple of packs of dry yeast). CML charge £4.75 for 500g of pale malt with "free" P&P!

More generally I believe most of the online homebrew shops (I tend to only use TMM now, but have ordered from most before) only use one carrier (aside from Royal Mail for smaller items, and not all do that) and their charges are in line with those contracts so I don't think it's a case that they're making a load of profit from their shipping policies.

We've all forgotten something off an order which will ruin a planned brewday, which is very annoying.
 
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The free P&P offers are a bit of a false economy (unless you're just buying a couple of packs of dry yeast). CML charge £4.75 for 500g of pale malt with "free" P&P!

More generally I believe most of the online homebrew shops (I tend to only use TMM now, but have ordered from most before) only use one carrier (aside from Royal Mail for smaller items, and not all do that) and their charges are in line with those contracts so I don't think it's a case that they're making a load of profit from their shipping policies.

We've all forgotten something off an order which will ruin a planned brewday, which is very annoying.
I don't agree, because I can buy flour with free carriage at much lower order thresholds. Plus, I never use Malt Miller purely because their threshold for free delivery is 50% higher than most other like BrewUK
 

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Can you let me know who the company is you buy your flour from please?
 

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Shipton Mill - free delivery over £30. BrewUK free delivery over £65. MM free delivery over £100. How often do I spend £30, lots. £65, rarely. £100 almost never.
 

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I have to say @Grealish I am the same - I buy from Shipton on a regular basis instead of Matthew's flour as the later charge postage of approx £6 on a £30 order. It would be great if homebrew stores lowered their price at which the postage is free. I wait until I have £65 worth of items before I order - I check most of the well known online stores and decide which is the best deal. I have checked MM for some orders but I have never ordered from them due to postage and item costs. G
 

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Well I am not trying to defend the cost but postage has a cost and the only way it can be dropped to free is if they have more profit in their products, it a common business decision of how to cover the cost of postage and it has to be built in somewhere
It is similar to 0% it does not exist and a subsidy for the interest is built into the price
 
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There is also the practice where a business pays a flat rate "per parcel" depending on volumes they expect to ship, then "charge P & P" at a different rate thus making a profit on the PP charged to the customer. Some sellers advertise their shipping at "cost".
 

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There is also the practice where a business pays a flat rate "per parcel" depending on volumes
I was not aware that was a thing Clint, we bought a 30 bottle wine kit from the range online store a few months ago postage was £3.95 we then ordered two the next time which arrived in the same package and the postage was £3.95 so as you say there must be a flat rate.
 

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The Homebrew online stores should consider a Prime arrangement where you pay a yearly fee and that covers postage on your orders.
I would have thought they have looked into that CC but I bet it depends on your weight shipments but I do know @borischarlton at MM has been in this thread so lets see if he answers back and gives us some possible good news that it is possible
 
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Well I am not trying to defend the cost but postage has a cost and the only way it can be dropped to free is if they have more profit in their products, it a common business decision of how to cover the cost of postage and it has to be built in somewhere
It is similar to 0% it does not exist and a subsidy for the interest is built into the price
I get that but t firstly I think the online boys have to make it possible to buy a couple of kilos of grain without paying as much in postage as tge grain cost, not least because they’re the ones who sunk the LHBSs and if most others can afford free postage over £65 I have no idea why people go with the sharks that hold out for more.
 

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It often works out cheaper if you are buying multiple items from a seller that charges for postage, as opposed to those that advertise "free postage" (which is never free - it's built into the price of the product). Quite often you can buy multiple items, but just pay the same postage that you would for a single item...
 

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The Homebrew online stores should consider a Prime arrangement where you pay a yearly fee and that covers postage on your orders.
I've bought some kits from Amazon and although showing as Prime (no delivery charge on the order) it's the online stores supplying, just selling on the Amazon platform, so the cost per kit includes the postage you would pay if ordered direct.
 

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How do you get this? I'm putting in an order now, and there doesn't seem to be any mention I can find of free delivery (or on the checkout page)
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It say free delivery over £65 on the home page but when you click the link there are some conditions and it it looks like you are charged delivery if your order exceeds 30kg unless you spend another £65
 

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