TMCP #474: Ask Rick – The True Price of FREE Shipping of Restoration Parts!


Rick Schmidt:


NPD Warehouse

It is August, time for football to resume,  and time for another no holds barred Ask Rick interview with Rick Schmidt! This time (in addition to another fun nitpick through eBay car listings) we delved into the topic of “free shipping.” Even further, the actual costs of shipping and receiving of large orders, small orders, freight orders, damage returns, and the like. You may be shocked to hear it….but the “free shipping” on those parts you bought online didn’t actually have a free ANYTHING!

Amazon, Zappos, and other huge fulfillment sources have gone a long way to support the idea that “free shipping” is both real and attainable. Rick laid out the realities though (in detail) to show that the customer actually pays every penny…..but on very small orders the supplier may still have to take a loss anyway.

He did point out that NPD does a lot of sales over the counter and those customers would not normally have to pay for shipping costs. If they were, the in person customers would (in a way) actually paying for everyone else’s “fake free shipping!” Confused yet? Long story short, if everyone were simply willing to pay their actual shipping costs for their own orders instead of chasing the false realty of free shipping, then prices would actually go down across the board and in most internet buying situations. Kaboom!

You can find out more about NPD at the website National Parts Depot, or on social media via or on

Thanks Rick!

-Rob Kibbe


Kibbe’s New Invention: The Magic Tee

The Magic Tee!

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