Mouser shipping tip to save money.
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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by johngineer on Sat May 05, 2012 9:43 am

Just posting a recent observation, which has some regard to George's original statement:

"One thing I *do not* like about mouser is that they don't give you a real estimate of your shipping before you check out. They add the shipping charges when they bill your CC - you never really know what it's going to be. After a while you start to get a feel for what an order will cost in shipping - but there can be some real surprises."

I got really tired of this too. I'd place an order with Mouser and they'd bill my CC with the total + shipping estimate. Then they'd revise the shipping charge from the estimate to the real cost (sometimes up, sometimes down) and bill my CC again. The original charge would then be cancelled, but this might take 4 or 5 days if I placed my order at the end of the week.

I'm not sure if it's a new option, or just that I never saw it before, but recently I noticed that there is now a USPS shipping option at Mouser. I've placed a few small (< $50) orders using this option, and I've been pleasantly surprised. Not only is the shipping cost lower than UPS or FedEx, but in all 3 cases I received my order a day earlier than I expected, and my card has not been charged multiple times to account for discrepancies between estimated and real shipping cost. For large orders, this may not be optimal (if you can get free upgraded UPS/FedEx shipping by hitting some threshold, that might be better), but for small orders it's great!
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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by whitnasty1 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:26 pm

Actually, Newark is based out of norther South Carolina, around the Greenville,SC area. I live in Wilmington, NC which is on the NC/SC border, and I always receive my packages the next day from Newark with UPS Ground. I have always had great experiences with Newark, and they are my go to supplier. I am a design engineer at Sturdy Corporation in Wilmington, NC and we mainly deal with DigiKey, Newark, and Arrow Electronics, and Newark is still by far my favorite, except when ordering extremely large orders for production, DigiKey can sometimes have better pricing. I am not the most patient person on the planet though, so I chose to go with Newark 99% of the time. UPS Ground from DigiKey takes a while sometimes, and whoever said they were debating switching to USPS... I would advise against that, there is no guarantee of when your order will arrive, and I have ended up waiting a pretty good amount of time sometimes when using USPS, I personally will not use them anymore unless it is the only option available.
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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by sembazuru on Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:07 pm

For those of us in the mid-atlantic region, if you are looking for tools or mechanical stuff, make sure McMaster Carr is on your short list. Their prices might not be the best, but since they ship out of NewJersey I can get overnight shipping to northern Delaware with UPS ground. I've even gotten stuff delivered same day for orders placed in the morning requesting ground shipping. I was shocked (yet extremely pleased) the first time that happened.

I hope Lady Ada and her crew knows this. (Yes, kissing up to the teacher on my first post) ;-)

What!!?!?!?!???!?!??!! I got "Your message contains banned spam words. Please rephrase your post without the following words : J*rsey" (my edit) on my first attempt to post! I know it is part of the name of an extremely low-brow TV show, but come on. It is part of the name of a state, as well as the name of a region of England, as well as a type of cow. Someone needs to rethink some of the words in the spam filter...

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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by maltesemants on Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:51 pm

As others have said, nobody like NEWARK!

Again, my recent Newark order didn't estimate shipping. I figured it would be much for a few SMT LEDs and coin cell batteries. But as it turned out, I was charge just shy of $20 for shipping from two different location with two different invoices from my single order. And I had to have Customer Service email me a pdf of my invoices. I could only print a copy or get a link emailed from their site - no download option! What a pain!

Digikey is better even if slightly more expensive than Newark.

On a different note, I've purchased from McMaster-Carr and I'm on the WEST. Their standard shipping is always fast and no too expensive. MSC is another place for mechanical components and tools. Haven't ordered from them in years, however.

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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by LynnetteReese on Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:48 pm

I don't know exactly when Mouser added shipping costs to view before placing an order, but in case you are just now reading this thread, it shows all the different methods to ship and the cost. Image
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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by george_graves on Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:29 am

Yea, they are getting better at it. But it's still up to the stock room guys/gals to package your items. I often order dip chips, or to-220's in the 25's to 200's.....and rather them break them down, they package a huge tube, 3-4 feet long. Adding to "dimensional cost" - I think they can do better. Just my 2 cents.

I ship about as much as I receive. So, lucky for me, the packaging is all recycled.

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Re: Mouser shipping tip to save money.

by clarkj on Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:04 pm

I have two somewhat related tales, and a couple of other comments. Note that I am in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Nearly a year ago, I ordered a couple hundred dollars worth of parts from DigiKey (I've been doing business with them for over 40 years, and only had to contact customer service twice in that time). Anyway, being the stingy curmudgeon I am, I picked UPS ground. It did get me a tracking number, which I watched in eager anticipation. I noted something unusual, but more about that in a bit. The package arrived two days after the original UPS estimate, looking like it had been through a train wreck -- for good reason, as the aforementioned "something unusual" was "train wreck" in Amarillo, TX. When I opened the (already partially open) package, everything was there. The only damage I found was a couple of the white cardboard boxes for wall-wart power supplies were damaged, but hey, they were destined for the recycle bin anyway. Kudos for DigiKey's shipping department!

More recently (last month), I'd ordered several parts for my lawn tractor from Sears. They came in three vastly oversized boxes, as far as I could tell, all from the same facility, shipped on the same day and delivered on the same day. I unpacked them, and was able to put all of the stuff easily into one of the boxes, and would have had plenty of room for packing material (which I'd left out). IIRC, though, it was "free shipping", so it was UPS's gain.

When I order from Amazon, I try to get the "free shipping" -- most stuff I get comes from the fulfillment center in North Las Vegas, NV, and so gets to me the next day. Anything I order from southern CA usually gets to me the next day even by UPS ground.

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