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post #16 of 90
I have looked at shipping charges from the US to Germany before: $40 for shipping with UPS sounds not wrong. The only cheaper way would be to use ordinary postal service, but if the Ritz always ships with UPS this won't help you. You might wanna contact the member who offered you help.

BTW: Why is this in the men's clothing forum?
post #17 of 90
I'm not an american, but I'm pretty sure that the US postal system is heavily subsidized. Other countries cannot ship as cheaply as americans have become accustomed.

I often receive packages from the US where the postage is marked as being $5-$8 and the return postage with Canada Post to the same destination in the US is often $25-30.
post #18 of 90
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Originally Posted by Lafont View Post

I was privileged in being able to walk around the Hotel Ritz when in Paris in 2009. I purchased in the main gift shop what they call a Golf Sun Visor as a very special gift for my wife - full price but one of the least expensive items in the boutique and not that much. This year my wife appears to have lost this simply designed but very tasteful accessory and I decided to try to replace it.
The Ritz Paris still offers this item and it's on their website - in navy and white. Price is 33.44 euros (approx. $40) - actually 40 euros with tax - and comes automatically gift wrapped but the shipping cost is listed as 40 euros, or approx. $53. I wrote to them asking if this is an error - that the cost - UPS and "6-7 days" to Cleveland, Ohio couldn't possibly be that high (I could see $7 maybe - totalling under $50) and that the item is fairly small and certainly quite light weight. I also mentioned I don't need it that quickly - three weeks would be acceptible. They wrote back they realize it's expensive but they ship UPS and it's very "secure." They also mentioned the price is based on bulk and not weight. wrote back again asking if there might be some mistake; I didn't know if they really looked carefully at the numbers.
No response yet. Isn't $53 outragious for the shipping of a cotton sun visor from Paris to Cleveland via UPS? I know it's the Ritz Paris but the item itself is reasonably priced for an attractive sourvenir from such an illustrious hotel. More than most sun visors, perhaps, but certainly not crazy out of line. Incidentally, I'm not finding any visors just like this on eBay or elsewhere online, so far. A Ritz Carlton in the U.S. might sell a similar item but it's not from or marked "Ritz Paris." confused.gif Hotel Ritz Paris Sun Visor.jpg 4k .jpg file


WTF??????????? How did you come to even write that phrase!!!

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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

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This is The Ritz, charging sky-high baller prices for everything is what they do. $3,000 a night, $100 for breakfast, etc. They probably figured that most baller clients wouldn't mind or notice that they're paying the premium shipping charges for Ritz products.


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Get over it OP!!
post #19 of 90
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Originally Posted by Lafont View Post

I just don't have an individual who would be in Paris to help me.
I tried to calculate this myself on the UPS website, but too many uncertainties - e.g. weight, size with "luxury gift wrapping."

Dude...a vendor can charge whatever the fuck they want ON TOP OF the shipping charge. The Ritz is tacking on a service fee becasue it's the Ritz! That is NOT THE UPS FEE. It's the UPS fee plus the RITZ BALLER CHARGE FOR THE DUDE WHO WANTS A FUKKING VISOR FOR HIS WIFE's BIRTHDAY GIFT FEE!

Ya follow??
post #20 of 90
OP, when your wife files for divorce for such a crappy b-day gift be sure to give her my number.
post #21 of 90
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

Dude...a vendor can charge whatever the fuck they want ON TOP OF the shipping charge. The Ritz is tacking on a service fee becasue it's the Ritz! That is NOT THE UPS FEE. It's the UPS fee plus the RITZ BALLER CHARGE FOR THE DUDE WHO WANTS A FUKKING VISOR FOR HIS WIFE's BIRTHDAY GIFT FEE!
Ya follow??


And also who gives a fuck about this visor. get her a decent gift and move on with your life.
post #22 of 90
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

OP, when your wife files for divorce for such a crappy b-day gift be sure to give her my number.

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Originally Posted by soxpats View Post

And also who gives a fuck about this visor. get her a decent gift and move on with your life.


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post #23 of 90
Thread Starter 
HansderHund - I just saw your message. I don't receive a notification I have a new message here and don't check these very often. I don't know I'd like an extra complication here but thanks, anyway. I ordered the visor and am satisfied (unless there's a problem with it, of course).

Just a few responses to the "Peanut Gallery" remarks: the visor represents a very special place, city, and vacation to us. Extremely special.... In fact my wife has been in two hospitals over the past two months with West Nile encephalitis - a really horrible case of it - and I'm hoping this at least brings her a little cheer on her birthday in November.... I wonder how many of you spend $100 or more on a wife's birthday present.... As for the silly comment implying this is a woman's garment, it is not at all - definitely unisex.
post #24 of 90
You guys DO realize this is Lafont, right? Lafont of the Gucci loafers? Lafont of the TIffany keyring? Lafont of the Tiffany keyfob with Gucci loafer coating in monogrammed Tiffany silver? Please read his former threads; he's an SF classic.
post #25 of 90
Thread Starter 
rach2jlc - 14,000 posts of wasted ink. Get a life, sonny....
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post #26 of 90
You mad bro?
post #27 of 90
My apologies Lafont, I thought you were a troll account. Best to you and your wife.
post #28 of 90
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Originally Posted by Thrifter View Post

I'm not an american, but I'm pretty sure that the US postal system is heavily subsidized. Other countries cannot ship as cheaply as americans have become accustomed.
You're mistaken. Taypayer subsidies for the post office were phased out between... I believe it was 1972 and 1983... so it's been nearly 30 years since the USPS has been directly subsidized, beyond some relatively minor reimbursements for mail delivery involving the disabled, overseas voters, and I think some non-profit organizations.

Many other countries, including some where mail/package delivery is more expensive than it is in the US, do still subsidize their postal systems. Often quite heavily.

I'm not a USPS employee. And I have LOTS of criticisms of the USPS. But that having been said, having dealt with the post systems of a number of other countries, I recognize that the USPS could be far, far worse than it is.
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Michael
post #29 of 90
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

I'm not a USPS employee. And I have LOTS of criticisms of the USPS. But that having been said, having dealt with the post systems of a number of other countries, I recognize that the USPS could be far, far worse than it is.Michael

The Private Express Statutes provided the USPS with a monopoly on certain types of letters. I am not sure if this law still prevails, but guarding USPS against competition and providing them with a monopoly obviously is just another form of government support which has a similar result as subsidies (citizens paying extra money for a product or service either directly due to prices protected from competition or indirectly via government aid). There is obviously the reason behind this to guarantee post services not only in economically interesting urban regions, but also in the tiniest village far off the track.

By the way: The pleasure of enjoying almost a decade of USPS friendliness, efficiency, competence and reliability, turned my former criticism of Deutsche Post's services into true appreciation of the DP guys.
post #30 of 90
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Originally Posted by Lafont View Post

Just a few responses to the "Peanut Gallery" remarks: the visor represents a very special place, city, and vacation to us. Extremely special.... I wonder how many of you spend $100 or more on a wife's birthday present.

You are one klassy husband. Paying the big bucks Complaining about the shipping on a tacky made in China visor emblazoned with a company's logo nod[1].gif
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