Have you noticed that equipment gets addvertised and reviewed at say "£500" and then in small print 'plus Vat and carriage' Get your calculator out and in some cases you will find that the total price you are being charged for carriage is as much as £50 plus vat, on say a laptop.
The real cost to someone with a bulk contract with say Amtrak will be less than £10, hence they have quietly added over £40 to the price.
Try and collect yourself, to save the carriage charge, and there is no way they will ablige.
if it's clearly stated then it is not a scam. i know what you mean though. it is the same for everything. no matter what you buy the price quoted is often the lowest and they get away with it by including "from" and "+ vat" and "+ postage". when the total is announced it's a few ££££ more. but thats to be expected.
try shopping at the places that do allow you to collect. i do, and i save. well if you don't include travelling cost,s, lol. so you pay anyway.
i don't know the answer except buying from the manufactorer.
If you HAVE to pay carriage, and do not have the option of collecting yourself or arranging the arriage yourself (from the same carrier!!!) then at best the advertisement is mis leading. at worst.....well, go figure.
I think help bench is right, it is a scam, because its forcing us to pay for something we probably think should be included in the purchase price, but if they did that (£50) then we wouldnt buy the product. There is one company that is notorious for carriage charges, but I don't have the time to mention them right now...
The other day I ordered some small batteries for my digital telephone. Price was very reasonable. I was told, and accepted, that postage and packing would be £2.50. Fair enough, but when they arrived in a zip bag with a 42p stamp I felt a little peeved.