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Factors Affecting Shipping Costs

By package, LTL & freight


While shipping prices fluctuate with the price of fuel, there are a few other reasons why shipping costs may vary from one auction to the next.

PARCEL (UNDER 150 LBS PACKAGE): has a minimum charge of $40.25 for each small package shipment on Liquidation.com. Both the weight of the shipment and the cube (size) can impact the cost to ship and certain fragile merchandise or large items may ship LTL despite weighing less than 150lbs.

PALLET/LTL (LESS THAN 10 PALLETS AND/OR MORE THAN 150 LB PACKAGE): is based on distance, class, dimensions and weight - so some shipments that are heavier or have to travel a further distance will be more expensive to ship.

TRUCKLOAD (10-24 PALLETS – LESS THAN 40K LBS): will be quoted both LTL and FTL to get the best deal possible as Liquidation.com is unable to deliver truckload merchandise to a residence. If there is no commercial dock at the destination, it is asked to allow 1-2 additional days to quote a price, and up to 5 business days to ship after submitted payment due to the unique equipment required.

KNOW THE SHIPPING DETAILS OF YOUR AUCTION: Note the location, size classification, and weight of the merchandise located in the Shipping Information section of each auction listing. This information will aid in your decision process, helping to determine the shipping cost.

DISTANCE: Both LTL and FTL will have minimum fees despite close proximity between the origin and destination. As distance increases, the price will increase at a decreasing rate. Items that are shipped outside of the domestic US (including Hawaii and Alaska) will have higher shipping rates for all size classifications. International shipments will also have higher landed costs to transport based on applicable customs and duty expenses.

UPDATE YOUR SHIPPING INFORMATION: Before you bid, make sure your shipments will be delivered to the right location by verifying your shipping address and details on the Address tab of the Personal Information section under your My Account page. Having incorrect information (ex: stating you have a commercial dock when you do not) can result in shipment delays and re-delivery fees.

LEVERAGE ECONOMIES OF SCALE: Reduce your per-unit costs as volume increases and operational efficiencies are achieved. Buyer can combine packages and pallets from the same origin to leverage savings.

LEVERAGE WEIGHT VS CUBE: Transportation vehicles can only hold so much volume before they are full. If you are shipping light inventory, you will "cube out" the trailer before coming close to the weight limit. If you are shipping heavy inventory, you will "weigh out" the trailer before coming close to filling the trailer. Carriers set their prices to maximize their revenue based on the tradeoffs between weight and cube.

Liquidation.com uses multiple carriers to provide the best transportation rates possible, however, if you’re able to secure a better rate on your own – let us know. In the past, Liquidation.com has been able to match – and sometimes beat – many shipping prices you’ve sourced. To determine if we can match or beat a price, please email us as transportation.department@liquidation.com with your:

  • Username
  • Destination address including zip code (please specify if your location has a commercial dock or not)
  • Transaction ID
  • Quote from shipping company/carrier details

If we are unable to match or beat, you’ll know you’re getting the best shipping rate!


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