Choosing a delivery option for online orders can be simple or may require a little bit more thinking.
It really depends on how fast you want the product and how much you’re willing to pay.
Online stores usually provide different shipping methods, which in turn determines pricing and speed.
- Fast and free: Without a doubt, all of us would want this. Who wouldn’t want to get your hands on the latest purchase? This is usually possible only with in-country purchases. For instance, Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping on millions of items, and free same-day and Prime Now Delivery in select metro areas in the US. The service is free only for 30 days, after which you have to pay US$10.99 per month plus taxes. If you buy frequently from Amazon, this is a great option.
- Slow but free: If you can wait, many in-country and even some international shipments can be free. With a little advanced planning, this can work out well and save you some money. The key is patience. You must be prepared to wait. When I ordered from Alibaba or Aliexpress from China, I had to wait up to 60 days for free deliveries.
- In the middle: You’re prepared to wait but not for 60 days, and don’t want to pay shipping fees that are close to the price of the product. Most online stores offer such options so pick one that fits your budget and wait tolerance.
Whichever delivery method you choose, the feeling when receiving that package is the same. The joy. The sense of excitement. The thrill of ripping apart the packaging.