Monday, August 27, 2012

L.L. Bean's Very High Cost of Free Shipping


Here is a comment from "Mollie's Mom":
Bean's prices are very high for the quality of product they are selling. "Free Shipping" means that they included shipping in their new pricing strategy. Did Bean actually believe that we would fall for that? Their shipping for an entire order rarely ever exceeded 13 dollars and now I'm paying 10 dollars more for each item shipped.
Here is a comparison of prices from 2010 to today and some data points.

Item 2010  2012 % Increase
Flannel Lined Double L Chinos
49.95
59.95
20%
Chamois Shirt
34.50
44.95
30%
Ragg Wool Sweater Full Zip
49.95
59.95
20%
Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt
29.95
39.95
33%
Men's Original Field Coat (cotton-lined)
89
119
34%
Warm-up Jacket
59.95
79
32%
Men's Blucher Mocs
69
79
14%
Norwegian Sweater
129
139
8%
Stretch Bayside Corduroys:Plain Front Comfort Waist
39.95
49.95
25%
Camden Corduroy Shirt
34.50
44.95
30%

Perhaps they are being delivered by this.  These increases are also reflected in the prices in the L.L. Bean stores.