Why is Freight so Frustrating?

How Can Shipping be so High?

Our world has become dependent on convenience and efficiency since sites such as Amazon have made anything you need accessible with the click of a button. However, we have all been there, ready to check out and become stunned by the shipping and handling costs.  We have all experienced first hand the struggle with shipping costs and we are here to explain why Rainbow Cotton Candy’s freight costs are the way they are.

At Rainbow Cotton Candy, we use Fed Ex for our shipping services.  All products ordered are shipped via Fed Ex ground/home delivery, the most economical way.  We ship enough cotton candy to get a pretty good discount off the regular pricing Fed Ex gives to somebody shipping only one box. We have integrated their shipping prices into our website which means we are charging exactly what we are paying for shipping your delicious cotton candy and we do not charge a handling fee. We also package your cotton candy with no extra space in the box to ensure that the smallest package possible is being sent to you.  The way Fed Ex (and every other shipping company) calculates the charges is by the size and weight of the package.  Cotton candy does not weigh very much, so it is  the size of the box and destination address that ultimately determines the total cost. Our typical box weighs 5 lbs, but because of the size of it we are billed as if it weighed 15 lbs.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to combat this because all the shipping companies calculate their charges the same way.

With that said there are some things you can do to minimize the shipping costs.  We would like to share with you some tips that might help you minimize the freight costs on your end when checking out.

1)    Ship to a commercial location - FedEx charges a residential fee when items are shipped directly to your door at home. In order to avoid that fee, have it sent to your work or a commercial building where you can pick it up.  This is the single most advantageous thing you can do to get the lowest shipping costs. 

2)   Do you live in a rural area- If your house is far from the FedEx facility then they could charge another fee on top of the residential fee called delivery area extended residential fee.  Combine the two residential fee's and it currently adds $7.50 on top of the regular shipping fee for 1 case.

3) We are located in Arizona - How far away from Arizona are you located - shipping across the country is more expensive, especially if you only order 1 case.  If you order in 2 case increments on the 48 count 1 ounce or 24 count 3 ounce you save on shipping costs because we bundle the boxes to help save you money.


We hope that these tips help lower your angst with shipping costs and even though convenience comes at a cost, it is worth it to get some exclusively sold online items. If you are looking to purchase Rainbow Cotton Candy in stores we are available in some Kroger stores, Kmart , Family Video and a few others!

1 Response

  1. Janet
    How do I get coupon codes?

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