IF YOU ARE JUST SHOPPING AROUND AND WANT TO SEE HOW MUCH THE FREIGHT WOULD BE FOR A POTENTIAL ORDER … SELECT YOUR ITEM(S), JUST PICK ANY COLOR (IF APPROPRIATE), PUT THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF ITEMS IN THE "QUANTITY" BOX, THEN SELECT "ADD TO CART". THE NEXT PAGE WILL ALLOW YOU TO PUT IN YOUR STATE AND ZIP CODE AND OBPTAIN A FREIGHT QUOTE WITHOUT ANY OBLIGATION OR PUTTING IN YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
HOWEVER, IF YOU WANT A FORMAL QUOTATION FOR YOUR PROJECT, THEN JUST SELECT THE “ADD TO QUOTE” BUTTON ON THE SHOPPING CART.
Please note, we do not create formal quotations for potential customers that do not want to enter in all of the pertinent information. Those folks can use our on line freight quote. And print the shopping cart screen as their “quotation”.
Definitions: Sample Shipment from NJ to AR
Estes Standard - Transit Time is 3 to 4 business days
FedEx Economy - Transit Time a solid 4 business days
FedEx Priority - Transit Time 2 to 3 business days
Please understand the transit times are just broad estimates. The actual shipping point and the actual destination will dictate the proposed transit time. Many things can delay product transit times. Weather and mechanical breakdowns delaying shipments are not unheard of.
A short explanation of our freight service:
Buying furniture over the internet is not like buying a book from Amazon or a Sweater from JC Penney’s. However, folks are beginning to see the many advantages of buying furniture on the internet. You can find special sizes not available retail, you can find great wholesale prices. However, returns are not as friendly and the delivery is much more complicated than receiving that book in the mail. As a retailer, I am far from being called a freight expert but here are a few points that I have learned.
- Any items that are too big to go either UPS Ground or FedEx Ground must ship LTL freight. This is the case with almost 95% of what we sell. LTL freight carriers have minimums. Some carriers minimums are $X.XX for the first 200 pounds. That means that if you are interested in buying one BT1896 folding table that only weighs 42 pounds, your freight rate will cost the same as if you ordered almost 5 of them. That is also true for a BT3072. It has a UPS box weight of 42 pounds but UPS charges an additional $50 for an “oversize” item. That could cost almost as much as a freight minimum. We are talking $90 to $130. The good news is that the big box stores carry 30x72 blow molded plastic tables and you would probably make out better going that route. However, two issues… the table quality is not necessarily as good and no stores that I know of carry an 18” wide table.
- Residential vs. Business – when requesting a freight amount through the calculator, be sure to select the correct destination type. Carriers charge more for Residential deliveries than Business deliveries. Please do not think of cheating since there is a disclaimer that the additional charges will be run for any deliveries that were misrepresented. Please also note that deliveries to churches and schools are charged as residential. They are all considered “limited access” points. So if your delivery is to a church or a school, please select “residential”.
- Since the vast majority of what we sell is fairly heavy, most all freight quotes include a “lift gate” level of service. This means that it is up to the carrier to get the product off of the truck and down to street level. It is then the customer’s responsibility to bring the products into the building.
- “Inside delivery first floor” level of service is available. Our automated freight calculator is not capable of adding on that charge. Those requiring special levels of service should use the “add to quote” button and submit your special needs with the quotation. We will secure the correct freight amount manually.
- Tables N Chairs, Inc. is a distributor. We are not designers nor do we set up product. Those that wish product to be unboxed assembled if necessary and put in place need to sub contract that themselves.
- Receiving your product is the most important issue, especially for our new residential customers. This warning will be sent along with every new order acknowledgement…
With today’s gas prices, the cost of moving freight has soared to new heights. Transportation companies are trying to save operating costs in every way possible. Costs that, in the past, were ignored are no longer absorbed. In the past, when a shipment was delivered and the receiving customer found damage after the fact, the carrier just absorbed the cost of replacement items for all claims under $200. It seemed that it was not worth the time and effort to go back out to the receiver and verify the damage. This is no longer the case. Please understand…IF YOU DO NOT CHECK YOUR PRODUCT FOR DAMAGE AT TIME OF DELIVERY AND YOU SIGN FOR THE DELIVERY, NO FREE REPLACEMENT CLAIMS CAN BE MADE. If you do not check the condition of your delivery and don’t bother looking until the next day or so, a replacement could cost you as much as 30% of the original cost. Your freight was quoted with the “Call before Delivery” option. This means that the carrier must call you at least 24 hours in advance. This notification is to allow you to prepare for the demand of checking and verifying a damage free delivery. The carrier will call the phone number that you provided with your order. If the carrier shows up without making that notification you have the option to either ask them to come back the next day or you can receive the product. If there is miscommunication and the carrier DID call that provided phone number and left a message about the delivery and that message does not make it to the folks receiving the product and the delivery is refused, a re-delivery fee ($50 to $75) may be charged. Issues older than 30 days cannot be resolved.
- Where do you live? This has a bearing on the cost of freight. Of course it makes sense that moving freight from NJ to Texas will cost more then moving freight from NJ to Virginia. However, there is much more involved with the calculation. I genuinely do not completely understand the complex algorithm involved with LTL freight, but I have learned that it is much more expensive to ship something into a major metropolitan market then to the “middle of nowhere Montana”. There is good news for those folks lucky enough to enjoy the serene life style of rural living and that is the internet. They can find almost anything they want on the internet. My point is that when it comes to deliveries that weigh 100 pounds or so, it is more expensive to get product delivered to them than compared to a Chicago suburb. Mailing a book? Not so much.
- Please understand that if you make a mistake and misrepresent the delivery type, the additional charges will be charged to your credit card once the carrier notifies us of the mistake.