Yeah. People are still entitled to their opinions(unless you ask some around here who wear the ol' brown shirts) and I welcome differing opinions.
But the thing is that GoHastings doesn't have one big central warehouse and games/dvds/whatever may all be coming from seperate stores, so to me the seperate shipping charges do make sense with them. Now on the other hand, if multiple items are shipping from the SAME store, then the shipping should go up nominally to cover the cost of shipping those multiple items.
But to me a company or person shouldn't be required to ship at less than what it costs them unless they're someplace that does huge volume(see: Amazon) and as such likely gets a discount for that volume.
I do agree with everything you said.
I know GoHastings ships from different places and their shipping makes sense in that regard. Their logistics make absolutely no sense, though. It's dumb from a business perspective. They would either get more sales by working out a different system OR could pocket... say... an extra 50 cents per title for themselves instead of the post office. Anyway, I was actually complimenting them for offering shipping at, what appears to be, their actual cost.
And yeah, I agree that no one should be required to ship at a loss. But they also shouldn't say "oh, we're having a sale!!" and name you one price, then make $1-$1.50 on the shipping. It's misleading at best and a plain dishonest bait and switch at worst.
I'll also cut eBay sellers and Amazon sellers, basically individuals and small businesses who happen to be selling and shipping things, a break when they charge a bit over cost. They have expenses the big guys don't... or expenses, like packaging, that are dollars where the big guys' packaging costs are pennies, sometimes fractions of pennies.
Also, Amazon is turning into a shipping offender, in my opinion. I guess that's the trade off for their *usually* lowest prices.