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Something that has irked me for quite a while on BoB is the usage of "shipping" instead of the correct "postage."

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Something that has irked me for quite a while on BoB is the usage of "shipping" instead of the correct "postage."

 

Noun: shipping

1.The commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials

2.Conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry

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RISadler

Right-O.

 

Number two ... SAPO sure ain't usin' boats for the transport of parcels from Cape Town to Bloemfontein. So in our situation this definition is not applicable.

 

Number one ... American English. For the Queen's English definition you have to add "by ship." And as [see above] it is also not applicable.

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Pathway

What word would you suggest then? 'Postage' would be incorrect in this environment, because that only applies to the cost of posting something from one place to another. It does not include the other costs incurred by the seller, such as packaging materials, transport to the Post Office, etc.

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lilythepink

Just state: "postage and packaging". That covers it all.

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RISadler

As usual, The Beak is on the nose.

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