Hi Alan, no one was being required to buy anything here. The customer was given the full price of the product before check out and if they didn’t like it, they could simply not buy it.

The company is free to categorize their costs however they want, both ethically and legally. Whether they categorize it as a $12 product + free shipping or free product + $12 shipping makes no difference, because the customer must approve the final price either way.

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