Ok, do tell, what does "FOB" mean, as in "prices are FOB"? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
"Free on board"<br>
F.O.B. is the place where the shipment originates. So if it says "F.O.B. Los Angeles" it means they put it on a truck in LA but you pay for the shipping from LA. Sometimes you'll see "F.O.B. destination" and that means they're paying the shipping to get it to you.
I think it stands for "Freight on Boat" Basically, it means that price is for the goods at the point where they get into the country, you have to add shipping to it. So if the price is FOB LosAngeles, it will be cheaper for you than FOB New Jersey even if the price is the same for both things, make sense??
Actually FOB does stand for "free on board" but is actually a contract term for allocating the risk of loss.<br><br>
For example, if the seller lives in Miami and the buyer lives in NY, FOB Miami means that the seller is not responsible for the loss once it is delivered to the carrier. FOB NY means that it is a destination contract and the seller assumes responsiblity for the loss until it is delivered to the buyer.<br><br>
I'm not sure what "prices are FOB" means - check with the seller to make sure what they mean. it seems that there is some confusion.