Re: [OM] Auction alert. Not mine. Only good for Denver area folks

Subject: Re: [OM] Auction alert. Not mine. Only good for Denver area folks
From: Chris Trask <christrask@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 07:31:45 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Cc: Bill Barber <nsurit@xxxxxxx>
     Shipping costs are a bit of a scam.  I've seen evilBay sellers charge 
excessive shipping costs for bike frames, wheels, and wheel rims.  I've bought 
whole bikes with lower shipping costs.  

     I once had a seller double the shipping cost after the suction was over.  
I charged him with fraud.

     Once, however, I did have a seller contact me saying that he needed more 
funds to cover the cost of shipping.  I thought about it and reluctantly 
agreed.  The cost was still reasonable and I wanted that item, a 1971 
Motobecane Mirage in almost spotless condition.  I'm glad I did, and I fitted 
it our to catalogue specs with one slight variation:  It has a very rare 
Cyclo/Benelux 3-speed cottered crankset and a Cyclo/Benelux model 64 freewheel. 
 It's now sitting outside my front door in preparation for an early morning 

     The seller's name was beebopcosmonaut.  Can't forget that one.

     BTW:  FedEx Ground is the least expensive shipper for bulky items.


>Much of the value could be attributed to the condition of the gear in 
>conjunction with the original boxes/packaging. When it ends up on eBay 
>as individual pieces, the total it sells for will be many times the 
>purchase price on this auction. I called ebth.com to quiz them about 
>the shipping and they attributed it to using a third party shipper. 
>The package weighs 54 pounds. Over $200 to ship it is outrageous.  Just 
>shipped a printer last week that weighed 50 lbs and it was $75. Their 
>high shipping just leaves less on the bones for someone who wants an 
>85mm f2 and is willing to piece the kit out to make their cost on the 
>pieces they want somewhere near zero or less.  Bill Barber
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