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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