Be really careful when saying "includes shipping" on anything but small stuff!

Discussion in 'Swapmeet Talk' started by W7UUU, Mar 10, 2019.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Why should the buyer need to "learn a lesson" exactly? The seller posted $50 with free shipping. I paid. What lesson was I to have learned exactly? Should it be the buyer's responsibility to calculate shipping costs for the seller to protect him?

    any lesson to be learned is on the seller's part.

    Either way, I emailed and asked "so how much to make you whole?" and have not heard back. I feel I have done MORE than my part.

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  2. N2EY

    N2EY XML Subscriber QRZ Page


    Although.....there is at least one 12 tube receiver (13 tubes if you count the ballast regulator) that will fit in a flat-rate box.....Pierson KE-93
  3. AJ4GQ

    AJ4GQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I beg to differ. The buyer did nothing wrong or unethical. It's the seller's problem. Let him pay for it. Just my 2 nickels worth.
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  4. AJ4GQ

    AJ4GQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Again, I beg to differ. You can't buy a good relationship. In this case, things worked out well because the seller 'manned up.'
  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Update: Seller emailed and was very nice - absolved me of any blame or further payment.

    I like "stand-up sellers" like that. Yes - he learned an important lesson but he took it like an adult. I can admire that.

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  6. KP4SX

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    You handled it properly, Dave.
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  7. KB2SUJ

    KB2SUJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    LOL, I shipped a single cylinder crank shaft along with some other parts in one. $15 in 2008 from the east coast to the west coast. That box easily weight 40 pounds!
    You are right, corrugated cardboard, a few layers and no free space is very secure. A box, pilled with peanuts and a box floating in the middle does not absorb shock as well.
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  8. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't buy from anyone who I can see has a screwy shipping cost. They are just as likely to screw up other aspects of the sale.

    I have underestimated shipping before and just ate it. Would never even mention it to the buyer.
    It was a good learning experience and little concern over the long run.

    Not like it prevented me from retiring!
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  9. N4GKS

    N4GKS Ham Member QRZ Page

    You are very correct. Same thing happened to a friend. Never lowball your actual shipping.
  10. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nother hint- you can't ship magazines or anything else by "media mail" if they have ads and so are classed as being commercial or something like that. Stung me big time.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo

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