I typically charge $15 to $20 to ship a handgun USPS in a flat rate box. I have noticed several handguns listed with a $40 to $45 shipping charge tacked on. Am I missing something here? I know this is a dead horse but c'mon.
Foxfire--- Have you ever really looked at the penny firearms auctions. There are no deals there. The sellers get the max just about every time. I am a buyer only here trying to buy guns to put in our store for resale. I havn't bought a gun in the penny auctions for a long time. They just go for too much money. Tks
Foxfire, I can understand your chagrin in not getting what you expected for those items. However, I should have prefaced my opinion, with saying it works for FIREARMS VERY well for me. ONE of the things I also should note is that Penny Auctions seem to get more action if the seller is actually registered as a Penny Auctioneer so that the auctions get listed in the Penny Category. OBVIOUSLY, if someone is selling something that is a real dud, even if it is a ten dollar dud, one may not get any action in the bidding department. Personnally, I have had great results with the Penny Auctions. I have never had an item sell for less than 4 or 5% of what I thought it was worth, and even then VERY seldom, only about 1-2% of the time. I feel that the Pennys are the truest form of auction, with no opening minimum, and let it go to the highest bidder. I am sorry you have not had good results, but think that once you get more established here, you will see better results. JMHO, Cheers, Tom, Petesguns
Yone: I have followed a number of firearm Penny Auctions on my Watch List and have only seen a few go for what I consider to be a real bargin. I guess that I should have done my homework better and tracked a few non-gun items as well. I have been the winning bidder on a couple Penny Auctions which I felt that I paid somewhat of a bargin price for in order to turn a modest profit. Like you, I have been buying here on AA for resale also.
Petesguns: As mentioned to Yone above, I guess I should have tracked a few non-gun items as well. Check out #8687268. I may try it again after I do a little more homewrok. I still have some non-gun, but gun related items to move on to someone else.
We ship long guns by UPS in new plastic hard cases for $35.00. The cases cost us about $15.00 each ( and going up each order we place). We buy 125 cases a time. We put bubble wrap on the butt and muzzle, about $100.00 a roll. We buy a roll a month. Our average UPS charge is over $20.00. We lose a little money on each shipment. Just our two cents, Jeani & Karl
firehouse, I am sorry, but I have to disagree with you. If it is stated in the auction that the shipping/handling fees are 'x' amount of dollars, whether it be 25.00 or 85.00 there is not a thing wrong with that. If the buyer does not agree with the amount, it does not get sold. Then the seller can elect to relist with a lower shipping/handling fee. Just like buying anything, if you know what the charges are, and agree to pay them, then no one has any right to complain. READ before you BID.
JCG: Same here. I have requested shipping charges as well as additional ifo on a few items prior to placing a bid and did not receive an answer. Therefore, I did not bid and possibly get the item I was after. I think that at least some basic information should be required to be included with each and every item listed for auction, BIN, etc. I usually cover that with the statement that purchaser pays actual shipping charges rather than quote a flat rate. A flat rate may average out for the seller, but a purchaser can pay way to much, ecpecially for a small item, as well. Just my thoughts.