Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Another GunBroker rant

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jnyork, Mar 16, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jnyork

    jnyork Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    912
    Location:
    Arizona and Wyoming
    Found a rifle I wanted to bid on but got to reading the description and he wanted $35.00 to ship it!! :eek:

    Dont need it that bad!! Seems to me the sellers on GB must think we are all idiots. :cuss:
    __________________
     
  2. REOIV

    REOIV Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2007
    Messages:
    263
    Packing Materials, Size and weight of the item can easily get it up past 20-30 dollars.

    Especially if they make you overnight it or insure it because the value of the gun.
     
  3. gearhead

    gearhead Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    646
    Check the UPS website and see for yourself how much it costs to ship an item. It's quite expensive.
     
  4. Lonestar49

    Lonestar49 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2007
    Messages:
    2,654
    Location:
    So. Calif.
    ...

    Have to agree with the above, shipping, bigger box, packed right, (a heavier rifle) via UPS or Fed Ex, next day air, or 2nd day air, insured, does cost around 35 bucks..

    Seems to me, if I found a weapon I was, had been, looking for and was 35 bucks apart with the seller, give or take, I'd step up and buy it, IF it was what I had been looking for..

    Kinda saying: " penny wise, can be, a pound foolish"

    OMMV,


    Ls
     
  5. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,755
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    When was the last time you shipped a gun?

    Seriously even a rifle via USPS is going to cost you at least $20 parcel post (and about $40 for priority mail) and that doesn't even include the cost of packing materials.

    Lord help you if you ever decide to ship a handgun (can't use USPS, must use FedEx or UPS next day air ... so your average handgun shipping is in the $60 range).


    Just keep that shipping price in mind when bidding (that and the $20 or so an FFL on your end is going to charge you to receive the package). There's still bargains to be had there if you dig.
     
  6. ny32182

    ny32182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2003
    Messages:
    5,701
    Location:
    Clemson, SC
    35 bucks for shipping any firearm anywhere is not out of line... Probably about average actually.
     
  7. jnyork

    jnyork Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    912
    Location:
    Arizona and Wyoming
    My wife is a golfer, she brings me golf club shipping containers from the golf course, free for the asking, these are very nice heavy duty shipping boxes and just the right size for shipping firearms if you simply shorten them to the required length . We save packing materials from packages we receive so it's free, although I occasionally have to buy a $3.00 roll of bubble wrap from wallyworld. When I ship anything it is VERY well packaged indeed, I have received compliments from buyers on this. Last rifle I shipped, about 2 weeks ago,, to a guy in Idaho went USPS Priority mail with insurance, delivery comfirmation and oversize package charge for about $22.00 and change.

    I dont mind paying shipping, I just resent some jerk trying to increase his profit margin by raping me on it.
     
  8. ny32182

    ny32182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2003
    Messages:
    5,701
    Location:
    Clemson, SC
    If you think 35 bucks is too much, don't buy it. Not everyone has access to nice free shipping materials.
     
  9. rickomatic

    rickomatic Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    386
    Location:
    Snohomish, WA
    I'll ship one to you in a flat rate box. You know what they say. "If it fits...it ships". However, I won't guarantee functionality once it arrives. :evil:
     
  10. Six

    Six Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2008
    Messages:
    455
    Location:
    Midlands, SC
    $22 vs $35 warrants a rant? And it's only $22 because you don't count the cost of the box or packing materials?

    :scrutiny:

    Maybe you can send him a box and some packing materials and ask if he can then ship it for $22, seems like a fair solution.
     
  11. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,435
    Location:
    Howard County, Merry Land
    Methinks someone needs to reevaluate what's rant-worthy and what's not.

    $13 is raping you? Don't forget, your estimate is based partially on free-to-you materials. Not everyone has a wife who can hook them up with free boxes. Sometimes people have to actually pay for things like that.

    Either way, I think you're overreacting just a lil bit.
     
  12. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    47,614
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    Perhaps $13 is too much more to charge for a sturdy shipping box and packaging over what you charge getting the box and packing material for free. Perhaps not. Without looking at what new shipping boxes cost these days it would be difficult to tell. Perhaps is you let us know what your local cost for a box would be more folks would understand. On line you can buy a 5 box bundle for $30, but then there's ~$12-$15 shipping for the bundle to your house to raise the price above $6/ea.
     
  13. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    4,047
    Location:
    Michigan
    I think $35 is quite reasonable for shipping a rifle. I've happily paid that much several times. The reasons are stated by others.

    I do consider the seller lucky though, for not having to get complaints from you about his supposedly out of line shipping costs.
     
  14. HGUNHNTR

    HGUNHNTR Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2006
    Messages:
    2,541
    Location:
    Georgia
    Just figure the cost of shipping into the gun. I can never understand how people can get all p'd off about shipping prices. If I charged you $2 for a Ruger 10/22, and $150 to ship it I'll bet you would still complain about the cost of shipping.
    Hint: Its money out of your wallet regardless if it is going to the gun or shipping it. It doesn't matter if it is all factored into the cost of the firearm.
     
  15. CelticArmory

    CelticArmory Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2010
    Messages:
    89
    Location:
    Kitsap Co., WA
    I had to ship a shotgun a little while ago and packaging alone cost me $27 and USPS Parcel Post was another $21.
     
  16. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,755
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    So you shipped a rifle in free packing materials to a neighboring state (WY to ID, thats right next door ... AZ to ID is still pretty close) for $22 ... I imagine if you shipped that same rifle to Florida it would cost you more. And that's the point. You have to charge enough for shipping that you cover all your costs and you don't know where you're going to be shipping to in advance (and believe me, when you post a listing with "buyer pays exact shipping cost" you get less bidders because nobody wants to figure out the unknown).


    Actually last time I posted a gun on Gunbroker I included shipping for free ... of course I started my opening bid price about $50 higher than I would have otherwise :p
     
  17. HGUNHNTR

    HGUNHNTR Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2006
    Messages:
    2,541
    Location:
    Georgia
    ^ Right on, and folks should have the common sense to realize shipping is factored in, thus be willing to pay a bit more for the gun.
     
  18. youngda9

    youngda9 member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2008
    Messages:
    877
    Some people really get their panties in a bunch over a few dollars. You're worried about possibly $15 increase in shipping(which by your own account doesn't include the box). This guy also has to take the time(time is $) to drive(driving is $) the package to the post office and ship it.

    This rant is an epic FAIL.

    Reminds me of a little story:
    I worked as a bank teller when I was in high school. I had a guy get all pissed off and red in the face because the bank that I was working at charged $1.50 to write him a certified check. The certified check I printed out for him was for $24,000 to the cadillac dealership. The guy had the cash in his account to cover the check, and then some. He must have felt that the bank owed him this service for free since he had so much money in his account. It was quite the ordeal, he got mad at me and then into a heated with my supervisor. The supervisor ended up telling him that she would pay the cost out of her own pocket because it wasn't worth her time to argue with this prick.
     
  19. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2006
    Messages:
    2,198
    Location:
    Sullivan County PA
    At least you know up front what the shipping is. Factor that in to your purchasing decision. Too much? Don't buy!
     
  20. ny32182

    ny32182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2003
    Messages:
    5,701
    Location:
    Clemson, SC
    As far as the guy with the certified check, I do see his point... the bank isn't just sitting on that money; they are investing it, loaning it, and otherwise profiting off of it. Fees to access it are not high on my list of positive banking attributes... no matter how big or small; it is more the principle of the matter on that one. I don't use 3rd party ATMs, and I've "spoken to the manager" about a $6 certified check fee to get it waived before.
     
  21. heeler

    heeler Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Messages:
    2,619
    I have bought several rifles and shotguns through GB and have never once had to pay $35.00 for shipping.
    I have paid a low of 15.00 on a rifle that was shipped from Tucson to Houston.
    The most I have paid and pretty recently was 25.00 and that was from upstate New York.
    On the other hand I had to ship my 10 ounce Diamondback pistol to the Diamondback factory for warranty work and since it had to go air over night it was a whopping 51.00 including insurance.
     
  22. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    11,359
    Location:
    Northwest Arkansas
    would you rather your beloved purchase was packed in the cheapest crap found in a dumpster out back and delivered by the goons at DHL?

    I do a similar thing with ALL my online sales, and you know what...IT WORKS!
     
  23. bluetopper

    bluetopper Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Messages:
    3,221
    Location:
    Northeast TX
    It's a lot of hassle to pack and drive to a shipping place. I don't imagine the guy is getting rich off shipping charges.
     
  24. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    591
    THEN DO NOT BUY IT! :rolleyes:

    You know the price - out front - why complain? :confused:
     
  25. Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,398
    Location:
    hiding in your bushes
    you're complaining about $35 to ship a rifle? :eek:
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page