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    It was only showing $7 and some change for me. I’m guessing the price of a small flat rate box? One weird thing is that when I clicked the PayPal link it looked like it wasn’t going to charge me any shipping at all. I didn’t complete the check out because I’m seeing if they have some other stuff I want to get too.

  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    They used to have flat-rate USPS shipping for small items--something like $5. $25 is insane for a bunch of DRAMs. Glad I bought my keyboards when I did.
    I have been turned off by their shipping prices also.

  3. #13
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    Could be a case of "the Amazon phenomenon". You know, where they say "free shipping", but at checkout, they default to a higher shipping fee--you have to manually select "free shipping".

  4. #14
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    Speaking from the other point of view, while $25 does seem a bit high I understand why shipping and handling costs can be higher than the cost of the parts. A couple of years ago, when I was actively putting together kits of hard-to-find parts and printed circuit boards for the CPU280 project, I saw first-hand the costs involved, especially when buying antistatic packaging supplies.

    It would be easy to use the Amazon model and just build the price of shipping into the cost of the part, but even Amazon draws a line, as there are things I've ordered that had to be 'add-on' items since the cost of the item wouldn't cover the cost of shipping. Amazon is also able to cut deals with shippers for better rates, and smaller businesses (such as my hobby business doing the CPU280 stuff) don't have that leverage.

    But the small box flat-rate shipping alone is at least $7.35 for Priority Mail; Priority Express is $25 or more. And then there is the cost of the packing material....

    I understand the idea to build the cost of shipping and packaging into the item price, but I preferred, when I was actively shipping kits out, to quote costs for the parts (including in the parts costs a bit of my time to test the chips I shipped, especially the Z8028012VSC MPU chips and the very hard to find particular FDC used by the CPU280) and then let the buyer know that there was a cost for packaging; in my case, for US buyers I charged a flat $10 for shipping and handling (shipping with insurance for the kit of parts and board was usually $9 or so, and that left >$1 for my time to package it plus the various antistatic materials and bubble wrap). International was more, but International Priority Mail is rather expensive anyway, and as I recall I think I just barely broke even on that, with the cost $34.95 or so and I think I charged $35 flat S&H for International. Having said that, I didn't experience a single lost package with International Priority, and the shipping speed was pretty good.

    So, while $25 might seem steep for shipping a few chips, the business overhead has to be covered somewhere, and some businesses choose to subsidize overhead across the parts costs, and some subsidize with the shipping and handling costs. I'm not saying one is better than the other, just saying that the business overhead costs have to come from somewhere, or eventually the business will close. In my case, after figuring my costs, over one year I netted like $16 or so for about $1,000 gross sales of just the CPU280, according to the P&L spreadsheet I prepared for filing my tax return for that year. Good thing that wasn't my primary business!
    Thus spake Tandy Xenix System III version 3.2: "Bughlt: Sckmud Shut her down Scotty, she's sucking mud again!"

  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Not mine, but I note that Goldmine Electronics has NOS MB8118-15 DRAMs on sale for 25 for $15.

    Sale is over. They are now $25 for $25.
    Current Wish List: 1. IBM 7531 Industrial Series PC 2. NEC MultiSync XL (JC-2001) Monitor 3. MicroSolutions MatchPoint AND/OR UniDOS card 4. Compaq 14" VGA CRT Monitor (the one that came with the SystemPro). 5. Stacker HW CoProcessor Board MCA BUS. If you have any of the above for sale please PM me. Thank you!


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