Great little 99-cent plane (but the shipping's a killer)

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Forum topic by Brett posted 06-15-2011 06:29 PM 1254 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2011 06:29 PM

I came across a decent-looking Stanley plane on eBay. The price is good, but the shipping’s a killer:

(No, I’m not the seller. I just thought I’d issue a caveat emptor.)

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 06:32 PM

No Kidding! 200 Bucks for shipping!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 06:39 PM

He wants $99 to ship each of his drill bits. I sent him a question asking if he was kidding. No returns allowed too. Looks like a scam other than he has reasonable feedback.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 07:09 PM

That was simple enough to report to eBay,... done. Suggest you do the same.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 07:13 PM

LOL. Seems like something I’d bid on, then later be confused about my checking balance. I wonder how many he sneaks through on large volume buyers (cough…Wayne…cough) :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 07:59 PM

Seller appears to have used an auto-lister to create auctions, and it
got everything all messed up.

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 08:02 PM

I’m with Loren. I don’t think it was intentional.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 09:04 PM

Yeah, I don’t think it was intentional, either. Most likely an extra 9 was typed for the shipping price into whatever software he was using to list his products. On the other hand, I have seen sellers charge three or four times as much as other sellers for shipping identical products, so it’s not unheard of to try to sell something at cost and make most of one’s profit on the shipping and “handling” charges.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 09:40 PM

There are some I am not suggesting this is the case as I don’t know who sell extremelly chaply then make it up with charging exhorbitant delivery fees this is frowned uopn verh seriously by ebay. Alistair ps don’t buy it it will seriously damage your piggy bank account.LOL

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 09:41 PM

BTW, eBay has a specific checkbox that lists over charging for shipping and such so IMO this guys intentions could go either way. As Al says, that checking balance would show you a day late and a dollar short…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 06:39 AM

I agree with Horizontal. Let the seller explain it to ebay. Report it to ebay. I did.

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#11 posted 06-16-2011 04:54 PM

Dang! Don’t report him. I wanted that plane, and $200.00 shipping to the moon wasn’t bad either.


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#12 posted 06-16-2011 05:18 PM

Avoiding the eBay FLV, (final value fee) is done this way by unscrupulous sellers. I would NEVER bid on something offered by a eBay seller with only 97% feedback anyway. Only 99.6% or better feedback gets my bid, unless the negs are from obvious idiots.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 06-16-2011 06:35 PM

When looking at the seller’s other items, it seems clear something went wrong with those listings. Many of the auction titles are gibberish and others have this: “please give me a few hours to update this auction.” It’s hard to tell what’s going on.

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#14 posted 06-16-2011 06:50 PM

the other listings seem odd here, but I have seen a lot of sellers do this. they make their money on the “handling” part of shipping and handling, really, they are just keeping the sale price low to minimize the cut going to ebay, and to make it come up first on the search results if you organize by price only. I understand it, and know to look for it, but for someone who doesnt expect it, it can be a real problem. Plus, it is dishonest to ebay.

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 07:19 PM

I looked at all of his current posting out of curosity. I think he is just disorganized and does not have stuff set up correctly. A few of his model posts are complete and have reasonable pricing for shipping. Oh and he still has not replied to my question yesterday about if he was kidding on the shipping price for the plane. Just like that damn bow saw seller who pulled the item from sell for being out of stock after I paid for it yesterday. Still unhappy about that… (to be fair and balanced, the first thing he did was refund my money)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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