"Minime is right %100 most sellers on ebay will risk the expensive vintage items completely just to save a couple bucks on shipping. "
this is partially ebays fault and the average buyers fault in many cases. now ebay asks buyers to rate sellers on shipping costs. not surprisingly, i think last i checked we had an average of 4.2 out of 5 for this rating even though the customers know what we charge before bidding - no surprises. and even though what we charge is based on ONLY on our actual cost for new materials (to pack that gear RIGHT!) and what the carrier charges, without any hidden profit. (its not always exact cause its estimated based on size and weight, but we often lose money on shipping at the end of the day). we're not a charity - youd think people would understand the costs of packing and transporting a big fragile item would be significant, but i guess all people see are dollar signs.... and compare them to the cost of either shipping smaller, less valuable items, or whatever the other seller who dumpster dove to get that 2 sheets of 1/2 popped bubblewrap and a coffee stained box charged them for packing (if anything).
the majority of buyers are just looking for the cheapest option, even if it means putting another vintage synth in danger
"I would rather get overcharged for shipping it makes me nervous when a heavy synth is listed at $40-50 shipping. "
our cost to pack a 5 octave synth is usually in the $15-25 range. thats for materials, not time (which we havent charged for to date). shipping close by can be really cheap, but across the country it can get pricey. sure, you could use a small box to save money but that wouldnt allow enough packing material to ensure a safe trip.
"Still, even if something is packed amazingly some UPS j**ka** is going to drop kick it and throw it around like a red headed step child. FYI All the smashed packages I have received have been from UPS and we are talking in the last 6 months: Three CS series synths, chroma polaris and just yesterday an akai mfc-42, they were all poorly packed but I still hold a grudge against UPS and think they more expensive. "
we have had 0 damage via ups in the last couple of years because we now pack items to withstand abuse. any buyer/lover of vintage synths should make sure whoever they buy from packs properly or they shouldnt buy from that seller. cause todays average seller hardly knows how to power a synth up let alone pack it for whats often a rough ride.
"I started with.. "Any box of delicate old electronics is likely to suffer damage in transit be it in a 747 or bicycle."
The reply was.. "this is simply untrue...." followed by.. ".. most people arent going to pack things well and will risk damaging their item. this is especially troubling when its a vintage item. "
Thank you, exactly my point!! "
well the way i read it, it seemed as though you werent acknowledging the fact that its usually the sellers fault for poorly packing that item. any seller worth dealing with will not underpack an item and risk damaging it.
" Cough... I have a polaris I'll sell that has had the membranes fixed. PM me if anyone is interested."
contact sound doctrin about this, he bought our last broken one and fixed it up when our tech didnt want to deal with it.