Yay!!! I won another live internet auction on Saturday for a Win. M54 in 22/250 W a 10x Unertl scope, suposedly in 98% condition for $750. I have probably bought 20-30 rifles and shotguns and pistols in the last 2-4 years, so i know, each individual auction company will run each auction in diferent particular ways. Basicly, its a " ya win some, ya loose some" sort of a deal. Have got some pretty good deals, and sure, i have gotten a few real loosers too. Although I wouldn't put this particular rifle in the "looser" catagory just yet, but its getting there....Here are the details of this particular "deal".
1 Win m54 w/10x Unertl scope $750
With a 18% buyers premium $135
And a $5 handling fee $5
And a Whopping shipping fee of......$195.....Yes thats right, $195 from Pa. to AK. Now I dunno about you, but the most i have EVER paid is about $60 bucks. and usualy about $35. So you can imagine how usually good natured 4951tomm's head almost exploded this morning. I know that shipping to AK. is going to be a bit more but this is outrageous!!!! When registering for the auction they usually lay out their terms, I check them, and either agree or not depending on what they are.
1. Check the Buyers Premium!!! In my experiance they range from 10-18%
2. Check handling fees!!! for guns in general i have seen from $5 to $45
3. Here is the kicker for us Alaskans; Check the shipping charges if possible!!! For us Alaskans this can be difacult, so i usually just "trust them" that they will be reasonable......And usualy they are......In the past i have even called ahead to request a particular shipper, MY Choice!!! In this particular case the auction company had the UPS store pack and ship for them. Called the auction house but "my hands are tied" " Give me your number I'll see what i can doo" So will give them a call again tomorrow and see what he will doo. Called the the UPS store to see what they could doo.....They actualy dropped the price to $165......Seems they over estimated in their favor.....But still $165!!!!
Now i did agree with their terms, so i will pay. And i will give them a chance to do the right thing. But if i have to pay $165 bucks to get a rifle shipped to Alaska from PA.....Ill plaster their company name next to the word "complaint " ALL OVER THE INTERNET!!!!!!!