I just bought 7 old to be rebuild coils on EBAY for $19.99.
The flat range Usps shipping price is $90.50.
I think this is a lot more than the real shipping price. Is the seller trying to get a few more $$$$ for this coils by getting the shipping price that high.
Is there a way to see what the real price shipping price should be??
you can go to USPS.com and see what it calculates at.
I tried International Flat Rate from Camarillo, CA to Belgium... large Flat Rate with $50 value is $80.50 at the counter, or $76.50 paid on-line. If the value is higher than $50 the insurance may be more, and they may add a few $ for international because they have to do the customs papers and actually go inside.
USPS wants people to buy their most expensive options, so you have to click to see their more affordable options called "Priority Mail International"
Your coils should fit with some padding in a USPS produced box 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", then the price is $61.75. Driving to the post office and packaging material is also a cost for the seller, so some $$ extra for handling would be acceptable.
I don't have the currant out of country rate on a USPS Flat rate box, but last year it was $77.95 and that does not include at least a $1.00 fee for tape. So I think $90.50 is slightly high. I am not sure though because the rate did go up this year so $90.50 may be close. I have to go to the Post Office today and I will check for you.
The rates international shipping has gone up in the last few weeks USPS. He is probable charging you his handling fee to get it to the post office. (time, gas, coffee, donut)
I just sent a radio to Belgium that a customer bought from me, and the box was about the size and weight of 4 coils together. $90 is not too far off. It's amazing how expensive it is getting!
Side note: For big items like Zenith console radios, I just send them Greyhound these days. You can do the same with large Model T parts and save a bundle with shipping.
If I was you, I would find out for sure that the coils are actually good candidates for rebuilding before spending that kind of money. I would imagine there are a lot of dead coils that are sold on T-bay.
If the seller does not know how to test them, maybe a Model T guy nearby can test them for you. It would be sad to spend that kind of money only to find out that you bought and had shipped overseas a box of "tar donors."
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wait until Jan 1st UPS is raising their rates bigtime.
I had to go into town and mail some packages this morning so I asked what postage was on a large flat rate box to Sweden. It was $80.50 so the guy is getting to you. I never charge a handling fee and I drive a 16 mile round trip to town and back. Postage is high enough without a handling fee. When someone from out of the country asks for shipping I hate to tell them because it is so high.
Next time I will not only ask if the seller can ship to Belgium but I will ask also the shipping price.
Two months ago I bought a lot of 15 coils and build 11 good working coils out of it. So now I bought 7 If I can build 5 good working coils out of the lot, the deal is not to bad I think.
For the 15 coils I paid $54.00 for shipping, they took about one month to get here. The price for the coils was $63.00 .
Leaving for a holly day this night.
one week of scuba diving in Corsica.
A hard lesson to learn about Ebay is that some sellers make a lot of their profit from the shipping costs. Find out BEFORE what the shipping cost will be before making a final bid.
Some will not even try even a little to keep the shipping cost down.
If you buy from a seller who does not do his own packing but depends entirely upon a shipper to supply everything BEWARE that you will be paying more than necessary.
I don't know if others do this but I supply the box, tape and only charge what the actual shipping cost is. I package the item myself as I can do a much better job than a shipper could do.
A word of caution also is when buying heavy parts you usually wind up paying more for shipping
than the item is worth. Not always but it does happen.
E-Bay charges the seller a percentage fee for shipping. Perhaps the seller is just covering the tacked on fee by E-Bay.
André ; We wensen jullie een goede vakantie, en kom weer veilig boven water.
Ditty en Toon
That sounds about right since rates went absolutely nuts for anything over 4 pounds.
I sold a logging stamp hammer on ebay that went to Canada and, because it was over the 4 pound threshhold it cost in the $50 area to ship it........YIKES
I also sent a Model T carburetor to Spain........same deal.
Toon, zowel letterlijk als figuurlijk....
those would fit in a medium flat rate box, $58.65, post office will pick them up at his door, and supply the box,
Andre, I shipped a Model A flywheel and clutch assembly to Switzerland today. I don't know what the shipping was since it went on the buyer's dime but, FedEx assured me it will be delivered by Monday Sept 29 by 6PM. That's 4 days from eastern USA to Switzerland. The box weighed 74# and was 18"X18"X10". usps is wanting to price themselves right out of existence.