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How to save on shipping.:)

With both of my favorite steam engines in the round house for repairs, and landscaping moving forward so fast, I was having withdrawals with only the turbine to operate. I went on E-bay to find an inexpensive new steamer. I found a “closing soon” Rio Grande 6-38624 that I bid on and won. Shortly there after I received an e-mail stating if I spent $100.00 on there web site store they would wave the $20.00 e-bay shipping charges. On there web site they stated if I spent $75.00 or more there would be no shipping charges at all. I then purchased an inexpensive TMCC Berkshire for $228.00 with no shipping charges. Although I use TMCC command base for switches, my engines are old so I use block system and control track voltage with a Cab-1 and a PM-1. As this is my first TMCC engine I suddenly realized I will have to purchase a second TMCC engine to experience the fun of two engines and no block switching. Thank goodness there are places you can wind up spending several hundred dollars to save shipping costs.:eek:hwell:
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Fuel the Sale

In my travels I have seen threads on lower prices at E bay. Recently I got a 10% coupon from paypal up to 100 dollars. Sellers are concerned and I have noticed a lack of bidding until the final minutes. The price runs up fast to the estimated value sometimes lower. My philosophy is why bid higher. There is always a supply at e bay especiallly what I get. Sometimes another identical item is minutes away. O scale is still 20,000 items strong and 12000 in Lionel. I am finding that "Buy it Now" is best early in the week and the pricing is more reasonable.I don't think I spend enough to get those reallly good coupons.:(
Buy and Enjoy Hope they are good purchases

I just think it is weird to buy one piece of rollling stock and pay all that shipping. I did it once. The number of items listed this way is just so large.:confused:
 

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Ok T-Man on E-bay. Ninety five percent of my trains are E-bay Purchased over four years ago. Back then some times I would use the service that bid in the last ten seconds. Lately I do as you say, just decide how much I want to spend and if I miss I know there will be another like item soon. After the auction ends, if you look at the track of the bidding, often people will up there price several times in the last few minutes or less. Looking at TRAINZ they seem to have a good supply and able to sell the same type of items over and over. Yes on the shipping cost being high. As I am now trying to keep up with 3 people building landscape for me, buying inexpensive construction materials with high shipping can get costly. Same true with repeated trips to the crafts store.
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What does that button actually do? I have never used it. I plan on a lot of fluff as a safety margine. One auction I won by less than 20 cents.

I never gotten into pricing the newer engines. The fair to good condition post war auctions were always lower than a shop item.

Try AC Moore if you have one. They give discounts on their receipts.
Bob
 
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