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Old 02-02-2015, 10:57 PM   #1
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Making it hard to buy Local

So yesterday, I was doing a little work checking out the tv antenna, and broke the directional handle, no big deal, I figured I would just order another one.
Saturday, I had been to a local RV store in Jeffersonville IN, about 13 miles from my home, and bought a few things,
I went to the stores webpage, and put the Directional knob in the cart, and figured, what the hec, I will get the crank handle also, total cost 14.76, for both Reasonable price, so I fill in zip code, for shipping charges, figuring it would be about 5.00 for priority mail.
Oh no, it was 14.40 for UPS ground, plus a 7.00 charge for small order.
total cost for 2 little parts totaling 14.76, was 36.16.
My head nearly exploded, I may never go in the store, to buy anything again,
Got on Amazon Smile, using prime, and the same parts were 15.76 with shipping.

I almost always try to buy local, but no way I am paying more than double for the privilege of doing business locally .
The shipping charge was enough to make me shop somewhere else, but 7.00 small order fee really irked me, and turned me off to even doing business with them in the future.
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I came upon a recycle RV parts store(warehouse) in my town that has been around for a long time. It was amazing to see the amount of stuff they had.

Maybe there is a recycle parts store near you.

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Ditto on the handle to raise the antenna. I looked it up online and it was $1.87. The local RV store where I store the rig had it on sale for $9.00. Ok, so some markup, don't have to ship it, but still 4X?
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I'm curious about why you wouldn't just drive to a store that was only 13 miles away rather than order on line. Buying locally insures that when you need the store it will still be there.
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On pretty much everything I buy I will check locally and on the internet. I buy from the lowest priced location taking into account taxes and shipping.

I did this just yesterday, needed a thermal fuse for dishwasher, locally ~$30 plus I'd have to drive ~60 miles round trip, on line $16. Guess where I ordered from. It will take a week to get the part but I can wash dishes for the interim.
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So yesterday, I was doing a little work checking out the tv antenna, and broke the directional handle, no big deal, I figured I would just order another one.
Saturday, I had been to a local RV store in Jeffersonville IN, about 13 miles from my home, and bought a few things,
I went to the stores webpage, and put the Directional knob in the cart, and figured, what the hec, I will get the crank handle also, total cost 14.76, for both Reasonable price, so I fill in zip code, for shipping charges, figuring it would be about 5.00 for priority mail.
Oh no, it was 14.40 for UPS ground, plus a 7.00 charge for small order.
total cost for 2 little parts totaling 14.76, was 36.16.
My head nearly exploded, I may never go in the store, to buy anything again,
Got on Amazon Smile, using prime, and the same parts were 15.76 with shipping.

I almost always try to buy local, but no way I am paying more than double for the privilege of doing business locally .
The shipping charge was enough to make me shop somewhere else, but 7.00 small order fee really irked me, and turned me off to even doing business with them in the future.
Did you take into consideration the $79.00 annual fee ($99.00 after March 15th 2015) to be an Amazon Prime member?
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I'm curious about why you wouldn't just drive to a store that was only 13 miles away rather than order on line. Buying locally insures that when you need the store it will still be there.
Because it was the Weekend, they were closed and I am busy the rest of the week. Reasonable shipping would be cheaper than my time, and gas.
Also, it is not like this specific dealer has a stellar reputation anyway. I was just going to give them a chance. Was even OK with it being a little higher priced.
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Did you take into consideration the $79.00 annual fee ($99.00 after March 15th 2015) to be an Amazon Prime member?
We saved more than 79.00 already this year on shipping, so there is nothing to consider as far as the amazon fee., Plus using Amazon smile, they donate a small amount to our Great Dane rescue.
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