A Sucker Born (Or Bagged) Every Minute
I was wondering about your thoughts and opinions on this above ad. It shows what looks like a Ikea Dimpa bag (I bought mine for under 5 dollars in the US at my local Ikea) and offers it as a "BROMPTON Bicycle Storage Bag" for 20 US dollars. Do you find this as a not only a huge rip-off of unsuspecting buyers, but as perhaps a way of turning them off from their Bromptons too? I am relieved to report that this listing is now closed and no one else will be harmed. Although, according to the listing's History, 2 bags were sold. Unfortunately, it means that this seller-or rather inflating middleman-was still able to make around 30 or so dollars pure profit off the unsuspecting. People like this make me real mad! :mad::mad::mad: I know, I know this is legal, but does it still make it ethical?
From The Ebay Listing:
BROMPTON Bicycle Storage Bag
Item condition: New
Ended: Dec 08, 201008:42:41 PST
Price: US $19.99
".....NEW LOWER PRICE!! Hello Ebayers. Today I've got a storage bag for a Brompton folding bicycle that I'm ready to part with. It's constructed of sturdy poly tarpaulin, webbing, and anti-rust polyester coated zippers. The dimensions are 25" X 25" X 9". It will fit a Brompton folding bicycle equiped with either a standard or extended seat post quite handily. If you have a telescopic seat post you may need to remove your seat. Your Bromptonaut will love this neat, fitted storage bag. Get it in plenty of time for the holidays, including FREE Priority Shipping in the U.S.!! I ship same day or next day so you can have this beautiful storage bag for your Brompton in your home generally within 3 DAYS of payment!! Free standard shipping to Canada, only $15 everywhere else on the planet!! Paypal accepted. All questions welcomed and promptly answered. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!..."
From Ikea (USA version):
$3.99 (US Dollars)
Length: 25 ½ "
Depth: 8 ¾ "
Height: 25 ½ "
Length: 65 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Height: 65 cm
- Protects contents against moisture and dirt.
Photo From Listing Shown Below:
i have to get the hello kitty bag for sure ......
dunno if it is a racket..... he offers free shipping ( which is 10 bucks roughly) and sells the bags for 19.90 that seems to me allows him to make a 7 dlr profit before paying ebay and paying for gas to pick up the bags at Ikea .....
i seen much worse .....
remember not everybody lives in a big city with an ikea close by ..... might not be all that bad after all....
but than what do I know
No worse than people buying garage sale bikes for $10 and selling them on CL for $100.
It's called capitalism.
I decided to visit the Ikea Website and their FAQs page for information on shipping their merchandise for the people too far from Ikea US stores. Here is what I saw:
4. How will my purchase be delivered when I order online?
Many of the items shown in the IKEA 2009 catalog can be delivered. Delivery across continental U.S. only (Puerto Rico, P.O. Boxes and APO addresses are excluded.) Hawaii & Alaska ship Parcel only, Truck deliveries are not available. We carefully choose the delivery service that is best to ensure that your order is delivered in premium condition. Orders are shipped from our supply warehouse by Parcel or Truck deliveries. Shipping and handling fees will be charged based on shipment weight/volume, delivery destination, and retail value of order. Please note, that changing your delivery address on the site does not change your delivery address for any orders other than those placed on the Internet.
Standard shipping for orders delivered via FedEx to postal code (Actually Nearby A Ikea Store!):
Most orders that weigh less than 70lbs and the order value is less than $200.00 will be delivered via FedEx.
Actual shipping and handling rates will vary based on the weight and the merchandise value.
Below are examples for your area:
Estimated Shipping Cost
$0.00 - 20 1-6.9 lbs $19.15
Not only most anything (not just the bag) is far more expensive shipping even nearby a store, but it is a real hassle to order. I agree with you, Thor. Not everyone lives near an Ikea store. And the major shipping Websites like Amazon does not "do" Ikea. But I would pass myself. Or have a friend ship or bring a bag to me.
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