FYI: Choices. Caveat Emptor

Denny Anspach <danspach@...>

I am reporting the following very recent serendipitous comparative buying experiences. In both instances, the object purchased weighed between 0.2-0.3 oz. and both were the physical size and thickness of a large fat postcard. There were compelling reasons to order from these two places.

Walthers (on-line): price: MSRP. Time betw. order acknowledgement and shipping: 5 days. Time betw. ship and receive: 7 days. Ship cost: $8.95.

Caboose Hobbies (Denver) on line: price: minor disc. Order acknowl. & ship: N/A (back order). Time betw ship & receive: 2 days. Ship cost $1.68.

The difference is pretty breathtaking, especially as Walthers now adds on California's 10% sales tax. I protested up front the shipping charge, but it was to no avail.