Re: The good side of auction sites
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Randy Brown" <asmtrains@...> wrote:
>you know, Randy, both ATSF and Rio Grande were the dominant presence
> As far as my Z Scale modeling, I have decided to change from SF to
> D&RGW (I want to run my models through canyons with pine trees).
> I actually made this decision a month ago and magically MTL now has
> GP9s in D&RGW. There is a Z Scale god.
> I have placed my SF GP-35 on eBay in case anyone is interested.
> Randy Brown
in Colorado. so you could keep your Santa Fe and still run Rio
Grande especially from Denver south to Pueblo (and on into New
Mexico). this was called the "joint line" and both railroads shared
each others trackage. They ran their freights in one direction on
ATSF trackage, and the other way on D&RGW trackage. the arrangement
still applies today with the UP and BNSF. now the same wasn't true
for the mainline and tunnel district WEST of Denver, but Colorado has
plenty of scenery everywhere along the joint line (with an abundance
of rock and trees) so you could have your Santa Fe/Rio Grande cake
and eat it too.
Credit cards are a double edged sword. They are easy to use and make our
lives easier. I live by my credit cards since it is just plain simple to use and
easily rectified. But yes, we retailers must take this into account when we
sell merchandise. I would NEVER even consider not taking credit cards. So the
fees we pay are just part of business and our overhead.
But now we have come full circle. We bring it back to PayPal and what started
this long string of posts on eBay, pricing, shipping, etc. PayPal charges
much higher fees to retailers for the 'privilege' of using their service. For
small retailers and consumers, this is convenient. But for a company like Ztrack,
we have going through great pains to be an authorized Visa and Mastercard
merchant. Our fees are approximately 50% less than if we used Paypal. What this
means is that we can keep costs down and is the sole reason we do not accept
So, if anyone is even still reading these threads, I hope we all have learned
from them. I know I have come through this with some thoughts on improving
our websites to make some of these charges more clear. I hope anyone reading
this has more of an insight what retailers faces when trying to offer products at
the best price. Many retailers cannot get it right which is why we see so
many failures today in the hobby market. It is sad, and a trend I fear that will
Again, it is what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. I ask all of you to
support our Z scale retailers. They are the backbone of this hobby. Also, please
remember to tip your waitress...
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