I’m not unaware of the high cost of shipping, ex: I spent $40 to send the KX2 back to Elecraft via the USPS. OUCH!
$91 to Cali
$61 to MO
$40 to NC
$63.01 to Cali Ground
$26.00 to MO Ground
$26.00 to VA Ground
To let you know (if you didn’t already) that it cost the vendors/dealers a lot to money to ship that rig to you for ‘free’. Additionally, if you are unaware, the margin on Ham Radio Rig sales is almost nothing-so give ’em a break when they “can’t do any better” with the understanding that what they are actually clearing on the sale of a New HF rig is virtually Peanuts.
Now, don’t be fooled; most vendors enjoy a much lower shipping rate than I can, because I’m a one-timer vs an everyday shipper– but don’t forget shipping is Still a big part of their “Best Deal”.
Kinda makes the ‘if it snows it’s free’ deal sound even sweeter-huh?
and while I have you… if you are looking for a sweet, classic Kenwood rig, lemmie know! My TS-850 is packed and ready to go