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Assume bee space is adhered to.
Vote Yes, No and why.
[This message has been edited by magnet-man (edited September 21, 2004).]
Buying woodenware over the internet
from someone who hides their identity
seems to me to be the most pointless
waste of technology since someone bolted
some wheels to a pogo stick and called
it a Segway.
Why pay so much for some unknown party
to assemble and paint a SINGLE deep,
10 frames, a SINGLE bottom board, and
a SINGLE top of unknown pedigree?
And I would never buy bee supplies on eBay.
(Perhaps I would use "bee-Ay"...)
I like buying my supplies from people who
I can at least look in the eye at the larger
beekeeper meetings. Know your dealer, and
make sure your dealer knows you.
Mann lake has the same things for about the same price, except for the top feeder.
I guess you'd have to paint them though... but that's worth maybe a dollar.
I asked the question and I basically agree with MB. After shipping cost the hive is only $8 less expensive or 9% when purchased from Manlike.
If I could be assured that the equipment is truly standard and was consistently made then I would consider purchasing from him. But that was not what I asked.
The thing I notice most about newly manufactured woodenware on Ebay is the seller soon gives up. This guy can not be making much money. Once he figures his cost he wonÂ’t be manufacturing woodenware for sale on Ebay. Low profit margin means you have to deal in volume and woodenware will never be a volume business on Ebay.
[This message has been edited by magnet-man (edited September 22, 2004).]
It seems that he said "assembled and painted", but even so I vote no for all the same reasons you fellows see.
In addition, I do not use rabbeted equipment, and this seems to be rabbeted.
I don't know where the fellow is getting his materiel. Here I cannot buy lumber cheap enough to even make my own--It would be folly to spend the price of a good box only to save half the shipping.
I can easily make any parts that can be made from scrap, but I cannot find 1 x 8's or 1 x l2's to make supers. I am buying
1 x 8's to make baby nucs 8 inches square; materiel alone is about $3 per box here. I can make everything else out of scraps.
Unless this fellow has a source of scrap materiel he cannot be making any money; he still has to package and ship, all of which takes his time.