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Re: [TowerTalk] Need a bit of help fairly pricing an AB-577

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Need a bit of help fairly pricing an AB-577
From: Michael Goins <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:59:02 -0500
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I would consider the $50 for palletizing more than fair, were it me
looking for one, and you're right - the buyer will likely be across
country - that's how it always seems to happen. Obviously it would be
best packed that way and most likely to arrive in good shape and
complete. I'd also think most would be fine with the condition as it
would be used at their location to hold antennas and not for some sort
of display where they'd need all the additional parts (like the hammer
and digging bar, for example).

Pricing seems to be all over the place. They were reasonable a while
back, but I've seen their prices skyrocket in the past year or two.
Good luck with it - I don't think you'll have any problem finding a

Michael Goins, k5wmg
Professor, Writing
University of Texas at San Antonio

On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 11:33 PM, Grant Hopper <> wrote:
> Through a kind deed helping a fellow ham out of hot water with his wife, I
> have ended up with a second AB-577 tubular tower.  I don't need it and it is
> taking up valuable space in my garage.  I'd like to sell it but I really
> have no idea where the market is on these towers now (and I probably paid
> him too much for it.)
> I guess I actually need two bits of help.  First is pricing one of these
> since goggle searches weren't much help.  It's the basic tower, has all the
> cables, etc, but no screw anchors (at this time - I'm looking for some right
> now!)  It is also missing a couple of the basic tools like the hammer and
> digging bar, but all the special stuff is there.  It's in good condition,
> but it does not look 'depot new'.  Lots of cosmetic wear, but all the parts
> move and latch, etc..  It has 8 sections, collars, the top adapter, the
> winch and handle.
> The second is how to help a buyer avoid unnecessary shipping costs.  I'm
> willing to deliver local, but my guess is that the person that 'really,
> really wants it' isn't going to be down the street or Rob would have sold it
> to him and I wouldn't have had to buy it.  When I bought mine, I had a
> friend accept shipment commercially which reduced the cost.  I'm assuming a
> street side pickup is going to cost a buyer, but I really don't know much
> about how to locate a shipper to do a local 'drop off' at using my pickup.
> The only reason I'm thinking about this is that shipping cost could be a
> deterrent to a sale.
> I can arrange to palletize this thing as someone I know has access to a
> banding machine, wrap, and can get an 8' pallet.  I think it will run about
> $50 to do that (is that reasonable?)
> I suppose I could make it the buyer's problem, but I'd rather be a bit
> prepared in order to sell this thing (and maybe get it into someone's hands
> before field day.)  The end goal is getting this thing sold and recovering
> my costs.
> Thanks for any advise.
> 73,
> Grant Hopper, KB7WSD
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