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dsevr
02-09-2007, 02:41 AM
On another board I used to frequent (Porsche Petes Boxster Board) they would quite often do group purchases of favorite upgrades-accessories. Think it would be good to have a listing for this on the Sprinter board that way groups of Sprinter owners to use the power of a large purchase to lower the price, IE conversion to MB badging, adjustable sunshade, etc. The way the boxster board did it was a selected person kept the names of all those wanting a selected option. An "end date" for enrollment in the current purchase was announced, as well as min number committed to purchase to get the discount. In some cases the lead individual collected the funds, in others the mfg agreed to let individuals contact directly with the knowledge if the min number wasn't purchased each person was req to pay additional. I personally used it many times to buy maintenance materials, cleaning materials, floor mats, bra, etc. Think it would be good for all us Sprinter owners to get together on sonething like this.

sikwan
02-09-2007, 02:51 AM
Are you kidding? Of course this would be good! :thumbup:

We could either leave it in the Sprintertalk section and have it as a sticky or have its own category under Group Buys.

Seek

acvr4
02-09-2007, 03:25 AM
Some what similar to what Chazzo's doing with the scan guage. :thumbup:

I did a group buy several years back in my car club. I contacted a nmanufacturer of am electronic mirrors and got a sweet deal but the problem I had is that some people decided to take their time to pay. Well I had to purchase the bulk order and sold them at cost to pass on the super deal but due to the slow payers I lost money. You live you learn. Tough being a nice guy sometimes.:idunno:

But hey, any Group buy may be of interest :smilewink:

kkanuck
02-09-2007, 05:26 AM
COUNT ME IN!!!!



Tibor

BaywoodBill
02-09-2007, 05:21 PM
Having spent some time with the clip on/foldout/opps-I-need-to-tighten that screw/that-thing-could-kill-you-in-an-accident sunshades, I'm very interested in the new product.

chaozz
02-10-2007, 12:14 AM
next i will work on the oil change kit with tranny kit.
think ill leave out the wiper blades..

got a few places in town that carry OEM MB stuff.
i know the oil filter was $3.50
soon as i get it together will post.

sikwan
02-10-2007, 12:27 AM
Thanks for helping out the Sprinter community Chaozz! :clapping: :thumbup:

Seek

chaozz
02-10-2007, 12:37 AM
Thanks for helping out the Sprinter community Chaozz! :clapping: :thumbup:

Seek

Your welcome

buying stuff is what I do for a living ..
it just helps i fixed cars for over 20 years
and my inlaws own 2 auto repair shops.

http://www.mchenrysauto.com/images/McHenrys_pic2.jpg

acvr4
02-10-2007, 02:09 AM
:thumbup:

Zach Woods
02-12-2007, 12:15 PM
Howdy chaozz and others -

Polls could be used to keep a running tally of how many group buy respondents there have been.

Unfortunately this would not allow the group buy "leader" to know the order in which people have signed up for the group buy but it would make it very quick and easy for someone new to the poll determining if they are still within the cut-off number.

PM me if you want to learn more about this option. Short version is:

1. Set up a public poll and new thread for every new group buy.

2. When someone wants to be a part of a group buy require them to both post a message and respond "Yes" to the poll question and post their intention (the post captures the date and timestamp to allow mediation of who signed up when).

3. The group buy "leader" could always update the poll results if someone forgot to vote in the poll but did remember to either email, PM or post their intention to buy.

Zach

P.S. I always want to thank you for your group buy efforts! This is the kind of thing that makes The Sprinter-Source.com great!

sikwan
02-12-2007, 06:27 PM
Hey Zach:

Don't we have enough polls? :lol:

The thing with polls is that people can change their minds at the last minute or some may skip the poll entirely due to privacy reasons.

I suggest that people post, private message, or email that they're interested, and the group buyer decides which is the best way to gather info. Private message or email, imho, is probably the best way.

Set a deadline and hopefully you can get the minimum amount of people for the group buy. Most businesses have a 30 day grace period anyways and it is a good idea.

Set another deadline for payment so that you can receive payment before making the big purchase. Unless you're a business and can overcome the initial hit, it's always hard trying to gather funds before making the big purchase. Try as you must, but you'll always get the slow payers or at worst the flakers.

:2cents:

I hope one day the Sprinter-Source can not only supply a medium for information but also a place for discounted hard parts.

Seek

Zach Woods
02-12-2007, 06:50 PM
Howdy Seek -

Maybe it hasn't become obvious . . . I like polls.

In connection to group purchases I would love it if everything could be handled by a poll (Yes answer, contact info, and count of remaining items for purchase) but I know that it currently can't. My thinking is that the poll makes it very clear how many of the purchase items are still remaining - both for the buyers and for the seller.

Zach

sikwan
02-12-2007, 07:32 PM
Hi Zach:

My thinking is that the poll makes it very clear how many of the purchase items are still remaining - both for the buyers and for the seller.

For a seller maybe, but for a buyer I don't think it matters does it?

There's always going to be someone that does not participate in a poll, and then the count will be skewed either way. Do we make it a requirement that we participate in the poll otherwise we can't get in on the deal?

What I would suggest, and it is the group buyer's decision, is to use a check out type window rather than vB's poll format because it would simpify data/fund collecting. Use like a Paypal or a Google Checkout link for the group buy.

While a poll is great at collecting data, it's not a means for collecting personal data/funds for a group purchase. I'm sure it's possible to put some programming time to create this type of poll, but then it wouldn't be a poll anymore and there's already programs out there that do this type of thing better.

Lastly, I don't want to discourage using a poll. I just think there are better methods. It's really up to the seller. :thumbup:

Seek

dsevr
02-13-2007, 12:05 AM
Count me in. Currently interested in adjustable sunshade, MB badging-grill kit, poss insulation kit.

mgameros
02-13-2007, 05:27 AM
I'm IN!

sikwan
02-13-2007, 06:30 AM
We now have a Group Buys category under the Classified section. I'm not sure how we should go about listing them, so this is what I was thinking...

1. If someone wants to gauge interest in a group buy, then it should be announced/placed in the Sprinter Talk category; threads, posts, polls, etc.

2. When we have a definite Group Buy going, a new thread will be in the Group Buys category.

Or should we just combine everything and place it in Group Buys?

Any thoughts welcome....

Thanks,
Seek

Zach Woods
02-13-2007, 09:18 PM
Howdy Seek -

I would suggest keeping Group Buys (both interest gathering about them and the actual Group Buy process) in the Group Buys category.

I think by doing this we are helping to keep the Sprinter Talk category from becoming too much of a catch-all. We run the risk of Sprinter Talk becoming the only (or at least the first) place that people go for everything.

Folks can subscribe to the new Group Buys forum and therefore never have to visit it but still guarantee that they get notified when a new or potential Group buy turns up. They can learn how to subscribe here: http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1437&postcount=1

Zach

sikwan
02-13-2007, 09:35 PM
Hi Zach:

Okay. Let's keep all the group buy topics under Group Buys.

Seek

chaozz
02-14-2007, 02:18 AM
if people post what they have interest in..
i can get prices from my contacts..
dont mind selling at exact cost plus exact ship..

BaywoodBill
02-14-2007, 05:14 PM
Will there be subgroups under the Group Buy head so that we can see what Buys are being organized? I hope the whole project works and that all who express interest cooperate all the way. chaozz was getting up a scangauge group but I don't see it under this rubric.

Zach Woods
02-14-2007, 05:21 PM
Hi Bill -

You can find the ScanGauge group buy here: http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=728&highlight=scanguage

I think the new Group But subforum will work great - a couple of speed bumps as we get everything transitioned over, though!

Zach

sikwan
02-14-2007, 05:45 PM
Will there be subgroups under the Group Buy head so that we can see what Buys are being organized? I hope the whole project works and that all who express interest cooperate all the way. chaozz was getting up a scangauge group but I don't see it under this rubric.

Bill:

In my mind, and it's up to the forum members, we should have group buys as threads. Each group buy should have an expiration and when expired the title should change with the added word "ENDED." I was thinking about locking the thread, but I don't think that would be a good idea in case someone wants to rehash it to post a question. That person ideally should start a new thread if he/she decides to start another group buy for the same item.

Chaozz's scangauge buy is not what I consider a group buy. It should be in the for sale section since he's independently purchasing and selling the items.

Seek

chaozz
02-21-2007, 11:28 PM
air filter 19.09
fuel 21.50
oil 6.00
tranny kit 15.00

if i get a order total over $5500
they wont charge me the shipping of 143.00

prices not that great..and the guy was kinda a jerk to boot

sikwan
02-22-2007, 03:47 AM
air filter 19.09
fuel 21.50
oil 6.00
tranny kit 15.00

if i get a order total over $5500
they wont charge me the shipping of 143.00

prices not that great..and the guy was kinda a jerk to boot

That's 89.3 buyers or 90 interested members that each buy 1 kit. If each buyer buys 5 kits ($307.95), that's only 18 people. For me, I'll probably buy more oil and fuel filters than air and tranny kits. Let me see...:thinking:

chaozz
02-22-2007, 05:11 PM
yea i was telling the guy that..
that only need one tranny kit per 2 or 3
oil filters depending on how often you change
it same with fuel filter..
guy was just such a :censored:
think when you goto a parts place and you want to
spend money they would be nice to you..
and its not like they deal with the general public
its strictly a wholesale parts place.
he asked me to pay up front for the stuff which was fine.
but then he said they still have to run a credit check
even though i will be paying with a Credit card...:idunno:
got a couple more places to look into ..he just seemed the best
option since thats all they sell is parts for german cars

Altered Sprinter
02-22-2007, 09:59 PM
Must have been an ex Chrysler employee! or worse UPS. :laughing:
Richard

Old Master
03-11-2007, 04:11 AM
I'm interested in buying one of those "Turbo Resonator Eliminators." Actually, I need it before this coming Thursday which makes this post kind of irrelevant. (I'm driving to Washington, D.C. on Thursday.) But if more members are interested I could just wait and get it after my trip.

I forget who was selling them in here, but I have the telephone number.

John

Altered Sprinter
03-11-2007, 09:24 AM
John heres the web site for the turbo elimenator.
www.riordanco.com (http://www.riordanco.com/)
Richard