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Date:         Tue, 9 Jan 2001 13:24:03 -0500
Reply-To:     The Bus Depot <busdepot@EMAIL.COM>
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From:         The Bus Depot <busdepot@EMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: True cost of AMC heads for 1.9L and 2.1L: bare for $240 to
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> 1.9 Water Cooled Vanagon '83-85 (Bare) 240.00 232.00 216.00 > (Same as above) Complete with valves & springs 280.00 272.00 252.00 > 2.1 Water Cooled Vanagon '86-91(Bare) 240.00 232.00 216.00 > (Same as above) Complete with valves & springs 280.00 272.00 252.00

> Complete heads in sets of 10 with a 50% markup is only $378.

> Is there a shop on the list that will sell them for less markup? > Maybe they can sell to a group purchase if there is enough interest. > If they do you could get TWO heads for a little more than one head.

Heck, I work at way under a 50% markup every day. If there were enough group interest I'd offer them at half that markup. This would be $350 each range for complete heads (maybe less depending on quantity) or $300 range for bare. But that really isn't much less than I charge anyway.

You see, you have forgotten to include freight, which is quite significant. It would be in two directions - once from the importer to me, then again from me to you. Heads are heavy; you could easily be looking at a good $40-plus per head in freight. The importer does not drop-ship (nor do they sell to small retailers or repair shops; they only service high volume accounts such as the wholesalers who sell _to_ the repair shops).

When you consider the freight cost, you see that my everyday price ($379.95 for a complete 2.1L head, including one direction of the freight; that is, you only pay the freight from me to you on top of that price) is very close to the above 25%-markup price anyway, without the need for a list purchase. (In fact, it's within $10.00 or so.) However, it is true that another $20 or so per head could be shaved off if there were a volume purchase. Particularly if a lot of people were interested in bare heads, which I usually don't carry (but can get). So if you are seriously interested, p-mail me, and if there's enough demand to result in a lower price we can certainly do it.

- Ron Salmon The Bus Depot, Inc. (215) 234-VWVW

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