DancesWithMoose, on Dec 3 2005, 04:29 AM, said:
Does this mean that groups are going to get precedence in ordering? I guess I need to belong to a group to have a better chance of getting a coin now. any openings??
Coin clubs don't get any special treatment when it comes to placing orders. I have to wait for the 'on sale' time and fight to get my order placed before a coin sells out just like you do. The only difference is that I'm ordering for 18+ people, instead of just myself, so my Paypal bill is a LOT larger.
I guess the only 'advantage' we get is (usually) a break on shipping cost. Bulk shipping of 50+ coins is a lot cheaper than if they were shipped as multiple 1-3 coin orders, so the sellers often recalculate shipping and insurance costs for us vs. 'per coin' prices. It sometimes saves us .50 to $1 a coin.
The advantages of coin clubs as I see them are:
- Bulk ordering. For the members, it means someone else (me) gets to deal with all the hassles of coin buys - crazy sale times, placing orders, fighting Paypal, etc. For sellers, it's easier to track and package one large order vs. many small orders.
- Reduced shipping/insurance costs. See above. Since most of my members are local, there's no additional shipping after I receive the coins.
- Many eyes watching for new issues. It's hard to keep up with all the new coins coming out, so PCC members are assigned specific forums to watch (national, regional, state, international) and they alert us as soon as they see news of a new coin that fits our purchase criteria. In fact, this is probably THE biggest advantage of a coin club.
That said, PCC has membership openings (email me if interested), and I believe Nurse Dave does too (he has the largest club). Can't speak for any others.
This post has been edited by hydnsek: 03 December 2005 - 11:17 PM