Well, the Devil made me chime in here. I don’t understand the concern, speaking as a man retired on Social Security and a very small investment income for the area in which I live (San Francisco Bay Area, a place best suited for the wealthy) about shipping costs on this HWS Volume III. As collectors, we don’t seem to mind dropping a hundred bucks or more on a cartridge that was made in the millions, but has just not hit the surplus market yet, or spending a small fortune going to a cartridge show. Mind you, I have done the former and I miss my annual trip to St. Louis sorely, with my absence not finance related.
Long after the shipping fees and the cost of a book are s gone and forgotten, the wealth of information and the joy a good book gives us is still being explored.
It is just a fact of life today that many things can no longer be purchased at your corner “General Store,” with the internet becoming a major shopping source for many, thus shipping costs. High shipping costs are a fact of life now on everything, thanks to the “air only” policy of the Post Office, and the high cost of operating large trucks and cargo aircraft.
I, too, long for the time when my own city had 7 or 8 gun shops, several of them of major size and accomodation to collectors. We used to, in the store in which I worked, carry 30 or 40 titles of gun books, selected for being quality works. My city now has exactly NO gun shops, and few book stores carry any meaningful representation of those “evil” gun books.
Personally, I grin and bear the postage when I want something for my library or the collection, and if I do it at the time, I pass it by, albeit with regrets.
Well, just my thoughts on the matter. I know they will not be popular, but I have had 55 years of collecting and sixty-three years as a shooter to stop worrying about things that are pretty much beyond our control.
O.K. No I’ll sit down and shut up for awhile.