I made a really stupid error today. I've been trying to source poncho liners to make shirts, but buying them on eBay one by one is a pain so I thought I'd save some money and bid on a lot of several. I found a website that liquidates modern military surplus for the government, and promptly bid on said lot. Well, as I read into the details, it mentions shipping as an option and stipulates it is the buyers responsibility and expense. I called to check and it turns out they usually just will-call the items. Shipping is sometimes done through a third party who comes to the warehouse, picks it up, packages the items, and send it off.
Well, seeing as how I live as far on the west coast as humanly possible without living on a boat, I will not be driving to Pennsylvania to pick up my 14 poncho liners. I'm stressed out at this stupid mistake because according to the person I spoke with today, things that sell for less than $2500.00 automatically have a $500 restocking charge. A $500 restocking charge for $275 worth of poncho liners. Even though they could be thrown in a box in less than 2 minutes, I'm worried the expense of the shipping service will exceed the cost of the items. Thought about how dumb I am all day at work today and probably will all day tomorrow as well.
This is a long shot, but does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with a situation like this? Many of my now deceased family members are from PA, but I have nobody there now. The items are located in Chambersburg, Pa... If I get desperate, think it would be worth while to try and hire someone independently to ship it via USPS? Anyone close and willing? Happy to pay for your time and shipping charges, just don't want to get gouged. Maybe i'm missing something and not thinking the obvious. I would really appreciate your ideas and suggestions.
I'm an idiot.