a group buy is on, PM me with desired quantity if you want in. Pricing posted on tuesday.
Price will be your fraction of the total + $10 for USPS shipping from my house to you.
I'm assuming everyone wants 3/16". Let me know otherwise.
***************** EDIT 8/25/2011 *****************
Notes for future group buying of bev-seal (lessons for other group buys too). I edited the original post instead of putting it at the end to make it easier to find.
The west coast distributor for bev seal does not carry nor will they special order the 3/16 line, they'll only sell the 1/4". However the mid-west distributor has no problems shipping anywhere in the country. Jim is a very easy to deal with and i was happy to work with him:
APEX Beverage Equipment Distribution Group, LLC
Phone: 877-901-2739 (APEX)
As you know the line comes in 1000' spools. Drop shipping to California via UPS in the summer of 2011 was $40 for 2 rolls bundled together, and $30 for 1 roll. Accuflex only bundles up to 2 rolls per shipment, so buying an odd number like 5 spools would be $110 shipping. Line cost was approx $157 and it took about a week from order placement to arrival.
Without too much effort i could get 100' into a medium USPS flat rate box, 150 and 200 into a large flat rate, and 250 was best to fit into a large game-box flat rate (same price but you have to special order the boxes from USPS). 50ft will just barely fit into the USPS flat rate envelope but that takes a lot of time/effort. The rough breakdown of orders was:
50ft - 2%
100ft - 66%
150ft - 15%
200ft - 15%
250ft - 2%
For group line orders that have multiple boxes it's not too difficult to sell every last bit. You just have to juggle folks (and their various quantities) around into various boxes until each box has an exact 1000' sold. The line is length marked so counting it off isn't too bad.
Paypal worked reasonably well for the group buy, some people haven't used it in a while or were new to it so payment took a little longer. However after the groupbuy was completed i got some nasty e-mails from paypal saying my account would be disabled if i continued to use my account for business purposes. I asked folks in the buy to send the money as a gift so save money, 85% did so. If i had to do it again i'd do it as a paypal "good/services" and increase the price by ~3-4% so i wouldn't get stuck paying the commissions and also because of the paypal issues.
The HomeBrewTalk bunch are a good group of folks to work with. A few even chipped in to help me get SWMBO some flowers, 7 boxes of line took quite a bit of space for a week or so. Thanks guy, i surprised her at work with them! And out of fifty-something people in the group buy only 1 person flaked, but since this line is seriously hot stuff i was able to unload it quickly.
Thanks again ya'll!