Recently, a customer wrote to me to suggest that fellow builders (of electric bikes) were looking for parts of a certain material. However, the price was too high for them at the low quantities they wanted to order. Furthermore, these same people would be willing to wait a few weeks in order to get a lower price.
This got me thinking: there are probably many groups out there that could use a certain material/thickness combination, but aren't ordering because it's not cost effective in low quantity. Also, people across different interest groups might never have a chance to talk to each other to realize that they're looking for the same thing. So I came up with an experiment to see if we could help these folks.
Interested in a group buy and saving money? Here's what you should do:
1. Post a message in the comments section below explaining what you are looking for: material, thickness, a note about the quantity cost in the online estimator and what price you're aiming for. For example:
Any steel 0.05-0.12, estimator shows $6.61 in quantity 100, need a price of $12 or less.
If somebody else is already looking for the same material, you should reply to their message.
2. Let people who are involved in the same type of building know about this either by sharing a link to this page, or using the sharing links above. Remember, this will only work if we can get together a good number of people to participate. Head out to your favorite forums, post to Twitter, or just tap the person next to you on the shoulder and let them know about Big Blue Saw's group buy.
Post your comment before June 7, 2014. After that date, we will round up the orders for the top material/thickness (possibly more than one group if we get enough interest) and contact the participants for a group buy.
This is an experiment to see if we should try a similar process in the future.