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    This question relates to all of this sellers items: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/279344304/247_KWC_FULL_METAL_SLIDE_FULL_WEIGHT_4_5_CAL_395FPS_R1895_00.html The seller's shipping options make no sense. I wish to buy multiple items, however the shipping fees aren't justified. The 1st item shipping costs R170, however he 2nd item costs almost double that to be shipped. How is it possible? That meant R520 shipping for 2 items, which the couriers charges less than half that. I have no problem paying for add on shipping for additional items, however inflating shipping on secondary items to almost double that of the first makes no sense. I suspect it is in order for buyers not to buy more than one of each item. Or to pay bidorbuy less commission, since the seller must be profiting more on shipping . I need some advice on this matter since my understanding was that sellers should not use the shipping option for profiting ? By selling an item for cheap and charge a huge amount in shipping, the seller would be paying bidorbuy almost no commission , whilst making big money on shipping. This in my view chases away many buyers . Regards
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    Mike Klee asks a very interesting question regarding the silver Scheepjesgulden that was sent to the Cape in 1803 and introduced in 1806 here as the first coins struck specifically for South Africa (Cape of Good Hope). “For a coinage that was in circulation, what happened to them all? Why aren't they found by metal-detectorists” Let me start off by saying that finding (metal detecting) ANY pre-Victorian coins in South Africa is a rare occurrence. (However, I must state that we are not talking about shipwrecked coins – they are fairly frequently found by underwater detectorists) Coins from the first quarter of the 1800s and earlier, are seldom found on dry land here. The few that I have found I could count on the fingers of one hand. My oldest was a Charles I Rose Farthing that was interestingly enough struck before Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape in 1652. I have also found a Dutch India Company Doit from the late 1600s or early 1700s and a 1797 Cartwheel Penny. So I have never found a silver coin dating from the period of the VOC/ Dutch occupation of the Cape (pre 1806) and even the fairly common Georgian silver coins from 1816 to 1836 were only found on the rarest of occasions – I may have found two or three. And it was not due to a lack of trying - I have detected with friends from 1997 till around 2012 on a weekly basis – sometimes we would go out twice a week and during holidays every single day finding literarily 1000s upon 1000s of coins over the period. Our detectors were set to discriminate against modern “clad” coins, so the nickel coins minted after 1964 and the cladded coins minted after 1989, were not even dug up by us But between the whole group of us (we were about 20 metal detectorists searching in the Western Cape at that time – mostly the beaches - but also other sites from time to time) pre-Victorian coins were seldom found and called for a glass of Champagne when a strike was indeed made. Obviously, in a country like England, pre-Victorian coins are found on a daily basis by hundreds of detectorists – but at the Cape in the olden days, things seem to be not the same… Here is a picture of me joining an American & Canadian group of metal detectorists on a detecting trip to England a few years ago (2010 I think) – but that is obviously a different story …
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