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Hi all.

I have some lights and some C9 stringers for sale. Buyer pays shipping and payments to be made with PayPal.

You can buy all of one item or just what you need, but it would be nice to sell each item as a complete group.

PM me and we can discuss what you would like to buy.

For now the prices are what they are, prefer not to haggle!

Here is the list:

11 - C9 100 socket stringers, White cord and sockets, bought from Centsible Holiday lighting, used one season. Note: one or more of the stringers is really only 99 sockets.

Price: $9.50 per stringer - $104.50 for all of them.

Blue C9 bulbs, 496 total, used one season, about 100 of these have not been used, bought from Creative Displays.

Price for all of them: $35.00

Green C9 Bulbs, 507 total, used one season, about 107 of these have not been used, bought from Creative Displays. This will ship in 2 boxes.

Price for all of them: $35.00

Red C9 Bulbs, 499 total, used one season, about 100 of these have not been used, bought from Creative Displays.

Price for all of them: $35.00

Par 38 Colored Halogen Bulb, 95 watt, used one season.

15 Blue bulbs, $3.50 each

15 Green bulbs, $3.50 each

14 Red bulbs, $3.50 each

Mini Lights:

Target Brand (40% energy saving), used one season but in good shape:

36 Red, Price for all of them $36.00

36 Blue, Price for all of them $36.00

36 Green, Price for all of them $36.00

(note: each color will include the replacement bulbs and fuses, however these items are not one for one, as not every box contained these items)

Home Depot brand mini lights, never used still in boxes:

6 Blue, Price for all of them $6.00

23 Green, Price for all of them $23.00

I have included a few pictures of some of the items, more to follow in additional posts.

Craig

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The Target Mini's and the Home Depot Mini's are all gone!

Still have the C9 stuff and the colored spots.

Craig

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All,

The colored mini's are back up for sale.

Here is something that I learned, shipping these to the east coast is expensive - UPS ground is $108 for 3 boxes, and USPS parcel post is $86 for 3 boxes. Believe it or not, 36 strands of lights weighs quite a bit - 27 lbs per box - all 36 strands of one color in one box, if I add packing it weighs more.

thanks

Craig

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Craig:

Have you looked into the flat rate USPS boxes. There is an 11' x 8.5' x 5' box for a flat $8.95. If the minis are taken out of the boxes, you should be able to get 8-10 strings in a box no problem.

Here's the link.

http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10152&storeId=10001&categoryId=13354&productId=11697&langId=-1

I'm still interested in the mini's

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All,

The flat rate boxes are an option - however since they are smaller boxes it takes more of them to fit all the lights into. My guess is that 36 strands would take at least 3 boxes (maybe more), to fit all 108 stands (all the reds, blues and greens) it would take at least 9 boxes (maybe more) which would cost $80.55 (this could be higher if it takes more of these boxes).

So there is some savings but not much.

It is also time consuming and more labor intensive to put together all these boxes, plus the trips to the PO to pick the empty boxes, then to return the boxes for actual mailing.

I feel "shipping challenged", I did not really understand how much the shipping was going to cost before I posted my items for sale... sorry!

I am really trying to get this right!

The Home Depot Mini's are gone.

The C9 stuff, the spots, and the Target minis are still available.

Craig

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Mike,

they are transparent.

However they are sold, just waiting on the funds from the buyer.

The mini's are also gone.

Still have the halogen floods.

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Update:

All of the C9 stringers and C9 bulbs are gone, so are all of the mini lights.

The spot lights are still available.

Craig

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Still have the halogens, yes they are used, but 3-4 of each color are brand new.

I also have the fixtures I used for these lights, here is the info:

I have 12 of the single socket fixtures, they are metal. $6.00 each

I have 5 of the 3 socket fixtures, they are plastic. 12' spacing between each socket, total cord length is 36'. $7.00 each.

see pictures

Craig

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