Captain's Log

Like many SFB'ers, I've enjoyed Captain's Log for many years. I'm only missing a few currently. Took a look around the web to see what types of prices are currently being asked. It's still possible to get older issues at very good prices. That's what I've primarily done by using Ebay, Amazon, Noble Knight and a few others. I've gotten some issues for just a few dollars.

I rarely look at ADB's site, but for grins I wanted to know what they were asking compared to other sites. For a newer issue it's around the $25 mark give or take. But what struck me was the $14 shipping! Maybe I read that wrong. Does anyone order CL from ADB? Is that shipping correct? IIRC I ordered a few counter sheets a few years back and was charged like $12 for shipping which I thought was completely absurd at the time considering it was a few sheets of cardboard. I ship certificates inside cardboard protectors occasionally for just a few bucks.

Anyway, I don't buy unless I find one at a good price and realistic shipping. So far I've been able to find really good or acceptable deals, though you have to look.

Cheap CLs

At this point I'm only missing 4 issues of the CL, and they are all very recent (44, 45, 47, 52). I haven't bought those yet for the very reason that I haven't yet found them at a price I'm willing to pay.

I started playing SFB five years ago, and once I knew I'd want them all, I got pretty active in searching for CLs at a price I was willing to pay. I've gotten the majority of them for an average of $7. From issues in the #30s and up, it's been about $15 on average, and I've never paid more than $22 even after shipping. I've bought most of mine from ebay. The exceptions are a pile I picked up for really cheap from a store liquidation stock at GenCon, and a few from other online retailers like Fine Games.

I have bought no CLs and very little other material direct from ADB. Between their shipping costs and retail costs, there are just way better options.

I mostly like the CLs, but they are definitely overpriced at retail plus shipping for what I get out of them. Then again, I don't play FedCom, Starmada or Call to Arms, so that makes a lot of the new material useless to me.

I feel the same way. Always

I feel the same way. Always enjoy CL, but I'll wait till I see them discounted somewhere to purchase. Same with modules.

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CL Shipping

>>I rarely look at ADB's site, but for grins I wanted to know what they were asking compared to other sites. For a newer issue it's around the $25 mark give or take. But what struck me was the $14 shipping! Maybe I read that wrong. Does anyone order CL from ADB? Is that shipping correct?>>

They are a little wonky with the shipping. They have a flat fee on the site, but they generally give you a discount based on what the actual shipping is (i.e. they'll charge $14.00 on the checkout, but you'll get a refund down to the actual cost). I think the last time I ordered from them, I got the most recent CL and then also spare rulebook or two that I didn't have (maybe ISC War and Minor Empires for F+E?), and shipping ended up being, like, $9.00 or so.

I usually order CL when it comes out for retail, but from an online retailer that has better shipping rates--like, I'll get it from e-bay or something. I'm happy to pay retail (so retailers keep buying them and selling them), but I do look for better shipping deals.

One of the few times I

One of the few times I ordered a product from them was last year. I ordered several counter sheets (2 or 3 IIRC) and was charged $12 shipping. I priority envelop is what, $4 give or take and could easily hold a CL or a few counter sheets or even a couple of modules. That would be reasonable. $12 for three cardboard sheets is not reasonable.

It is what it is I suppose.

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Yeah

I too have been annoyed by their shipping costs in the past. I usually order stuff from them when I want a bunch of stuff, and the shipping is going to seem reasonable. As noted, when I order new CLs, I usually get them from some random online retailer (Noble Knight is usually pretty good) for the better shipping costs.

I mean, like, I guess they are constantly erring on the side of "ship this stuff in a box for a few more bucks, so it always arrives in good shape, and no one can be cranky that stuff got mushed in the mail", when, really, most of the time, regular, more cost effective shipping is likely a better play.

Gotta give a thumbs up for

Gotta give a thumbs up for Noble Knight as well, I've found some very good deals with them over the years. :)

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