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Old 02-19-2012, 04:49 AM   #1
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Cheap Buff

I love my Buff. I use it on the motorcycle, but also while running or on my bicycle. Keeps me warm and soaks up sweat. The Buff stays on my head where a traditional bandanna would always fall off. Problem with the Buff is that I'm paying $20 for less than a yard of fabric.

I just received 3 Tans Club tubular bandannas in the mail. For 3 bucks each, I get stretchy tubular shaped bandannas. No fancy patterns, but looks like similar quality to the original. No connection to the company. I just like a good deal.

http://www.tansclub.com/papatubapipr.html
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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Thank you thank you thank you!

Buffs are stupidly overpriced, but I never would have thought to look for "tubular bandana"...
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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Yikes! These must be heavy bandanas. I went to order them and the shipping is more than twice the price of the bandanas. I refuse to do business with companies that hide their profit in the cost of shipping. Slimy way to do business IMO.


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Old 02-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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Yikes! These must be heavy bandanas. I went to order them and the shipping is more than twice the price of the bandanas. I refuse to do business with companies that hide their profit in the cost of shipping. Slimy way to do business IMO.
Agreed! Thanks for the heads-up.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:46 AM   #5
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Yikes! These must be heavy bandanas. I went to order them and the shipping is more than twice the price of the bandanas. I refuse to do business with companies that hide their profit in the cost of shipping. Slimy way to do business IMO.


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My guess is you haven't been to the post office in a little while.

For me to ship a feather from Maine to California, it will cost $5.35 sent Priority Mail. That means this greedy faceless corporation is pocketing $2 for the "Handling" portion of the sale. I don't find that unreasonable, it's still cheaper than a buff with shipping.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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My guess is you haven't been to the post office in a little while.

For me to ship a feather from Maine to California, it will cost $5.35 sent Priority Mail. That means this greedy faceless corporation is pocketing $2 for the "Handling" portion of the sale. I don't find that unreasonable, it's still cheaper than a buff with shipping.
Actually I go on almost a daily basis. A couple buffs in a padded envelope will cost under $3 to ship USPS. You chose to pay extra to ship Priority for faster delivery. Faster delivery was what you paid the extra $2 for. Nothing wrong with that. I would have no problem paying $5.35 for shipping a couple buffs priority mail. The $7 plus I was quoted was for standard 1st class mail.




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Old 02-20-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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If you buy one, shipping is an issue. I bought three for less than $20. Three buffs will cost you $60 plus shipping.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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Actually I go on almost a daily basis. A couple buffs in a padded envelope will cost under $3 to ship USPS. You chose to pay extra to ship Priority for faster delivery. Faster delivery was what you paid the extra $2 for. Nothing wrong with that. I would have no problem paying $5.35 for shipping a couple buffs priority mail. The $7 plus I was quoted was for standard 1st class mail.

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Crap, you got me there. When I read the Shipping & Handling choices, I thought the first was USPS Priority Mail. . .

Then there is this clause:
"Shipping and Handling charges listed in the shopping cart already include the following handling fees: $5.00 handling fee per order for Ground or USPS mail. $8.00 per order handling fee for 3 Day. $10.00 handling fee per order for 2 Day or Next Day."

So the trick is to order more than one, which is probably the idea behind the S&H fees anyway. . .
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:51 PM   #9
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Guys I hate to poop on the thread, but my local Walmart (in San Diego) has Bandannas for $2.25/each. Then just stitch it up for about $0.02 for each one you need.

Are these"special" in some way.

I actually do carry a Cravat out of an old first aid kit though. Great piece of gear!
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:11 PM   #10
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Well, I'll say this about the Buff . . .

While I do think $20 is ungodly expensive for a tube of material, they do come in several different varieties (cotton, Merino wool, fleece) and for such a simple idea they work awesome.

Could you make one yourself for about $2? Yes.
Am I going to take the time and effort to do that? No.

So I paid the $20 and am getting plenty of use out of my Merino Wool Buff. But rest assured, if and when I find them cheaper from another source, I will buy from there. Because there certainly is no advanced science behind it. Just a good idea.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #11
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Guys I hate to poop on the thread, but my local Walmart (in San Diego) has Bandannas for $2.25/each. Then just stitch it up for about $0.02 for each one you need.

Are these"special" in some way.
Have you ever seen or used a Buff?

Bandanas don't stretch like the Buffs do.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:52 AM   #12
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. . . just stitch it up for about $0.02 . . . Are these"special" in some way.
My helmets are tight enough that the seam makes a HUGE difference. Even a silk balaclava under my helmet will leave a sore line on my scalp.

A seamless HAD or Buff works great. I have one of each, a polywhatever HAD and a merino Buff.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:37 PM   #13
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Guys I hate to poop on the thread, but my local Walmart (in San Diego) has Bandannas for $2.25/each. Then just stitch it up for about $0.02 for each one you need.

Are these"special" in some way.
What material are the Walmart bandanas made of? All that I've seen are cotton. I don't want cotton trying to keep my neck warm in rain.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:42 PM   #14
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Well, it apears I am learning something today. These things are "special" though I doubt I need one; in 20+ years I haven't had a need and my trashbags and Bandanna solution has always worked.

I understand the seam thing, but I don't put anything over my head in the helmet.

I can see the cold rain thing, but I carry plastic bags (you can "make" water in the desert with them) and I use them for a warming layer in a pinch.

Looms like you guys carry different gear than I do, and your setup works for you; I just didn't understand it until now.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:31 PM   #15
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Looms like you guys carry . . .
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