njloof wrote:We agree now that this is salvage/junkyard stuff. It should be priced accordingly.
At 17 cents on the dollar vs retail (IIRC $100/cell?), they already are salvage prices. On one of these threads, Luke posted that the price, is 1/3? what it cost a123 to make it. Because people reset their expectations that the too-good-to-be-true-new price was the retail price, they're gonna be frustrated. Too bad the modules weren't simply marketed as used at the same price. I expect whoever Victpower is reselling them for, shot themselves in the foot by saying they were new.
The best thing they could do now is sell them by voltage, since lower voltage means dead cells, or a low state of discharge, and has less value. A 28s pack that is 92v full price, 89v $100 less, 86v $225 less, etc. It's still a gamble - but...
Because I lucked out on the packs I got, and all of my cells were good, I'm going to see if I can stockpile up to a (12) more of the 28s - but I am going to buy them one at a time, until I get a bad one, so I can only lose out on one pack. Hopefully Victpower will make more from selling me (12) good packs, than it would from selling me (1) bad pack.
Of course, they probably have limited control over the company that actually owns and ships the cells.