You can save on aircraft parts and parts for other parts when you shop online.
A new study by researchers at Florida State University found online shops were less likely to stock parts than traditional shops.
The study, published in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, looked at more than 2,400 aircraft parts on the eBay marketplace, and found the majority of the parts were either for commercial or military use.
“We’re seeing that many online sellers are just not making money for their customers, they’re making money off of the other parts,” said lead researcher Alex Davenport.
“They’re selling off their parts to other sellers, they’ll sell their parts off to their suppliers, and the parts will be sold off to other suppliers.”
The study found that the average price of a scrap part was $13.57 on eBay, and more than half of the items were for military use or civilian use.
The study also found that parts were often sold for less than the original price.
“The majority of parts are being sold for $1 to $3 a piece, and some parts are selling for less,” Dr Davenpost said.
He said online sellers were also less likely than brick-and-mortar retailers to offer warranty coverage.
“If you’re using a piece of metal that’s a lot cheaper to ship to a scrapyard than it is to buy it from a brick-to-morty, it’s going to cost you more to replace it,” he said.
“They’ll say, ‘We’re going to replace this part, you’ll pay us a lot more, and we’ll sell it for more’.”
So if you’re a civilian, you’re going into a shop, and you’re looking for parts for a specific aircraft, and it turns out that the parts are for sale on eBay but they’re selling them for more than they cost, it doesn’t seem like they have much choice.
“Dr Davenpoint said the study suggested online retailers were selling items that were “too expensive” for their intended use.