Well, I have not researched shipping much, but I would try to find the cheapest way possible. I am sure shipping within the states would be not be expensive.
I could offer local pickup of course if you're near Houston.
On new vs. used... good point. My expectation is to sell them on their "as-is" condition (via test results) and selling as used or new would be a little unfair, but you are right, technically they would be used.
Hell how do you know the "new" NCR's bought from china are not pulled from packs?
I hope to do this to benefit the community here (by offering true grade A cells cheap,) and benefit myself by getting some cells for my self cheap and make a little extra to cover all the labor, risk and time involved.
I know a-lot of folks have concerns over 18650 packs because of assembly issues, which is why I want to offer spot welding. I could even test the whole pack as a whole under a high load before sending it out.
One of the things that makes me interested in getting these cells from a Tesla is that I expect their performance to be EXTREMELY consistent cell to cell, reducing balancing issues. This is because Panasonic has made billions of the exact cell by now and their mfg is top notch.
Ive tested some NCR18650BE's from China:
They perform like PF, with more capacity. After 5 cycles no measurable loss in capacity (included two 10A runs)
My hope/expectation is the Tesla cells should perform better or the same as the China cells are probably "rejects."
They are about 45-46g per cell, so..
~775 W/kg continuous (you'd want some small air flow for this, they do heat up with no airflow)
~1100 W/kg burst
I think they come out to triple the capacity per weight and volume compared to A123 cells, and something like 66% of the power per volume/weight.