Shipping the sail across the country and back will cost close to $100.
at least. If it's not too heavy, you'll be under $100.
How have others found their experiences to be with sails that they purchased there? For a sail that says "Very Good" was the shape also very good? You could still get the draft ahead of the center of the sail, and the draft wasn't too deep? Also, do they negotiate pricing at all?
They don't look at shape. Period. They look at material, stitching, and staining to get an idea of how they were used. I'm sure they'll take a reasonable offer, never hurts to ask.
I was in the market for a #4 headsail (storm jib) when racing and a reef and a #3 was too much. Bacons had one. I asked for photos, it looked like it was cut down from a larger main. No worries, I picked it up and tried to hoist it on my boat, the luff they listed was 5/32 tape, it was actually 3/16, didn't fit. They're in annapolis, my boat is in Solomons (1.5 hours away). 3 hours on the road and a full refund, the day was a wash. I think the sail would've been ok with another tape on it, but that's another $100.
Something as simple as that can waste a lot of time and money. I would only buy a used chute online and even then, you have to ask yourself, 'why are they selling it if it's that good'? There must be something wrong with it. Occassionally you can get a great deal, but that's the exception.........not the rule.
If you're looking for economic sails talk to your local rep. Or even email Bacons, they also cut sails. You won't win a regional champ w/ em, but they'll get you around the course just fine.