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12-29-2009 07:18 PM  7 years agoPost 1
RappyTappy

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This is now becoming my life mantra, jeez. I've been selling stuff locally a lot as of late and this saying is becoming a staple in the diet.

So the recent one, I listed something for sale on craigslist. One guy is interested comes by, takes a look and says he'll think about it, ok cool.

So yesterday, another guy comes along last night and looks at it. Says he is very interested, but it was dark and he wanted to see it in the daylight. He was leaving town in two days and had to arrange for a truck to take it back with him. He seemed like he wanted it, but I never got any cash to hold it or even a hand shake for done deal. Only talk.

Then this morning, the first guy calls, commits, stops by 10 mins later and hands me the full amount in cash to hold it so he can pick it up later in the week. Done deal.

Then I email the second guy immediately that it sold this morning. He goes off like I slighted him and sold it out from under him and now he has to return the truck and informs me it would've been courteous to let him know someone else was interested.

Regardless of the fact that I did inform him on our first phone conversation that someone was already interested but didn't commit, he didn't commit either so even if some new person came this morning and committed and paid, I still would've sold it and had no obligation to hold it for him or the other guy.

Is it really so hard for people to understand business? When I bought my house, I was interested, but was only truly interested to the builders when I put down a non-refundable deposit. If I didn't put down the deposit there is no way I would've expected them to hold it for me.

Oh look, another email from him, yay....

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12-29-2009 07:29 PM  7 years agoPost 2
mattraby

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Tiline, KY USA

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I hate selling stuff locally. Thats why i dont sell nothing anymore. Its a dang hassle and not worth the time. Everyone wastes your time. You want 800 for something and they wanna give you 200. Everyone wants a handout anymore. I understand when im selling something that it is not a gold mine. But my goodness, I NEVER overprice anything. Everything i have ever sold i lost money. BUT i got my money out of it so i dont care if i make anything on it or not. And by time they run your minutes up on your phone calling over and over again, you lost alot of money.

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12-29-2009 07:30 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Brokenlink

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you did nothing wrong.If he wanted it so bad he would have put a deposit down.Like you said,money talks bullsh!t walks.

Jamie Griffith

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12-29-2009 07:31 PM  7 years agoPost 4
RappyTappy

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North Denver, Colorado

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Yup, the other good one, is someone 'commits' over the phone then I go through the hassle of getting it all ready and out and they show up with less than the amount they committed for and say thats all they have. Again, money talks, words walk.

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12-29-2009 08:15 PM  7 years agoPost 5
92ARedOne

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Be sure to mention the tail light warranty: Warranty ends as soon as you back out of my driveway.

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12-30-2009 01:41 AM  7 years agoPost 6
rex450se

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Independence, MO

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I was selling an old '94 Dodge Dakota about a year ago and was asking $1800 for it. An older guy called me and wanted to come look at, and said he had about a hour and a half drive but was no his way. Knowing I wuold travel that far without being serious I made sure the truck was as good as an $1800 truck gets. He got here and proceded to drive about a half tank of gas out of it and waste about 2 hours of my life. Finally when we got around talk money, he said he wouldn't have the money for about a month. I told him without a sugnificant deposit I wouldn't hold it that long. He offered $20. I laughed and then realized he was serious. I just told him to call me when he gets the money and turned around and walked inside. I was pissed.

It turned out though, that truck was the easiest sell ever. A couple weeks later after a bunch of tire kickers wasting my time a guy called from Iowa and offered my asking price if I would meet him halfway. He paypaled me $100 so I knew he wouldn't stand me up and we meet a couple days later. When I got there I opened the passenger door and was going to tell him a few things, and he just told me, I said I was going to buy it, here's the cash. Couldn't have been easier. He called me about a week later and had lost the title. Offered me $50 to go to the DMV and get another. I did of course for as easy of a buyer as he was.

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