oatnet wrote:Just the strangest thing...
So this guy Steve Lam posts on visforvoltage\vectrix, that he is selling a Vectrix 30 miles away from me.
It isn't running, it's been dropped and scraped down the side (these bikes need service after being on their side), so it is a parts bike and he is offering it for $1,500. It would be a pain to store it, but its a reasonable price for a parts bike, so I email him. He replies that he'll send me a picture of the damage, but never does.
I forgot about it until I came across the email a week later, so I emailed him again, saying I figure he sold it since I didn't get a picture. He replies that he lost his phone, sends me pictures, and it looks pretty bad, but $1,500 is still an OK price for a parts bike. I tell him I'll take it at his asking price, and lay out some proposals for flat-bedding the dead bike to complete the exchange.
He writes back that "$1,500 is way too low of an offer" and if it doesn't sell, then he'll advertise it on a Vectrix forum where they appreciate the value of a parts bike (which is where I saw it in the first place).
Huh? Offer? I gave him his ask out of the gate! Now he wants a price that is only $200 less than I paid the Dealer for my Brand-New Vectrix.
I forward him his $1,500 post I responded to, and he says "Pointed JD. I will move on to other buyers."
Truly, Fully Bizzare. Sometimes, when you walk away from a deal, you realize that maybe you just dodged a bullet...
There is a large city in Canada which I will not name, with a large ethnic population that are impossible to deal with. Their method of doing business is to advertise a part for sale and when you agree to the price, you will find it "has been sold." I was trying to help an Auzie purchase a hood (bonnet) for his Jag and by the time I got my son to go and see the hood, the price had gone up 3 times. When I expressed the frustration to my son, he told me of his experience trying to rent an apartment in this city. They never tell you the unit number and every time you agree to a price, it is rented, but they have one which is $200 more, but there is someone looking at it today, you will have to call tomorrow. When you call tomorrow, the price goes up again. He finally had to rent through an agency, which worked out well.
They have another scam with sealed bid auctions of corporate vehicles. 6 guys put in bids, each one $100 more than the other. When the auction closes and they call the phone number of the winner, the wife answers and says the guy is away for a week. The auctioneer then calls the next lowest bidder, and if it is one of the 6 he gets the same answer as there are 6 cell phones sitting on the same table. When the cell phones quit ringing because another bidder is in the middle of the bids, they quickly call back the auctioneer and accept the price. When I was told how this scam works, I made a deal with the auctioneer that I would take every vehicle I bid on, at my bid price, if they wanted it. First auction, I got a little surprise, 8 vehicles, cost me a little over $20K, total. The auctioneer made one call on each vehicle and when he got the "away for a week", it became mine. 8 full size 4 X 4 250-350 trucks under 5 years old.
It takes all kinds to make the world go round.