Who does that?!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by jazloc, 9 Aug 2012.

  1. jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    Saw a great bike on Gumtree, good price.

    Me: Hi, is it possible to come see this bike and if I like it, buy it tonight?
    Seller: Sure, I don't get in till 8:00 though.
    Me: Can I come see it at around 8:30? You're only a few miles away.
    Seller: Sure, sounds good. See you then.

    35 minutes later...

    Seller: Hi, I've had a firm offer for the bike. Thanks for your interest'

    What? Who arranges a meeting and then cancels out like that? :cursing: I'd gotten all excited, thinking about what I was going to change about the bike and that I was going to make it to the forum ride.
     
  2. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    so not holding it till you get there then
     
  3. OP
    OP
    jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    Apparently not.
     
  4. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    Thing is, you could have got there and then decided against buying it and the seller could have lost out on a sale to the other interested party.

    I suppose the seller could have said that someone else if looking at it first and they would let you know.

    Ah, re-read. The seller didn't say that they sold it, just had an offer.

    I guess you should still have had an opportunity to see it earlier, say at 8.00.
     
  5. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Jaz, at least they rang you... gave you an opportunity to put an offer on it too- there'll be others.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    They didn't even call, they texted me.
     
  7. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Eeh, these modern relationships... nobody calls and you get dumped by text!
     
  8. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Location:
    Northumberland
    I put an ebay watch on a Specialized Secteur road bike that had 8 hours to run with the highest bid being £360- it was easily worth £400+ so I didn't want to bid too early... I'd fired myself up to put in a few bids as the price rose... it was perfect, a 58cm frame 2010 one with 105 bits. Went on ebay to check and saw it had been sold 6 hours before the deadline for £325!! Still don't know how that could happen with the stated latest bid on £360... oh well, next time!

    Mind you some of the bikes you see are so stupidly cheap with no information on them.... surely they must be stolen?
     
  9. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    Don't think I'd buy a bike on ebay. Not after the last one! It was only £50 but it made me realise my inability to spot everything that could be wrong with it. I was lucky, everything was fixable but it isn't always. And that's if it isn't nicked..
     
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