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    Dealer greed?

    I'm hoping someone can help me out with this situation. I recently followed up on an ad from a used bike dealer for late eighties racing bike. I went to the guy's house and found the bike waiting for me. I gave it the once over, rode in the saddle and agreed to purchase the bike. After I agreed to pay for the bike, we were talking (the guy is a really nice guy). He told me I would need some new tape, a cleaning, and a new stem to get the bike up to speed. I had a longer stem that would be perfect to replace the one on the bike so we agreed that I would bring it over to his house the next day for him to begin setting up the bike for the sale. Well, after this exchange he looked at the saddle on the bike and told me that it wouldn't come with the bike because it was a "70 dollar saddle", but he would let me choose from a few others when I pick up the bike. THe guy was nice so I thought nothing of it at the time. Later I realized that perhaps I am being taken for a fool; when I agreed to purchase the bike it had that nice saddle on it, so shouldn't that be included? I agreed to pay the full price of the bike, so I feel I should get some leverage in the deal, but I don't want to ruin the chance to buy another bike or service from what seems to be a nice guy.

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    I'd call him on it. As my accounting teacher told me again and again, YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE DEAL. Once the deal is set, both parties are held to it.

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    A deal is a deal, but as saddles are a very personnal thing, being able to try some different ones out migh ont be a bad idea. Most people almost always change the saddle to their favorite one when changing bikes. If you get a high priced saddle that does not fit well and you only got it because it was a higher value, and thenfinds it does not fit well ...then maybe then you are the fool.

    I would try a few saddles and reminde him that the price was with the good saddle for the bike, but I'm not sure that I would expect a big adjustment with a lesser saddle.

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