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Old 03-05-16, 06:59 AM
Retro Grouch 
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What are you trying to accomplish?

Is your goal to make sure that you get the best possible deal or you looking to acquire a bike that you can ride? You might have to compromise one or the other. Meanwhile the seller is having a similar choice: he wants the most money for his bike but, until he sells it, he gets zero.

I'd go to the bank and get 5 $50.00 bills. Put 3 of them in one pocket and wave them in front of the seller as if that's all that you have. Just keep the conversation going until the two of you find a balance point. A year from now you will have forgotten if you paid a little more or a little less, but you'll still have the bike unless you drive too hard of a bargain - then you'll still be looking for a bike.
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