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Meeting Someone In Front Of A Building And They Cant Find You?

Old 10-25-16, 08:09 PM
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Meeting Someone In Front Of A Building And They Cant Find You?

I sell the occasional bike in front of the local library. Somebody was meeting me tonight, and couldn't find me. I told them I would be outside with the bike. Now I have been selling bikes for 10 years, and selling them at this library for about 3 years. I have only sold about 8 bikes in the last three years. This is the only person that could not find me.
I refuse to call people. And don't own a phone. I mean right by the ****ing entrance, sitting on a bench, with the bike right next to me. Are people really this lost? Apparently so.
Oh, he emailed me, and said he drove around five times. Unbelievable.
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Unfortunately these days, more and more people are unable to do anything by plan. They're 100% dependent on cell phone contact, and without that they're totally flustered.
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Any time I set up an appt. for someone and they can't/won't/don't show up or otherwise contact me, the thought occurs that this bike wasn't meant for them. It would be nice if we could know in advance who's going to show and who's not, but many folks don't reveal their hand ahead of time. When your bike does sell, it will be to the right person, so don't despair.
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One reason I don't own a phone is cost. It's to expensive, and I really don't have the extra expense.
Admittedly I would like to own a phone for mobile internet to look up things I am unsure about. I sell anything I can make a buck on, but can't be sure on everything. Even things for only a couple bucks like CD's, or DVD's unless you want them for yourself aren't worth squat if you don't know the value. But what if you see something expensive? You could lose out big time because you don't know the value. The phone can be a very important tool. Sorry off topic.

But yes. The I can't do anything without a mobile device is absurd, annoying, and ultimately has created a society of morons.

I mean the Library is not very large, maybe midsized. Has a two teared parking lot. But it's not like it would be hard to see someone with the bike the potential buyer saw in the CL add that the seller took a dozen pics of.

Oh, and I always put in my listings I only will deal by email, no phone calls. And this buyer seemed okay, although he included his cell.
He couldn't believe I didn't call him. He is a perfect example of why I don't like to call people. He still included his cell again. No thanks. Find another seller to annoy.

I am usually immune to CL stupidity, but this was a first.
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Old 10-25-16, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Any time I set up an appt. for someone and they can't/won't/don't show up or otherwise contact me, the thought occurs that this bike wasn't meant for them. It would be nice if we could know in advance who's going to show and who's not, but many folks don't reveal their hand ahead of time. When your bike does sell, it will be to the right person, so don't despair.
Oh, he showed. He is just part of the hurry up, I am late, I have to go fast society in this part of the country.

If I tell you I am going to be in front of a building, and I have a reasonably sized object that you saw in an ad wouldn't you park your car and walk up to the building? Although everybody has just drove up to the building and saw me, and the bike I was selling right away.

But you are right. It must not be meant to be. And I am not dealing with somebody this lost.
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Old 10-26-16, 04:31 AM
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Sounds like you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder against phones --- they have only been with us around 75 years in widespread use, and about 15 years for cell phones (for widespread general use)

You also said you were meeting tonight- does that mean after dark?

If i was the potential buyer my antenna might have been up about you as well meeting after dark with no phone or text contact
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You can get a TracFone cell phone from Walmart for $9.88, add 120 minutes to it for $19.88, and have service for 3 months. Every 3 months you add minutes for $19.88 and your service costs less than $7.00 a month. It's what I've had for nearly ten years.
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But yes. The I can't do anything without a mobile device is absurd, annoying, and ultimately has created a society of morons.
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Some people when they back out of a deal will make up all kinds of excuses. Possibly he got cold feet and was trying to save face? Maybe he drove by, saw you and you were somebody he knew and didn't like? Who knows.
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Most importantly- whats the bike?
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That was the person's code for " I decided I didn't want the bike" .

Same way a seller tells you he doesn't want to sell to you or doesn't like your offer by not answering an email instead of notifying you directly.
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Reminds me of the time two potential buyers went to my friend's house to look at two items. They looked at the items and discussed the hobby for a while, talked price, then said they would go to the ATM and get cash and be back in a few minutes. What they should have said was that they didn't want the items, because they never returned, leaving my friend putting his life on hold while waiting and wondering what happened to the two guys. So, apparently, they were too polite to say no thanks, but rude enough to leave the seller hanging?
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"I'm trying to sell something but I don't make it any easier for people to contact me" = their fault?
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
I sell the occasional bike in front of the local library. Somebody was meeting me tonight, and couldn't find me. I told them I would be outside with the bike. Now I have been selling bikes for 10 years, and selling them at this library for about 3 years. I have only sold about 8 bikes in the last three years. This is the only person that could not find me.
I refuse to call people. And don't own a phone. I mean right by the ****ing entrance, sitting on a bench, with the bike right next to me. Are people really this lost? Apparently so.
Oh, he emailed me, and said he drove around five times. Unbelievable.
Not so unusual. I do my transactions in the parking lot of the local police station. Set up a meet there. Time rolls around and no buyer. A few minutes later I get a text from buyer:

B: I am at the QuikTrip, where are you?

Me: At the police station as we agreed.

B: I will wait for you at the QuikTrip.

Me: Then you will be waiting awhile. What you want to buy is at the police station.

B: Can't you come to the QuikTrip?

Me: The agreed meet was at the police station. That is where the transaction will take place.

B: UR an a$$hole.

Me: Yup. But a safe one. People like you are why I don't deal at my home. Blocking you now.
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Even when I sold at my house, which I occasionally do with stereo equipment I have never had a problem.
I made a big mistake on this, feel very stupid at the moment. I do have two Trek Bikes for sale. I have done this before, and would ask which bike, since buyers will send an email that says "read bike".
For some reason I did not do that this time. I have a lot on my mind lately, and have had a few brain failures lately. I assumed they wanted the expensive bike. No they want the cheap bike. Duh. I got the one the buyer was interested in for free, and I wouldn't pay five bucks for it. I put $60 on it, and people want it.
Well that is the idea StarBiker you moron!
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Maybe they went to the wrong library. I was a cell phone holdout because of money and did the walmart phone and put $20 on every 90 days even when unemployed and that helped me be in touch with who I needed to be but eventually getting a smart phone really was worth it.
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I don't sell at my house either. A friend last year sold a bike from his loft in downtown Los Angeles. He went to the bank the next day, when he deposited the 900.00. The police arrived and asked him about the counterfeit 100 dollar bills. Only 1 bill was genuine.

The next day he arrived home and someone broke into his place and stole a very expensive speaker system.

I now deal at the local Target parking lot.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
That was the person's code for " I decided I didn't want the bike" .

Same way a seller tells you he doesn't want to sell to you or doesn't like your offer by not answering an email instead of notifying you directly.
I agreed to meet the buyer Friday at 11:30 AM. She shows up there today, and sends me an email saying she checked her messages, but of course it's a direct response to what I sent this person last night, and want's to call it quits.
Hey, who's on first?
And I am suppose to call people. Make it easier to contact me. The person that said that in this thread must be related to this poor soul.
Again, the only potential bike buyer I have ever dealt with this lost.
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just the title, loll.
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Even when I sold at my house, which I occasionally do with stereo equipment I have never had a problem.
I made a big mistake on this, feel very stupid at the moment. I do have two Trek Bikes for sale. I have done this before, and would ask which bike, since buyers will send an email that says "read bike".
For some reason I did not do that this time. I have a lot on my mind lately, and have had a few brain failures lately. I assumed they wanted the expensive bike. No they want the cheap bike. Duh. I got the one the buyer was interested in for free, and I wouldn't pay five bucks for it. I put $60 on it, and people want it.
Well that is the idea StarBiker you moron!
I have had this issue: I had about 6 things on CL for sale, some for free- cleaning out the house, etc. I had a bike I had found in the trash and fixed up for sale: $40, and I had a water heater + cabinet for free. anyway I got mixed up on who wanted what- and I had a guy show up for the bike 2 minutes after I sold the bike to someone else - i literally sold it right in front of him, thinking the second guy wanted the water heater.

I felt bad for him coming all the way out, so I gave him a great deal on a very clean specialized Allez EPIC ($180)- which crazily enough he had the cash on him and went off far happier than he would have with the $40 bike which wasn't even his size. frankly I was not ready to sell the allez but hopefully it found a good home.
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