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Old 10-02-19, 07:39 PM
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No one gets out of my visual sight on my bikes. My truck is parked up front, just in case. Everyone arrives in a car to look at mine anyhow.
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Old 10-03-19, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by WGB View Post
I live in the country and if it's a low end bike I say "off you go for a test ride" and wait at home. Anything remotely nice and I ride with the buyer.

Also, I think this should be a polite reminder to dig out tools needed to adjust seatpost and bar stem before buyers show and keep garage doors/shed doors closed. No use letting someone see what else you have that might be nicer than what you are selling.

A thief who would alter your bike might well return later.....
I always meet at a busy, public parking lot. I don't want ANYONE knowing what's in my garage. So yes, I make sure to have tools with me.
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Old 10-03-19, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
On a bike with 8 speed or higher and messing with the chain basically totals the chain in my view. I have ridden a bike with a 9 speed chain where I had to repair it with a chain breaker, but I replaced it when I got home.
I agree with this. I've had the same experience with some stubborn pins that once removed and replaced refused to act "normal".
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Old 10-08-19, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I'm asking, trying to get a sense of how folks operate... If I make an appt to see a bike this evening after work, you're saying it may or may not be there, if someone comes earlier? and do you say so during the call? You make it clear it's first come, first served? As long as it's up front, that seems fair, but if we make a deal over the phone, I expect that deal to be upheld...
I typically don't do appointments in the future. If I do, I will always say: "Call before you leave and I will hold it then." I also typically don't give out my address early on, I will use generic terms, like downtown city name.

I don't make deals over the phone. Ever! (Technically I stopped doing this about 10 years ago, as I got burned so often). I consider such a deal to be totally one sided. An over the phone deal just commits the seller. Buyer never shows up, how did that "deal" work out for me the seller? C/L is the land of no shows, it happens all the time.

Yes, its first come, first served, with the exception of once you are on the way, I hold it for you. That way, you don't arrive only to hear, "I just sold it five minutes ago." So this is my version of dibs.

If I were to make an appointment during the day for someone to see it this evening after work, then yes, I am holding it. Such a conversation is best held with the seller when you set up the appointment, as there are no rules in the world of C/L. Typically instead I will suggest calling me when you are ready to come look at it, I'll give you a meet up location then.

Over the years, I have had a TON of no shows, where a time in the future was set and a location. Buyer: "I'll meet you tonight at McDonalds at 8PM". ME: "Great." Me hanging out waiting at McDonalds at 8PM, not so hot. guy doesn't answer his phone. Yep, another deadbeat........

I've seen many valuation threads on this forum, where the poster states something like: "seller was asking $200, we agreed to $150, should I buy it?" Talk about negotiating in bad faith. Uh, you agreed to the price, and now you want to renege if someone on the internet tells you its too much? Really?
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Old 10-09-19, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by UKFan4Sure View Post
No one gets out of my visual sight on my bikes. My truck is parked up front, just in case. Everyone arrives in a car to look at mine anyhow.
Yeah, nobody is riding around. I sell on a large parking lot. If you can't ride it there you can forget it. I have never had happen what happened to the OP. And he says it only happened to him once.

Always meet in a public place. I never would sell a bike out of my house. You are not coming to my house.

If you are a no show you can forget it. One clown canceled on me twice, and then wined when I told him to forget it. I told him the same thing he told me, I hate to do this to you. And proceeded to sell the item to another buyer.

One thing I don't do is make phone calls. Email, and email only! I have called people on occasion, and they never, ever buy. I just called some goofy woman the other day. I remembered my golden rule after I got off the phone with her.

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