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"I can't find the bike"

Old 03-17-13, 12:20 PM
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"I can't find the bike"

Saturday morning I bid on and won a bike listed on ebay. Terrible pictures, vague discription, I was the one and only bidder. It was for local pick-up. I thought for the small opening bid I would take a chance. So I email the seller and ask when is a good time to pick it up. Checked my emails all day yesterday - no response. So I email again this morning. This time I get a response. "I can't find the bike".

No money sent yet, nor do I think there will be. Strange, strange, strange. How do you lose a bike? OR, was he not happy with the selling price and is just keeping the bike?

I was just going to fix up the bike and sell it. So its not a bike that I was longing for or anything. But man, what a weird one.
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I answered a craigslist ad once for an underpriced Bianchi (listed for $50 or so I think). Exchanged numbers via email, agreed on a price and I called the seller to tell him I was on my way. An hour later I am turning on to his road and get a phone call... It was a few years ago but I remember the call going something like this:

"Hey man, I just went down to the basement to get the bike out for you but it's not there, somebody must have stolen it tonight since I posted the ad. Sorry about that."

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I bought a nice set of wheels on eBay. Listing was only 5 minutes old with a low bin. I sent the money right away, got a email from the seller saying he would be out of town and couldn't ship for a week or so. I emailed him back saying it was fine and I could wait. He responded by telling me he felt bad and already returned my money. I think either he realized he sold them to low or got a better deal.
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I have been on the other end of this situation once.

I sold a bike on Ebay and for a fair price. Once paid, I went to The Old Shed, pulled the bike down from its hook and set it beside the door to the shed. The bike was now outside on a lovely Spring afternoon.

I went back into The Old Shed, grabbed a bike box (I keep about thirty broken down and stored in the rafters), carried it into my house and then went back for the bike. But the bike was gone!

Someone had swiped the bike in the two minutes it took me to carry the box to and into the house. Needless to say, I was stunned, horrified and truly upset. None the less, I had to contact the buyer, explaing what had happened and ask him how he would like to proceed.

In asking how he would like to proceed, I offered him an immediate PayPal refund or a better bike in his size. He went for the better bike.

The point is, unusual poo-poo can happen, now and again. More than likely, if the selling price was unacceptably low to the seller, he or she would just reneg on the deal, offering a horse poo-poo reason, for doing so. But now and again, the seller does get caught short, as I did on this one occassion.

These days, the bike goes into the house first and then I get the box. So far, not one box has disappeared.
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I am hoping something similar is not going on with a recent ebay purchase... It had a high initial bid and a reasonable buy-it-now, I bought. After the seller's listing started another listed the same basic item in a bit worse condition for auction for a price much higher that I paid, the two auctions were running concurrently. We will see...
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Thing happen, maybe it did get lost, who knows. I list all kinds of parts sometimes using old pictures from who knows when without actually making sure I know where the part is.

Just recently I sold a BB and listed as 70 X 120 because that's what's on the spindle, it sold and I realized I never actually measured the spindle. Guess what? It's not 120, it's 114, I emailed the buyer and he hasn't responded, I think I'm just going kill the transaction and start over.
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Works both ways with Ebay; e.g.; a friend was selling an old and very large boat. He gets a $2000 reserve price bid just after listing and is excited to be selling the boat. Minutes before the auction closes, he gets another bid for slightly more from a bidder with no history by the user name of "Off the Boat". Of course, new bidder never responds to requests to complete the transaction.
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I put a pair of laundry machines in the yard a couple of years ago when we got newer ones. Then I posted them on CL. The washer worked but the dryer was dead. Someone swiped the pair.
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