A while back I placed an ad on Kijiji for my radial arm saw. When I bought it I thought it would make more use of it than I did but one thing leads to another and it ended up having about five or six hours use in 20 years. It just won’t fit in my new shop conveniently and with modern tools I have now the duplicates the tasks I do with my other tools.
After 305 looks at the saw on Kijiji I received a call Saturday morning at the strike of noon just as I was inserting a cheese sandwich in my anxious mouth. The voice at the other end of the line asked me some hard to answer questions like would he be able to lift it on the back of his truck how much did it weigth, what could be cut with it and finally where did I live. I did my best to answer his questions as directly as possible. Find he said I’ll be over between 1:30 and 2:00 to take a look.
So, I changed my plans for the afternoon and proceeded to putter around the house and wait for this guy. I got it out of the corner, set it up for good look and even got a dolly and brace out for the journey to the mans truck.,
1:30 became 2:00 and 2:00 turned into four o’clock the phone rang again. It was him. Now he says I’ll be around between five and six? I say yes but I’m cleaning up as were having company. A long silence.
What do you want to sell the saw not? That remark gave me cause for thought and I replied yes I suppose I do but not do you and not on your terms. What did I do? he exclaimed. I ran down the scenario I explained to you above and he said quite simply… “well I was busy.” I said could you not have called me? And he said I just told you I was busy.
I guess the only reason I’m relating this tale of woe to you is to remind us how difficult it can be to sell second hand goods to an uncaring public that thinks nothing of arranging appointments and not showing up. Had this happened to me just once I wouldn’t be writing this diatribe but it seems that happens every two or three times I make a formal arrangement with the stranger. The question becomes are we losing our civility? Would the average homeowner be better off donating unused merchandise to charity or simply placing it in an auction? For me, I’m about at the jumping off point. My time is too valuable to me to avail myself of this nonsense on an ongoing basis.
What are your thoughts?
-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner