Frustrating Experience with a Local Classified Seller

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Forum topic by Blurrytree posted 01-16-2014 02:39 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2014 02:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: funny classified used saw

Hi Everyone,

I ended up buying a used table saw (Ridgid R4512) last night after telling myself I did not want that model (see my other posts for reasons why).

Anyway, the saw was priced at $250 and I called the seller. He was a super nice guy, he even hinted at me borrowing his trailer if I needed it and was really accommodating. I felt great about what was about to happen and then it all starts going downhill…

The location he posted the ad under was 30 minutes away. When I put it in my gps it was an hour. I was a little discouraged but I was confident in the seller and it was a minor issue.

I told him I would come in a few hours, he said he would be around all evening and it was not a problem. I got there as fast as I could. When I arrived I sensed a bit of tension, no hello etc. then he informs me that I am way later than he expected. I simply apologized and left it at that, since what else could I do?

On the phone he also said we could get help loading it up. He shows me the saw and it looked great. He then says that he will deliver it to me in a week for an additional $40 since it is large (I found out later that it was because he wanted to use it). I said that is not what I am looking for and that I do not want to incur any additional (unnecessary) expenses when I am here ready to pick it up as discussed.

He then tells me “I do that drive all the time, I know it is long” I still refuse. Then he says: “Well, you now know how to get here, so just come back and get it in a few days”.

At this point I am feeling slightly insulted. I tell him that I will not be paying for gas and another 2+ hours of my time to return for something that I was prepared to pick up today.

After a bit of hesitation, he asks if that is a deal breaker? I said it absolutely is. He asks if I have cash and I did so the transaction proceeded. Turns out he has a bad back and there was no additional help so I did a solo lift to get the saw the saw into the back of my SUV. I know from experience I can barely pick up the thing but I must have went into fight or flight mode. lol

I can’t for the life of me figure out why you would “lure” someone to your place just to discuss a trial run drive or delivery and an additional fee to do so. Since we are trying to capitalize here, I guess I should have charged him rental for the saw as well after it was “mine”.

Anyway, he loosened up near the end and we ended it all on good terms but what a sloppy situation as far as I am concerned. I honestly don’t even know how I could have been proactive and have protected myself from this inconsiderate socially challenged nonsense.


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#1 posted 01-16-2014 03:52 PM

Jk 78,A lot of sellers come on that site(CWW) for the sole purpose of selling their tools,once sold you’ll never hear from them again,some also come there to ask for help or a freebie service of some sort ,again once they get what they want ,they are gone.
The only good thing that could come out of knowing the seller’s username is that next time he offers something else for sale you and those who know your experience with him will run instead of showing an interest.

I am glad you got what you were after but had you given him an inch he would have taken a mile.
I must admit I have been lucky buying used stuff from kijiji or far but I know selfish jerks are out there,my rule of thumb is if they seem/sound too accomodating/agreable or nice,proceed with caution.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 04:19 PM

So sad but true Ken. He was actually a member who signed up to another woodworking site, had one post etc. At least I got what I want. :)

I am going to take your rule of thumb to the next level and I will start treating people really terrible so they trust me. Kidding…lol.

I totally know what you mean and completely agree. Cons and selfish people are always wonderful when they have their mind set on something.

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 08:17 PM

At step 4 (on the phone) I would have been done. Chalked it up to experience and left. Just my $.02

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 12:27 PM

” A lot of sellers come on that site(CWW)” CWW? What site is this?

-- There's a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 01:08 PM

Howie, I think my explanation is a bit off. On the phone he never mentioned any extra charges. When I got there he started bringing it up. If he said that on the phone I would have never proceeded.

Lori, yes the canadian woodworking site. I have had great success there and don’t want it to reflect poorly on it as a whole since these things can happen anywhere.

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 02:27 PM

jk78,I know a few members here who are also a CWW member and I have never heard anyone say anything that reflects poorly on that site ,your experience with that seller only confirms that this type of sellers are around regardless of where they choose to advertise their goods.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 03:13 PM

Hi Ken, exactly. When I was first getting started I had a member contact me and give me some items for free. I tried to pay and he didn’t want any money. I have never in my life have experienced such generosity. That also is not dependant on the site but I would say as a whole the core members are a great group people.

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