|Forum topic by Blurrytree||posted 01-16-2014 02:39 PM||806 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-16-2014 02:39 PM
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.