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Backing out of a sale(8 posts)

Backing out of a salemilsk8
May 31, 2001 5:38 PM
Recently I have had bad luck with people backing out of sales in the classifieds of this web site. It's already happened twice in the last two weeks or so. Do I just have bad luck, or does this happen a lot? Personally, I think that if you make an offer to buy, sell or trade something, you should follow through with it. (I'm not saying that everyone does this, because I've gotten some great deals in the past.)
re: Backing out of a saleDave Hickey
May 31, 2001 7:54 PM
I've had a couple of backouts on this and other classified boards. Ebay's rating system really works and does prevent deadbeat buyers.
It might be a suggestion for this board(Greg?).
No harm no foul or fowl?Live Steam
May 31, 2001 9:55 PM
I guess you feel that if someone changes their mind about a purchase they are for the birds. If you did not send the items to them, you lost nothing but time. If you held the items back from sale to another and then they copped out, you may have a gripe. People have a right to change their mind. I have done an awful lot of selling/buying on Ebay. I bought my Colnago Crystal frame from a guy on Ebay. It took a while to complete the deal. I don't think he really wanted to sell it, but I think he may have needed the money. He almost resented sending the thing to me. Sometimes it goes smoothly and sometimes it doesn't.
re: Backing out of a salemike mcmahon
May 31, 2001 10:18 PM
I've never bought or sold anything here. However, I have sold a bike and purchased a helmet and a seat post on e-bay. All of those transactions were as smooth as a baby's butt. Obviously, e-bay has a fairly elaborate system in place to discourage back-outs. I think it would be pretty hard to set up something like that here. However, negative experiences with classifieds do occasionally make their way to this board. As long as the supposed offender is given an opportunity to defend him/herself, that might be a good way to handle problem transactions.
awesome experiences!Bob in Indiana
May 31, 2001 10:51 PM
Sold my frst two items sent in advance no questions asked, I shipped items comlaints here! (of course I won't "false" advertise anything!) Good Luck..."Why can't we all just get along" It's OK to be trustworthy!
rbr classified and ebayHaiku d'état
Jun 1, 2001 7:52 AM
i've sold a bunch of smaller stuff on the rbr board and bought one bike awhile back (couple years?). selling items on rbr is risky at best. also, there's so much activity post-wise, at least the last time i looked, that you have to re-post daily to get any traffic.

have had the luck to sell numerous bikes (road and mtb) on ebay, and have had zero problems, and also gotten good value out of the sales (more $ than expected). though there is a charge to sell stuff on ebay, it seems like the way to go! good luck.
Jun 2, 2001 2:02 PM
Ebay is great, but people tend to over-pay for stuff while using it.
True, butmike mcmahon
Jun 2, 2001 2:06 PM
I'm amazed that some people seem to be bidding at prices higher than retail. Maybe they're just getting caught up in the last-minute frenzy. Maybe they didn't bother finding out what they could pay for the same items at a LBS or mail-order brand-new, with warranty. However, finding bargains on e-bay is possible. It's also a great source for hard to find stuff. I got a pair of Campy 8-speed shifters I couldn't find anywhere else.