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Nick Tidy - Ellsworth Truth - Bad Trader(3 posts)

Nick Tidy - Ellsworth Truth - Bad Tradersclark900
May 20, 2002 11:02 AM
The short story:

Seller reneged on signed contract for sale of bike after a long process of completing the terms of sale, then refused to reimburse me for stop payment charges for a check that was sent in good faith. Buyer beware.

The longer story:

After dozens of emails sent back and forth regarding the sale of a '00 model Ellsworth Truth, we agreed on a price and terms of sale. A contract was written (by the seller) of which we both agreed and signed stating that the bike would be sold to me. After confirming the deal via email and phone, I sent out my check via certified mail and faxed the seller a copy of both to confirm. Apparently, on the way to deliver the bike, he received another call from an interested buyer. He then proceeded to inform me that he was offered more, and despite our contract, the deal was off until he determined if the other buyer would give him more for the bike. Keep in mind, this is after my check was sent, a contract signed, and the deal confirmed. In addition, I was going on an extended trip and needed the bike before I left and we agreed on shipping terms to get the bike to me before the trip. I had to put a stop payment on my check and requested that I be reimbursed for the $20 fee. He refused.

I will note that I had spoken with an attorney on this matter, not to pursue legal action, but to determine what his obligation was to sell the bike and uphold the contract to be sure I wasn't out of line. The attorney confirmed that once the contract was signed, which it was, the seller was bound to sell the bike to me at the price agreed upon in the contract. I relayed this to the seller and received some very colorful emails in return.

This seller seems to be an honest individual at first glance, but didn't prove so in our deal. If anyone would like more specifics on this deal gone bad, copies of emails sent between us for the sale and after the deal was broken, or a copy of the contract, I would be more than happy to provide them. I would suggest if you are in the market for a used Ellsworth Truth, pass on buying from this trader.
Aren't things like that to be expected...TJeanloz
May 20, 2002 11:34 AM
Shouldn't we expect shenanigans like that from the owner of an Ellsworth dual suspension rig? How many piercings does the seller have?

Just had to let my roadie snobbishness shine through for a moment.
re: Nick Tidy - Ellsworth Truth - Bad Traderjjgg63
May 20, 2002 6:20 PM
CAn you send me a copy of the contract at my e-mail address,