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bigssa

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OfferUp advice
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:19:16 PM »
I found a post for a kettle that I wanted to buy in my area for $30. I offer the guy $20. At 11:30 at night he replies that I can have it for that price if I can pick it up that night. I was asleep (like a normal person with a regular job), so I didnít see it until the morning. I message the guy back and tell him that I can pick it up that day if he is still willing to sell. He replies quickly and asks for my number. I hear nothing after that despite sending some follow up messages, which I could see that he read. I figured that he got a better offer and sold it, but didnít take the ad down.
A couple of days later, I decide to create another account and message him through that one and offer $25 to just see if I can get a reply. Nothing. Doesnít even read the messages. Tonight, I decided to just offer $40 to see what happens. Well, I get a reply within seconds that I need to call this other guy to talk to him about the grill.
I call and arrange to meet in a Walmart parking lot. Guy doesnít show up, so I call the number and he says that he is just waiting for his wife with the truck so he can come over with the grill. 15 mins go by and he is still not there. So I call again, goes to voicemail after 2 rings. Call again after 5 mins, same thing. But then I get a text saying that he had an emergency and we will have to reschedule.
The question is, should I pursue this or is this guy fucking with me? On one hand, I am thinking that I am being fucked with, on the other hand, I am thinking that I am dealing with some hillbilly (this guy sounded like he was a few pennies short of a pound) that canít get his shit together. What would you do in this situation? Mind you, I really want this grill and it is worth every cent of the $40 (to me).

Schaefd2

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 06:46:27 PM »
I say post an ad to the Craigslist odd jobs section saying that youíre in Summer school and need help with a project. The project is a commercial and you need an excellent Chewbacca impersonator to deliver the punchline. Ask the people to call the sellers phone number and upon ďHello?Ē immediately begin their best and loudest Chewbacca impersonation.


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kettlebb

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 07:02:14 PM »
WTF! I wouldnít go through all of that unless it was my holy grail find. Is this your grail or can you find another?


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Mike in Roseville

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 07:10:44 PM »
I'd pursue with caution...if it means that much to you (because he's probably a tweaker).

I get the sense that he has a lot more going on in his "personal sphere" than f*cking with you for the hell of it (because he's probably a tweaker).

I say keep at it, but only do a deal in a well lit, public place (DURING THE DAY). But, I'm guessing he sleeps during the day...if he sleeps at all (because he's probably a tweaker).

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bigssa

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2018, 07:16:18 PM »
This is not a grail for me. But certainly a hard to find grill in my area. My instincts tell me to stay away, but my weberitis makes me come back for more.

I insisted on meeting in a Walmart parking lot that is busy primarily because of my concern of what might happen. I donít generally get scared of online deals but this is a head scratcher for me.

varekai

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 07:26:35 PM »
@Mike in Roseville , so it looks as though you would proceed with caution in dealing with this gentleman, do you think he might be a tweaker?  He kind of sounds like, what is your impression?.....LOL
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Mike in Roseville

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2018, 07:35:24 PM »
@Mike in Roseville , so it looks as though you would proceed with caution in dealing with this gentleman, do you think he might be a tweaker?  He kind of sounds like, what is your impression?.....LOL

Uhhh...a tweaker?  ::)

Some of the facts of this potential transaction lead me to believe ...perhaps.

May be just circumstance and coincidence.

A spacey buyer? Who knows? Spacey seller? Hmmmm.
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CarrieAnn

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 07:48:48 PM »
Well, if you really want it, send him your highest and final with a deadline. ďHey, hope your emergency worked out ok. Just checking to see if youíre still interested in doing this deal. $40 cash. I can meet anytime between 3-5 this afternoon at Walmart. If that doesnít work, let me know what time does. If we donít confirm a meetup by tomorrow at 10 am, Iíll assume you found a new buyer. Look forward to hearing from youĒ  I recently bought a kettle from a guy that I thought for sure was going to fall thru and it didnít. But I was prepared to drop it the whole time.

I figure itís like this - they want to sell. I have money. If you donít want my money, fine, but Iím not going to beg you to take it.


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bigssa

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 08:10:59 PM »
Well, if you really want it, send him your highest and final with a deadline. ďHey, hope your emergency worked out ok. Just checking to see if youíre still interested in doing this deal. $40 cash. I can meet anytime between 3-5 this afternoon at Walmart. If that doesnít work, let me know what time does. If we donít confirm a meetup by tomorrow at 10 am, Iíll assume you found a new buyer. Look forward to hearing from youĒ  I recently bought a kettle from a guy that I thought for sure was going to fall thru and it didnít. But I was prepared to drop it the whole time.

I figure itís like this - they want to sell. I have money. If you donít want my money, fine, but Iím not going to beg you to take it.


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Thatís good advice. Iím going to text him this tomorrow and see how things play out.

CarrieAnn

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 06:17:49 AM »
He could be fucking with you or he could just be scatterbrained as all hell. Iíve never been a person with a lot of patience for that bs and as I age to a crotchety old bitch, my patience requires a micromemter to attain proper measurement. I also find people donít pay attention to what you tell them so you really need to be direct. I hate ďlaterĒ, ďsoonĒ and ďa whileĒ. My clocks donít display those times. So I name a time and a deadline, because while you maybe fucking with me, your fuckery has an expiration date :)


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RRRanger99

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018, 07:18:28 AM »
There's an old saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

It's time to move on! The lost time dealing with such an idiot can never be replaced!

Mike in Roseville

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2018, 07:37:49 AM »

He could be fucking with you or he could just be scatterbrained as all hell. Iíve never been a person with a lot of patience for that bs and as I age to a crotchety old bitch, my patience requires a micromemter to attain proper measurement. I also find people donít pay attention to what you tell them so you really need to be direct. I hate ďlaterĒ, ďsoonĒ and ďa whileĒ. My clocks donít display those times. So I name a time and a deadline, because while you maybe fucking with me, your fuckery has an expiration date :)


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@CarrieAnn for the win!


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bigssa

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2018, 07:43:13 AM »
I gave the guy two options to meet and he hasnít responded yet so I have decided to move on and let this one go. Thanks for the advice.

inkaddictedchef1

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2018, 07:50:01 AM »
I'd pursue with caution...if it means that much to you (because he's probably a tweaker).

I get the sense that he has a lot more going on in his "personal sphere" than f*cking with you for the hell of it (because he's probably a tweaker).

I say keep at it, but only do a deal in a well lit, public place (DURING THE DAY). But, I'm guessing he sleeps during the day...if he sleeps at all (because he's probably a tweaker).
... so TWEAKER is your final answer I take it then.

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demosthenes9

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Re: OfferUp advice
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2018, 09:56:52 AM »
I guess I'm just insane, but I go to people's houses, even at night, to pick up tonight hinges from CL, offerup and the like.

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