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I Know What I Have, Do Not Waste My Time, No Low Ballers

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mike1117

Finally riding a big boys bike
Are there other's besides myself that hate to see those and other similar statements in ad/postings, even when talking with someone who has an item for sale? I am in rough shape here in San Jose. It is an hour or so before the 49'er game comes on, I am feeling lousy, have a surgery scheduled more than a month off, and for now I am just waiting for the scheduled date, or as the doctor told me, if the pain gets real bad along with a list of other problems to just go back to the ER where I went last month and ended up spending 5 nights in the hospital being monitored. I was told if I go back to the ER they will most likely just do the surgery. Tricky part is that I was told by the doctor's that the surgery has a better chance of success the longer I wait and my inside's heal up some, than if I go in earlier when there can be problems. I do not want to really get into what is wrong, only inside stomach area. Worst part is just waiting around, feeling lousy, some days not to bad at all, others days I get pains where I am doubled over along with a lot of other problems. So I am typing this out, more so for my own sake in killing time. If you find all this boring just go to the next post.

I have bought and sold a lot of bikes, mainly Stingrays the past 30+ years. But I also collect a few other things. What I hate the most is when I see an ad/post/listing whatever you want to call it for an item for sale that uses uses any of the following phrases (also besides ads, when in conversations with a seller).
"No low ballers". Now I know we all feel this way way when we list something for sale, but when I list something I do want to scare anyone away and would rather spend my time talking with someone for 5 minutes that may go nowhere than not have a response which leads to the next phrase.
"My time is valuable, I know what I have, do not waste my time". Again why start out in an ad with an aggressive statement like this. I am sure nobody likes wasting time, but it kind of goes with the territory when you are selling something.
"I am not in any hurry to sell"; Just testing the waters here", This is a want to sell, not a need to sell listing", "If it doesn't sell I will just put it back into storage", All of these may be true, but why would you bother placing an ad to sell something, and then go on to make statements that show you are not that interested in selling.
"This will only go up in value", This will not last long at this price", Check Ebay to see what these are listed for" Anyone who states any of this in their ads is most likely asking twice what the item for sale is worth"

Anyway, thanks for letting me keep occupied for a little while anyway. All that said, I do enjoy the buying end of collecting. I think speaking on the phone is the best way to either buy or sell an item in response to an ad, I can tell a lot of who I am dealing with over the phone, type or text is harder to read someone and I can usually tell within the first minute or less on the phone what type of seller I am dealing with if I already did not have an idea of by the wording in the ad they posted. Thanks, Mike.
 
That "Don't waste my time" remark is the one that just tickles the you-know-what out of me. My reply is always, "Okey Dokey, you talked me right into it, you silver tongued devil." Here's the reality: a guy who would have the nads to say something that stupid in public is an idiot. And to make matters worse, the stuff he is trying to sell is junk and it's not worth a third of what he thinks it's worth. If he's selling a '69 Vette, there are 20 in this country that are 5 times better than his and about half the money. There is no such thing as "rare," unless of course your name is Picasso and the picture you're trying to sell is titled "Guernica." Chit, you can't even get a rare hamburger anymore.

My feeling is as follows: there's one behind every tree.....AND, "One monkey don't stop no show." If I don't buy yours, there are plenty more where yours came from.

I hope your tummy gets better. I've been there...dundat...got the T-shirt. And after my CT just before Christmas, I see my GI doc next week. It's time for the ol' garden hose with the camera on the end. If I had any sense, I'd never have let myself get old. I'd have just stayed young.
 
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That "Don't waste my time" remark is the one that just tickles the you-know-what out of me. My reply is always, "Okey Dokey, you talked me right into it, you silver tongued devil." Here's the reality: a guy who would have the nads to say something that stupid in public is an idiot. And to make matters worse, the stuff he is trying to sell is junk and it's not worth a third of what he thinks it's worth. If he's selling a '69 Vette, there are 20 in this country that are 5 times better than his and about half the money. There is no such thing as "rare," unless of course your name is Picasso and the picture your trying to sell is titled "Guernica." Chit, you can't even get a rare hamburger anymore.

My feeling is as follows: there's one behind every tree.....AND, "One monkey don't stop no show." If I don't buy yours, there are plenty more where yours came from.

I hope your tummy gets better. I've been there...dundat...got the T-shirt. And after my CT just before Christmas, I see my GI doc next week. It's time for the ol' garden hose with the camera on the end. If I had any sense, I'd never have let myself get old. I'd have just stayed young.
I told you to buy the extended service contract, but you needed to save the money!

John
 
That "Don't waste my time" remark is the one that just tickles the you-know-what out of me. My reply is always, "Okey Dokey, you talked me right into it, you silver tongued devil." Here's the reality: a guy who would have the nads to say something that stupid in public is an idiot. And to make matters worse, the stuff he is trying to sell is junk and it's not worth a third of what he thinks it's worth. If he's selling a '69 Vette, there are 20 in this country that are 5 times better than his and about half the money. There is no such thing as "rare," unless of course your name is Picasso and the picture your trying to sell is titled "Guernica." Chit, you can't even get a rare hamburger anymore.

My feeling is as follows: there's one behind every tree.....AND, "One monkey don't stop no show." If I don't buy yours, there are plenty more where yours came from.

I hope your tummy gets better. I've been there...dundat...got the T-shirt. And after my CT just before Christmas, I see my GI doc next week. It's time for the ol' garden hose with the camera on the end. If I had any sense, I'd never have let myself get old. I'd have just stayed young.
I think you have lots of company looking at the demographics of this group of old guys. I'm just finishing up a month of ER's and hospitals working on my wife. She fell and shattered her elbow resulting in an elbow replacement. We have excellent stories to tell about the UC teaching hospital we ended up having do the replacement, but horror stories about the secondary nursing hospital they insisted she be released to for the rehabilitation. I think Kit, aka @AS-1 hit it on the nail, we should all choose to just stay 16 forever.

We all have to laugh at the way things are advertised for sale. It's not just stuff for sale in the bicycle hobby. My wife and I are into California Pottery and Vintage Trailer's built in the 1940's to 1950's. All of our hobbies have what we call common "red flags" in advertising. The best you can do is just snicker and move on. Life is too short to let it get in your way. My inspiration is my neighbor who is now 101 and turns 102 in July. He goes to Baja Mexico to shoot birds twice a month. His biggest laugh last year was when he went to check in at the airport and the computer would not print his boarding pass because it could not calculate his three digit age.

Good luck with your sales and scheduled surgery.

John Palmer
 
I just thought of another one I hear quite a lot when I inquire about a bike being sold, that is the seller stating, "I had an offer on it for X amount. Usually they are telling me they were offered more than they are asking for the bike. I always reply, looks like you should have taken it as you are asking less for the bike now.
Thanks to all the well wishers regarding my health, on one hand I hope to have to check into the ER real soon and have the operation, on the other hand, it would be nice to heal up some and have it in 2 months when it is scheduled and success rate would be better.
 
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