4Shoes 'BOOKENDS'; Morgan Horses

4Shoes 'BOOKENDS'; Morgan Horses
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Deal's a Deal, Until it's Not

A deal is a deal. I ended that sentence with a period because, once a deal is struck & agreed upon, that's supposed to be the end of it. All that remains after the words, "That's a deal." are the pick up & the money exchanged for the receipt. 
Mr Shoes was hot after a manual bale transport (like the one above), but they don't come up used very often & new price hovers around $1000. A couple of weeks ago he got a line on what he wanted that was 3 hours away. Mr Shoes & the seller agreed on the price, made the deal, & arrangements for pick up on Mr Shoes next day off. 
It's a good thing Mr Shoes is thorough; he called just before we were to leave for the pick up.... only to find out that the seller had let the transport go the night before. 

"But we had a solid deal.", Mr Shoes said, "You sold it 
out from under me, & you didn't even have the decency to call & let me know before I made what I explicitly told you is 6 hour trip?" 

I could hear the seller shrugging through the phone; wth is wrong with some people? He got off easy actually; had we driven all the way there & found out we had spent $80 hauling a flat deck that would travel back empty, someone might've gotten a lightning-fast rabbit-punch. Some might say that I've got a bit of a temper... Mr Shoes is definitely the more reasonable (non-violent) half of this pair.
After hanging up, Mr Shoes was a little ticked off, & I didn't blame him because 'A Deal is a Deal'. I also didn't blame the seller because, 'A Bird in the hand'... 


However, the jag-off seller SHOULD have manned-up & just called Mr Shoes. Even a text would have been fine.

More recently, there was the 3pt autostart fertilizer/seeder... I spotted a screaming good deal on one of these & immediately sent the seller a text. 5 minutes later, the seller phoned me (he phoned ME!!) & told me to come & get it. I literally dropped what I was doing & jumped in the truck, texting that I was on my way. He texted back "K". 40 minutes later I arrive to find the seller with another buyer. What the what now? Long story short, I offered a higher price, but the seller figured he ought to give it to the guy who arrived first. I left without bothering to remind him that he called me(!) because, what was the point.

Another thing Mr Shoes had been wanting for a while is a bale elevator - a motorized conveyor belt that tilts up to the top of your stack & saves your back. One guy is at the bottom feeding bales onto the belt, & the other guy is on top, tying the bales in as they come off. We've physically thrown bales all these years... & we're not getting any darned younger. 
Luckily, the gal who was selling our new-to-us elevator was as good as her word. I made the deal with her on a Sunday, we drove out & picked it up 2 days later, & she had a bill of sale all ready to go. Yay! No more chucking bales!

That's the way a deal is supposed to go - you make a promise to pay & they make a promise to decline other offers. You make arrangements for pick up & you show up at the agreed upon time, with cash. 

Take note Sellers: If you say 'first come gets it', well then potential buyers know in advance that it's a free-for-all & no hard feelings if we get beat out. 
But, by Gawd, if you make a deal then you ought to be bound by it. If you're the dirty kind of bird who makes a deal but doesn't hold up your own end, at least be a decent human being & inform other interested parties that the item is sold before they drive out of their way.

To the dude who called me & told me to come pick up the fertilizer: Shame on you for double dealing & for wasting my time & traveling money! I think I showed amazing self-control this time, but the next toolbag who jerks me around might want to stand well back out of range of my swinging fist. 
Rabbit Punch!!


14 comments:

  1. How infuriating! You almost have to tell these people that if they sell it out from underneath you, they will be paying for your travel expenses. Give them an incentive to actually care. Sorry you had to go through that. I once drove 400 miles to look at a horse only to be told that I couldn't come. I explained that I was already there, so they let me come look. It turned out that the horse got injured overnight and they didn't want any buyers to see what poor condition the horse was in. They didn't tell me about the injury. They just let me ride that poor horse wondering what was wrong with it. Then I dismounted and saw this gaping hole with guts coming out under its armpit. I was so mad. I would have never taken it for a test ride if they explained the problem to me. I would have just petted it and comforted it.

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    1. That is horrible Nuz, absolutely horrible! WTF kind of people DO that to a horse?!
      A: The kind of people who probably shouldn't have a horse in the first place.

      Thankfully, we are only dealing on inanimate objects, but you're darn tootin', those double-dealing dirty birds don't make it easy.

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  2. I've had that happen to me, too, but usually with a phone call to let me know they sold it out from under. Most people tell me first come, first serve--which is why we rarely buy used anymore. It's too frustrating.

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    1. I hear you on that, but..... the savings. Buying farm equipment is a tough one, because they carry such high dollar price tags.

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  3. This is so frustrating. When I sell things online I always post that it's the first person who comes. However, if we arrange on a price and a date then I hold it for that person and anyone else is 'waitlisted'. I won't, though, hold something while someone 'thinks' about it because I have been burned before.

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    1. Totally agree. I find that good items are easily 'waitlisted' too.

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  4. I think you had very good self control! Me not so much with that kind of double dealing. It amazes me how people act when money is involved. Seems in this day and age there's no honesty anymore. Jerks.

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    1. Okay, now I feel that I have to admit that, when I left the guys yard, I *might* have squeaked the tires a little. Okay, I did. Not proud of it; so much for my self-control, right? ;-)

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  5. Unfortunately, this kind of thing has become more and more common. We've run into it here too. And people don't think anything of it!

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    1. Dirty birds. Dirty double-dealing birds.

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  6. Ugh, that's terrible! So unfortunate to have to deal with all kinds of shady sellers. They know that you need the product but it is still unethical. I bet that's not how their mother raised them to be. Or did she? LOL

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    1. Shady re-sellers. Probably can't be blamed on their moms - everyone wants to blame the mom.

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  7. oh we have run in to this before too but not as many times. I don't like it one bit either. I think some people just don't know how to deal anymore. There should be some rules posted somewhere!

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    1. You know what Vickie, you might have something there. Since common decency & fair play seems to be fading from existence...

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