[CR]re: CR resolved?

(Example: Framebuilding:Restoration)

From: "C. Andrews" <chasds@mindspring.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 12:39:01 -0700
Subject: [CR]re: CR resolved?

Dave H. opined:
>Message: 7 Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 11:58:58 -0700 (PDT) From: David Van Hook <dvanhook@yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [CR]Resolved! HA! CR Classifieds possible Fraud? To: questor@cinci.rr.com Cc: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

I believe "questor" is correct, this matter is only "resolved" because the buyer probably has no other reasonable course of action, except to not to pay the SCHMUCK, which she has chosen not to do. Dave(nice guys finish last)Van Hook Hershey, PA<


I have to disagree with this. From my reading of the situation, the buyer is one of those people all sellers dread: the one who is never happy, and who totally freaks out the moment one e-mail is not answered or the bike is a day or two late.

There's no way *any* of us can know, from the evidence, whether the seller was in any way culpable here. For all we know the bike is more-or-less as described. The problems the buyer mentions are minor, imho, if the bike is something she really wanted. The bike was shipped, and arrived more-or-less on schedule. Before inditing the seller, one should know a little more about the situation.

I should also ask, humbly, how much did the buyer pay for this bike? A Mercier? Probably not much, unless it was the Professional model. Point being, I've noticed an inverse effect here: the cheaper the item, the more impossible a buyer can be, all other things being equal. I've never understood this, but it does seem to be the case. Not all the time, but too often.

I find it slightly amazing that the poor seller is being smeared all over this list, when, from the evidence, he behaved in good faith.

Charles "patience and tolerance are definite virtues when buying used bicycles of any kind---of course, when that $1K Colnago arrives with a pretzeled fork, then it's time to get annoyed" Andrews