I also hate making offers. We have a saying in Scotland, "I want to buy it, I don't want to sell it as well". The problem the guy has is that he is not a cyclist or bike collector and has no idea of what the bikes are worth. I suspect he has probably never heard of Ebay! However, if you ask him, he'll tell you what offers he's had and you can then decide whether you want to pay more.
Bruce Dundee Scotland
> I saw the site, but he doesn't state any asking prices. I'm always
> uncomfortable with these "make an offer" situations. If he wants to conduct
> an auction, he should go to eBay.
> Jerry Moos
> Houston, TX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2003 5:06 AM
> Subject: [CR]Hetchins, Baines and others for sale
> > I can't remember seeing anything about this on the list before but there
> is a
> > chap in England who is selling his late father's bike collection either as
> > single lot or individually. There are a few 1930s Hetchins, a Baines
> > International TT, Viking Ian Steele, Hill Special track, Ellis Briggs,
> > Bates, Penine, Holdsworth, Carlton and quite a few Sturmey hubs including
> > alloy ones.
> > Not being a bike collector, the seller is looking for offers and has
> > had some good ones. Unfortunately, the prices are out of my range but some
> > well-heeled CR members might be interested and, indeed, some have already
> > contacted him.
> > The seller, Tim Lawrence, said everyone who had been in touch with him had
> > been very open and honest about their valuations of the bikes except for
> > UK CR member, who shall remain nameless, who tried to tell him that the
> > weren't worth much at all. Shame on you!
> > I can't vouch for Tim personally but I had a blether with him on the phone
> > he seems a genuine guy.
> > There are pictures of the bikes and more contact info at:
> > http://members.aol.com/
> > Bruce
> > Dundee
> > Scotland
> > --