So ... there was/is a bass on the classified section thats been on for a while. Before Christmas I reached out to the seller with an offer. He said price was firm. Totally cool - I walked away. A week or two later, it was still available and I asked him to email me some pictures of things that were not in the listing. He did and we exhanged an email or two after. There was still no flexibility in his price or other options so I decided to think about it a bit longer. Spending betwen $500 and $1500 on an instrument shouldn't be done in haste (I've done that too many times! ) This morning, after researching and thinking and comparing, I finally decded to pull the trigger. I sent him this message: "OK, after a couple weeks of arguing with myself, I am in! ... [deal details deleted for anonimity] Confirm - near mint condition. Only nick is the little one on the headstock. OHSC (or some HSC). Action good, no neck issues. Thanks! Send me your paypal... " His response was: "This went on too long. So the bass is not available to you." Wait. What?!? I totally respect the right of the seller to choose who he sells to, but that seems a little strange, no? There was no jerking around - I was trying to appropriately negotiate in our original back and forth, and honestly, as you can see above, I am not even asking for a lower price. I was just confirming the condition. I was going to pay asking price. I have a perfect buy/sell score here with over 30 deals. Anyway, very strange. Had to share. (Note: names and details are not posted here to protect the seller. I can only wish him luck in his pursuits).