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Lets list the lamest "I need to back out of the sale" excuses out there!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Jody Robinson, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Jody Robinson

    Jody Robinson Banned

    Mar 4, 2010
    It happens from time to time...you are think you have the sale wrapped up when all of a sudden you get the old "I gotta back out because..."
    Some of these excuses are hilarious!

    do share your experiences!
  2. Timlr


    Dec 15, 2007
    "My parents promised me that they would let me have the money but ____ happened and now I can't"

    Lol... but it's a reality for a lot of potential buyers so I don't blame them
  3. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    My girlfriends says "after the wedding".
  4. Timlr


    Dec 15, 2007
  5. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    I almost had a T-Bird in my clutches a few years ago... until my cat required extremely expensive surgery...
  6. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Sometimes I think we take the wrong approach towards this issue... If a person can't buy something he can't buy it... and unless you passed mind reading 101 then you will have no way of knowing if whatever reason a person gives is the truth or just an excuse because they changed their mind..

    I had to back out of a sale here once because my PP took longer than expected to get the money in my account, and then my daughter had some car issues (That we actually just got resolved last Monday once and for all when we got an 07 Pontiac for my wife to replace her 05 Galant.. which will be paid off in a few months and we gave that to my daughter to replace her 96 Escort.. tat was turning into a money pit..) that put me in a position of saying to my wife & 19 year old daughter who is working and in college.. "Oh .. sorry guys ... you will have to share mom's car for the duration because I have to get this bass cab that I really really want really really bad and have been hoping to get for a while.. because I already committed to spend $XXX on it.. sorry cant help you out with the car situation... " That would have really made me popular in my house ..... Yes the guy held it for me.. and I was appreciative.. but he did have other buyers... and for me the decision was a no brainer.. Do the selfish thing or suck it up and do the right thing... Others are probably in the same boat..

    It is what it is in most cases.. and I never could understand the fullness of the anger that some feel when a sale falls through.. disappointment.. for sure... Hey you want to unload the XYZ thimbabbahutchiething ... but if the buyer has an unforseen issue and just can't do it...

    Now the thing that would piss me off if I were in that situation would be if I saw the same person buy something that was say within $100 of the item they backed out of mine with.. within a week or two.. then I might get a little miffed.. Other than that... like Mr. Gump said... "It happens.. "
  7. Rumblefisher


    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    Nicely said. I understand and can relate to situations like that. Something that gets me a bit riled though is when people talk up a bass they are selling like this: "It's fantastic, everything I would ever want in an instrument, but I just can't play it the way it should be" -_-# Then you shouldn't have spent so much on it. To me, that translates to --> I played this bass up in my mind based on positive reviews and expense, and I spent without playing it. Turns out it's nice, but not for me. They give the whole preamble to justify selling it for what they paid for it. I'd be much more willing to deal with a straight shooter: "Look, I bought this without playing it, I don't quite like it and would like to recoup my money to buy something I will TRY this time. Any takers for a brand new, very nice bass?" Tell the truth, even if it leads to an unfavorable outcome for you. It will work to your benefit in the end.
  8. thejrace


    Oct 3, 2008
    The worst one was on here. I was buying an G&L sb1, the seller told me it was $500 plus shipping. I ask how much the shipping was and was told $75, so i asked which shipping company they use and the reply i got was, "I've sold this to another person". Jerk.
  9. BassSaxMan


    Jul 11, 2008
    Gotta disagree there. Sales are first come first serve, you can't "hold" things for people who inquire about shipping. If you did you would be constantly holding items for people who will never buy your stuff.
  10. I had a guy over my house checking out a piano I had for sale. He agreed to guy and said he just needed to run to the bank. Odd that a person who intends to buy something doesn't bring any cash, but okay.

    I get a call about half an hour later saying that he didn't make it to the bank on time and asked me if I was available the following evening. I guess he had never heard of an ATM. Weird, but okay, I schedule for the following evening.

    The next day I hear nothing from him and call to ask if he is even still interested in the piano. He says that his phone just broke and he's down a little on his spending cash as a result. I guess his phone only worked for me.

    I eventually sold it to somebody else a few weeks later, but in my opinion, if you're not interested in buying something just say so.
  11. thejrace


    Oct 3, 2008
    I simply asked what shipping company was going to cost me $75 to ship and it was flipped within 5 minutes. We were both online having a pm conversation. I said i will buy it, there was no "Can you hold it for me?". My paypal was open in another window ready to send payment, just the notion that shipping was going to run me $75 came off as odd because i've shipped about 7 basses in the last year and the most expensive with insurance was $27.
  12. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK

    Gotta agree with that. I will hold things for people for a short amount of time if they say they will buy it and everything is agreed, but otherwise first person to offer the cash and pay gets it. Inquiries often end up going nowhere and you can't lose potential buyers because someone might be kicking the tires.
  13. "I had diarrhrea and didn't want to try and make it to the FedEX and back"
  14. I ship a lot of basses and guitars. For the record, from coast to coast a UPS shipped and insured bass and case regularly costs between $60 and $75. This doesn't include packing materials which some may factor in. In just the last year or two prices have climbed quite a bit.
  15. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I think the worst is when someone lists a bass at a good price and then vanishes. Posts and PM's right after the photos are posted. A day later and no reply's. What a downer.
  16. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Actually what gets me worked up more than anything is people who simply stop responding to PMs. I`ve had a few people PM about having a bass or pedal I wanted and I`d say "great, send me some pics and name your price" and then I`d never hear from them again. Likewise, I`ve had people do this with trade offers and would say they are interested but then stop responding. The kicker is half the time they stop responding to me, but they keep their thread alive - as if I wouldn`t see it. To me, I don`t care if you change your mind, but have the guts to at least be respectful and say you decided against it so that I`m not wasting my time.

    Then again, I will say I`m probably one of the easiest guys to deal with in the community. I`m quick and thoughtful in my responses. Most other people seem to keep you hanging and will come back a week later with an "oh hey, if you still want it I`ll take..." By then I`ve typically moved on - but at least I`ll PM them back saying so...
  17. i would have to disagree....if a buyer is that close to the edge that car problems would force backing out i would think that buyer should have not initiated the deal in the first place....
    the seller may have had other buyers,but just as easily could not have.....and he may have been selling due to financial problems of his own.....what this does is make one guys problem someone elses and i would have been miffed too...
  18. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Meh. I backed out of a deal when I realized I had a 5,700 dollar car problem. :scowl:
  19. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    I was watching a pair of rebuilt turbochargers on ebay and put in my bid with about 10 seconds left in the auction. Strangely, during the last minute I noticed the seller methodically erased every single bid, one by one, although mine was still good as he apparently didn't have enough time to stop mine. It was obvious to me he thought he would have gotten more money and was trying to cancel at the last minute.

    I PayPal'ed the money automatically but he immediately refunded my payment and sent me an email saying he made a mistake in the description of the item and he was canceling the auction. When I said I didn't care about the description and I still wanted the items, he said the turbos were broken and didn't work right. I called him on his BS and told him that I knew he was just hoping to get more money otherwise he wouldn't have waited until literally the last minute to start canceling everyone's bids, and I said if he didn't follow the rules of ebay, I would report him. I never heard anything back from him after that.

    A week later, I saw the same turbos relisted by the same seller (with a rather high reserve) and I reported him to ebay. The next day the auction was gone.

  20. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    There`s really no one right or wrong in situations like these. Things happen. That`s life. Live with it and move on.

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