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Old 01-10-2007, 05:15 PM   #1
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**WARNING on a Buyer who lied to me!!

Hello all! I have a warning about a buyer out there from New Mexico who is cruising this site for a trailer to buy.
I have a trailer for sale on this site, and I had a solid interested buyer heading up to north Ga to look at my 29 ft Soverign today from Tampa Florida. This lady named "Christine" and her son Jack J (I won't use the last name, even thought I have hers) called me last night, agreed to give me my full asking price, and PROMISED to mail me a cashiers' check overnight via Fed Ex ...if I would consider it sold. I asked her three times if she was certain this is what she wanted to do, "sight unseen". She said she had been looking for a long time, and this is what she wanted, yes she was sure. She said she would go to the bank and then fedex when we hung up.
Instead she went to a mechanic to discover what her F350 was capable of towing.
I called the buyer from Tampa to save him the trip, he was angry I would not hold it long enough for him to look at it.

I got a call from her today 24 hours later to say she had not sent any money, and did not want it!! Now I have lost a serious buyer.
Beware of her lies if you are selling a trailer on this site!!!
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up. I guess we need to resist the impulse to call it 'SOLD' until the check is received and clears the bank.

Peolpe like that just make it tougher for honest folks.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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Bummer...

I've always said, "It ain't sold 'till I have the money in hand".
I'm sorry you had this happen, hopefully no one else gets bit.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:23 PM   #4
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Lesson to be learned is until their money is in your pocket. It ain't sold.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:27 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear your story. Any chance the buyer in Tampa may reconsider coming up to look at the trailer?
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:30 PM   #6
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Sounds as if you met your match. You had a buyer who was coming to look at the trailer, then you blew him off for what you thought was a better offer. She did the same to you. Always wait until the money is in hand, BTW why would the towing capacity of the F350 have to do with the deal, it can pull 2 trailers like yours.

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Old 01-10-2007, 05:32 PM   #7
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It's always tough when someone tells you they want it. Wanting it and buying it are two different things. So often those who want something sight unseen are not able to afford or understand what they are buying.
Lesson learned here is that Cash is King! First cash wins on all deals in my opinion. That means first in the door and cleared the bank. So even if a customer is "sending" money I am alwasy doubtful and share this with the buyer.
Business is business. Don't hold anything without a deposit. PayPal is great for deposits. Take a small amount....$500 or so to hold off another buyer for a fixed length of time. When the time expires and the buyer does not perform then you either get the deposit or return it... depending on what the terms of the agreement where.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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I asked her three times if she was certain this is what she wanted to do, "sight unseen".
3 times? clearly your 'buyer' was hard of hearing or hard of understanding english. Rule number one... it ain't sold until it's sold and even when its sold it still may not be sold.... You'll find another real buyer keep your head up.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:37 PM   #9
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I called the buyer in Tampa to tell him, but I got his V Mail. We'll see if he calls back! I hope so!!
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:41 PM   #10
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On the F-350's capability, I agree!
I have used half ton trucks to haul more than the rated weight many times, when it comes to bed loads, up to 2500 of wood, gravel, etc.. I told her the F350 would have no trouble. I think the ratinga are set by mfg'er's for the LAW SUITS they may face, they are artifically low, not a true capability.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:43 PM   #11
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I called the buyer in Tampa to tell him, but I got his V Mail. We'll see if he calls back! I hope so!!
Good luck, When I bought my trailer I asked the dealer just to hold the trailer while I was on the road up to pick it up. I did not put any money down but did call as soon as I started on the trip and he did honor the agreement without a deposit.

I bet he will still want to look at the trailer.

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Old 01-10-2007, 05:46 PM   #12
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You know, I am a landlord with 4 townhomes for rent. I deal with the general public a lot, and I should have known better.
Live and Learn!!
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You know, I am a landlord with 4 townhomes for rent. I deal with the general public a lot, and I should have known better.
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At least you still have the trailer. Sometimes people will show up with a fake money order, or cashiers check, hook up to the trailer, leave, and are never seen again. So, while you are kicking yourself, it could have been much worse.
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:22 PM   #14
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In selling any high ticket item you will have experiences like this. Selling my AS Classic Motorhome in the early spring, I had a number of "buyers" who were hot to get it. ne was sending me the money and flying in to pick it up. We had arranged everything but the exact time.... He never called and when I called him he said he had changed his mind! Then he called weeks later when I did have it sold, and said he stil wanted it.
Same ting when I sold my F250, flaky deals all over. Until the money is in my hand I don't count anything sold.

A nice 29' trailer will sell, don't sweat it.
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