Today, my daughter & I were exposed to the ugliness of the almighty dollar! We drove 3 hours to inspect this trailer:
1974 Argosy 26 Travel Trailer Airstream Very nice : eBay Motors (item 260648966428 end time Aug-16-10 08:36:58 PDT)
As stated in the question portion of the auction, the auction was NOT supposed to end early unless a "Crazy Offer" was made on the trailer. We were met at the door of this particular RV dealership by a salesman, who kindly unlocked the Argosy and told us to take our time inspecting it. We did a thorough inspection (took an hour) and were ready to wrap it up & go home to wait on the end of the auction. Suddenly, two kids came running by us & said they had to install a new water pump on the trailer because it had been sold. WHAT?! These people knew we were there inspecting the trailer, said in their auction that it wouldn't end early (unless you know what their definition of a crazy offer is) and they sold it to someone while I was under the trailer!!! No courtesy of the chance to beat the offer, no integrety to tell the person making the offer that they really should run the auction since they stated they would, no statement in the auction that the item was for sale locally & they reserved the right to end it early, NOTHING! My daughter & I were seeing red!! The auction was at $3,150 and the person offered $6000 for the trailer. The owner's son asked me (being a business owner with integrety, I'd like to think) what I would have done if my auction was over the next day & I was offered $3,000 more than what it was at. Of course, for my own reputation as a business person & Christian mostly, I would stand by my word & continue the auction until it ran it's course. He left the office & went and spoke with the person who bought the trailer (nothing against him, not his fault at all, maybe he'll join the forum). Then he came back & told us he understood our point, but it was too late. The deal was done. He gave us $200 for gas & our time, which was a noble thing to do, but it really didn't make us feel good about the whole situation. And to top it all off, the trailer was really nice! Oh well, I had to vent & know I will have lots of sympathizers here. Another nice one will come along for my daughter & grandbaby (she's going to upsize from her minuet to something with designated beds at some point). Thanks for letting me whine!