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Old 08-24-2008, 11:10:45 PM
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I've reached the point where it simply isnt worth making a blind offer without knowing what the seller is thinking. Just too many chances for hurt feelings. My Dad taught me a strategy for that situation a number of years back and it has served me well. When someone comes with the old "make me an offer" statement, my answer is always the same. "Did you want me to appraise it or buy it?" So far it has always either gave me an insight as to the value in the sellers mind or allowed me to conclude they arent interested in selling unless someone makes a terribly over market offer.
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Nothin implied is understood in this old world today. Need to SAY what you mean.
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a while back there was an add in the local newspaper oil field engine reid $4250.00 . I decided to call to see if he had any other engines as there is only a couple of people in these p arts that keeps old iron and that includes you guessed it.I asked if he had other engines and he said no so I asked if the reid ran and he said that he did not know so I asked what he was doing with it and he said he bought it because it was an antique and worth so much but he would take the best offer over $4250.00 good luck
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My first clue was when seller said the engine "might be complete" This set off a bell to find out exactly what was there and what was not. The single picture clearly showed missing oilers, hot tube, front inspection plates and possibly fuel and main valves. Also did not know if ingine was loose or stuck. When he would not provide the additional information, I figured the machine was missing these items or the seller did not know what I was referring to , or possibly both. Either way, the less than helpfull attitude was quite uncalled for. Jim.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:59:06 PM
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Well the seller has relisted his engine... this time with a price range. Some where between $3500 and $9500. Now that is what I call a range. Jim.
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I saw an incident at a car salvage yard that involved a windshield in an old kaiser. A guy wanted it very bad and worked out a price including for the owner to remove it from the car. The owner had one of his guys carefully remove it without any damage and placed it on the counter. The buyer then proceded to examine and pick the windshield condition apart and then offered the owner $50.00 for it. (Original agreed on price$100.00) The owner said nothing just pushed the windshield off the counter breaking it and then informed the buyer that it was now a $50.00 windshield. You should have seen the wide open mouth of the potential buyer, he never found another windshield.
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Jim, you've got your say at berating the sellers attitude....which is likely justified. I find it interesting that you shared his price range without sharing your offer. His "make offer" certainly opens him up to lowball offers from people who like to do that sort of thing. If you made a lowball offer before having information needed to make a fair offer, he has some justification in not wanting to answer questions or send pictures. Each to their own, but 9 times out of 10 in "make offer" situations, both sellers and buyers who are willing to play that game end up with a bad taste in their mouth from it.
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Rick, Thanks for your imput. I made my offer based on what I saw in the picture and said so in my email. I went on to say the missing items could add about $1000 to the deal if they were included. It was obvious from the fact seller didnt know if it was loose or not that it did not run. BTW, I offered 1400 to 1600 based on the picture with missing parts. You are absolutely correct in " To each his own" Jim.
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He replied that I was not in the price range and my offer did not justify answers or pictures. He went on to say " I may of been born at night, but not last night"
I just re-read this whole deal and I think the above pretty much says it all......

There are ways to solicit higher offers.......that isn't one of them.......
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I am familiar with that particular deal as well. I finally gave up and wrote it off. I figured it was not worth the trouble I would get into after dragging my trailer halfway across the country and finding out it was not what I had been told it was. I am pretty sure the engine is not what he was trying to promote it as being but a smaller one. I tried to get the seller to make some measurements that would help identify it but he was unwilling to make measurements that would be definitive of what the engine actually was, or his measurements were so far off as to be of no help. I think you are being conservative about how much the parts would be to get it going again and your bid is on the high side of what the thing should be worth. Good luck with it. It pains me to see that engine needing the attention it does, but sometimes you just have to try to tree another one.
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