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re: buying and selling

Bob Davis <bob@segNET.COM> writes:
>Now that everyone's had a little time to relax after last weekends ruckus,
>I thought I'd drop in my $.02.  Nothing here is about anyone or any thing
>in particular.  Just a couple generalities about life.
>Having bought a pair of PIAA lights recently from a lister, I can speak
>with experience.  We both did exactly what we were supposed to do.

I too have bought and sold stuff with fellow listmembers. And I have had a
thoroughly good experience. I generally expect that someone who has
participated on the list for sometime will be less likely to rip me off
than someone whom I've never met.

That having been said, I've also had good experiences buying from people
posting to Usenet. So maybe I'm blessed. :)

Bottom line - simple relatively inexpensive purchases such as parts,
radios, etc, are pretty safe...but you do have to sniff around a bit to
make sure things will work smoothly. If I am dealing with someone I've
never met before, I do a quick dejanews search on their username...it's
interesting what can be found there :)

For larger purchases, like automobiles, you should always take the proper
steps of checking the thing out. If I were selling my car (and I'm not),
I'd list it as being in generally good to excellent shape...and I know that
a mechanic would find things to fix. On an 8 year old car, anyone not
expecting to find something wrong is just waiting to be cheated...

Anyway, that's just my .02.

BTW, I wouldn't have bought an Audi if this list didn't exist. When I was
considering the car, I knew that I had a safety net, so to speak, of people
that know the car a lot better than I do, and could help out with tricky
problems...and the list has!


Lee Levitt
wheelman @ shore.net
webmaster, http://www.wheelman.com - kewl stuff for gearheads :)
1990 Audi 200T, 85K
1995 Range Rover County LWB, 72K
1987 Wicked Fat Chance, 1981 Condor Custom Road Bike