I friggin' LOVED reading this auction! Thank you. It made my day! I just had to respond to some of what this tool wrote. I -might? hopefully?- be preaching to the choir here."I'm a realtor. I made a lot of money in 2002 -2005. I bought some cool gear. Now i have to sell it all or go live under a bridge embankment.."
Considering that the Phase II did not sell, I'd say that he'd better go stake out that bridge embankment quickly because there aren't that many good ones left. They are all occupied by honest, hard working people with families who lost their homes and everything they own because some pushy RWA (more on that in a minute) promised them the moon and the stars with no down payment and super low interest so that he could get that all-important signature and the commission it brings him, while quickly glossing over the quadrupling interest rate and five figure balloon payment due after one year. I'm sure that he acted like these family's (often young families just starting out) best friend, taking their calls at any time of the day or night, treating them to lunch at Chili's, asking after the kid's health and all that; but he was out of their lives with that piece of paper before the ink dried. Well dude - it's true; payback really is a b!tch. Not only do these families now occupy the best bridge embankments, but they will probably try to kill you on sight if they ever see you, providing that there are any spaces left for newly homeless families to live since the developers needlessly paved over everything in the pursuit of profit. "i thought it ($) would never end."
Cry me a river... History is full of people like this, with the same sad story. Remember the mid 1990's? I worked in IT then. I saw everyone around me going crazy and spending all of their newfound money on Internet startup company stock. I used to say to them "sure, it's a great domain name, but what do they DO? Where exactly is the profit generated?". Nobody ever really answered that question with anything more than vaguaries at best. It used to strike me as insane, how they could not hear what they were saying. They were sitting there telling me plainly that they had no idea where the money would come from, yet pouring their money into it and telling me that I should do the same. I heard what they were saying loud and clear, but they seemed to have a mental block against it (one called greed
). Well, I never invested one single penny. And come the year 2000 I still had everything that I had in 1997 while those people were riding the bus and crying to anyone who could stand to listen to them. They asked for things like government bailouts and were turned down flat, as they should have been. It's nobody else's fault if you are greedy and it causes you to lose everything; furthermore it puts you at the bottom of everyone's "people who I care about" list. Nothing created by man can ever be endless (ie. "i thought it ($) would never end."). "being a guy with no technical knowlege but a bonefide RWA (Realtor with Attitude) I figured i could fix it myself"
Thank you for that. Without people like you, many others would have a lot fewer customers. And by the way, yes, they DO charge you more than they charge everyone else.
The following three quotes fall under the heading that the more someone tells you that they are honest and not lying, the more that they are dishonest and are lying."I paid somewhere over 3K but i honestly don;t remember how much"
"i think it was more like 3500 to be frank"
""My 1700 plus feedbacks will tell you that I'm not a lying scum"
As for that last one, 1,774 feedbacks with a percentage of 98.4% is nothing to brag about. That is NOT a good number. Especially after eBay changed the way that it calculates the numbers a few months ago. This guy has four negative feedbacks IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS alone. I would not touch him with a ten foot pole. I myself have had two eBay accounts since 1997. Together they total around 2,000 transactions. My percentage on both of them is 100%. Not that I normally mention this in my auctions, anyway I don't have to because it speaks for itself. But if I had this tool's feedback record I certainly would not call attention to it and use it to show how "I'm not a lying scum." However, I'm sure that this dude considers being honest 98.4% of the time to be exemplary; and who knows? In his line of work it might be.
So, member2165 (you are at least aptly named - you are certainly a member), if you happen to see this post remember this; you reap what you sow. People like you have caused a lot of pain for people who did not deserve it. You don't ever get away scot-free when you do that. I am SO glad that I am not you. And you ain't gonna get no $2,500 for a broken Phase II. In case nobody told you, you got burned if you really
paid $3,000 or $3,500. And then you broke
it and tried to tell the rest of us that we were getting a deal because you are selling it for less than you paid for it. The pedal collecting community is not stupid. Obsessed? Surely. But not stupid. Phase II's no longer sell for anywhere near
$2,500. Heck, these days you would be lucky to get that much for a mint Sythi Hi-Fli (with chrome stand). I certainly don't have to tell you
that the economy is driving prices way down. So what makes you think that anyone is going to pay $2,500 for a broken
Phase II when working examples have sold for under $1,000?