What would you do?

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  1. Slugman

    Slugman Frankenbike

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    Found an awesome deal on a bike... maybe too good of a deal.

    Seller is only a few hours away yet prefers to ship than local pickup and cash in hand.

    Checked the boards for 'stolen bike' listings.

    Called around to some local shops to see if they knew about it.

    Everything seems good... but the not wanting local pickup is buggin me.

    Whatcha think?
     

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  2. CrabJoe StretchPants

    CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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    few hours away and refuses to meet in person?


    F that
     
  3. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    If he is not willing to meet in person , even at a Neutral Spot , sounds real fishy to me.

    can you get a phone number from him ?

    can you get Serial Number and shop it was purchased from from him ?
     
  4. r464

    r464 Turbo Monkey

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    Ask for an explanation as to why they would not want you to pick up in person. Sounds fishy...
     
  5. greenchris

    greenchris Turbo Monkey

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    if it is too good to be true...
     
  6. skinny mike

    skinny mike Turbo Monkey

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    it seemed fitting...
     
  7. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Some people just have poor social skills or no desire to have contact with others. If this is the case, then ask for the serial number. If the seller refuses, then he's hiding something.
     
  8. FrontRangeDH

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    like cracks or broken parts or something like that, sounds like he needs to ebay it to someone in europe cause if its too good to be true, then it absolutely is
     
  9. dhmike

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  10. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    tell him you would really like to save money by picking it up and suggest a nuetral location. offer to drive all the way to him. if he is not hearing it then it will be a tough choice tolet the bike go
     
  11. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    oh come on! How naive are you really?

    You said yourself it was a "too good to be true" deal with a sketchy seller.

    You already know it's a scam.

    Go ahead and send him the money.
     
  12. stinkyboy

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    Do a COD, so you can inspect the bike before handing the check/MO to the carrier.
     
  13. jebfour

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    That seems weird. I would always have someone pick up the bike other than package and ship it.

    I say pass.

    Also - did you sell the rail?
     
  14. Austin Bike

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    Nope, the mailman is probably not going to hang around while you unbox and examine the bike. They need cash in hand first, they aren't an escrow company.
     
  15. Slugman

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    Dude has a decent selling history and is cool with Paypal... so I went for it.

    Maybe I get screwed, maybe not... but I've got a few Aces up my sleeve in case anything happens.

    Jebfour - Still have the rail... it's just too small for me. Built it up and rode it around the streets, fun bike but SHORT. Gonna do a trade deal with a guy for parts & little cash.
     
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    I hope you have enough aces to cover possession of stolen property. The good news is that you would probably just have the bike taken back and not charged with anything. Unless someone pokes around and sees your original post. Then you're screwed.

    Although it hasn't been reported stolen at this moment doesn't mean that it couldn't happen in the next month or two.
     
  17. lovebunny

    lovebunny can i lick your balls?

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    i doubt seriously that he would get in any trouble for possession of stolen goods when he bought it off someone
     
  18. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    In most states it's still receiving stolen goods whether you bought it from someone or not. It depends on how the police interpret the law in that state.

    In NC it is still illegal to sell cotton after midnight, but no one ever goes to jail for it.
     
  19. Slugman

    Slugman Frankenbike

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    And I'm wary of it.

    If it does turn out to be stolen it will be worth the money for the Karma of getting someone their bike back.

    That and I will make sure they get the guy who sold it to me...

    And this post won't hurt me - shows that I took the effor to call local shops, and checked up on it within the MTB online community.
     
  20. DirtyMike

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    If it hasnt been reported stolen, then register it soon as you can.




    So, what kind of bike is it anyways???
     
  21. Slugman

    Slugman Frankenbike

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    will post it when (if) it arrives :)
     
  22. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Is it a schweet Huffy Ten Speed?
     
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    Or Maybe its the Jackhammer!!!! Lucky
     
  24. sanjuro

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    Too good to be true.

    If he really wants to sell it, he will meet you. Tell him lets meet at a local police station, and then you will really know.
     
  25. Slugman

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    Update - got the bike. Kinda what I expected - definately ridden hard and put away wet, but it's solid. Will have to put some $$ into it, but I still got a good deal.

    Only thing is the a-hole basically diassabled it and threw it inot a box!He didn't protect anything! Oh well...
     
  26. BigMike

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    So what kind of bike is it? and how much was this too good to be true deal?
     
  27. Slugman

    Slugman Frankenbike

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    '05 Giant Faith 3 for $515 shipped.

    I was really buying it for the frame... and that's just about what I got. Will be able to sell off some of the parts I don't want to get some of the items that are beat to sh*t. Already have better brakes, guide and a boxxer that I was going to swap out anyway.