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Bye Bye Bennett 541 #215987
Mon Nov 29 2010 05:21 PM
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Well, if I post this maybe I will get some feedback from other similar cases and I wont feel so bad. The owner of the Virginia st. antique mall here in Reno told me of a gent that has a bennett pump for sale cheap. I contacted him and set up an appointment to see it. His beater mobile home and run down property left the impression any money now would be welcomed. He had a Bennett 541 in good sheet metal condition all four faded ad glasses in tact. The tin face plates were badly faded as well as the meter numerals yet the meter was free and zeroed out. It looked like a one time Phillips. He picked it up years ago from a storage facility,where prior to that it served all its life at a Elko Nv. gas station. He was asking $450. Anyway I told him I would go home check prices for actual replacement restoration parts (a bluff)and call back by the eve. Thinking the waiting game would be to my favor, I called him and said it would cost a lot to bring this pump to life. So I offered $300 and he said he's taking it to the dump in the morning and hung up on me! I tried three more times that nite to offer the $450 but no answer. What an ***** I was to judge peoples living conditions thinking they could be chiseld down in there price. If I ever get a deal like that again there will be no second thoughts!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Roger Loupias] #215991
Mon Nov 29 2010 05:30 PM
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Sorry, I think you screwed up on that one. Me personally I would have gave him his asking price BECAUSE of his living conditions.


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Roger Loupias] #215992
Mon Nov 29 2010 05:34 PM
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I doubt he'll really take it to the dump.

But, I wouldn't want to give any of my money to someone who would respond that way to simple negotiation rather than just standing firm on the price or giving a counteroffer like a normal human being.

I guess the moral of the story is that you never know when you might be dealing with a nut case.

Wes

Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: KZ1000] #216002
Mon Nov 29 2010 05:43 PM
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Too bad you blew that one..That`s a nice pump at an even better price! Doubt it is at the dump. I would try having a friend contact him and pay the full asking price.


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: 1970mach] #216011
Mon Nov 29 2010 05:57 PM
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Were you the guy that offered me $2 for a can I was selling for $5!
I sat the can on ground & STOMPED it, saying NOW it's a $2 can. LOL

Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Dick Bennett] #216019
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:28 PM
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I had to say it but I bought the pump for $450...you knew it was worth it......so you snooze you loose....lol


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: POLESIGNKID] #216021
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:31 PM
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news travels fast and so do you.

Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: POLESIGNKID] #216022
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:33 PM
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Don't know what's funnier ? Your story, or DB's. : )

Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: blacktee] #216027
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:39 PM
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That's rough!


-Matt
Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: blacktee] #216028
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:39 PM
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Doug... Glad to see that you stop by. How've you been?

As for DB's story.... I dont negotiate. I'm not a harda$$. Its just that I make it fair. Thats all... Sorry Roger.


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: blacktee] #216033
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:45 PM
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I wouldn't bet against the guy scrapping it. I rejected an insulting offer on a sign at a swap meet. As the guy that made the offer stepped away the next guy said he'd give me what I was asking. I said no, and gave it to him for the price the first guy offered, pr maybe less. I don't remember. The first guy was still within earshot and he was not happy!
The 541 was a bargain at $450. You should have jumped on it at that price. Instead you lost out on a nice pump because you insulted the seller with your offer.


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Dick Bennett] #216034
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted By: Dick Bennett
Were you the guy that offered me $2 for a can I was selling for $5!
I sat the can on ground & STOMPED it, saying NOW it's a $2 can. LOL

Atta boy DB!
Some people are so intent on beating up the sellers that they forget to enjoy the hobby.
I bet you got $5 worth of enjoyment out of stomping that can.


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Lastgas15] #216036
Mon Nov 29 2010 06:53 PM
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Roger, your offer may have been "the straw that broke the camel's back". Especially if you weren't the first to "try and low ball" him. He may have had enough?

Sometimes, trying to get a better price can "bite one right on the a$$. As Bob's experience proves.

Doug, it is nice to see you posting more, my friend.


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Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Bob Richards] #216041
Mon Nov 29 2010 07:08 PM
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Expression on his face was PRICELESS.

Re: Bye Bye Bennett 541 [Re: Bob Richards] #216042
Mon Nov 29 2010 07:12 PM
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I guess lesson here is if the guy is asking to much for something, you try to offer a lower price to get it reasonable. If the guy is asking a cheap price and you offer a lower price... well then that is crazy. LOL

Couple of good/funny stories here.


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