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The dumbest deal you ever made
#535616 Thu May 15 2014 02:37 PM
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Several years ago I was buying and selling mostly tools to bring in money and knew nothing about petroliana. I stumbled across a sign at a yard sale, and picked it up. It was a Sealed Power porcelain sign with diver. I believe it was in the neighborhood of 2' x 3' and the graphics resembled the flange signs you see occasionally. I got it for 25 bucks. Someone had come to the house to pick up something else I had on craigslist, and asked me if I would sell that sign. I said sure, and having no idea what I was doing, told him 130. Of course, he grabbed it, and I went the rest of the day pretty happy that I quadrupled my money. I have not seen one like it since. I now couldn't even begin to guess what that sign was worth. Would love to hear any other similar stories..if only to make myself feel better smile

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ironheadtom #535621 Thu May 15 2014 03:00 PM
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Can't figure why you are kicking yourself for this? That was years ago, as stated. You have learned to not do that again plus you made more than you paid. Valuable lesson and one that probably, everyone on this site can relate to. In my humble opinion, you did pretty good. No body died and you woke up on the right side of the grass? All in all, you should feel real good about it! Paul www.severngaspumps.com

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gasmansgp #535624 Thu May 15 2014 03:14 PM
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My writing skills must be slipping...these stories meant to be in fun. I'll have to add more happy faces next time

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ironheadtom #535628 Thu May 15 2014 04:17 PM
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I'm going to send this to all my friends.

.............*NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE*.............
Due to the Recent Increase in pump prices, ALL Previous pump "Sales" done in the past 20 years are being considered NULL & VOID. You will be given 30 days to comply before legal auction will be enforced. Theft reports are being complied w/ photos & detailed description of each pump that was TAKEN from my storage yards & will be filed w/ local & state law enforcement agency's.
Please comply & lets keep this out of the court systems, Newspapers & TV Headlines.

Hoping I'll get something Back From The Past! LOL laugh laugh laugh

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Dick Bennett #535726 Fri May 16 2014 04:45 AM
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Thanks for my first morning chuckle Dick.


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Dick Bennett #535736 Fri May 16 2014 06:12 AM
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lol....Now how long before somebody really tries it... smile


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Keystone Gas Man #535740 Fri May 16 2014 06:30 AM
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The worst deal I ever made.....I lost money. If you sold it for more than you paid, I wouldn't complain too much.


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ironheadtom #535753 Fri May 16 2014 07:54 AM
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I always like the people who come up to you after you have sold whatever it is and , tell you you sold it to cheap . Most the time its just them poking the puppy i think because they did not get the chance to buy whatever it was . It seems.. In this new wave picker flipper world that TV has created , you see it more and more Everyone's a self proclaimed auction king or barter bandit in my area now . I forgot to mention certified as well .


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47reo-travis #535774 Fri May 16 2014 10:33 AM
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My dumbest deal was probably buying about $3000 in Tokheim stock that in a couple years was worth about $15 when they went Chap. 11.

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I like the people @ swapmeets & shows who come up to us after we bought something from them years ago & angrily say,"YOU STOLE THAT FROM ME! mad "...really?.......you helped me load it in my truck and bought me lunch afterwards.


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Cold Pizza #535783 Fri May 16 2014 11:23 AM
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Lol.. no doubt. The guy that bought my sign was actually a real nice guy and we've had several transactions since then. My dumb deals are on me... I'd never give someone a bad time after they paid my price.

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I told Amistadi he should collect signs to go with his car collection, then proceeded to sell him his first signs, a Citgo, Mobil and Jenney. Look what he blossomed into. I should have kept those signs.


"Remember, history that is forgotten is doomed to repeat itself!"
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KZ1000 #535788 Fri May 16 2014 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted By: KZ1000
I told Amistadi he should collect signs to go with his car collection, then proceeded to sell him his first signs, a Citgo, Mobil and Jenney. Look what he blossomed into. I should have kept those signs.


True that!

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It wasn't a dumb deal, but last summer when I started collecting and picking, I found a really nice Texaco Valor motor oil can. I think it was a 1 gallon or a 2 gallon. It was in very good condition compared to the ones I see on ebay. I sold it for $50 which is about what it's worth, to a guy who was here on vacation. The next day he came up to me in an antique shop. He told me that he had been to a big Texaco collector's house. He showed the guy the can he bought off me a little earlier in the day and I guess the collector had never seen one before. He offered him $200 for it but the guy would not sell. grin

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cancollector #535940 Sat May 17 2014 04:57 AM
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When you buy something theres always the guy that runs up to you and says you paid too much and when you sell it theres always a guy that says you sold it too cheap. When you sell it theres always the guy that says its too beat up- and on and on. When I get to kicking myself my wife usually reminds me that this is supposed to be fun. When I start feeling good about myself, my wife usually gets to kicking me. I try to remember to "Just roll with it" If you cant at least get your money back, just get what you can and get it out of your sight-- And remember to say to yourself "Next!" If its not a sure thing, -no brainer-then its a gamble and when you gamble you have to know that sometimes your gonna lose. When your new at anything , there is a lot of gambling involved. One thing I've learned is that when I dont know what I'm doing, hurrying is not a good idea.

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