Was: Perils of eBay - Now: Blessings of eBay
- Gary wrote:
>I think its good and bad, I do like Ebay and have done over 200 transactionsThe exact circumstance happened to me; a few years ago I sold
>with it. I have had both good and nasty dealings. I sold a Schwinn
>SUpersport, Lemmon Yellow, it was in good shape, heavy but nice made
>bicycles. The guy i dealt with was very nice, and pleasent. I shipped the
>bike out the following week when i recived the money order and he replied
>thanks and it came in great shape. 2 weeks later i got a email from his
>wife. "i just want you to know, my husband really enjoyed the bicycle, it
>was exactly like the one he had all through college. He passed away this
>last weekend from a long battle with cancer. I just want to thanks you for
>making him feel like a kid again, and playing with his Bicycle" I thought
>the gift was mine with such a truly thoughtful note. All i did was pick up
>a bike i liked, tinkerd with it got it in shape, and made a couple of
>dollars for my effort. And a effort no less that i love to do. When ever
>you deal with people, you can expect good and bad, Its just the way of the
>world. sometimes no one wins in a debate, i choose just to let it go.
>Remember what goes around comes around.
a complete Trek touring bike with front/rear + extra panniers,
completely decked out, even including bicycle touring books. I said
I would deliver within 120 miles free and the buyer was in New
Jersey, close to the office I worked out of. I met the gentleman,
and he mentioned that he had just been diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer. I offered to return his money, but he said no, he wanted
something to look forward to in order to help him through his
Two months later, I received a call inquiring if I had been
paid for the bicycle. I replied yes, and was informed the the
gentleman had passed away, and that the caller was distributing his
several bikes to charities. Last year when the Lance Armstrong
Foundation started to sell the yellow wristbands, I ordered a few
dozen and gave them to friends. I still wear mine to this day,
knowing for the grace of God, there I go.
Another thing I do is once a year is to find an old kids
bike, repair & refinish it, and after it's done, donate it to a local
church/charity for distribution to someone who can't afford one.
Enjoy what you've got, carpe diem.
Roy "made it to 2006...whew!" Drinkwater