Note: This is my own personal experience ...your experience may vary.
Last Thursday, I was looking around for a size small full suspension bike for a birthday gift. I didnt want to buy a super
high end bike, nor a cheapie Wal-mart full suspension either. So I stopped by a local shop, Glendale Cyclery. Its a very small
quaint shop that sells Trek and Specialized. On the floor I spotted a used Kona Stinky, size small. It was in fair condition and the best part, it was a size small. Great for beginners, has tons of suspension and is easily resellable if necessary.
So I asked the shop owner how much and asked for a test ride. I took a spin in the parking lot, just noticed a either bad left pedal bearing or perhaps a crank problem, but no biggie I can fix that. The shop owner said the bike was on CONSIGNMENT and the owner was asking for $900. I said OK, I'll take it.
The shop owner said, well you can't until he contacts the owner. I said, what does that mean? I have the money, cash if need be. He said he will call back Saturday. So I left my name and number. Never called back. I called Saturday and he said he couldnt reach the seller, I said OK.
Tuesday comes along and I call back, eager with $900 cash in hand. The owner said that he couldnt reach the seller of the bike. Great. I told him I needed to buy it for a Wednesday birthday gift. I told him I have the money.
Here's the weird reply: "better get one somewhere else"......WHAT!?!!!!? You have something on the sales floor for sale
and you don't want sell it?
I said when will you be able to contact him.
He said, I don't know.
I laughingly said, oh he's a slug, eh?
He said, no not really. Look he's probably busy.
I said, what? Youre kidding, right?
He said, people are busy.
I hung up.
Posted by Mongoose a 67 year old riding a Bullit from Hwy 2 on 10/23/07