I recently called someone on a wanted ad because I had exactly what he was looking for at a VERY good price. He was excited at first, and COMMITTED to it (pending my accurate description of course). But then he informed me that he has a wholesale account and over the next week started complaining because my price (on a brand new boat/frame) was only about $400 below his wholesale account price (before shippin)(and he wanted to make sure I would share that too). I still could have had it to him in plenty of time for his trips (two months from now) and I was planning on driving it myself next weekend, but when I missed the first attempt this weekend he text-ed me that he wanted out of the deal (and how that would be much better for me too) and NRS has new lopro design that he likes better anyway. At that point I knew he would find something to complain about upon receipt, so I gave up.
Now in order to try to make this shipment happen I spent a shitload of money and time. I gave up visits with my friends and family on my existing trip and I did all of this because I'm desperate for the money and already committed the money when he committed to me, and I explained all of that at the time.
I hold myself responsible, do my homework, and have reasonable expectations. When I give my word, that's it, I keep it and I follow through even if that means I loose money or I don't get as good of a deal as I thought. In fact I have lost money or gotten a worse deal several times on ebay and craigslist because I consider my word to be worth more than any amount that I lose by breaking it.
Am I alone? This seems to be happening more and more these days. Am I a dying breed? (I'm just talking about my honor here
) or are there others like that here?