Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I'm not a fan of confrontation, so bargaining with people at garage sales or in Tijuana is not my thing. Yesterday I sold Princess Sparkley's Princess bike that I'd had listed on Craigslist. I listed it for $35, ended up selling it for $28.25 (I didn't have the right change so the guy paid 25 cents more). I hate having to bargain. The bike is three years old but rarely rarely rarely ever used. It's spent most of its life indoors. She outgrew it before she learned to peddle it. But this guy was a foreigner, without a car, who had just moved to Kansas, and was telling me he hadn't received his first paycheck yet, etc. And then he was being all nit picky about the little foam decorative piece between the handlebars and how the edges were cracked/frayed. Argh. He was going to give me $25. I talked him up to $28. But I hate having to deal with all of it. The other two things I've sold on Craigslist (a jogging stroller and a baby swing) were easy, the person just showed up and paid me what I was asking for. Deal done. No stress or panic for me. Oh well, at least he didn't kill me, which is always a secret concern in the back of my head when I have to meet a stranger in situations like this.