Either make me feel worse of make me feel better......you make the call.

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  1. Gator515151
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    Until this weekend I never in my life backed out of a deal. I honor my word but I screwed up Saturday night and backed out of a deal. I feel like crap but think I did the best thing.

    I bought something from Craigslist and when I got it home and started checking model numbers and serial numbers realized it was not what I thought it was. The seller did not misrepresent it and did nothing dishonest, I just misread the add. Not only was the value of it about $1200 less than I paid but I found out it would not even work on my boat.

    I called the seller back and asked him if he would take it back. At first he was very hesitant but eventually I think because he had not cashed the check yet and figured I would probably stop payment (which I don't think I would have done) he agreed to take it back.

    He was a little upset because he turned away a couple of callers before I contacted him Sunday evening but he took it back anyway. When he gave me back my check I did kick him $100 cash for his trouble but it didn't seem to make him much happier.

    I've really been feeling like a jerk but I know if I had kept it I would have had to turn around and sell it myself and I never would have recovered near the $2300 I paid.

    So let's hear it, am I a jerk or did I do right?
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    You made a mistake and the seller let you slide. You're good to go. Now if you had stopped payment it's another story. You asked for "forgiveness", got it and were generous for his trouble.

    I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
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    You didn't back out of a deal.
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    you made 2 deals. the 2nd one was better than the 1st.
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    this. he could have said no
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    You guys are making me feel better already. The seller was such a nice guy and he was visibly upset that the deal didn't go through. I've just been feeling bad that I had to return it. It sucks having a conscience.
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    you did the right thing & so did the seller- no harm no foul- to me kicking in the C Note sealed it as good faith effort :)
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    Better to be frugal than fu*ked.
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    The deal did go through. He could have refused.
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    You're scum 51. Can't believe what I am reading... ;) j/k of course.

    You're good to go. The seller should know what he is selling and price it accordingly. He probably knew what he was doing.
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    Bingo I agree. Of course the seller was disappointed.
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    $100 was a good gesture.

    And its Craig's list, so stuff happens.
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    was the seller a scum, fsu, or dawg fan? that would make a big difference.

    seriously though, if they priced it that far above the market price and in line with a different but similiar model it would seem that they were somehow misrepresenting it.

    depth finder? radar??autopilot??
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    Don't worry. You made an honest mistake and the seller could have told you no. He's a good guy but you are, too, otherwise you wouldn't feel like you do right now.
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    51, you have nothing to feel sorry about. The dude you feel so bad for has $100 extra cash that he didn't have the day before. If he had balked and not given your money back to you, then it would have been on his conscience to have to live with.

    I'm putting myself as the seller in his shoes and I can give you an example at what happened to me 2 years ago. I owned 2 rental properties at the time and have since sold them. I advertised one of my homes in the local newspaper and Craigslist and sold it to a man the first month. The very first time the man looked at it, he bought it so I agreed to follow him to his bank to get his $5,000 binder and have contract signed and witnessed by notary. A person doesn't usually buy a $149,000 piece of property on their first look but he did. I was extremely happy and felt safe to get a cashier's check.

    Then the very next morning my phone rings and he tells me he changed his mind. He was buying it for his daughter and apparently his wife didn't approve so he asked for his money back. Since it was within a day, I met him and gave him his check back.

    See 51, I'm the one that would have felt bad if I had balked and told him no. People make mistakes and I know what goes around comes around. I have to look in the mirror every day and I think the honorable and right thing to do was to give him his money back. I'm the type person that would feel like I was stealing by keeping his money since he called me back so soon.

    Let's just say I didn't receive any $100 tip either. I met him the next morning at Denny's and he bought my $2.49 coffee though. So this should make you feel better.
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    All's well that ends well. It was a good gesture to give the guy $100. Now, he can resell it and get his $$'s back too. You were fortunate that the seller wasn't a jerk, though.
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    $100 for his trouble is more than generous. Just because your guy turned away others doesn't mean he can't find their # and call back. How is he selling something that is only worth ~half his price? I'd have no problem stopping that check. You didn't screw him over at all by wanting to return it.
    I bought a $1200 kayak (cash) on Craigslist in Windermere and called the guy back just to ask a question and he never even returned my call. The rudder didn't work, and he said it was an easy fix. I took it to where he bought it and they wanted over $400 to redo the steering. I took it to another shop and the guy fixed it with a quarter turn of a wrench. No charge. I later spent $600 in that store because he didn't try to screw me like Travel Country.
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