Buying Used Things
I think buying used things is pretty great
Often times I’m not one to really care
If something is brand new as long as it still functions
As well as, or close to something that is new
One man’s trash is another man’s
I know everyone worries about being scammed
Or attacked but honestly most of my experiences with buying used things from strangers ( :
Have gone pretty smoothly.
Except This One.
And another one that I’ll save for another time
I mean, If someone’s trying to sell you a desk but they don’t have any pictures of it
I don’t know? Don’t risk it!
When I moved out from my parent’s house, I left a Playstation 3 behind
Because it technically belonged to my sister.
But I owned a lot of the games
Which I brought with me
And by the time I moved out the only PS3’s for sale
Were used ones
So I figured I check Kijiji
Which is an online classified ad service
Basically the Canadian version of Craig’s List
Even though we have, also have Craig’s List here
But Kijiji is better.
I actually bought my wii the same way a few years earlier
And the dude happened to be a fan
So I searched for playstation 3 and checked out what was available
I came across one for $230 which came with 2 controllers and like over 20 games
Most of which where like Fifa 2011 to 2069… I don’t know
I don’t really care much for them and so I thought I try haggling
Hi is this still available and if so could we negotiate on the price?
I’ll think about it
How does 200 sound?
Mh ok. I’ll wait a bit
And then I tried the third party tactic
Hm well I’m looking at another seller and they’re giving theirs for 200
Which was actually true, but they didn’t have an extra controller and not over 20 games
That’s why I’m trying to haggle for this one
200 is good
Ho ho ho ho ho – gottem!
Actually I changed my mind $225
What the hell, how did you go from $230 to $215 to my negotiated price of $200 and then.. back higher to $225?
This person did not know how to haggle
He saw through my bluff
But either way that counter offer didn’t make sense
So I continued looking at other ads and offers and then about an hour later
He messages me again
You sure $215 isn’t good?
OK at this point I’m thinking he might be getting a little desperate, so I continued to play hard-to-get
OK I’ll do $200 if you pick it up today
What is going on.. okay… I thought I was definitely dealing with a kid.
But hey, we finally agreed on a price.
Alright where can I meet you?
248 Shimmer Street
When can you come?
eeh Is 9 ok?
A bit earlier maybe 8?
OK see you then.
Do you want to see it working?
So i head there later that night and 248 Shimmer street actually has two apartment buildings
A and B
I texted him and asked which one it is
Uh… it should be A
I don’t want to know what your building should be as if it’s dependant on unknown factors
I need to know your definitive location, so I can safely make this transaction
I was getting a bit nervous
A part of me thought I was getting get mugged, but then thought this
probably is just a kid who is just not responsible enough to know his own address
I go inside building A
I texted him saying I’m at the ground floor
and he replies that he’s on his way down
5 minutes past.. nothing
After 10 minutes I get a text
I don’t see you?
This dumbass.. I don’t see him either meaning he is probably in building B
So I head on over and go inside
I.. I still don’t see him
And I’m expecting that kidney extracting shank in my body any second now
I’m in building B I don’t see you either…
no I’m in A
Was I blind? Was he blind?
Where are my kidneys.. OK still there.
I head back to building A
OK I’m here
I don’t get a reply but after 5 minutes of waiting, he finally appears
It’s a middle aged man
I’m gonna die.
Are you Cain with the PS3?
Yes yes. We will head upstairs to test it
We get to his apartment and he opens the door
Inside is a kid setting up the PS3
Cain, hurry up
Wha.. huh? I thought you were Cain? But you’re also Ca..
Kid-Cain finally set up the PS3, tries to turn it on.. nothing happens
He tries again.. still nothing
Big Cain, which i assume to be his dad started getting a little irritated
I thought you said it worked, what’s going on?
Dude that’s my line
The tension was THIC with only one c because that’s all that could fit
With the amount of tension in the room
Kid-Cain shuffles around behind the TV
Tries one more time
And it finally works
Both he and I let out a relieved sigh
Honestly at this point, I didn’t even care if it worked
I just wanted to get out alive
In ONE piece
I said, cool
Kid Cain packs up the ps3
Puts it in a bag
And hands it over to me
I hand him the 200 dollars that we agreed upon, and hope papa Cain was also aware of and approved
His dad takes it from him, counts it, then nods
Okay, thank you
Yeah you’re we-
Uh hee um pth uhh tsk-
And I leave
*Breathing rapidly and casually strolling backwards while getting the heck out of that place*
Relieved kermit’s face
Worth it 🙂
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