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 Post subject: Re: free car + bits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:54 pm 
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On the face of it it seems we have somebody among us with a different moral compass.
Unless of course I am wrong and the seller will be splitting all profits (after eBay fees) between a donation to the club and the original owner? Nah, didn't think so.

Is there anything we can do to stop this sort of thing happening again?
Only snap up the freebies as soon as they appear! Then either fix them or move them on/ break them,as needed once assessed. Plenty of folk had the chance to do just that with this car, but all the usual excuses came out, "it's too far" or "I don't have enough space" I even offered to house it myself, but was unable to arrange transport, so I guess i'm one of the excusers too!

A couple of years ago, I got a free 2 door Toledo from another member here. Realizing that, though it had a lot of potential, I didn't really have time for another project, I sold it on. But I sold it with a good quantity of new parts and panels needed to rebuild it from my own stock, which, in my opinion, justified the sale. At this point, we don't know whether any value has been added by the current owner/seller which would justify a sale rather than another gift. Let's not get the pitchforks out just yet!

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 Post subject: Re: free car + bits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:18 pm 
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Maybe freebies should be in members only?. The "seller" isnt a member so would not have got hold of it initially.

Tony
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On the face of it it seems we have somebody among us with a different moral compass.
Unless of course I am wrong and the seller will be splitting all profits (after eBay fees) between a donation to the club and the original owner? Nah, didn't think so.

Is there anything we can do to stop this sort of thing happening again?

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 Post subject: Re: free car + bits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:43 pm 
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Not good......

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 Post subject: Well….
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:38 am 
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Supply and demand. Simple as that.

In this case, it is quite possible that the "buyer" had real intentions to restore this Dolomite
but the reality of his or her situation set in..... too many projects, not enough money, lack of ability, etc.


With this ebay sale, there is still the possibility that this car is repaired.




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 Post subject: Re: free car + bits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:38 am 
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The feedback I got from Dan when he had received it was 'Very very happy with it. Certainly see the road again!'
Make of that what you will.

Evidently he is a highly respected restorer in Mini circles so whether he bought it with intention of selling it or had a look at it and decided it was too much is open to debate.

However for all of the gnashing of teeth etc. it was on for a while and nobody else took it up. Also, I got quite a few requests to chop bits off.

I'm not too miffed even though I could have got £50.00 from the scrapyard, I have had quite a few bits off it.

I feel sorry for the poor sod who buys it, even free it wasn't that much of a bargain.

I suppose if whoever buys it sells it off in bits they may make a few bob. I really did not want to get involved in eBay.


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