Originally Posted by bairdco
"you drop the money in the trashcan by the duck pond and i'll leave the bike in the racks on the opposite side. come alone, or else..."
good one Baird!
In 2 1/2 years of messin' with these; I've only sold about a dozen completed, ready to ride, bikes.
Each customer is pre-qualified to have one. Knuckleheads need not apply.
I can tell within the first 5 minutes of conversation whether or not a potential customer is going to be trouble. I just scare them off with a high price. One idiot even had the gall to insinuate that he was going to be my worst nightmare if anything went wrong. Around here, through Craigs list, you can buy a cobbled together mess for $350 or less. My cheapest builds are $550 and I don't budge on the price. The customer who wants to cheapen everything is also the same customer who will scream the loudest when things break!
Anyone who comes to the shop...looks at a bike...and then says "your price is too high, I know a guy that has one for $300"...is instantly disqualified. I've run off a lot more people than I have sold too.