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I have been talking to someone regarding purchasing a caravan from them. As you may know from my other topics this is our new adventure. Emails had been going back and forth, paid out for check on the caravan £14.95, which the seller knew as I had asked for a VIN number. Arranged to talk on the phone today. But before that happened he emailed and told me caravan had been sold. Absolutely livid! Why do people do that? He could have contacted me, see if I was still interested, which I was. Asked me for a some kind of deposit. But no nothing. Has this or something similar happened to you? How did you feel and what did you do?

eyeballkerry
a week ago
What do you think of this?
lilyflower
lilyflowera week ago

eyeballkerry Something similar happened to me 3 weeks ago. Found a climbing frame on FB on a Friday for Grandsons 5th birthday but seller wasn't available for us to collect on the Sunday had to be following Sunday. We arranged to contact on Wednesday for address and when I did was told it was sold and no longer available. I was livid, they could had told me.

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry
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a week ago

So annoying.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraiga week ago

Luckily it has never happened to me, but I do know of friends it has happened to. One friend paid £10 for a taxi to the persons house to be told that the item had already been sold. If it hadn't been for the taxi fare she wouldn't have been as annoyed as she was.

I sell things online and if I have someone contact me after I've already promised it to someone else I tell that person someone else is collecting it, I don't just sell it from under that person!

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa week ago

Its not happened to me but I was selling a table for my friend on Facebook and i was speaking to 3 different people I told one for them that someone was picking it up and I got called every name under the sun because I wouldn't sell it to her lol

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didbygraham
didbygrahama week ago

Its also annoying when you are selling - and someone agrees to buy it - so you put others off who want it - only to be told later that they have changed their mind. It seems agreeing a deal isnt the same anymore.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla week ago

Sorry , but I have to side with the seller . Had you put a holding deposit on it pending verification it might have been different .

You are doing all the right things (as you could easily have "bought a lemon " )otherwise .

Reverse the situation ? Were you the seller , wouldn't you accept the first hard cash offer in your mitt ? rather than wait for a possible buyer to do their diligence ?

Buying and selling at the best of times can be dodgy , and there is no honour between buyers ands sellers until the money changes hands .

You are doing the right thing ,with your precautions , and if it is any comfort the price of caravans will by now have dropped by 20% (end of season ) . Maybe you will have saved a lot of money should you care to revisit the market .

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Mick82
Mick82a week ago

Golfforall totally agree used to deal a bit in used cars first one on my street with cash it’s gone so many people phone asking to hold it for them and you never hear of them again

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Golfforall
Golfforalla week ago

Mick82 Yup , caravans are obviously a hot item this year - it's supply and demand , whether private sellers or dealers .

Not enough supply and obviously a lot of demand . We can only hope we will control this virus and profiteering on such items will be shortlived ?

My optimistic suggestion - Have a holiday in the Canaries this winter and buy your caravan - perhaps the savings on the caravan price will pay for your holiday ?

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Mick82
Mick82a week ago

Golfforall here’s hoping 🤞 your right

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry
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a week ago

Mick82 i had been speaking to the bloke every day and we were arranging a time to visit due to the location and his work commitments. My main point is, courtesy, doesn’t cost anything and if he had contacted me I wouldn’t be on here now having a moan. My search goes on and hopefully I will find something better.

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry
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a week ago

I understand your comment but as i said he could have kept me informed. He never asked for a deposit. Unfortunately due to Covid prices are not coming down. Our local caravan dealer has completely run out.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla week ago

Trust me prices will fall over the next month or two , well overinflated due to the "staycation" boom at the moment, and of course our summer is virtually over . I realise it could well have kayboshed your imminent plans but should things return to "near normality" ? in the near future then the caravan sellers and dealers will have to realise they cannot overcharge for their stock . I n the meantime they will make hay !

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