I had inspected a 20 year old traction engine, 3″ scale so about 1.5m long, never been fired, just run on compressed air, and appeared to be in excellent condition.
The seller did not have a price, so after discussing with SWMBO who was surprisingly supportive of my passion, I rang the seller with an offer. I did not really know what it was worth, but I made what I thought was a reasonable offer.
The seller immediately accepted the offer.
Had I offered too much?
Oh well. I would press ahead. I made an arrangement to pay and pick up the engine 4 days later. I needed some time to get the cash and there was an unavoidable baby sitting day in between.
So 4 days later I hitched up the trailer and set off. Just as I was driving out the gate, the phone rang once, then a message came through.
The seller had woken up with a bad feeling, and decided to not sell after all. Asked for a return call.
I was feeling very disappointed and a bit cross, so I did not ring him, but acknowledged the call with a message.
Had I offered too little, and the seller had second thoughts?
Did he really intend to sell in the first place?
A susbsequent email from me has not been answered.
I did consider consulting a lawyer about breach of verbal contract, but there was nothing in writing. So I am moving on. Just pissed off.
Now I am looking for another traction engine, preferably requiring completion or repairs.