Today I received from Mike via Parcelforce a medium suitcase sized card box.
The box had Tardis like properties, since it contained a very sexy set of hope brakes, a complete Whyte PRST-4 frameset, a pile of spares, and enough bubble wrap to keep Amazons despatch warehouse going until well after Christmas.
The parts, all individually double wrapped in protective bubbles, were all damage free and exactly as described. Parcelforce would have needed to run it over with one of their trucks to damage it (Unlikely, but not something that would surprise me...).
Negotiations were harmonious, and indeed despite our cultural differences Mike and I dealt amicably. The problem is that I am of East London/Essex origins, and as such have a genetic predisposition never to pay the asking price for anything except in the most extreme circumstances. Mike is Scottish, and thus allergic to haggling.
Not that this bothered him in the slightest, in fact he was kind enough to offer me a sample of his homemade preserves when I cheekily asked if I might be able to reduce the price by a tenner;
you're haggling with a scotsman, you want jam on it too.....??!!
Seriously, this guy is as cool as they come. Easily one of the most accommodating and impressive sellers I've come across in years of buying second hand stuff off of total strangers. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from him again.