Hi guys, blimey this thread has developed since Tuesday - a convoluted journey of hope and disappointment for all involved it seems.
I initially contacted the seller on Tuesday night saying I'd definitely take it and to please not sell to anyone else as I'd been after one of these for years. (I was gonna give him c £250 regardless) After the '£300 new price' I got the 'bloke from Cambridge, £400' spiel and was assured that he'd sell to me for that price. I was given an address but no phone number, just an elaborate excuse despite me letting him know how unhappy I was with this.
I spent the whole of yesterday trying to find out if the bike was stolen, but it seems no one has reported it. Then I tried as best as I could to find out about the address (didn't fancy turning up to find a vacant property); On google Earth there was a 'lettings' sign outside so I rang the number and despite their reluctance to say anything I managed to glean that it was occupied by tenants. I then found an old advert from when the house was last sold in 2006. Looking at the pictures and comparing them to the sellers adverts it was clear that the wall paper and fittings matched - at least the bike was or had been present at the property. On this basis I tentatively decided to go for it suggesting collection early next week. He emailed me back last night saying that if I could pick it up Friday evening I could have it for £380! This was agreed and I arranged to go down with a mate tomorrow.
After reading this thread last night and having a word with raleighrider21 I can't say I was particularly optimistic about the outcome - seems our man's located at the end of a close in a bit of a dodgy area. I wouldn't be entering the house for sure, and would be sporting a large-spanner shaped bulge in the trouser pocket, incase things should go awry (cheers for the offer of backup raleighrider
Anyway, to cut to the chase I got the enevitable email this morning very apologetically saying that the bike had been sold elsewhere for £450..
Mixed feelings really, can't say I'm entirely disappointed as all the messages had said to Walk Away long ago.
As is no doubt the case with most of us caught up in this, the feeble voice of reason is overpowered by a much more powerful, attractive one saying ''Go For It! -it Just Might be fine..
Good luck to whoever got it, 'it just might be..' I really dunno what to think.