robbobus wrote:Thats a nice knife. I have a LW Defender, also without packaging so it was a user. Had I kept it pristine, if I found the correct packaging, for $25 I would have hit Buy It Now in a heartbeat and increased my investment 50 - 100%. If this situation were in my hands, I would politely accept the sellers offer.
You think an original box increases a knife's value by 50 - 100%? I honestly don't know, maybe to some collectors. I do know, however, that if the knife tin had been included in the original sale it would not have made any difference to me in the amount I was willing to pay for the knife...none whatsoever. At any rate, since I don't expect to ever sell this knife, having the original box is really not an issue for me.
However, even if I wanted the tin for some reason, and I politely accepted his offer as you suggest, I would not trust this seller to politely fulfill his end of the deal. Since he obviously felt no compunction about being rude and dismissive after a $240 sale, why would he be any different on a measly $25 sale? To an honest man of integrity, profits and possessions take a backseat to principles. Were I to continue dealing with this seller after the way he behaved in our initial transaction, essentially, I would be condoning his unacceptable behavior. I can forgive him for it (and I do forgive him--despite his unrepentant attitude), but I refuse to condone it.
As far as I'm concerned, the seller would have gained much more than $25 in value from the box had he sent it to me as a symbolic gesture of good faith after having swindled me (intentionally or otherwise) on the shipping method. There's no telling how many future customers or how much potential revenue he stands to lose from the AAPK members who have chosen not to buy from him now as a direct result of this experience. In a market where it's already difficult to realize much profit, as is the case selling knives on eBay, a seller can ill-afford to alienate an entire segment of potential customers, especially one with a heavy concentration of his specific target demographic such as AAPK. It's just not smart or good for business IMHO.
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