worntorn wrote:In the US there are hundreds of tiny banks and each state acts almost like a separate country in some ways. Just different to be forced to wait two weeks and not what I expected when sending a certified cheque by Priority Mail.
Then the seller decided to short cut the crating arrangement the shipping company required and we had agreed upon. He decided that a crate was not needed for shipping the bike as his sister owns a Harley dealership and new Harleys are shipped without a crate, just strapped to a pallet. If it is good enough for A Harley, it is good enough for a lowly Brit bike, was the attitude!
What he failed to understand is that Harley does not hire common carriers, they have their own trucks and ship only Harleys on these trucks, so there is no fear of other merchandise falling on the uncrated bike. Also, the Harley goes directly to it's selling dealer without changing trucks, whereas the common carriers like mine (Hercules Forwarding) use small trucks to haul from out of the way places to major centres where the crated bike is then "cross docked" to a large highway trailer. The large truck and trailer will take it north to Seattle where it will again be cross docked onto a small truck for final shipment to Lynden, WA. That is why this shipment needs a crate.
The seller instead strapped the BSA to one of these leftover Harley pallets and called my shipping company for pickup. Of course they took one look at the way he had packed to bike and refused to load it, then decided that they did not want any further involvement with the shipment.
I convinced them to try again after convincing the seller that he must crate the bike as originally agreed upon. This was all very frustrating to this retired carpenter because I could build the crate in less time than I spent trying to convince the seller that it was mandatory! Unfortunately I am 2700 miles from the bike.
Finally after about a hundred phone calls and many emails to the seller's sister ( he has no email!) , apparently all unopened, the bike was loaded last Thursday.
This was an impulse buy based on a very blurry phone pic and the information that the bike has only 542 original miles, which is not believable. So I deserve to get burned a little or maybe a lot!
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