On more than one occasion I read where some of you bought a pin that you just could not stand and that you could not "unload" it fast enough. I understand this situation; I have bought my share of dogs through the years.
So, how do you do this unloading? What reasons do you give for selling if your prospective buyer asks "why are you selling" ?
Is it because:
1) My wife is on my ass to get some pins outta here.
2) The old lady is threatening to divorce me.
3) I have too many projects waiting. And need some room.
4) I just found my grail pin and something needs to go.
5) I found my grail and need to raise money to buy it
6) I'm tired of it and want something new.
7) This pin is not to my tastes.
8) I got this pin as part of a package deal.
Or any other reason you would use to move a pin that YOU think plays like a piece of shit.
Be honest now
You don't want to unload the pin to your friend. (Surely, you would not do that, would you? )
Are you hoping a sucker comes along ?
What if it turns out the sucker happens to be a new Pinside member who is new to pinball ? Would you cut your "Pinside Brother" some slack and try to hold out for some sucker that has never heard of Pinside ?
Yeah, I know. You are selling a pin you don't like or have just gotten tired of; It happens all of the time. And one man's POS is someone else's treasure.
But, in your mind, you are not selling it; You are UNLOADING IT.
Do you feel like the guy who sold it to you thought of you as the sucker because, in his mind, he was unloading it to you?
Do you feel guilty for trying to unload a pile of crap to some unsuspecting newbie? Do you hold your breath while hoping the sucker starts pulling Benjamins from his pocket?
Do you flash your pearly whites as you are busy pointing out all the features of the pin you are trying to unload?
Do you fall into extreme ass-kissing mode when you are trying to unload? Or do you still use the take-it-or-leave approach you would use when you are selling a hot pin everybody wants and you have buyers lined up around the block?
Did you unload to another Pinsider and do not wish to respond because you are concerned that Pinsider might see how you really felt when he was buying that pin from you?
Do your unloading skills match the level of used car salesman or the jewelry salesman?
I suppose the short question to all of the above is:
Do you toss your conscience out the window when you slip into your own mental "unloading mode".
Do you breathe a sigh of relief as the sucker/buyer loads up and drives away?