Quoted from Astropin:
That might be how it is, but that's certainly not how it should be!
When I say I'll hold it for you, I hold it for you.
I recently got a nice ST:TNG from a fellow pinside'r (pinballcharlie) and he agreed to hold it for me until I could get there 5 days later....and he did. That's how it should be.
I would love to live in a perfect StarTrek world where everone on earth was just Bill & Ted excellent to each other.
Sadly, when I sold motorcycles I had so many strokes walk through the door I became quite jaded. I learned quickly that when there was cash in my hand (or bank certified check) it was a done deal. Everything else was just pillow talk.
I have had so many people tell me they will be back to purchase something and I never see them again.
I have never had multiple people want the same machine from me. So I don't have a personal policy. But my feeling is this, first person with cash in hand takes it home.
I personally would be pretty pissed if tweedle dee comes by and says I'll take it, but I will be back friday to pick it up. Then I never see him again. Then Tweedle dum comes by an hour later with a phat stack of Benjamins and says I have cash right here and now.
So yeah, maybe dee comes back and you are a stand up guy, he gets the machine. Maybe your a chump for not taking dum's money, because it is right there in front of you.
Now, on the other hand, if it is a well known pinsider and she/he tells you "hey I want it, but can't swing it till friday" you agree, Then you hose them, well that is another story.
There is a big difference between a random CL dude and a well known pinsider.
Simple way around this dilemma. Post you will not hold the machine, first person with cash takes it. If first person shows up with no money, tell them they are taking their own risk if it is still there.