Back when we moved from the farm where Kramer, my husband worked, to the house here in town, Kramer’s boss told us we could have the farm lawn mower. We brought it to town and have been using it ever since.
It was older by the time we got it but it served us well over the last 6 years. When my son Karl moved to his house last April, we made a deal that I would provide the mower. He would provide the gas and mow both our lawns.
That was working fabulously until the end of last mowing season. The mower would mow his lawn, then he’d come to mow mine, be five minutes from finishing and the mower wouldn’t work right. It would bog down and not go.
Back in 2018 when Kramer was living he had started talking about a new lawnmower so I knew we figured we were on borrowed time with it.
I ended up talking to my neighbor who is super mechanical and asked him if he’d look at it. He told me the hydrostat was going out and to fix it would be $800ish. Ugh.
Here we are back in territory I know nothing about…lawnmowers. As a widow, these are some of the hard things. But, I’ve been making decisions like this for almost three years now and they are getting easier to make.
My neighbor told me I might be able to limp through another year, but he couldn’t guarantee it.
With availability as things are nowadays, I thought I better start looking for a mower. Who knows if they are going to be hard to find as vehicles have been.
I talked to Craig and asked him if he suggested anything. I knew buying used was likely what I’d do…but did he have suggestions.
He ended up calling the implement dealer he previously worked for. They had a used mower. It was pretty much the same as I had only a little bigger and a little newer. PERFECT. I bought it sight unseen. I know nothing about mowers so there really was no reason for me to look at it. If it had a ding, I didn’t care. I would likely get another while I owned it.
So not too long ago, they delivered my “new to me” lawnmower. Here it is…
I didn’t trade in my old mower. I got a better deal by not trading it in.
So then I had two mowers with space for only one…so a couple of weekends ago, I listed it on the local for sale site. I gave the info and listed my old mower for $100. I had talked to the guys around here and we all thought that price would move it out but still, I got something out of it.
I really didn’t care what I got for it. All I knew is that it didn’t work and I wanted space.
I was totally honest and said the hydrostat was going out of it.
I listed it and my computer was immediately pinging with interested people. The first person messaged me personally and said, “interested” and nothing more.
The next person said, “I’ll take it”.
Well…the first person said, “interested”. What does that mean? Do they want to come and get it? Do they want it? AHH. I understand wanting to look before you buy but please say more than “interested”.
Then another person messaged and said they’d take it.
Then another person who I know messaged me and said his friend was interested.
At this point, I messaged everyone who had messaged me except the first person and said that someone was in line in front of them.
Then the person who I knew’s friend came to my house. I said that people were in front of him and no he couldn’t look at the mower. He tried to come in anyway. I said no that there was likely no way it would get to him anyway so no he couldn’t look at the mower. UGH.
This all happened within 45 minutes of me posting the lawnmower on the for sale group.
My kids were still here and they told me to calm down. Give the “interested guy” a few minutes.
In the meantime I had about four more people contact me all saying they’d take the lawnmower.
Then some jerk contacts me and offers $35 for the mower. SERIOUSLY. I can understand someone offering me $90…even $85. But if you offer someone 65% less, you’re a jerk.
AHH!! This whole lawnmower thing was a lot.
Then someone who I know contacts me and said he wants it for his son. Was a little pushy because I knew them. NO…it doesn’t matter if I know you. You aren’t getting this lawnmower. First come, first serve. AHH. I told him it was sold pending pickup just to get him off my back.
I finally contacted the first “interested guy”. I told him I had people who wanted the mower. If he wanted it, he needed to speak up.
He messaged me and said I could sell it to someone else.
I messaged guy #2 who said he’d take it and told him it was available. Well, then he didn’t include any pick-up time. I asked about that and then he said he had to wait for his wife to get home and talk to her. He’d get back to me in an hour.
I didn’t hear from him but in the meantime updated the ad saying it was pending pick-up.
I didn’t hear from him.
I continued to get messages from people who wanted to buy the mower.
Five hours later I contacted him and asked if he had a time to come. He said two days later after work. UGH. I wanted to be done with this.
The morning the guy said he’d come I messaged again and asked if the pick-up time still work. He instead said he’d be here in an hour if that was okay with me.
IT WAS MORE THAN OKAY WITH ME. I wanted this done.
Everything from there went okay.
Kramer and I used to love selling things on Marketplace. I don’t like it much anymore. People who write “interested”, people who are pushy, people who say they’ll get back to me and don’t, people who think because they know who I deserve favors, and people who don’t pick up right away all have soured me from Marketplace selling. The worst though is a low ball offer. AHH.
All I know is that I’m SUPER happy the whole experience is over and I have a new to me mower that I’m hoping with any luck will last me many years.