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    goddamn I'm getting mean

    I don't know why, but I'm getting really mean lately

    email from customer: will this $50 seat that says built for cb125 work on my cb750? I'm trying to copy a kott bike
    email again as I didn't respond: is it possible?
    me: I don't think the $50 cb125 seat would work on the cb750, doesn't kott sell those seats?
    email from customer: he wants like $500 for that seat, yours is way cheaper, can you put that seat on one of your cb750's and send me pics?
    me: with the upholstery? that sounds like a good price
    email from customer: cmon man, stop trying to talk me out of a sale, I'm trying to buy one from you haha, is there any reason the cb125 seat won't work on the cb750?
    me: you want to build a bike to replicate a builder you admire but aren't willing to buy the parts the builder sells to support that builders business?

    I think I may need zoloft or something

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    no, I think that was totally warranted.

    Customer only cares about price. he doesn't care about work involved. My father always said the best revenge is to take their money, but really if you care about your business then dealing with a sub par customer like this is more hurtful to you than helpful because when he can't get it to fit it's your fault not his.

    bikes cost money, if you want to save money go build plastic models.

    BTW, link to the seat in question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    bikes cost money, if you want to save money go build plastic models.
    Have you looked at the price of plastic model kits these days? The same car kits we used to buy for $7-$8 are now $25.

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    bet he'll go over to DTT and bash me

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    Not defending the potential customer here but I don't think I would want to pay $500 plus for this either:

    Hand Built Rear Seat ? KOTT MOTORCYCLES

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    email from customer: he wants like $500 for that seat, yours is way cheaper, can you put that seat on one of your cb750's and send me pics?
    This is the part that kills me. It's pretty clear about the application and the guy already got his answer which was no (albeit a soft no in that you said "I don't think" instead of just flatly "no it won't fit") but he doesn't believe you. He wants you to waste your time over a $50 sale. Fuck him, tell him you charge $450 for special requests and that pictures where you mount parts to bikes they don't fit are are a special request.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondj View Post
    Have you looked at the price of plastic model kits these days? The same car kits we used to buy for $7-$8 are now $25.
    Yeah I have noticed that. I still find $8-13 kits at bargain discount stores (and even Michael's has models they can't move that they knock down to 50% off) but yeah that hobby got wicked expensive. I forget where I was that I saw actual old MPC kits from the 70's (not the reissued ones they have now) that were $8 a pop but if I see it again I am going to pick some up. Cheap Johns in the 1990s used to be my favorite for this kind of stuff because it was old old kits from the 70's for $3 a pop, too bad they all closed down now. I actually have more kits than I will ever get around to building, so Jim if you want to....ya know what you have so much more stuff you will never get to before you die so probably best not to let you fall down the rabbit hole of my new in box (and shrink wrap) collection of rare and discontinued model kits.

    Besides, if you are really thrifty you can buy partial builds off ebay for pennies and kit bash what you need together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondj View Post
    Not defending the potential customer here but I don't think I would want to pay $500 plus for this either:

    Hand Built Rear Seat ? KOTT MOTORCYCLES
    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!! that pan with raw finish, "paint", and upholstery is $1200!!!!! excuse me I need to go kick a puppy or something.
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    see what I was saying about brand identity adding value? though he seems to do jap bikes, must be because he's in LA... that town's all weird

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    More power to him if he's actually managing to sell them for that.

    So, does it fit on a 750? /runs away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    I forget where I was that I saw actual old MPC kits from the 70's (not the reissued ones they have now) that were $8 a pop but if I see it again I am going to pick some up. I actually have more kits than I will ever get around to building, so Jim if you want to....ya know what you have so much more stuff you will never get to before you die so probably best not to let you fall down the rabbit hole of my new in box (and shrink wrap) collection of rare and discontinued model kits.
    Right there with you on the boxed kits (none of mine still have the shrink wrap though). 1/48 scale WWI aircraft (the old Aurora kits in particular) are my weakness. I forget if you were even in my office but you would remember all the Fokker triplanes? If you find a cache of old MPC kits cheap, grab any of the zap-action Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion kits for me.

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