Jessica, I do think you misunderstand the situation here.
When someone asks for an exact value, and gives the situation as stands, it is no favor to them to be less than honest - yes, there are unscrupulous people in the world, in fact the majority, and this must be taken into account..especially on a "good faith" deal of this sort.
It's always been that way, even the romans knew it, hence the phrase Caveat Emptor (buyer beware).
That's not a comment on anyone's specific personality, just the nature of doing business these days.
However, Wayne, who does know you, chose to speak up for you, and that you should take as compliment, the opinion of folks who do know someone should be taken hands-down over those who do not.
(Might I add, it's not generally a good idea to trust folks you don't know in this day and age.)
>>However, the veiled (and sometimes overt) nastiness in your replies is sad.<<
It's not nastiness to not trust someone you do not know, or to state such facts as the blue book guidelines for purchase, although one can couch them in gentler terms, if one wishes.
>>On the inside, you all probably know more than I do about the workings of the engine, etc.--I don't deny my ignorance in that matter. (I am, after all, just a chick.)<<
Well, that's what Wayne was asking, was how much trouble it was likely going to be, and the original information he gave indicated a situation that was problematic at best.
The idea that a female is automatically not mechanically inclined is not only untrue, but a disservice to yourself and other women out there, for it is my experience that with interest and practice, anyone can become a decent mechanic, or at least competent enough to maintain their own equipment - do not sell yourself short, Miss.
>>However, I did not keep my bike exposed in the yard year-round and am now attempting to sell a piece of crap for far more than it's worth. I resent the implication.<<
The mere fact that you both resent it, and felt the need to state the fact on the forum (I know I would have) speaks well of your character, but I did state that no offense to anyone was meant in the original post...the only folks that it should be offensive to are those who do conduct business that way, which you are obviously not.
>>Just to put it in perspective, I would like to remind you all that it's a fekking MOPED, not a partisan scam to throw an election! No one's getting iced in the back room while I roll around on the bed in all my laundered cash.<<
Easy there...$400 is a lot of money to some folks, and it stands to reason that some folks would be adverse to a risky investment of it.
>>I guess this little diatribe, therefore, is not as much a defense of my honest intentions to sell a moped, but a reaction to the unnecessary negativity displayed in this forum that seems to me to be a macrocosmic reflection of the state of the world lately.<<
In a way it is, the state of the world isn't very nice these days, and trust is more oft repaid with misery than kindness, but as I said, the fact that you stood forward to speak against it speaks volumes of your character.
>>All I ask is that in your future interactions with folk of the people-ish sort, you realize that such instant mistrust and unabashed venom is not only painful to us good people with honest intentions, but also sad commentary on the priorities of individuals in this little human society of ours.<<
Point taken, although my intent was not to be hurtful to anyone, I can and will apologise for it, and I am sorry if you took it badly, it was not intended as personal commentary, but only in the context of sale/purchase.
>>Thanks for your time--and Wayne, thank you again for trusting me. I believe you and I will come to an agreeable decision that will make us both happy. Even if no one else believes it's possible.<<
Thank you as well for stating your own viewpoint, the time and care put into a succinct argument is both appreciated and respected.
I think the misunderstanding comes from the limited information Wayne gave us to work with originally...a sight-unseen sale of a moped quite possibly exposed to the elements for an extended period of time, from an unknown seller would make most folks leery - it was only after the original commentary that he outlined the situation more clearly, which, if that had been done in the first place, probably would have had a significant impact on the response.
I do hope you and Wayne come to a mutual satisfaction agreement, both for your own sakes and because such things are rare enough these days in our society to be treasured.