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Old 01-06-2009, 09:41 PM   #21
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:50 AM   #22
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OK, I followed nobody's advice, including my own. I bought the thing, the guy shipped after the check cleared, and I got it today.

I built some trust by checking out where he worked. He worked for a public entity and info about him was on the Net.

I'm happy but I could have been screwed.
Soooooo........ What did ya get?
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Inflatable Innova Sunny that the guy claimed he used once. You cannot find them new for less than a $1000 and I got this for $600. Perfect shape, inflated just fine. He sent me pictures inflated and uninflated and of himself packing it up. Like I said, it was a big risk that I wouldn't advise anyone else to take.

I have a hard sided kayak I use around here but I wanted one that I could take in the MH and I wanted a hard sided inflatable, and was lusting for the Innova.
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I think Greg would like you to paddle more:

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I've generally had pretty good luck dealing with people in similar situations. I used to do a fair amount of Ebay buying & selling, and while I did have a few slower payers, there was just one guy in Houston, a realtor, who gave me the impression that shipping me the silver commemorative coin set that I had already paid him for (around $200 or so) just really wasn't a priority. After a couple of months of waiting & emailing back & forth, I told him that unfortunately for him I had his name, business adress and other pertinent info, plus since I was only a few short hrs away in Louisiana, I had no problem with coming down & paying him a visit in person. I had my merchandise quickly after that. Otherwise, based on my experience, I'd have no problems doing the transaction. However, I would make sure I have verifiable proof of who and where he is.
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I'm bummed I'm not in Texas right now! We're having serious winter already in Chicago.

We spent extended Xmas holidays the past two years on Lake LBJ chasing bass around in 50f to 70f temps. The locals down there apparently think that's too cold to fish since we were typically the only boat in sight and all the $million homes seemed abandoned.......
Next time you are in the area this time of year, instead of LBJ, you might consider driving east over to Fayette County, TX, specifically Fayette County Lake. It's a hot-water discharge type power plant lake that is well known for producing fat, scrappy bass that are perfectly happy to feed voraciously in the much warmer water. I used to live a few miles from there, and can testify Fayette's worth the visit. There's also a power plant lake in Bastrop, TX as well as right there in Austin...Lake Walter E. Long. They are both good places to fish in the winter, but Fayette's the best by far!
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That's a really nice thing to have, Martha. And I'm glad the on-line ordering thing worked out for you!
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Next time you are in the area this time of year, instead of LBJ, you might consider driving east over to Fayette County, TX, specifically Fayette County Lake. It's a hot-water discharge type power plant lake that is well known for producing fat, scrappy bass that are perfectly happy to feed voraciously in the much warmer water. I used to live a few miles from there, and can testify Fayette's worth the visit. There's also a power plant lake in Bastrop, TX as well as right there in Austin...Lake Walter E. Long. They are both good places to fish in the winter, but Fayette's the best by far!
Thanks for the tip!

Sadly, we're not going down this year. We did make the trip the past two winters and enjoyed it very much. But it looks like it's snow shovels and boots for us this winter!

Generally, fishing was pretty good on Lake LBJ. But we're always ready to try the next hot spot!
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If you're only saving 30% - 40% vs new list price, remember that Canoecopia (in Madison, Wis) is only a few months away and there are usually nice deals to be had there. Plus lots of great seminars, classes and product reviews to attend.
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Canoecopia!

Thanks for the info. What a great idea.

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It's a great way for paddlesport enthusiasts to see all the latest gear displayed and a lot of interesting presentations all on the same weekend. Let me know if you decide to go. I'll buy ya a beer......
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