I Just... Mild Rage Inside
First, I'm sorry for my sudden disappearance. After logging off the forum for the night, my computer crashed and I've been unable to get it working again until recently. I'm pretty new, so I doubt anyone cares, but I thought someone might be wondering.
Anyway, there was a 2-year-old, "14 hand" donkey on craigslist. The ad simply said, "2-year-old jack, be great for breeding, very tame, email for pictures." All was fine and dandy, until I noticed they were asking $400 for their donkey.
So, being as I'm an idiot aparently (and having done this before on Craigslist, for example when an emaciated horse was going for $1000... when it was 15 with no training... or when someone was selling a Nubian goat as a nigerian dwarf... I should know this never ends well), I wrote to them and said their donkey probably would not sell, as it was way over the average price for donkeys in my area (which is about $75 for a large jack), and unless he was trained to ride or drive, or papered, he wasn't going to sell.
Mind you, I'VE listed animals way above market value in the area before, because I DIDN'T KNOW, so I thought, "If I were them, I'd APPRECIATE this".
They didn't. They told me to "mind my own business", and that they "knew" the donkey business.
I told them, "That's fine, but I hope you know he'll be there for a while." and thought that'd be enough. I thought, "this'll leave us on polite terms".
Well, they wrote back to me this morning, saying I was a fat slob, and needed to leave the "real" farmers alone and get off my mother's sofa. That's basically an exact quote.
I to that replied, "I was trying to be polite, but again, your donkey won't sell if you're asking that much, unless he's dead broke. Even then, I KNOW there isn't a huge market for riding donkeys here."
In her last email, she told me he is dead broke (at 2 mind you, and he's a stud), that they've been riding him since he was 9 months old (real healthy, that), and that he's a beautiful donkey. So they email me pictures, of a skinny donkey (who looks a lot more like a mule than a donkey), whom you can see the ribs and spine of.
Oh yeah, he's going to go for $400.
Probably a pointless thread, and I know I shouldn't of messaged them. But... wow.