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post #1 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Tack on Trial

I just have a question about selling my saddle. I listed it on Craigslist, and I finally got a legit buyer wanting it. She would like to do a week's trial with it, but she lives 4 hours away. She said she would put a deposit down with a contract and I was just wondering what should be in the contract. Is half down too much to ask for a deposit? And, I should send the contract out first, get the deposit, and then send the saddle out, right?

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 11:16 AM
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If you're going to do this, get all the paperwork signed with copies for each party and the money before the saddle goes anywhere.

Half isn't too much to ask, especially if she uses it in the trail and breaks it somehow, or she ducks under the radar and you never hear from her again.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 11:17 AM
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Why would you agree to a trial? It's not like you're a tack shop; you're a private person selling one saddle on CL. If she wants it, she buys it. If it doesn't fit or she just decides she doesn't want it, she can resell it.

Tack shops send saddles out on trial, but they have ironclad contracts and require full payment up front. That way, the person can't steal their saddle for nothing, or if they ruin it and return it, the tack shop isn't out any money.

You don't know this person from Adam's house cat and are under no obligation to privide a trial. I sure as heck would be VERY suspicious of anyone cruising CL for tack and expecting a trial. Let her buy from a tack shop if she requires one.

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 11:19 AM
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I would ask for the Full Price before letting the Saddle out of my hands.

A contract with half the money as a down payment only helps in Court if you have to sue her for return of Saddle if she does not pay the balance and keeps the saddle.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 11:29 AM
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I would want full price, but I would have them come out and sign a contract in person if they want a trial and have them show an ID. They can always have someone else sign the contract and say they never got anything from you if it's not their signature. Never ever send a contract in the mail to someone you don't know.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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All right, these are all good points. Thank you all so much, I'm just trying to figure out what to say back to her. I mean, this is an expensive saddle, a Stubben dressage with the girth, stirrups, and stirrup leathers. I think I probably will ask for full payment with a signed contract and the money will only be returned if the saddle comes back in the same condition as when I sent it out.

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 12:24 PM
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I wouldn't give a trial either. I've sold a few saddles on E-Bay without a atrial and never had a problem. They have all been happy with the saddles. The only reason for a return would be "not as described" and then E-Bay would look at the evidence & rule for buyer or seller whomever they thought was wrong. If it was not as described the money would be refunded & the saddle sent back to the seller. On Craigslist I don't think you have any recourse like E-Bay does.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 12:32 PM
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Yeah I agree with everyone else. That saddle should not leave your hands, with out full payment and a contract. Shoot I would even take pictures of it, so if it does come back with a scratch ect you can prove it with pictures.
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I've done a few trials with saddles, but always get paid the full amount up front.

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-09-2013, 01:00 PM
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I wouldn't do a trial especially with someone I didn't know. The only reason I can think of to do a trial is to make sure the saddle is comfortable and fits the horse.
You could offer to go to her house with the saddle and let her try it, or perhaps meet at a local arena.
I wouldn't let the saddle out of your sight without full payment.

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