Bye Bye Trojan: My First Ever Gumtree Experience My Life 02 JUN 2010

Did I mention yet that I actually managed to make my first ever Gumtree sale in the end?

Yup, I managed to sell our Trojan elliptical trainer only a week or so after posting an online advert on Gumtree, something which proved remarkably simple, and pretty damn quick to do after all.

Seriously, it’s as simple as creating a login account, populating a few profile fields, writing up a short description of the product you wish to sell and then snapping some digital photos just to improve its odds! And that’s that – the buyers then get to come to you while you sit back and sip a Savanaha (or in my case trudge into work everyday as per the norm).

I got a couple of enquiries via SMS, phone and email, but it was an SMS from a certain Joretha from the Strand that sparked the continuing SMS conversation that eventually led to my first ever online sale.

The first SMS came through late evening inquiring as to whether or not the trainer was in fact still for sale. I replied yes and the next time I heard from her was early (very early) the next morning as I was leaving the complex on my way into work, asking if it would be possible to pick up the trainer in the morning as they were going away for the weekend and would thus not be able to pick it up on Saturday. Needless to say, I had to decline and instead suggested we try and organise either for late Sunday evening or perhaps next week sometime.

As it turned out, this game of cat and mouse continued to play itself out as we found our that schedules (and her trailer’s availability) simply kept on clashing, until eventually one evening I returned home all sweaty from a good night’s karate session only to find a SMS and missed call on my phone asking if it would be possible to come and collect the machine now.

So I hastily grabbed all the documentation and tid-bits together while Chantelle cleared a path for its graceful exit through the back sliding door and before I knew it, I was standing in my sweaty dogi shaking hands with Joretha, her daughter and husband Layton, who promptly assisted me in carrying the heavy trainer out and around through the back, where we deposited it on his awaiting trailer. In the meantime, Joretha stayed to dish out the cash to an eager Chantelle who happily pocketed the money in anticipation for her upcoming foray into the world of exercise bikes (I hold my breathe in anticipation! :P).

And that marked the demise of our shortlived elliptical trainer regime, with it now placed in a happy and caring home, leaving a great big space, perfect for my upcoming plans that involves disbanding the man room and starting up the baby room in its stead…

(I know I know, the world just isn’t a fair place, now is it? :P)

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.