Hi, I'm Mike Arpon, Honda Tuning magazine's official Editorial Lackey-the guy behind the guy...sort of. I suppose this is my chance to get onto my pseudo soapbox, a chance to talk about any of the Honda-related nonsense I come across. Today's topic: the classifieds. Whether we're talking about a new-in-box Mugen valve cover, some seasoned Spoon rims, or a pair of ultra-rare Z-Speed towhooks, every seller has his price. And there's a threshold that every seller simply cannot go below and still come out ahead. Take my JDM ITR Recaro SRD seats and USDM ITR rears, for example. Let's be honest, if these babies were in mint condition-I'm talking 10 out of 10-they likely wouldn't be up for sale. No, I've used these things for a good five years, and a little steam cleaning wouldn't hurt them a bit. The rears are in slightly better condition than the fronts. They've got their share of fading but they're tear-free and I kept this in mind when I set the price at $950. This is the price; it's what I need, it's what I want.
When viewing online for-sale threads like those for my seats, do the terms "firm," "no trades," "will not ship," and "pick-up only," no longer have meaning? Take my stuff for example. I've got a guy from another state with nothing better to do than to low-ball me. His sob stories of the travel costs associated with him ultimately ending up with my seats are endless. Apparently I'm responsible for mileage expenses from Phoenix to Anaheim. Let's say $100-that ought to cover gas and wear and tear on the guy's Civic. And then there's the lost wages for the time he'll be spending away from work. How does $200 sound? We'll assume he has a decent job. Of course there's lunch, and what if his girlfriend wants a Frappuccino on the ride home? Hey, guy: What does where you live have to do with my price? Sorry, none of this is my problem. Does this same guy call up King Motorsports to purchase a Mugen body kit only to offer them less than the purchase price simply based on geography and travel expenses? I think not. Of course, there're all of the other silly things that sellers are adding onto their products nowadays like sales tax and shipping. I mean, really, how can the appliance store expect me to drive all the way across town to pick up my new refrigerator, not compensate me for mileage, and then tack on another 7.75 percent to the bill. It's an outrage.
Sarcasm aside, when it comes to online purchases, don't forget that your problems aren't everyone else's, and that cash is always king. Until next time, drive safe and enjoy the ride. Oh, and those seats are stillfor sale.