Does a handshake count for nothing these days?

Discussion in 'Machinery' started by grass man, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. grass man

    grass man Member

    To cut a long story short, bought a new machine from an area rep in the company of the local sales man and shook on it. Few weeks later was contacted to say dealer had over sold there allocated number of machines and that deal is off. I still take a man at his word but has the days of this gone?
  2. texelburger

    texelburger Member

    I would say it's a sad day when a handshake is no longer your word.I recently sold something and shook hands ,the following day I was offered more but declined as a deal had already been done.Dealer should get more stock in and take the hit if it has cost him more.
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  3. Gone Shooting

    Gone Shooting Member

    Git - name and shame.
  4. Lincoln75

    Lincoln75 Member

    Use the power of the internet to shop elsewhere.
  5. mixed breed

    mixed breed Member

    Tried, tested, Shook and paid for a used tractor and loader last march, 4 days later (after they'd banked the cheque) they phoned to say the tractor had already been sold. Took a week to get the money back.

    disheartening to say the least, it's not just the machine you've missed out on, it's your time, energy and fuel perhaps, wasted sourcing these things, all for it not to happen.
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  6. An Gof

    An Gof Member

    Surely that was a clear breach of contract.
  7. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Glamorgan Wales
    With TFF word gets about fast ?
    If dealer p taking then not on???
  8. mixed breed

    mixed breed Member

    I don't know about that, the boss man phoned to apologise and explain what had happened, he said they could find us another one, but we just wanted our money back.
  9. Dave W

    Dave W Member

    There's more to that story the dealer isn't telling.
    Either it's been sold at wrong price or something else silly.
    If they'd genuinely run out of stock and it was a standard item (not special build) then they could get more if they wanted.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Member

    I could list some farmers who've backed out of a deal or who owe me money despite a handshake but I'll refrain. For now
  11. topless_matt

    topless_matt Member

    Always stand by my handshake even if it causes me a problem. If your not worth your word then what’s the point. Can’t work without trust and it goes both ways though
  12. YELROM

    YELROM Member

    North Yorkshire
    I did similar a few years ago when i sold someone a bull and agreed to keep it for 6 weeks.
    When the bloke came to collect it he tried to give me more money as cattle price had risen a lot, but i said no that is what we agreed
    A few weeks later my dad came back from the mart with £50, so there is some decent sorts about
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  13. valtraman

    valtraman Member

    Handshake is deal done no going back on it . If I shake a salesman’s hand if I miby wasn’t 100% sure I was buying the right thing once the shake is done it’s a bit of relief as u know that’s it no going back on deal now . It’s final. I’ve also done a deal on something cant remember now then salesman came back and said price has actually increased but they will stand on the agreed price even if it means they making less .
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  14. egbert

    egbert Member

    I know a bull breeder who, on 2 occasions, sold a youngster to pals of mine, agreeing to run them on for a while.
    In each case, when the animal eventually turns up, it's a different beast. (And curiously, not as smart)

    Both the buyers are well known to me, and might have their faults, but not knowing a beast they'd been sold isn't likely in either case.
    The stories were quite uncorroborated, but uncannily similar.
  15. 7610 super q

    7610 super q Member

    It's the Facebook generation, I think. I can't think of a word to describe them.......but it seems the norm to fudge off and buy elsewhere because they've found something cheaper etc. Fair enough, but at least have the decency to tell you where you stand.

  16. I had a moan on here about the same sort of thing in the summer...well my situation was slightly different as they decided to uplift on the “shook hands” price some weeks later. Told em they could come and get it....

    Plenty of other threads about shaking on it and the other side reneging or changing their mind...

    I’m sure plenty of farmers do it though too. No one is perfect!
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  17. Hooby Farmer

    Hooby Farmer Member

    roe valley
    Word is bond and I'll be fecked if anyone will change my thinking on it. I only get one name. If you don't have integrity you have nothing especially in this day and age there is nowhere to hide!
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  18. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Welshpool Powys
    I’ve got a list of rogues,liars and dodgers but I too will refrain..
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  19. DeeGee

    DeeGee Member

    North East Wales
    A deal is a deal, I will always stand by my word even if on the odd occasion it might cost me to do so. Perhaps rather unique to farming in this day and age, most of us still work on mutual trust.
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  20. Tarw Coch

    Tarw Coch Member

    Well, regardless of what you say I think that @Cab-over Pete is a fine guy.:p
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