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Between Scylla and Charybdis

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 Posted 02/19/2013  09:33 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Being between Scylla and Charybdis is an idiom deriving from Greek mythology. Several other idioms, such as "on the horns of a dilemma", "between the devil and the deep blue sea", and "between a rock and a hard place" express the same meaning of "having to choose between two evils".

Dealer number 1 gives dealer number 2 a coin on consignment.
Dealer number 2 chases me down on the bourse floor to show it to me and asks "Are you interested?"
I buy the coin. The 1799 dollar which I brag about.
Turns out, dealer number 1 would have sold it to me as well.
But wait! This is not the sticky part.

Dealer number 1 asks me, "How much did you pay?"
I tell him: $xxxx.xx. Dealer number 1 then tells me that dealer number 2 told him that I paid $xxxx.xx MINUS $100!
I guess that there is no honor among thieves.

As both of the dealers have become my "go to" guys I felt quite annoyed with this. Actually I was sick to my stomach.
But I did not want to burn any bridges.

Saw them both last Sunday. Again all three of us together towards closing time. After two months I have gotten over the nausea over this affair.

I am watching both of them more closely. I was never unhappy with the purchase. Only the lying between so-called comrades in the business.

End of rant.

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 Posted 02/19/2013  11:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Not much more I can say.
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 Posted 02/19/2013  11:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1893S to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
White lies are part of the "business". I've always found it's best not to divulge buy and sell prices I've paid or received.
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 Posted 02/19/2013  12:05 pm  Show Profile Check wheatiefan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add wheatiefan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If by 'on consignment' you mean dealer 2 cheated dealer 1 out of some profit, that's quite dishonest.
Otherwise if it's just fibbing about the price, it's dishonest but less deplorable.
Either way dealer 2 seems to be the one worth being wary of.
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 Posted 02/19/2013  12:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1893S to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Actually in my mind Dealer #1 was the jerk. It's business as usual otherwise.
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 Posted 02/19/2013  12:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1893S to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I should have explained why I stated that #1 was a jerk. He asked you how much you paid and then told you what the other dealer said you paid. Don't worry about it.
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 Posted 02/19/2013  1:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add thai-vic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dealers no.1 and no.2 are both there to make a profit. You just happened on the wrong dealer.
But I love the classical allusion. If I'd heard it before I had forgotten. Thanks for that.
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 Posted 02/19/2013  2:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some back story:
Dealer number 1 allowed me to keep his complete Barber, aka "V" nickel set overnight in my hotel room last September in Manchester, NH.
The next day, I bought three of them - trust between seller and buyer.
Dealer number 2 routinely lets me go through his box of "Just bought, not re-priced" coins.
Both give me decent deals.
I am beyond feeling caught. Just do not like lying among dealers.
But I suppose this is to be expected.
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