I just got my ass reamed by some canadien dude trying to sell me a bike on pinkbike. He told me he was an "exclusive dealer" and the bike was still boxed up. Then he emails pics with the bike built up in front of an old house. So far sounding pretty sketchy, right? So I low-ball him under cost for the bike and he rejects it. But gives me a pretty good deal and after a few more emails seems to have a legit story. In the last email, he tells me where he gets the bikes that he sells online (note: this was in the reply to my questioning his legitimacy and if he could give me any other ways to show he was cool). So, I, not wanting to get boned out of $4,000 (yeah, this is a nice bike), called this joint to see if the guy really bought this bike there and if they knew him to a nice guy/kid. It turns out he works there. Needless to say he wrote back call me every name in the book and said he almost got fired. I feel like a jerk, but wouldn't anyone do the same background check to make sure of a legit $4,000 deal? I should have prefaced this with the fact that I lost $2,000 to some jerk a couple years ago, so I'm a little gun shy of large internet purchases. But still, did I do the wrong thing? Please let me know.