Sold My Bowflex, Bowflex Review, Bargaining & Haggling

Hi Friends!  How’s your week going so far?  I am happily savoring Day 2 of my “weekend” since I’m off Mondays and Tuesdays.  Yesterday I had a super productive day with errands, housework, phone calls, email catch up, getting ready for for my Food Buzz trip, and of course spending time being a mom which is Priority Job #1.  Skylar is such a little trooper with me going from store to store.  She’s always asks, “Where NEXT, Mommy?”  Her fave stores are Trader Joes, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond.  And anywhere they sell pursesSmart girl.

You may remember when I was all excited that I bought a Bowflex so that I could set up a home-gym in my garage

I bought it for a few reasons including having the flexibility to workout at home, not have to drive to the gym and deal with parking, not having to rush to get to the gym or rush my workout in order to conform to their very narrow window of childcare hours.   Sounds good on paper, right?

Well, in reality, the Bowflex is a great piece of equipment if you can deal with changing the cables and pulleys, weights, and configurations in between exercises. 

For me, this was not fast or easy and when I work out, I like to go in turbomode from exercise to exercise.  To say that I do “supersets” is an understatement.  I pretty much just push myself, keep my heart rate up, and don’t like to pause to change the pulleys and cables. 

It doesn’t sound like much, but in between every exercise stopping for a minute or two to change the cables, weights, and configuration just wasn’t something I liked.   It slowed my workouts down immensely and added a lot of time to how much overall time I was spending working out.

And my heart rate would drop, my “endorphin high” would drop, and then at the start of the next exercise, I would really have to force myself to find my mojo, again.

Could I have become faster at this?  Probably.  Did I have any desire to do so?  No.  

So, I tried itIt wasn’t for me.  That’s not to knock the Bowflex.  I think if you have (extra) time and patience to devote to working out and can’t get to the gym, this is a great option.  For me as busy mom and wife with a full time job, it just wasn’t the panacea option I thought it was going to be.  So different stokes for different folks.

I sold it for $100 bucks on Craigslist in 18 hours.  I paid about $175 for it and posted it for $150.  A guy offered me $100 via email and showed up on my doorstep within an hour of emailing me, put it in his truck, and hauled it off.  So, really, for $75 bucks (paid $175 and sold for $100), I tried it and consider that a hell of a deal.  And this guy was so excited about it and hopefully he enjoys it more than I did.

From yesterday’s post about our Halloween and Trick or Treating, thanks for the compliments on the pictures and for telling me about your Halloween.  Sounds like most of you had a great weekend, however you did, or didn’t, partake in Halloween festivities.

Click Here for Tons more Photos

As for candy eating, most of you didn’t have too many rules from your parents about candy eating when you were a kid. What you all did have were elaborate candy sorting regimens and strategies for candy trading.  Loved hearing about those!

Tip of the Day:  It’s Vegan Mofo Time!!!!
It feels like just yesterday that I posted a month’s worth of vegan food last November.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with it:

“The idea is to write as much as you can all month, about vegan food. The blog entries can be about anything food related – your love of tongs, your top secret tofu pressing techniques, the first time your mom cooked vegan for you, vegan options in Timbuktu – you get the idea, right? If not, browse around on some of our round-ups and you’ll catch on fast!

There aren’t strict guidelines for how often to write, but the idea is to shoot for every weekday, or about 20 times in the month. If you’d like inspiration or would just like to whine about how hard it is, check out the MoFo forum on the PPK message boards.”  source

Click Here to Read More about Vegan Mofo
Click Here to Sign Up.  Hurry: You MUST sign up by 11-2-2010 (that’s today!!) in order to be on the official Vegan Mofo Blogroll roster.

Dessert:  Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cupcakes with White Chocolate Icing 
Note: These aren’t vegan since I used prepared brownie dough, but you can make them vegan by tweaking the recipe.  They are however very similar to the dessert I posted yesterday in that it uses up those extra mini Halloween candy bars you have laying around, but this recipe uses brownie dough rather than cookie dough

And I frosted these with melted White Chocolate but you can use any frosting you’d like or omit.  But frosting is my favorite part!  Don’t skimp it!
 
Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cupcakes with White Chocolate Icing

Questions
1. Have you ever sold anything on Craigslist or Ebay?  
I’ve sold lots and have posted before about selling Skylar’s crib and then donating some extra things to the crib buyers.

Dealing with Craiglist people can be highly annoying and frustrating because people can be so flaky! That’s why even though in a perfect world I would have liked another $25 or $50 bucks for the Bowflex, the fact that the guy emailed me, I called him, and 45 minutes later he was on my doorstep with cash, a truck, and another guy to help load the Bowflex into his truck, well, that was worth it’s weight in gold!

I’ve sold things before where I’ve waited for hours for someone, only to have them no-show, not show up with a big enough vehicle or without a strong enough person to lift something like a washer and dryer. 

Now write in my CL ads:  “Must be able to lift the crib/washer/Bowflex into a big truck/large SUV and must pay with cash.”  Seems so obvious, but it’s not.  So now, I write it in black and white!

Holly wrote about some of her Craiglist tips here.

2. Have you ever tried a Bowflex?  Or been tempted to buy one ever?  Tell me your thoughts!
As I said in the post, I think it’s great for some people, but for me, my personal workout style, my time limits, etc. it just wasn’t for me.
 
3. Do you bargain or “haggle” with people?
I do, but only sometimes.

I don’t bargain with farmer’s market vendors because I know they are working hard to grow organic food and have lots of costs associated with the food from their labor, land, crops, etc and rather than haggling with them on the price of say tomatoes, I either don’t buy the tomatoes or buy from a vendor who’s already cheaper, but I don’t bargain on those types of things.  I feel it’s perhaps insulting to them. 

However, on items like buying a laptop on Craiglist, you better believe I asked the guy if he’d take less.  He took $20 less.   Somehow asking for a discount on a computer is less “personal” than someone’s farm crops so I try to bargain with things like that. 

So it’s a pretty case-by-case basis I’d say for me.

How about for you?  I know some people are shy, nervous, or would feel rude or like they were offending someone if they asked for money off or tried to bargain with the person.  Again, it’s a case by case basis.

I have had realtors tell me you should never offer a seller below x percentage on their home because they could feel “insulted” and the deal could blow up.  Guess I’ve been “insulted” plenty then on my Phoenix house since I’ve received some jaw dropping low ball offers.  

4. How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?
It’s hot and sunny here.  Low 80s.  And dry, dry, dry.  It actually worries me when it’s this hot and dry at this time of year because of fires.  This is fire season, big time.  But I won’t think about that.  I’ll just enjoy the great day!

Stay Tuned for How I’ve been streamlining my workouts.  Lots to talk about and cardio is wayyy on the back burner in my life.  I spent a long time pre-writing some of the post so I hope you enjoy it!

   

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