pete75 wrote:Dave you can justify what you put as much as you like. I still think it was wrong particularly your assumption that the man was out to swindle people. It would have been better to have told the guy that his advert was inaccurate and given him a chance to correct it, in particular that his bike wasn't a 2002 model. As the purchaser says he was a genuine guy so made those mistakes in all innocence. A 1999 bike could well have remained unsold until 2002(an LBS had a 1998 Galaxy unsold until 2 years ago) and, unless pointed out to them, most people would consider a bike bought in 2002 as a 2002 bike. This is especially true of someone who may have bought a bike second hand and been told it was bought new in 2002. Simililarly without detailed knowledge of the model all Galaxies appear to be sought after - the prices they fetch on ebay are way above those of lesser known brands of equal or better quality. For example I bought an MB framed tourer in very good condition for £100 from the bay. Better quality than a Galaxy, Vernon Barker(the B of MB) - an excellent frame builder made the 531ST frame, mostly XT components, Mercian built wheels, Carradice super C panniers etc and mileage so low it still had remains of moulding flash on the original tyres. If it'd been a Galaxy it'd have probably fetched 3 times what I paid so yes it's fair to describe a Galaxy as sought after.
Your own comments contain an untruth, no doubt an innocent mistake, Dawes frames were never built in Czechoslovakia.
I didn't assume he was out to swindle people and my post on here said he was misguided. I didn't want people buying something on the basis of false information and I made sure they didn't. There would have been no point talking to the seller, he could and possibly would have ignored me. I also objected very strongly to the seller using my comments to assist him in this misguided advert. I couldn't give a monkey's about anyones opinion of my actions in this particular instance - I'm very happpy about it. If you think differently that is up to you.
I agree that Galaxies are sought after, and command silly money on ebay. However the seller was describing the 2002 as "the most sought after galaxy", which is a blatant untruth, Galaxies are sought after but 2002's are not the most sought after. The context is different and you misunderstand the point in question.
The basis of my comment that Galaxies were made in CZ derives from information provided to me by another member of the forum who has a 2002 that has had warranty replacements from Dawes for two pairs of forks and a main frame failure. He had the frame inspected after the main frame failure by a dealer in Telford, at Dawes request, to substantiate his claim. The dealer turned out to be a former executive at Dawes and presumably that is where he gleaned that information from. If it is wrong, then I apologise, I made the statement in good faith.