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No time waster please?

Postby naki_k » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:34 pm

"No time waster please"
A statement that features heavily is nearly all car adverts that i look at anyhow.
or "relisted due to time wasters".

Does entering these words into a car adverts make any difference? Surely if a person is intent on wasting time. Telling them not to please is hardly going to stop them?

Is there something about old Jaguars/ Old cars that attracts dreamers like a magnet? :lol:
OK, i think i know the answers to these questions already, but thought i would blurt them out anyhow.
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby rvdz » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:43 pm

You're right, the "no time wasters please" note makes no difference at all, the time waster probably won't even read the ad.

I can see that someone would add "relisted due to time waster" to explain there is a valid reason why the car has reappeared - in some cases people have even added the (user)name of the "time waster" - not sure what that is meant to achieve...

I think any car that's generally considered high-end or posh, and is offered at a low price will attract "impulse buyers" who might be over their impulse by the time the listing ends? Or perhaps a "cheeky bid" one night after a drink or two that turns out to be the winner - always a recipe for cold feet....
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby pimgmx » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:56 pm

rvdz wrote:Or perhaps a "cheeky bid" one night after a drink or two that turns out to be the winner

That’s how I got my XJ-S... ;)
Not through the boozy part, but because the winning bidder didn’t manage to close the deal, most likely because of the reason you mentioned, Roel.

Back on topic: guess the ‘time waster’ is the other side of the medal of all those ‘as new’, ‘near mint’ and ‘best in the country’ descriptions for neglected rust buckets? :roll:

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Re: No time waster please?

Postby rvdz » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:16 pm

pimgmx wrote:guess the ‘time waster’ is the other side of the medal of all those ‘as new’, ‘near mint’ and ‘best in the country’ descriptions for neglected rust buckets? :roll:


That's a good point too, what the seller might consider a "time waster" is perhaps someone who thought they were picking up a "mint" car with "a couple of easy fixes".....
Moral of the story is: always view a car before you buy it.
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby NMV 1E » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:43 pm

Oh a "time waster" can lurk just about anywhere, at any time ... From those "I used to (or my dad) have one of those ... " to someone that just wants to reminisce, at a show or a public toilet (something I always worry about as to the location of the next waster ... Supermarket checkout even, sometimes ...) So an advert for a car is their haunt a bit like a Moth into a bright light as we say, late at night after suitable mind altering / bending substances have been imbibed. Don't always blame the Grape or the Grain, ether ... A time waster can be heavily disguised at times too sometimes, they'll wear a smart suit or maybe a Uniform of nationally well known institution(s). They will simply call you up and speak to you on the Telephone and introduce themselves in a way which takes you "off guard" and before long, a whole hour of your life has evaporated. Mrs NMV has a "friend" who lives in the greater Liverpool area (I know the telephone number, when it shows up on the display, I refuse to answer it) whole afternoons seem to pass unnoticed. I can cut lawns, wash dishes, clean the car, walk the dog (and next doors) Mrs NMV is completely oblivious AND what makes it worse, the whole time my wife is listening (no conversation) well let's not go there :roll:

The secret (I believe) is to get inside of the time wasters head and if on the rare occasions I have time, waste more of their time, than mine, if that makes any sense :?:

Simply adding the "phrase" (no time wasters) to your advert, acts as a bright flashing beacon for the time waster .... Attracted like Moths .... As for those who knock on the door - Lets not even GO there .......... :shock:
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby KingfisherJon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:23 pm

Just to add an alternative theory into the mix...

How many times on eBay is the time waster not the seller?

A lot of cars are not as good as described on eBay (and many other places). What the seller calls a “time waster”, often is someone who would’ve bought the car, but didn’t when they viewed it after winning the auction as the car turns out to be rotten etc.
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby naki_k » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:52 pm

incidentally it’s not just Jaguar ads.
I think this is a negative product of the internet age, where anyone can press a button, regardless of pretty much any sense.
There are two sides to the story though indeed.
How many cars online are actually described correctly? Very few I fear. It’s likely that if the truth about all cars was out there, no one would actually buy them.

“Impending MOT failure. needs just about everything doing. It will cost you far more to fix up this old wreck than to buy a really nice car”.

Or alternatively written.
“Appreciating classic. Last of the Real Jaguars. Just needs TLC, but I don’t have time. Won’t take much to make it perfect again.
No time wasters please”. :lol:
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby KingfisherJon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:01 pm

naki_k wrote:“Impending MOT failure. needs just about everything doing. It will cost you far more to fix up this old wreck than to buy a really nice car”.

Or alternatively written.
“Appreciating classic. Last of the Real Jaguars. Just needs TLC, but I don’t have time. Won’t take much to make it perfect again.
No time wasters please”. :lol:



That’s a very correct translation! I might steal it if I buy that Majestic to do up and sell on... :lol:
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby naki_k » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:56 pm

KingfisherJon wrote:
naki_k wrote:“Impending MOT failure. needs just about everything doing. It will cost you far more to fix up this old wreck than to buy a really nice car”.

Or alternatively written.
“Appreciating classic. Last of the Real Jaguars. Just needs TLC, but I don’t have time. Won’t take much to make it perfect again.
No time wasters please”. :lol:



That’s a very correct translation! I might steal it if I buy that Majestic to do up and sell on... :lol:

The blue one currently departing for the banger track? I guess that was always going to be inevitable for that one.
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Re: No time waster please?

Postby KingfisherJon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:13 pm

naki_k wrote:
KingfisherJon wrote:
naki_k wrote:“Impending MOT failure. needs just about everything doing. It will cost you far more to fix up this old wreck than to buy a really nice car”.

Or alternatively written.
“Appreciating classic. Last of the Real Jaguars. Just needs TLC, but I don’t have time. Won’t take much to make it perfect again.
No time wasters please”. :lol:



That’s a very correct translation! I might steal it if I buy that Majestic to do up and sell on... :lol:

The blue one currently departing for the banger track? I guess that was always going to be inevitable for that one.


Possibly. I’ll either buy it if it’s genuinely not too bad like people have said, or at least buy the ski slope and ash tray for mine!
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