There are some good guys left out there…

On Thursday, our oven died. We knew we were going to have to replace it soon. It’s had a host of problems but we were trying to make it last as long as we could. Thursday was the end of that. Marty and I were making a mulberry pie (we have 3 mulberry trees in our yard)…

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel;
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun,
Pop! goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle—
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Oops, sorry, got off track there. We were making a mulberry pie and had it ready to pop in the oven. I turned the oven on to pre-heat it and NOTHING happened. The burners on the stove top worked but the oven was dead. So, on Friday, I hopped on Craig’s List and started looking. I lucked out and found someone who is in business selling used appliances and found a GE range for only $80. I was seriously stoked because it was in great shape and it was cheap.

Once I got it home, I switched the power cord from our old oven to the new-to-us oven. The burners worked, the oven was getting power. Everything appeared to be in great shape. So, I preheated the oven and popped the mulberry pie in to bake. It was suppose to bake 15 minutes at 400 and then we were suppose to reduce the temperature. After only 10 minutes in, the top crust of the pie was burnt. So, I bought an oven thermometer and off to the Google Appliance Repair School I went. After following the instructions to try and reset the temperature controls, I realized that nothing I was doing was having any effect. Even if I set the dial to only 250, within 20 minutes the temperature in the oven was almost 600. The thermostat was busted…and, thermostats on older ovens are PRICEY.

At this point, I honestly expected to be out 80 bucks and still have no oven. But, we had the guy’s phone # and I figured we had nothing to lose by contacting him. My jaw hit the floor when he said he would be happy to exchange the oven for us. I guess the reason he was willing to make good is he does this as a business and isn’t just a random individual Craig’s List seller. So, tomorrow I’m off to get our next new-to-us oven. Hopefully this one will be in complete working order.

It’s really nice to know there are some good guys left out there.

14 Responses to There are some good guys left out there…
  1. battynurse
    May 23, 2010 | 8:35 pm

    Wow. That’s fabulous.
    The last time I bought an appliance on Craigslist it didn’t work even though they told me it did. I wanted so bad to write in big letters across it broken and take it back and dump it in their driveway during the night.

  2. areyoukiddingme
    May 23, 2010 | 9:46 pm

    We’ve been very lucky with Craigslist. You get to meet such interesting people! Good luck with your new oven.

  3. JJ
    May 23, 2010 | 10:26 pm

    It IS nice to know that there are decent people out there! Happy cooking/baking with the new oven!

  4. Jem
    May 23, 2010 | 11:13 pm

    That’s very heartening. Often stores don’t really care.

    Happy ICLW

  5. ..Soo.See..
    May 24, 2010 | 9:23 am

    Whoa! Glad it worked out, hope this next one is fab! And too bad about the pie!

  6. Sheliza
    May 24, 2010 | 9:35 am

    girl you are really lucky and I agree there are a few good guys left in the world! Can’t wait for you to get your “new” oven. I would not be able to survive without mine!

  7. jrs
    May 24, 2010 | 11:12 am

    I had no idea a mulberry pie could actually be made. that’s awesome. I thought it was just a rhyme. 🙂 hope you enjoy your “new to you” oven.

  8. Mrs. Gamgee
    May 24, 2010 | 12:34 pm

    Nice! It’s great that there are still honest people out there!

    I hope the new-to-you oven works well! I can’t imagine you without a working oven.

  9. Sandy
    May 24, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    I think it’s good to be reminded that there are good and genuine people out there (it’s so easy to be cynical!).

  10. DaisyGal
    May 24, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    I’m glad about the oven..but I have to be honest, all I could think about was MULBERRY PIE. Is that wrong????

    I am glad he’s making good…hmmm….Mulberry Pie…there I go again. 🙂

  11. Another Dreamer
    May 24, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    Wow, that’s great that he’s willing to switch it! Hope the new one works better 🙂

  12. junebug
    May 24, 2010 | 2:41 pm

    Sorry about the oven but yeah that you get a new to you oven. I’m glad he was able/willing to exchange it. I’ve always had good luck on Craigs buying and selling.

  13. theresa
    May 24, 2010 | 9:20 pm

    It’s so great to know that there are good people out there. Good luck w/your new stove, I’m off to check Craig’s list for some cabinets!

  14. Quiet Dreams
    May 24, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    Wow! Great story! So glad the guy was decent and you have a working oven! (Because it would be a tragedy for the world to be without your cooking–which always looks dee-lish in the pics!)

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