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So, we've been trying to sell our house for a year now due to a job change and need to move 2 hours away 19 months ago. I have been cramped into a 1 bedroom apartment with my family (4 of us) since August, and then it finally happened...

We got an offer last Thursday!

I could go into the details, as I sometimes do a bit too much, but we spent 6 days negotiating back and forth, over and over... We wanted out of that house so that we could get something here and get out of this tiny apartment, but they kept wanting my Axiom speakers! WTH! Get your own speakers!

Well, we still didn't do so well with this down economy, but I did keep my Axioms! I lost the rest of the theater equipment though, but no way was I giving up my speakers!

I know that others would have looked at it as a way to get M80 and VP180 upgrades for my M60s and VP150, but it was the principle of the matter. Our "concession" to them is that I will install and calibrate whatever speakers they decide to buy and offer help picking something out. Heck, maybe they will buy their own Axioms.... Yeah, probably not. They were happy to take my el cheapo Venturer DVD/VCR/Radio HTIB piece of crap from the main floor, and I was happy to give it to them. Stupid POS. So yeah, they will pick up some $500 HTIB from Best Buy probably. I will plug in the wires, hook up the microphone on the receiver, and let it calibrate them in 10 minutes. Badda Bing, Badda Boom. Done deal!

So my Axioms will be getting new power and new matching video when I get the next theater (V4) built. Of course, we have to now negotiate the house that we want to buy, and finish the whole basement, but I am looking forward to getting some new gear to go with my rock-solid Axioms!

Does it make me fanatical that despite needing to get the house sold that I fought tooth and nail to keep these speakers? If it does, then I am glad to be guilty as charged!
you could have bought brand new speakers!
But why? I paid a decent chunk less for my setup years ago. The replacement would have un about $3500... not just an easy thing to ignore. Especially since they clearly don't know speakers since they wanted the Ventured crap. Would have been a waste to let them have the Axioms..
If I ever "upgraded" to a new main listening setup, I don't think I'd ever sell my current Axiom lineup. Attachment issues?

Congrats, Nick.
I think the deal they were trying to work is, "give us the speakers, and we'll agree to your price on the house." So the only way that would make sense is if he could get them to agree to a price at least $3500 higher with the speakers than without.

That's not including commission, taxes, fees, etc. So it realistically would be $5000 or more he'd end up paying for a new set of speakers.
I sold a house once where the buyer wanted a ton of stuff that I had (over $10k). I wrote up a seperate contract for the items, outside of the house sale, and itemized everything on a sheet of paper. I also stated that all items were being sold as is and there was no warranty with any of the items. We both signed the document. When the sale was done, I had the money without having to pay commission on the sale and also had a receipt (contract) to limit my liability in case any of the items broke in the future.
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Congrats, Nick.

Ditto, buddy. Have a blast building V4!
Talk about dedication to one's gear.
I probably would have followed Neon's thought and overcharged the new buyers for the actual cost of the speakers and have that included in the house sale.
That way you could have replaced them and still pocketed a bit extra, assuming these people wanted the speakers that badly.

Either way it sounds like you're back on a more positive and happier path.
If only we could. It was quite a battle with these buyers. We lost a good amount of money on the house (not as much as a lot of other unfortunate people) considering that we weren't in a big real estate bubble state like California. Not the question for V4 will be if I do a dedicated room that is something like 13-15 feet wide by about 17-19 feet deep, or more of an "open" non-dedicated space. I've posted video here before of the basement, and it is pretty good size... 1800 sq ft, but the location of the new theater will be right near the bottom of the stairs. I like the idea of a dedicated room, but don't want to make people essentially walk down a hallway past the home theater every time they come down to the basement and want to get to the open space. Lots of planning to do. Of course, the house we want is still in negotiations, so we don't "have it" yet. Won't close until May either...
Nick, you should have told the buyer's that you didn't own the speaker's and they were loaned to you.
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