I want to know what others will think of this situation. About a month ago I was in my "local" card shop (pretty long drive, but I have been going there because the card shop by me is more of a shack), I asked the owner's son, who handles the baseball part of the store, if he had any of the Allen & Ginter's from my want list and how much it would be. He told me that he would look but to just e-mail him the list. He said would look later as he was busy trying to reorganize after an event the store had just hosted. I eventually got an e-mail that said they had all the cards on my list in stock and gave me a quote.
By this time my financial situation had changed. I still wanted the cards, but was pondering telling him, "not to worry about it," or just buying them over time. After discussion with my wife I decided to just say, "Thank you very much for checking, but no thank you". The response was shocking and disappointing. I was told that they had actually purchased all of the card on my behalf and I need to complete the transaction. I told the owner that I never agreed to this, that my intention was to only see what they had, get a quote and consider it. They got real defensive, they stated the number of years they have been in business, and that they never ever had a situation like this, yadda yadda.
I try to be a very non-confrontational person, it doesn't always work out that way, so initially I chalked it up to miscommunication and set up a tiny payment plan which I am completing this Friday. Looking back on the situation I feel I got strong-armed (for lack of a better word) into this deal. I will not mention the name of the shop as my intention is not to discredit them in any way, but just to get another opinion and perhaps advice on how to avoid this.