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Zinky Superfly Blog - Part 54: Paid Nothing, Got Nothing

From: david@dave.st
Subject: Re: $1000 says you can fix my Superfly by 31 July
Date: 9 September 2009 10:05:29 BST
To: zinky@zinky.com

But 90 days on, I have paid nothing and I have got nothing. In fact I have every reason to think that since you emailed some pictures on 17 March, you have done nothing, at all. I would be most happy to be corrected on that.

Just to confirm, my $1,000 offer is withdrawn.


31 July came and went and much as expected, Bruce had not put in the effort to fix the amp that I would have rewarded with the $1,000.

So another 90 days after I made the offer, it was time for an email.

Had Bruce really done nothing at all since 17 March? Six days later came a rather surprising reply - see part 55.

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Zinky Superfly Blog - Part 53: Empty Assurance

From: zinky@zinky.com
Subject: Re: $1000 says you can fix my Superfly by 31 July
Date: 11 June 2009 21:43:57 BST
To: david@dave.st

I will finish it, and you will pay nothing.


Obviously whatever Bruce needed to devote all his time to was more lucrative even than a $1,000 bounty on fixing my amp.

So back came an effectively worthless assurance that he would do so at no cost - but when? No time soon it transpired - see part 54.

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Zinky Superfly Blog - Part 52: Worth Your While?

From: david@dave.st
Subject: $1000 says you can fix my Superfly by 31 July
Date: 11 June 2009 21:04:18 BST
To: zinky@zinky.com

Hi Bruce,

I was thinking about this... there's no motivation for you to finish fixing my amp because as soon as you go back to working on it, it's costing you money, especially since you offered to waive the upgrade and return shipping costs back in October of last year. With a finite amount of your time available, it's more appealing to spend it in ways that actually generate revenue and will be "keeping the lights on" as you put it in a telephone call on 3 March this year. As a side point, you clearly haven't put a value on your reputation had I chosen to comment publicly on the circumstances of this warranty/upgrade work.

So here's the offer: I pay you $1000 to finish the work on the amp as discussed and ship it back to me by - say - 31 July, which sounds like a reasonable timescale to me in view of what has gone before. Compared to the $235 which I was otherwise expecting to pay for the used case and new power tubes, you're still "quids in" as we say over here even after you've paid for the return shipping.

Why this sudden initiative? After much consideration it felt like a pragmatic alternative to putting the equivalent amount of money or more into the pocket of some Arizona lawyer and breaking out of this tedious waiting game that way.


After some initial searching, it became obvious that, being separated by thousands of miles, the legal option could be costly and time-consuming itself.

I then had a brainwave - Bruce has no motivation to fix my amp. Would a direct financial incentive tip the balance? Worth a try...

The email response was almost immediate and worthy of any English cricketer's "straight bat" defensive stroke - see part 53.

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