I sent an email to a particular distributer of a certain brand pistol to ask about availability and lay away. I got this answer on layaway and I removed the name of the person and brand of the gun:
"After you provide the deposit, you can make payments whenever you wish. When you have paid in full, we will ship you a gun we have in stock or alot to you the next one that's due from XXX. And, of course, we take credit cards.
I then answered:
"Oh, so thereís not a time frame to get it paid off. Not that I would plan on waiting a long time but one never knows what can happen. Iím starting to see a XXXXXX in my future.:) I will see how soon I can have the deposit. Thank you XXXX, I will definitely contact you when I have it."
This person replied:
"Not really -- you misunderstood. If you want us to hold one we've got coming in, we need a $400 deposit. Payments can be made at any time provided the full balance is paid by he time the gun is scheduled to arrive. Otherwise, we can't hold it for you. We want to be flexible but we don't want to act as a savings repository for you either. It would be best if you went through a bank for that."
That to me seems like kind of a wisea$$ answer. Clarifying it I can live with even though the original answer was misleading, but the savings and bank to me seems unnecessary. Jerk or not?