I sold a car accessory back in October to a guy based in Germany, for £600. He had to rely on friends visiting from the UK to be able to collect it on his behalf and take it to him in Germany, which was likely to take him a month or two to arrange. We agreed to a deposit of £200 (via PayPal Gift) to secure the sale.
It got to the end of the year and he still hadn't managed to collect it. Then in January he told me it was unlikely he'd be able to arrange collection for the foreseeable future, and that I should sell it in the short-term if that was an option. I sold it to a guy who had asked me about it back in October, he collected it after a couple of days and paid cash (£600).
Today, some six months after the initial contact, the guy in Germany sends me a message asking me if I still have it, and if not, could he have his deposit back.
I don't feel obligated to refund any of it, I needed both the cash (before Christmas) and the garage space. I have offer a part-refund (£100, half of the money) as a goodwill gesture. He is yet to respond.
What are people's thoughts/experiences with this? Do you think he'e entitled to a deposit refund or is he just trying his luck? Do I have any obligation (legal or otherwise) to return it?
Thanks for the feedback everyone.
He took it on the chin to be fair and chalked it down to "learning the hard way" ("Lehrgeld"). Had be been an **** I'd have kept half of it but have instead decided to send him back the full deposit.