Ops sorry, I took completely mistook who's thread this was but info still applies.
Dont worry about how you come off because a friendly welcoming person who shares the love for locks and the hobby will always be happy to chat, share, help etc etc. I stopped by a new locksmith recently and once I told the guy what I was all about he immeidaetly turned his back and started working on a lock and completely ignored me. I asked how much a few locks were and his reply was they are not for sale. I got that picture and left. Today I stopped by a hardware store that I previously visited, I wanted to buy a lock they had and when I walked in the owner had this look in his face like what the f**k am I doing in his store, I said hello and explained the lock I wanted then asked for the price. It was a used lock nothing special that he had offered for $20 months and months ago. So while waiting for him to make up his mind on the price I asked if he would let it go for $15... you guys ready for his reply?? His reply and I quote "$15 dicks maybe". I was shocked beyond understand. This is how you talk to customers? I felt that if I stayed there, I would get very violant and this dick isnt worth my weekend in jail so I left. Just an example of how some people are. Its nothing personal and dont waste your time on them. A happy story, I stopped by another shop, explained why Im here and the locksmith got off a call he was in the middle of, stopped working, came over his counter and we spent 30m chatting about locks. I explained I would gladly take any locks he considers junk and even willing to pay for it. In short for $9 I left with a bag of locks consisting of American padlocks, Medeco mortise, MulTlock padlock and mortise and much more). Sorry for story time but be ready that not all people are welcoming, some just hate life, the world and you for no reason.