Cool story, but bummer about the breakage. You spent 4 hours driving to save $24? That seems like drinking time well wasted.
It was more the principle of the matter more than the money. I made a very good offer at $100, but he got greedy and I don't take well to someone trying to rip off people. If I had taken his counter offer of $150, it would have sent him a message that what he was doing was ok. Maybe next time he will think twice about trying to rip someone off.