Although tempted to buy it there and then, after much debate they decided that as they were at the start of their holiday they would probably come back next week on their way home rather than cart it all the way around Cornwall.
Now that's fair enough, and I know they are genuine buyers as they have bought some of my work before but I have heard the word 'probably' before and more often than not it results in nothing.
So when, two days later, a different couple came in, immediately fell in love with the painting and bought it on the spot I had no hesitation in selling it to them. As they say, a bird in the hand and all that. We shall see this week whether the other couple come back. Perhaps I can sell them the other one!
As I say, this scenario where two people are intent on the same painting, often on the same day, is by no means unique. Last week I also had a lady came back two hours later to buy a set of my bird prints she had seen earlier only to find a blank space on the wall where they had been! Fortunately, as they were prints I did have another set available so everybody was happy.
Buying art is more an emotional decision than a rational one. It's an impulse, a gut feeling, a moment of joy. So, I would suggest that if you see a piece of artwork that you love, don't hesitate, buy it... before someone else does.