|Originally Posted By munyguru:|
On the other hand, I can understand why some sellers get upset at some of the offers that they receive when they place ads on the net. When you are selling an item and have it listed for a fair price and someone comes along offers half of what you are asking there might be reason to take offense to that.
I got that a LOT this past two weeks, for some reason. I even have had people claim that they can get the items I have for sale for half what I have them listed for. I ask for a link or phone number to where that price can be found... no reply. So, I wait a few more days, and they all sell at my asking price.
Some people are just out to make you doubt your price so they can rip you off. If they ask me if I'll take it for 75% or less of what I'm asking, I am offended. I set my prices to be reasonable (I almost always lose money versus what I paid for the item when I got it), so when they come in low-balling and acting like they're smart and I'm ignorant, it tends to tick me off a bit.
Here's how to ask if they'll take less.
"I see that you have your woopdeedoo whizbang mount listed for $100 shipped. Denny has the same mount listed for $90 shipped new here: <insert link>. Would you take $85 shipped, since it is used but like new?"
I wouldn't get mad at that - I listed it for too much and didn't do my research. You have proof (the link) to back up your claim that my price is too high.
Here's what I get, though:
"Hey. Would you take $60 shipped for it? Let me know."
Let me know? Like it's my job to inform you that I'm insulted by your insuting price hack job? I usually just ignore/delete the IM. If I do reply, they make the wild claim that they see them for $60 somewhere all the time. If I say, "please send me a link or phone number to that sale site," I never get a reply. Not once yet. Low-balling tire kickers...