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#91 MadGolfer76

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 09:01 PM

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 09:35 PM

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 12:14 AM

I set very reasonable prices and state non-negotiable. If my stuff doesn’t sell I will donate it to charity. I do the same with buying, if you have a reasonable price I will pay it. Life’s too short to dicker about $10-$20.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:45 AM

Depends on the item.
If its something hot that you know someone else will buy, id respond with an offer right around my list price and say thats as low as i can go RIGHT NOW....so the door is still open.
If its an oddball item that is on page 6 of the BST, id give me lowest $ and try to make a sale.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:54 AM

View Postaceofclubs, on 12 October 2018 - 06:45 AM, said:

Buy It Now button. Expect to negotiate a little.

I think that's the crux of what a number of guys are saying, immediately coming out with "whats the lowest you will take" doesn't seem like negotiating to them. Make an actual offer.

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 03:33 PM

View Post9ccat9, on 10 October 2018 - 09:44 AM, said:

I just tell them a price that I am willing to let the item go for.  This is a potential buyer, guess I am not easily offended?

This is the correct was to respond. The rest of these responses are just silly, if you want to sell something you have the burden of work to do, not the customer

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 03:54 PM

View Postclinkinfo, on 13 October 2018 - 03:33 PM, said:

View Post9ccat9, on 10 October 2018 - 09:44 AM, said:

I just tell them a price that I am willing to let the item go for.  This is a potential buyer, guess I am not easily offended?

This is the correct was to respond. The rest of these responses are just silly, if you want to sell something you have the burden of work to do, not the customer

This is the correct way to respond if you just want to unload the item as quickly as possible.

If you have something of serious value and you feel you've priced it fairly, you may want to get more than just the rock bottom price for it.

You may correctly assume that other buyers will come along that will pay more than the "lowest price you'd be willing to take".

If you put your house on the market, are you really going to answer when someone asks you "what's the lowest you'll take?"...no, that would be horrible negotiating. You ask them to make an offer, then you counter-offer, etc.


Just because golf equipment is a lower priced item, doesn't mean some sellers don't want to still practice good negotiation.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 09:45 AM

I believe there are different situations depending on the item, that elicit different feelings from sellers.

1. If I have an item that is current and desirable and not overly custom(where it only fits a select few buyers) and I know my price is fair in the market, it will bother me when they offer 20% below that.

2. As another poster said, if my item is deep and buried in the BST and someone makes an offer that is within 10-30% of asking price, I’m probably just going to take it immediately and be done.

If not these two scenarios, I’ll at least respond and see if we can work something out or communicate that if I don’t get a better offer within 48 hours, it’s theirs for their offered price. If they back off at that point, I might even go lower if I really need the funds for another purchase.
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 09:30 PM

View PostGoIrish17, on 10 October 2018 - 08:47 AM, said:

When youíre selling, and someone asks you ďwhatís the lowest youíll take?Ē
That's just as bad as when you post something in the looking to buy forum and the first person to respond asks you "how much are you willing to pay?"
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 10:38 PM

View Postjlebeane13, on 14 October 2018 - 09:30 PM, said:

View PostGoIrish17, on 10 October 2018 - 08:47 AM, said:

When youíre selling, and someone asks you ďwhatís the lowest youíll take?Ē
That's just as bad as when you post something in the looking to buy forum and the first person to respond asks you "how much are you willing to pay?"

Honestly I donít think thatís as bad. A WTB ad doesnít have a starting price point listed typically. A BST ad has a price listed already, so thereís a starting point in place.


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 05:03 PM

View Postclinkinfo, on 13 October 2018 - 03:33 PM, said:

View Post9ccat9, on 10 October 2018 - 09:44 AM, said:

I just tell them a price that I am willing to let the item go for.  This is a potential buyer, guess I am not easily offended?

This is the correct was to respond. The rest of these responses are just silly, if you want to sell something you have the burden of work to do, not the customer

Agree! Iím laughing at all these post of people being offended. Relax, offer what youíre willing to let it go for.  If they try go further I politely say thanks but canít go that low.
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Posted 25 October 2018 - 08:53 PM

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I just tell them a price that I am willing to let the item go for.  This is a potential buyer, guess I am not easily offended?
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This is the correct was to respond. The rest of these responses are just silly, if you want to sell something you have the burden of work to do, not the customer
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This is the correct way to respond if you just want to unload the item as quickly as possible.

If you have something of serious value and you feel you've priced it fairly, you may want to get more than just the rock bottom price for it.

You may correctly assume that other buyers will come along that will pay more than the "lowest price you'd be willing to take".

If you put your house on the market, are you really going to answer when someone asks you "what's the lowest you'll take?"...no, that would be horrible negotiating. You ask them to make an offer, then you counter-offer, etc.


Just because golf equipment is a lower priced item, doesn't mean some sellers don't want to still practice good negotiation.
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I don’t get it.  So if that’s the case, you just respond with “this IS the lowest I’ll take”.  Again, you’re the seller, you should be driving the conversation, you should be TRYING to sell.  There’s nothing wrong with saying I’m already at my lowest price, what’s wrong is not responding at all, or worse.

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I just tell them a price that I am willing to let the item go for.  This is a potential buyer, guess I am not easily offended?
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This is the correct was to respond. The rest of these responses are just silly, if you want to sell something you have the burden of work to do, not the customer
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Agree! I’m laughing at all these post of people being offended. Relax, offer what you’re willing to let it go for.  If they try go further I politely say thanks but can’t go that low.
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EXACTLY!

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 09:01 PM

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View PostCircaflex, on 10 October 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

I'd reply with the lowest offer I would accept.

Finally.

I suspect a number of you guys aren't business people in "real life" (I'm not either).

You don't generally get so many customers that you can afford to offend people unnecessarily. Then again, if you aren't really business people in the first place I guess it's to be expected.

My guess would be 99% of the advertised prices are starting prices and the advertiser expects to sell for less. So why be so offended/offensive ?

99% of the buyers don't expect to pay the asking price here. This isn't Amazon for goodness' sake.

I am not offended by it as much as I am annoyed.  I have already done the research on pricing and put something up for what I believe to be a fair price.  Yes, more often than not, I am willing to work with someone on pricing.  But, I started it, I put out a price, a potential purchaser already has an idea of what they are wanting to pay for an item.  In the past, I have responded with my lowest price only to have the buyer offer even less.  They are trying to lower your starting point so they can negotiate it even further, at least in my experience.  I have also just told people to make what they think is a fair offer, just to have them disappear all together.


That’s life though.  You want to sell something, potential buyers will come and go, just like a store.  Plus, it’s not all about a researched price, buying and selling is about timing.  Sometimes, people are willing to take less than market average because they really want something else, it’s an easy sale, or whatever other reason drives them.  That’s why soooo many people accept lowball trade in offers for clubs, cars, etc. because it’s “an easy” option to get whatever it is they want next.  If you have a high value item BUT it’s got a low level of potential buyers, you might not want to wait 3 months for an extra 10%. That’s why potential buyers ask, because they have NO IDEA what’s driving you to sell it in the first place. Hell, you might be losing your car tomorrow if you don’t make a payment, you sure as hell are going to take a lot less for something if you NEED that money out for something more important.

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Posted 27 October 2018 - 12:36 AM

1) while I don't recall ever asking that question, out of courtesy I will wait a few days after the original posting before I start haggling with someone. If I see something I really like that was just posted I generally offer their full asking price.
2) because I would like to see the BST stay a friendly place, I appreciate a simple "I'll pass" or "no thanks" if what I'm doing is deemed out of line by the seller. If I get a short response like that it's pretty obvious that this conversation is over and I move on. I had a couple of potential purchases this past spring that I didn't think I had done anything out of line, but I got some pretty nasty responses. It really soured my feelings for the BST and I haven't seriously shopped it since.
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:41 AM

View Postclinkinfo, on 25 October 2018 - 09:01 PM, said:

View Postradiman, on 10 October 2018 - 11:42 AM, said:

View Postnsxguy, on 10 October 2018 - 11:35 AM, said:

View PostCircaflex, on 10 October 2018 - 11:15 AM, said:

I'd reply with the lowest offer I would accept.

Finally.

I suspect a number of you guys aren't business people in "real life" (I'm not either).

You don't generally get so many customers that you can afford to offend people unnecessarily. Then again, if you aren't really business people in the first place I guess it's to be expected.

My guess would be 99% of the advertised prices are starting prices and the advertiser expects to sell for less. So why be so offended/offensive ?

99% of the buyers don't expect to pay the asking price here. This isn't Amazon for goodness' sake.

I am not offended by it as much as I am annoyed.  I have already done the research on pricing and put something up for what I believe to be a fair price.  Yes, more often than not, I am willing to work with someone on pricing.  But, I started it, I put out a price, a potential purchaser already has an idea of what they are wanting to pay for an item.  In the past, I have responded with my lowest price only to have the buyer offer even less.  They are trying to lower your starting point so they can negotiate it even further, at least in my experience.  I have also just told people to make what they think is a fair offer, just to have them disappear all together.


Thatís life though.  You want to sell something, potential buyers will come and go, just like a store.  Plus, itís not all about a researched price, buying and selling is about timing.  Sometimes, people are willing to take less than market average because they really want something else, itís an easy sale, or whatever other reason drives them.  Thatís why soooo many people accept lowball trade in offers for clubs, cars, etc. because itís ďan easyĒ option to get whatever it is they want next.  If you have a high value item BUT itís got a low level of potential buyers, you might not want to wait 3 months for an extra 10%. Thatís why potential buyers ask, because they have NO IDEA whatís driving you to sell it in the first place. Hell, you might be losing your car tomorrow if you donít make a payment, you sure as hell are going to take a lot less for something if you NEED that money out for something more important.

That's fine, but I already put a price on it. If you want to pay less than that, then make an offer. As I said, I think it's just a strategy to get a lower starting price for them to haggle over. I see it as a weak attempt is all. Not the end of the world if someone does it.

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Posted 27 October 2018 - 01:51 PM

There have been a few times where I really didn’t need what I was inquiring about, but if the seller was willing to drop the price to move it, I would buy it. I don’t want to low ball people if they feel they can get more, but I also feel it’s worth seeing if they want to move it or hold out for more cash. I’ve been clear and said that I’m not in desperate need of the item but I am interested. I’m not going to make an offer and risk offending them by a lowball offer, but if they would give me their best price, maybe that’ll work for both of us.

If it ends up being the same as the list price, no problem. If it’s good for me, then we both win.

I’ve sold a ton of stuff and had that question asked many times. In some cases I know I’m priced fairly and it’s an item I won’t have issues getting asking price. Other times I just want to sell and move on so I’ll offer a better price. All depends on the buyer, item, track record....



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Posted 27 October 2018 - 05:20 PM

I complete get the whole ďletís make a dealĒ thing, and I rarely haggle the price of stuff mainly because i do research and if itís a good deal Iím not gonna try and save a couple bucks and insult the guy. Almost like a karma thing I guess.

My absolute favorite people are CL folks. You have something for sale for $300. ďIíll give you $150 cash todayĒ. Mother effer what did you think you were gonna pay me with? Rubles?
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Posted 27 October 2018 - 08:13 PM

View Postwundej, on 27 October 2018 - 01:51 PM, said:

There have been a few times where I really didn’t need what I was inquiring about, but if the seller was willing to drop the price to move it, I would buy it. I don’t want to low ball people if they feel they can get more, but I also feel it’s worth seeing if they want to move it or hold out for more cash. I’ve been clear and said that I’m not in desperate need of the item but I am interested. I’m not going to make an offer and risk offending them by a lowball offer, but if they would give me their best price, maybe that’ll work for both of us.

If it ends up being the same as the list price, no problem. If it’s good for me, then we both win.

I’ve sold a ton of stuff and had that question asked many times. In some cases I know I’m priced fairly and it’s an item I won’t have issues getting asking price. Other times I just want to sell and move on so I’ll offer a better price. All depends on the buyer, item, track record....

That’s exactly my thought process. But put into words better. I typically have a “lowball” price in mind. But it’s one I’m keeping to myself, but if the seller says his low is close to that number, I’m probably pulling the trigger. If it’s not, then no big deal.
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Posted 28 October 2018 - 07:42 AM

Sellers and buyers both would be well served to check their item in eBsy “sold” items to get a realistic idea of where to list it, or where to start with offers.  There’s always a lot of nice gear in here, but often times the asking prices are WAY out of line.  If you’re asking $200 for something that’s selling for $150 on average on the ‘bay, then you’re going to get what you consider a “lowball” offer, when in fact it’s likely not.  You just think your gear is worth more when in fact it takes the same hit as the others for being used, even if you describe it as “Minty, only seen 8 rounds”.
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