Ebay best offer

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by sunking101, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. Francophile50

    Francophile50 The man with the satisfied ear.

    Location:
    Concord,CA
    Lol. You make it sound like some sellers need to consult their astrological chart to see if the transaction is a good one. use it or don't use it but if you use it and someone makes you an offer and you decline it let them know what you are willing to accept as a courtesy. I have people making offers to me on items I am watching all the time I decline them and let them know I would buy it if it were this price. I can watch something to see what it sells for or maybe at a later time decide to buy it. It's up to the seller to decide what he wants to sell it for and once he decides he wants to sell it for a certain price why wouldn't he sell it for that price? Like I said I just completed a transaction I made an offer to some guy in Canada and to my surprise he accepted my offer and I paid him immediately. I then told him I was sorry that I paid him because had I known he had other options of things I wanted I would have probably bought more from him. He then responded saying what CDs are you interested in. I gave him a list then he said well I could bundle those all together and sell them to you for this price. I found the price reasonable but just a little bit more than I wanted to spend so I asked him to throw in an additional CD and that would be acceptable for me. He agreed and said I'll put up a listing. This to me appeared to be a motivated seller who did not have an emotional attachment to a product and price. if I was going to offer him next to nothing for what he was selling I'm sure he would refuse. But since I made a reasonable offer to him on things he had that he wanted to get rid of we both won.
     
  2. Christian Hill

    Christian Hill It's all in the mind

    Location:
    Boston
    All offers are welcome, but none are accepted. I only run auctions.
     
  3. joachim.ritter

    joachim.ritter Senior Member

    I usully accept offers for 90% and often for 80% or 70% as well. Of course depending on what I paid for the item and how long I already have it on eBay. Otherwise I almost always send a counteroffer. Don't worry, I'm not a "problem seller". ;)
     
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  4. Francophile50

    Francophile50 The man with the satisfied ear.

    Location:
    Concord,CA
    Then don't use make offer option. Unless you want to upset your buyers
     
  5. Francophile50

    Francophile50 The man with the satisfied ear.

    Location:
    Concord,CA
    I treat others like I want to be treated. I want you to be fair with me so I try to be fair with you. If I offer you 80% of your asking price and you come back with 90% then I offer you 85% aren't we being fair with each other? or maybe you just send a message to me saying that you spent so much on this and you can't afford to sell it any less than this then at least I have an understanding of where you're at.
     
  6. joachim.ritter

    joachim.ritter Senior Member

    Sure, I wouldn't expect any problem with you as a buyer.
     
  7. Christian Hill

    Christian Hill It's all in the mind

    Location:
    Boston
    I don't, it wouldn't be an auction then, that still doesn't stop people from making offers
     
  8. joefont

    joefont Forum Resident

    I never use the offer option; only "Buy It Now". But occasionally someone will make an offer anyway; I always decline the offer. One time someone emailed me and offered $15 on a $20 BIN item. I declined and ten minutes later, much to my surprise, he buys it for the full amount. He pays, I ship it and after he receives it he emails me "claiming" that it was damaged but would be ok with it if I refund him $5 with a thinly veiled threat that he might have to give me a negative review if I didn't comply with his refund request. What an A-hole! I refund him the $5 but after that incident, anyone who emails me with a lower offer immediately gets placed on the Blocked Bidder List!
     
  9. Francophile50

    Francophile50 The man with the satisfied ear.

    Location:
    Concord,CA
    Sometimes it's the buyer and sometimes it's the seller but if one person is behaving badly then there should be recourse. In your case the buyer wasn't honest he wanted it for less and he should have either just walked away or accepted what you were asking paid it and if he wasn't happy just don't leave you any feedback. I would never do that. I would look at what the seller was offering come to an agreement on price pad if I got what I paid for I would be happy. In one case I saw a lot of CDs offered a price be negotiated came to a price and the items were sent to me. When I received them they were poorly packaged all the CD Jewel cases were smashed and the items that I was purchasing were similar but not exactly what I was paying for. I contacted the seller told them first of all the items were poorly packaged and they were all received broken and then the items that you offered or entirely different. he realized I noticed and was going to bulk to eBay so decided to accept them back and sent me a return shipping label which I did and he were funded the money immediately. The whole transaction was stupid because one he didn't give me exactly what he was offering secondly he ship them so poorly that he knows it would have resulted in me being unhappy. so as I said before sometimes it's the buyer and sometimes it's the seller.
     
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  10. Francophile50

    Francophile50 The man with the satisfied ear.

    Location:
    Concord,CA
    Lately when I put a CD on my watchlist sellers are being proactive and sending me special offers of a discount on that CD. This is also an indication as to what they're willing to discount. Overall if I like it I think he fair price for a CD used is $10.

    And if there is no indication and the CD is real expensive all offer 70% of what they're asking and see what they say. I just bought a Petula Clark CD this way I was surprised they accepted the offer.

    When a seller makes a decent discount offer to me I counter offer and if it's a dollar or two they normally accept it because who would walk away from a solid offer over $2?
     
  11. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    Some people don't have a lot of money, and even if you accept their offer, they can take a while (until next payday sometimes) to get the scratch together. As a seller, that's OK with me.

    I offer Best Offer on the majority of stuff I list, and will tend to take offers up to 10% off easily, and sometimes up to 20-25% off.

    I have made offers on stuff from other sellers before and offered << 10% less than the listing price and had it auto-rejected. My thought is: If you're not even going to consider an offer within 10% of the listing price, why are you even offering Best Offer? I move on.
     
  12. Francophile50

    Francophile50 The man with the satisfied ear.

    Location:
    Concord,CA
    See here's the thing, I just have to figure out how much the seller is willing to part with it. The seller has to think how much is the buyer willing to pay for it. I make him an offer not because I'm trying to give him, it's because I think that I feel the item is worth this much.

    Whenever they accept my offer immediately I never feel like oh I should have offered him less I could have got it cheaper. Not at all I'm just happy that he accepted my offer. I'm just trying to pay what I think is fair for all concerned.

    It's all about communication with me. If you don't like my offer, make a counter-offer. We can go back and forth until we meet in the middle. But usually either the seller contacts me and says this is the minimum that I can accept take-it-or-leave-it or we reach an agreement on some price. half the time I give I'm not going to lose a purchase over a dollar. the other half he loses he is not going to walk away from a sale for a dollar.
     

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