eBay: Make Offer ???

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by QuestionMark?, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

    Location:
    The End Zone
    I don't like using this selling tool. I set a price and if it doesn't sell I usually lower and resist it. Sometimes I do auctions for 7 days. I do not appreciate people contacting me and making an offer when I did not use that option. Especially when the offer is stupid. I don't like have my selling listings flagged with an unanswered question flag. Does anyone share my view and is there any way to stop it?
     
  2. Rodz42

    Rodz42 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    don't list items with the 'offer' option. It's not supposed to happen if you don't use it. Not sure what you're talking about exactly
     
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  3. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

    Location:
    The End Zone
    You have an option when listing an item for sale that you will accept offers. I don't use that option and yet people contact me making an offer. That bothers me and I don't like it. If I was going to accept offers I would have stated that in my listing.
     
  4. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

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  5. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Some numptys used to write with offers even before they started the "Make an Offer" crap. We got an offer once for $200 for something that finally sold for almost $2000 and the dude was offended that we hadn't jumped on it and wrote back twice more.
     
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  6. Rodz42

    Rodz42 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    ok I got you now. Yeah, you can't stop people contacting you on the side. I get it too....it's quite annoying but that's ebay today
     
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  7. tmtomh

    tmtomh Forum Resident

    You can't stop people messaging you through eBay. Just ignore/don't respond to their messages. If you're really annoyed by it, or the same person is contacting you multiple times, you can block them from bidding on or buying your item, although I don't know if that also blocks them from contacting you.

    And no, it doesn't bother me if someone contacts me to make an offer on an item I have for sale.
     
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  8. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

    Location:
    The End Zone
    I think what bothers me most is that flag that goes on your item in your selling list. I feel like I don't know if there is a person trying to ask a serious question that I am not getting to. Sometimes I answer the person that made the offer and that flag still remains. I think eBay should have an option in your listing that says offers are not accepted. Just a little check box for all to see.
     
  9. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

    Location:
    The End Zone
    Almost all the time after I refuse an offer my item sells for what I am asking. I try to list my items at the bottom of the asking prices to make it more appealing. Even then I get offers for half price that waste my time. I don't feel like I should have to respond to these people with a "No Thanks!"
     
  10. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan music junkie

    Location:
    NJ, USA
    All you should do is keep a boilerplate text response like this, and send it to everyone who contacts you with unsolicited offers:
    "Thank you for your offer. My policy is to abide by ebay rules, and not end auctions prematurely, as this would be unfair to current or potential bidders."
     
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  11. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    I LOVE the words Make An Offer, it's how I got that SACD just last night !!!!!!
    <<<<<<<<<

    My collection might not be as large as it is, without it. He wanted just over $50, I offered him $40, he responded nearly immediately !!!! He's a third party seller, who's job it is, is to move things.

    But do I make an offer when not invited to ? No, because I've been a seller also, and it's annoying, and insulting.
     
  12. Baroque

    Baroque Forum Resident

    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    I mentioned this in another thread, but if you list an item for more than 7 days, they'll force you to start accepting offers (after a set # of days) even if you have it turned off. At least this was still happening last year, perhaps they've changed it back because it was upsetting so many people. They'd usually do it in the middle of the night so you wouldn't know your item was switched to "taking offers" until morning. You could then switch it back but it was a real pain. This is why I stopped doing offers over 7 days.
     
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  13. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    This on top of taking 10% of your total sale ? Damn.
     
  14. HenryBlum

    HenryBlum Well-Known Member

    Location:
    lakeland, fl
    On the flip side of this, I hate it when sellers DO use the "Make Offer" option and you send them an offer that is $1 less than what they list and they still decline your offer.

    I usually buy records less than $10 on Ebay so like a records that is $7.99 with "Make Offer" I send them $6.99 and they decline it.

    Crazy. Can you blame me for trying to save $1 if I can? If you won't even take $1 less then what is the point of the "Make Offer"?
     
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  15. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York City
    I believe you can set it to automatically reject offers less than a certain amount. I have bought many things by using the make offer. It's good for both buyer and seller. If the buyer has good feedback than I am glad to give a lower price.. It's also good for an item that has no sales history or is in questionable condition..
     
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  16. rob macd

    rob macd Forum Resident

    Location:
    boston ma
    What baffles me is when I list an Item with a best offer option and buyers continually pay the asking price:crazy:
     
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  17. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York City
    Happens quite often, particulary if it's priced to sell. Why wait 1-2 days for them to respond to your offer and risk losing it to someone else?
     
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  18. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

    Location:
    The End Zone
    I have never had that happen to me but I have bought a few items that were buy it now or make offer and I just bought it now. They weren't that expensive and they were already fairly priced. I know my wife makes offers on more expensive items and has worked out deals.
     
  19. ellingtonic

    ellingtonic Forum Resident

    I hate this feature. It seems like they keep turning it back on for my listings. For an auction I am not interested in receiving offers lower than the starting price for the auction.
     
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  20. jazon

    jazon Forum Resident

    Location:
    ottawa
    You can set it up so people can't contact you with questions, thus stopping that type of offer but also stopping any other kinds of questions.
     
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  21. Baroque

    Baroque Forum Resident

    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    Are your listings more than 7 days? I had to mess around with trial and error before I discovered they don't apply this "feature" on listings 7 days and under.
     
  22. ellingtonic

    ellingtonic Forum Resident

    No, mine are always 7 days. A couple of times I've realized this setting was on after someone made an offer. Could it be because I schedule my listings? I'm not a huge seller, but it still annoys me.
     
  23. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4th&Goal Thread Starter

    Location:
    The End Zone
    I don't know if it's good for sellers in the long run. I think that record prices over the last few years have dropped off on eBay even though we have this vinyl revival. Could it be from this "Make Offer" feature? I think this feature is probably great for buyers.
     
  24. Planbee

    Planbee Just Plain Rare

    Location:
    Chicago
    Yeah, I've done that on a few DVDs (mostly the physical media I buy these days). I know the costs involved in selling (PayPal, bubble mailers, the "no amount of money is EVER enough for us" USPS), and I'd rather not squeeze the seller and have my disc arrive with the shipping label attached to the DVD case... :laugh:

    Anyway, specifically regarding the thread topic, I only make offers on BINs. With auctions, I assume the "make offer" button was put there by eBay and the seller doesn't really want them. Maybe I'll run into an item someday that I really want and I'll give it a shot.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2019
  25. joefont

    joefont Forum Resident

    I never use the offer option. One time some guy 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 ok with it if I refund him $5 with a vague threat that he might give me a negative 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 blocked!
     
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