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deird1 ([personal profile] deird1) wrote2016-08-11 08:46 am

tips to buyers, from a seller

Just sold my computer (not the nice one), using a classifieds site. In the light of my newfound experience and wisdom, here are my top bits of advice for people wanting to buy things.

1) Opening the conversation with "So, how low are you willing to go?" will get a less positive response than "You are selling for price X. I'd like to offer you price Y."

2) Acting as though you're willing to pay price X, spending over 20 minutes asking for details, photos, etc, and then smugly saying "I'll go price Y" - thereby assuming that I'm so invested, as per the sunk cost fallacy, that I'll instantly drop my price - will really get my back up.

3) No matter how reasonable you've been up to that point, suddenly starting to call me "darling" will get my creep meter on full alert, and make me determined to find someone else to sell to.

4) Offering to trade me a computer for a dirtbike is ridiculously entertaining. Even though I turned you down... keep doing that. It made my day.

5) If you are polite, straightforward, and do not fall prone to points 1–3, I'll happily drop the price a couple of hundred dollars, just because you seem nice. Well done.
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[personal profile] lyr 2016-08-11 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
You know, it's funny: I was just telling someone a few days ago that she is living life on hard mode by being so abrasive that the hundred little ways that people could support and help if they felt moved to do so never materialize for her. Maybe obnoxious people really don't understand how much easier and more pleasant their own lives would be if they stopped annoying everyone around them.
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[personal profile] immer_am_lesen 2016-08-11 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
1-3) Yeesh. Hopefully you didn't have too many bad callers before you got the right one. (Crap as it can be, that's why I prefer ebay- no personal interaction, poor offers, creepy comments, or giving out my phone number.) :-/

4- you also had a dirtbike to sell?
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[personal profile] kazzy_cee 2016-08-11 07:42 am (UTC)(link)
"Darling" - really!?? Good grief!

We've been selling a lot on eBay as we're moving soon. It's amazing how many people want to offer less isn't it? Especially when you've put something up with a minimum amount you'll accept. Would you take less for it.... ummm NO!