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Old 09-15-2018, 10:55 PM
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Making some "life changes" and selling off a bunch of shit. The ads are pretty straight-forward, English, reasonable well written. The items are high quality and priced accordingly.

Words and phrases like, "I don't text", "price FIRM", "If you see the ad, its still available (in ads less than a day old)" sprinkled liberally throughout.

And yet, I get flooded with, "You still have it?", "Will you take $xx?" and the good old, "What's your phone number?"

So, some Asshole emails me this gem, and I snapped: "Will you take $X?" (X being exactly half the FIRM selling price).

I reply, "Sure. Twice."

They respond, "? Twice"

I respond, "Your reading comprehension is only surpassed by your mathematical acumen."


Fuck. This is gonna be a long road to hoe...
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:58 PM
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Maybe they are calling to hear your clever repartee and jokes. Give a joke away with each purchase, and you'll be rolling in the dough.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:14 PM
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And yet, I get flooded with, "You still have it?", "Will you take $xx?" and the good old, "What's your phone number?"
I can't account for "What's your phone number?" (seriously, are you sure those people aren't just yanking your chain?), but maybe the "You still have it?" people are just shy? I know that I sometimes ask "obvious" establishing questions- like saying "Um, excuse me, do you work here?" to people wearing a uniform- because I feel very awkward talking to strangers, and making sure of things that should already be self-evident is a kind of verbal security blanket for me. Like, sure, the answer is almost certainly yes, but I need to make completely sure before I can go ahead.
Alternatively, it's possible that you could have sold the thing a few minutes ago, before you had a chance to go out and change the signs. A pretty small chance, sure, but a nonzero one.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:29 PM
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Maybe they are calling to hear your clever repartee and jokes.
I'll be expecting a call from you any time!
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I can't account for "What's your phone number?" (seriously, are you sure those people aren't just yanking your chain?),
I once had someone ask me to sms them details of what I was selling... When I said it was all in the ad, they told me they'd forgotten which ad was mine.... (yes, seriously). They seriously expected me to waste my time typing it all out again on my phone.
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but maybe the "You still have it?"
I don't understand why people don't go "If you haven't just sold this, I'm interested. When could I come to look?" or something. The "is this still available?" "yes" is usually the last you'll ever hear from these people. I've decided I'm not going to answer these questions any more.
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I'll be expecting a call from you any time!
Well, I do like clever repartee.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:34 AM
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Ah, the joys of Craigslist (or any direct-to-buyer platform).

It's always been horrifying to me that these people, who I'm honestly surprised are able to operate telephones, computers, and - in some cases - doorknobs, do such things as hold jobs in areas impacting other people's well being, drive 5,000 pound death-missiles inches away from people every day, and vote.

But, there you have it. If you ever want to lose your faith in humanity, try to sell them something.
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A firm price when you placed the ad doesn't mean that if it sits for too long you might not bend. I've attempted that on eBay with an item that had been continually re-listed at the same price (higher than I was willing to pay) for a year and a half. He (like you) said no, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. The general rule of sales is that inventory sitting around unsold is a bad thing.
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A firm price when you placed the ad doesn't mean that if it sits for too long you might not bend. I've attempted that on eBay with an item that had been continually re-listed at the same price (higher than I was willing to pay) for a year and a half. He (like you) said no, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. The general rule of sales is that inventory sitting around unsold is a bad thing.
Yeah, I do the "Make Offer" thing all the time, and people are surprisingly flexible.

Others not at all.

But it never hurts to ask.
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A firm price when you placed the ad doesn't mean that if it sits for too long you might not bend.
but not by HALF. I get annoyed by people who "try it on". I'd be likely to say "no, but I"ll take double". I can't stand people who ask me what my "best price" is. I'm not a retail outlet, I've put it up at the price I think is fair, I'm not having hypothetical discussions with somebody who isn't right there, going to buy it if we agree a price. Even though I'm willing to negotiate, I just restate the listing price when somebody asks me to negotiate against myself.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:25 PM
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My answer to the, "half" bid is always, "Great, now just find someone else to kick in the other half and you two will own it."

(hates craigslist with a passion but it's the best of the market available to me)
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Reason #13, why I keep my junk. I have hoarder tendancies.
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I've never had to buy a car Fast'n'Cheap before (but I'd never totaled an old car before).
But suddenly, in the past 24 hrs I've gone from seeing ZERO Craigslist and eBay ads to seeing them ALL.

The customers may be M0RANs™, but so are many sellers. One ad that was labeled "2007 Ford Scape SUV" was full of creative spellings. Another ad was titled "Roof Rack New Exhaust Power Windows" (like THOSE are what people care about most), but never told anyone the make, model or year.

My favorite ad casually mentioned, in a dense paragraph of a car's strengths, "Great gas mileage, 5-speed manual stick, V6 engine had great torque til it fell out, aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette/CD/Aux/subwoofer...thumpin' sound! ..."
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My favorite ad casually mentioned, in a dense paragraph of a car's strengths, ..."
Oh yes, the "excellent condition, not a mark on it, doesn't work" ads.....
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If you think selling is bad, try stuff like freecycle. The level of oblivious entitlement I came across through that was truly spectacular.

My favourite was the email reading: Hey, I think my brother would like this, his number's xxxxxxxxx give him a ring

Plus the girl that asked for the item, picked a collection time, didn't show up, didn't phone, ignored the message I'd sent that night saying 'It needs to go, if you don't collect today I'll give it to the next person on the list' then two weeks later messaged saying she were coming to pick it up tomorrow, and was furious when she got a reply saying it was gone. Because I'd said she could have it...

I did get some lovely people who did stuff like bring over homegrown fruit as thanks for the items as well, to be fair.
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If you think selling is bad, try stuff like freecycle.
Don't you just love the picking and choosing which bits you'll take, defeating the whole purpose of trying to get rid of it for free?
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One of my kids is a dab hand at selling on FB BSS sites. She's given up 'holding' shit for people who never turn up with cash. It's first in, first served, first at the door with cash gets the goodies.

For freebies, they're chucked out on the nature-strip.
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The nice thing about Craigslist, from my point of view, is that you can just delete any response that ignores your stated terms.
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Back when I had a well paying job in Tokyo and getting married, I decided to clean house since I’d be changing lifestyles and our new place wasn’t that big. I really didn’t need the money and decided to give away a bunch of things instead of going through the hassle of selling it. A lot of struggling students and English teachers could use a break.

After a few exchanges I pulled the damn ad. No, I’m not going to ship things to you. No, I’m not going to take a 90 min train on my dime so you can thing about buying it. No, I’m not going to hold it until you (may) come back from a trip though South East Asia.

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My wife and I sell stuff regularly but it can be an exercise in frustration.

The lowballers and no shows are bad but the requests for delivery are ridiculous.
We practically give stuff away, compared to what they would cost new. If you want it, come get it!

We used to be nice. Once I drove an antique mirror 40 minutes out to the suburbs only to have the buyer decide that it didn't really match their decor. He's lucky I didn't smash it over his head!

No more deliveries for me.

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I don't put up with the requests to hold things or the ridiculous lowball offers. But I tolerate the "is it still available" questions. As someone who buys off Craigslist too, I know that for every person who takes down the ad once it's sold, there are another five who don't bother. And it's no extra work for me - the person is really just asking if they can come take a look at the item, so just respond to them as if that was the explicit question.
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I just wanted to let the OP know that I immediately caught the reference.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:27 AM
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Me: post item worth $50-$60 for $25
Guy: would you take $20
Me: OK
Guy: I live in ______
Me: You can pick it up here ______
Guy: OK but then I would only give you $10
Me: forget it then.
Guy: You don't want to sell it?
Me: No, I'd rather keep it, if I can't get $20 for it.
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A firm price when you placed the ad doesn't mean that if it sits for too long you might not bend.
Only direction the price is moving is UP!

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I just wanted to let the OP know that I immediately caught the reference.
You Mad, Bro?
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:37 PM
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"what's the lowest you'll take?"

"I dunno, what's the most you'll pay?"

(asking me to negotiate against myself isn't a good start.)

"I'll give you (half the asking price.)"

"No thanks."

"But I've got cash in hand right now!"

"So what? Did you think I take credit cards or something?"
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This is gonna be a long road to hoe...
Correct me if I am wrong, but shouldn't that be a 'long row to hoe'?
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I recently listed a vehicle on CL. Here was the first response:
"I wanna buy your car"
To which I replied:
"So do it. Cash only, in person."

I don't play CL games.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:57 PM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but shouldn't that be a 'long row to hoe'?
I blame Hillary!

Got someone coming for a car tomorrow. Weee!
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Correct me if I am wrong, but shouldn't that be a 'long row to hoe'?

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Made the sale. Full price, cash in hand.

Already regret it...
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