How to answer low ball offer :)

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  1. Alvinfan

    Alvinfan Senior Member

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    I have my 1957 Strat for sale at Ebay UK at the moment.
    Fender Stratocaster 1957 ORIGINAL VINTAGE ! | eBay
    It has a couple of issues, so I have started it at a very reasonable low 5500 pounds.
    That did not prevent a very optimistic airhead offering me 3000 pounds.
    Here is my answer to him :

    Hi Andrew !

    Thanks for your offer, I appriciate it but I am not interested.
    But since you have 3000 to spend on a guitar, I will give you a tip for free :
    Here is a link to a Custom shop Start selling at 3299, you only have to save up
    299 quid more, then it is yours :)
    (This one is team built - if you want the masterbuilt ones, you of course have to pay quite a bit more :)
    Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Strat ~ Due Soon

    Rock on and greetings from Denmark !
    Jesper


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  2. WhiteEpiLP

    WhiteEpiLP Senior Member

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    Thats way nicer then I would have been. Lol
     
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  3. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    I can see both sides. How would he know if you'd accept that price unless he asked? On your side, how can someone not see what a good price it is already (I really wouldn't know, is it?).
     
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  4. Guitardad47

    Guitardad47 Senior Member

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    How about the word No! That seems to work for me when the answer is, well, No!
     
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  5. CHUNKYNECK

    CHUNKYNECK Senior Member

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    Great reply.
    The guy just gave it a shot. Can't blame him if he's only got 3k and want's the guitar.
    Not worth getting agro about.

    If it happens again i'd tell him to feck off.:D
     
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  6. Alvinfan

    Alvinfan Senior Member

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    I am not agro. I am just amazed at the amount of bullshit and lack of style some people have.
    What are the odds of anybody accepting that offer ? Its like believing in Santa Claus.
    Then again, I had a friend in college who asked each and every girl when we went to a disco if they wanted to sleep with him.
    He had to get through a lot of drinks in the face and other humiliation, but once in a rare while he got lucky. :dude:
    So maybe this guy just has to waste the time of 99 other Ebayers before he gets a bargain. Personally I would rather go without.
     
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  7. chupe442

    chupe442 Confused as ever..... Premium Member

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    You were very nice. He took a shot and you took the higher road.
     
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  8. Apocalyptic

    Apocalyptic Senior Member

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    Ebay is full of chancers and dreamers. Best thing to do is ignore altogether. Whatever i sell on ebay you can pretty much guarantee some stupid low ball offer coming in. The surprising thing, is that it tends to be the stuff im already practically giving away that gets the most amount of stupid offers. That i find REALLY annoying!
     
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  9. Frankg11

    Frankg11 Senior Member

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    You took the higher road and not only that gave him an alternative option within the his price range. If you were running a company this is a great model for creating and building a loyal customer base.

    Well done!!
     
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  10. Byron999

    Byron999 Senior Member

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    I would not even respond to offers when I've not asked for them. You've indicated the staring bid. That's enough and the auction rules are set.


    However, I've not sold on Ebay. Does ebay make one respond?
     
  11. So What

    So What Senior Member

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    Lots of people, myself included, are just trying to open the negotiation.

    It is a sales transaction, after all. No one likes to over spend, or leave money on the table.

    A serious buyer would start low, because you can always go up.

    I also have been taught to say "no", one more time than you mean it. That way, you can always go back to the last price, but the other party feels the pressure of the deal falling through.

    If they don't come back with a better offer, you know you've reached the best possible deal.

    If they give in and come back, you get a better deal.

    It has worked for me both ways, as seller and buyer.

    Bottom line, if someone is offering you money, take the time to try to get it.

    Have you sold the Strat yet?

    .
     
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  12. tenchijin2

    tenchijin2 Senior Member

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    I would either ignore it or reply "No thank you."

    There's no reason in the world to be snarky or insulting. This is business, and he's trying to see if he can score an amazing deal. It isn't a personal affront to your honor.
     
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  13. Alvinfan

    Alvinfan Senior Member

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    No and if it doesn´t sell at at least the starting price I take it of the market.
    It is way too cool to give away for less. OK it has some issues, but they only made so many 1957 Strats.
     
  14. Alvinfan

    Alvinfan Senior Member

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    I get your point and on most occations I manage to do just that.
    This time however I thought a crazy offer demanded a little irony.
     
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  15. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    If I get a lowball offer, I always send back a serious counteroffer, even if it's nowhere near what they were dreaming. I don't see any good in just ignoring or telling off someone who's offering me money for something I'm selling. I would just put it back on them to say "no" or perhaps get offended at the counter.

    My two cents (probably worth even less). :)

    Alvin, I do tend to like your response, though. ...and I love that Strat!
     
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  16. Alvinfan

    Alvinfan Senior Member

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    Thanks Boss ! Why don´t you make me an offer :D
     
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  17. bossaddict

    bossaddict Premium Member

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    Low ball incoming.
     
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  18. hrfdez

    hrfdez Senior Member

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    Personally, I don't even answer those.
     
  19. CHUNKYNECK

    CHUNKYNECK Senior Member

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    I've had it happen to me when trying to sell an amp on ebay.
    I find it offensive when the offer is ridiculously low but I just reply with a polite no thanks message too.
    The same guy ended up trying to justify his low offer over 3 more messages. That pissed me off and I stopped replying.
    That offer you got was way too low considering the starting price.
     
  20. TheX

    TheX Voice of Reason

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    He has the right to make any offer he likes. You have the right to acknowledge, or ignore it. Why the drama?
     
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