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I Know What I Have, Do Not Waste My Time, No Low Ballers

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Other than the human masochistic part of bickering/dickering, set a reasonable price in your mind of the MAXIMUM that you're willing to pay, and don't waver. Same with a seller....set a price in your mind of the MINIMUM that you're willing to take for your item(s). And if you take the minimum as a seller, don't punish the buyer by poor packing or saying you were 'cheated'.

Kevin
 
As either buyer or seller, never say the word, "no!" As a buyer, make your offer. If the seller declines, smile and walk away. As seller, if the offer is insufficient, smile and say, "I can't sell it for that" and walk away. One monkey don't stop no show! There is no such thing as rare.

Now, as buyer, if you have to have it, pay for it and leave. As seller, if you need the money, sell it.

Remember, if as a buyer you walk and come back later and it's gone, that's on you. If as a seller, you have to pack up your stuff and haul it home, that's on you.

That's reality.

But God, in his infinite wisdom, invented negotiation. So, negotiate. A deal is not a deal unless it's good for everybody. Some deals will work and some won't.

As a buyer, I like to say, "Please allow me to respectfully submit an offer of $xx.xxx for your lovely ___________."

As a seller, I like to reply, "Thank you for your kind and generous offer, but we're still fairly far apart."

Then let nature take it's course.
 
Negotiate is the name of the game ! I had a buyer drive 3 hours for a $4000 item,I told him on the phone the price was firm.He finally arrived and offered me $3700,I refused,He tried to started an argument ,I listened then walked back into my house and left him yelling on the driveway for awhile. He finally left.I believe in the fine art of negotiating.
 
Negotiate is the name of the game ! I had a buyer drive 3 hours for a $4000 item,I told him on the phone the price was firm.He finally arrived and offered me $3700,I refused,He tried to started an argument ,I listened then walked back into my house and left him yelling on the driveway for awhile. He finally left.I believe in the fine art of negotiating.
And ya know the worst part of it is these "HAGGLERS"as we like to call them all have more money than they know what to do with it and they still will beat you down on the price any way. I just tell them to "HIT THE BRICKS"..
 
And ya know the worst part of it is these "HAGGLERS"as we like to call them all have more money than they know what to do with it and they still will beat you down on the price any way. I just tell them to "HIT THE BRICKS"..
Good point.....I'm not very tolerant of a buyer who has WAY more money in his pocket than the item is selling for. Or he gives me a lecture about 'hard times', but at the end of the negotiation, he pulls out a wad that would choke an elephant. In people like that, it's 'the game' of beating you down and they think all should be forgiven after a price is agreed on. That's why I say stick to the price you're willing to sell for if it's fair & reasonable. Let them walk away, but be cheery and courteous if you can.

Sometimes, however, haggling can be fun. Like when the seller is knowingly way too high and you have a price set in your mind you're willing to pay. He figures that out, just as you figure him out.

I ran a 'pickers sale' once in a barnyard full of stuff collected for 50 yrs. I can think of only a few times I had more fun interacting with people. I kept it honest, cheery, and straightforward. I knew something about almost every item in there. If there was provenance, I was happy to reveal it. The sale went on for two days. People joked and I joked back. My ex who is the original 'horse trader' played well off my persona....like 'good cop/bad cop'. If they got upset with her, they came to me. I was then the 'negotiator'....lol. We raised almost $50,000 for the estate. No auction fee or any of that BS. My fee was to take home some really old Coleman camping lanterns and stoves. In the sale were some old Schwinn bike parts too....lights and 'tanks' etc. A bike collector showed up and she paid well for those pieces. I have no idea where they came from, but they'd been in there nearly 50 yrs. We had a Schwinn Varsity 10spd we couldn't give away.

We had a handful of guys come back later on and help because they had so much fun the first time around buying. Can't beat that!

Kevin
 
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If the buyer is a really cute,hot woman do you seem to give in where you would not if the buyer were a man ? I have to admit,I would give in.
 
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