This is the absolute most infuriating thing on this app. Out of about 50 messages on my items, either I get messages asking "is it still available?" Or "I would like to buy your.....for $$$" I respond immediately. I rarely let a message sit unread for very long. I'll get ONE sale out of 50 or more messages on a single item. I always respond with, "yes it's available. When are you available to meet?" And I never EVER hear back. Except for MAYBE 1 or 2 times. I give them 3 days to respond, which is more than fair. If after yet another day with no response, I'll report them as "problems with messaging" this is so incredibly annoying and I don't understand why people will message, asking if it's available or say they want to buy it if they can't simply respond to my message. I take very good, detailed pictures and write an even better description with price and meet-up location. I even get people who will ask something about it, which is described/explained in the info. It's as if people take one look at the picture and message without so much as even reading the description.
It's not even just in this app, I've tried letgo as well to see maybe if it's due to bots or some other reason every person is a complete flake, but nope. Exact same thing. An initial message, a response from me and nothing is ever said again, except when I follow up with asking if they are still interested.
Does anyone else have it this bad? It makes selling items very discouraging, almost to the point where I am tempted to go back to CraigsList, which I haven't yet, thankfully because you don't get a personalized profile like OfferUp!!! You still never know who you're going to meet (if it ever gets to that point it seems) but at least OfferUp seems a bit more legit, than CraigsList with having personalized profiles.
I just don't know what to do anymore about people who can't respond other than report and block a ton of profiles.
I appreciate you taking the time in reading my post, it's my first so, any and all responses are very much welcome(:
If we had a way to rate users who message sellers I think this issue would go away.. I have had the exact same experience you described.
Flake: "Will you take $XXX.XX (70% lower than asking price)"
Me: "Sigh.. fine. I'll agree if you buy it today"
Flake: "Cool. I'll can come by at 2pm"
Me: "Great. Message me when you are on your way"
Me: "It's 4pm now.. haven't heard from you. Did you still want to buy this?"
RATING: 0 Stars. Tag: FLAKE, NO SHOW
Just a thought.