At the end of the day any item for sale has a floating monetary value which is essentially "set" when a deal is done and sale made. That dollar amount is the amount the buyer was willing to pay for the item. People tell me this item worth x or y. No it's not. It's worth exactly the amount a buyer is willing to pay for said item and the seller is okay with selling it for at that moment in time. Now that being said, I do hate it when low ballers don't take no for an answer. For example, I sold a nice men's watch yesterday which I'd had for sale for over a year. It was new, in the box, with all the plastic and packaging intact, price tags etc. I had a hard floor of $150 which I was unwilling to take any less than but had my watch listed at $180. The rude users who I hate would message me every week or so to pester me about selling it to them for $80 or $100 which was never going to happen ever. I had to block or ignore several of these idiots who were under the mistaken impression I would eventually cave and accept their ridiculous offer. Now most polite OfferUp peeps who were interested would ask if my price was negotiable. I would reply that I was, within reason and that my "hard floor" was not far below my listed price. I did this for 2 reason. First bc buyers want to feel they are getting a good deal and value for their money and Second because even if I listed that watch at $150 FIRM it has been my experience that people completely disregard the FIRM part in search of a "deal". By setting my price $30 above my FIRM price and letting buyers get that warm and fuzzy "I got a great deal on that bc I negotiated well" feeling, we both win. I get the price I was looking for ($150) and they feel like they have baller negotiating skills and got a killer deal. Everybody comes out on top which is exactly how it worked out yesterday when I finally sold that watch for the price I wanted. I could be accused by some of being a low baller at times but the flip side of that is the sellers who have totally inflated and ridiculously ideas about they think their used item is worth vs what it is actually approximately worth and more importantly what I am willing to pay for it. That being said if someone makes a post FIRM PRICE I respect that and if it's too high I just move one. There will ALWAYS be more crap...er..."barely used xyz" available for me to buy.
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I usually ask if they are ready to meet within the next few days as I will be going out of town on X day usually 2-3 days in the future. It is a little white lie but it serves two purposes. 1) it separates the buyers from the browsers and 2) motivates the actual buyers to agree on a time and place in the near future so the item and the purchase remains top of mind and is not as easily forgotten. I've sold 4 items just this past weekend employing this technique.
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