I can’t believe I’m just finding this community! Awesome!! I’m a pretty reasonable person, but I have to admit, blatant lowball offers do bother me, but not as much now as they use to. When we used to post items as “Firm”, or “make offer” and people would make low-ball offers on the one’s listed as “firm”, I didn’t like that. However, I also remembered what it was like when I was new and didn’t realize the difference. So, I started giving people the benefit of the doubt and saying “I’m not sure if you’re new to the site, but I wanted to let you know, so you didn’t get any nasty comments”...and I went on to explain the difference. I discovered that EVERY TIME, the person had never noticed that there was a label that said “Firm” and one that said, “make offer”, and the result was always that the person greatly appreciated me explaining it to them. Now that they’ve removed the “make offer” I’ve chosen to just not take it personally. But sometimes its difficult. If people want “garage sale” items at garage sale prices, then go fight with people over the ice cube trays! There are times when I know that someone’s item is worth what theyre asking, but I just honestly don’t want to pay that much for it, so I simply say just that! Everyone knows what it’s like to really want something, but not have the extra money at that moment available to spend on it. That leaves the ball in the sellers court, and they respect the way they’ve been approached, so all’s good. Sometimes a month later I’ll get a message saying that they’ll accept the offer, because it’s not selling. I think its ALL in the way we approach each other. I’ve met sooo many wonderful people , from all walks of life through OU! Some have become my very closest friends!
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