I can’t agree more I can understand paying for some always first in search item but paying to bump an item up even once a week is crazy to me I know some people would take advantage of a bump feature if limitations weren’t in place such as once a day which I think is beyond fair but having to pay to bump your item especially for the price asked to do so is not fair, maybe if you pay for a $5 a month account with the option to bump your listing daily or even a option for 3 free bumps and then have to pay but to pay that much to bump something g you don’t even know will sell or that isn’t priced but a few dollars more than the cost to bump it is ridiculous, but that’s just my 2 cents and why I tend to use FB online yard sale pages/Marketplace more still to sell still because #1 it’s Free, #2 you get far more exposure for your local area when choosing the right pages and I tend to sell my items far more on FB pages & Marketplace then here, #3 I can bump my item for free! Now while those are some of the PROS the CONS for me with FB pages/Marketplace is it’s more time consuming and not as easy to list the items or keep track of items listed on multiple pages so kinda a catch 22, and finding the right page for the right item to be listed to can also be a chore in and of itself
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As Seller I have learned that posting FCFS in a listing or when listing a item that if you don’t want to loose potential buyers because of one that for whatever reason can’t purchase your item right away and you hold it in good faith for them only to disappear on you resulting in the other potential buyers moving on or buying another item instead I always list items First Come First Serve (FCFS) this way if a buyer is serious they will make arrangements to get the item ASAP. Now with that said if I have agreed to sell to someone and they have stated they are in route or we have agreed on a set time I do not sell the item out from under them and make sure to allow a reasonable amount of time from them to show up, if we agreed on 3:00 but it’s 3:10 I may message them to make sure they are still on their way and take into consideration things happen and may give some wiggle room and hold till 4:00 but don’t be fooled some will say they are coming and make excuse after excuse taking advantage of you patience and kindness so always set a limit I can’t count how many times I’ve been burned due to sob stories and giving people in rough situations the benefit of the doubt, and have learned they won’t care as much as you more times than not if you loose a sale and your time. So even when given sad stories now I explain that I’ve been burned in the past holding items and it’s nothing personal but I have to stick to FCFS or offer them to pay ahead for an item or pay a % of the value upfront as a down payment/good faith payment for me to hold it, which someone serious about buying it will do this way you give someone who might not be able to get there right away due to work schedules or for whatever reason the same opportunity to purchase it without running the risk of them never showing up and you stuck holding the said item. That doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally bend a little on my own rule, and still get burned or the sale happens for doing so, but thought I’d offer the bit of advice that’s helped me weed out the bad apples that ruin it for others, and get my items sold. Hope this helps others also a tip to Buyers since for me I have many times offered to pay sellers upfront by PayPal if I know I can’t make it right away for items I’m serious about but know will go fast, but be careful doing so since your paying them upfront in good faith with no guarantee they are as honest as you are and won’t disappear with your money. For that reason I never make high dollar purchases up front and if it’s an expensive item only offer to make a down payment so if they do end up being dishonest I haven’t lost out on a large amount.
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