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Old 09-09-2018, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by turquoiseblue View Post
What drives me crazy is when someone low balls you and you accept the offer, only to never hear from the again. When I sell on CL I list it as a fair price every time. I also put in my add that I will absolutely not respond to texts asking if I will take less. You want to negotiate, show up and we will talk.
I've accepted a few low offers via SMS and had no shows too. Sometimes you just want stuff gone.

I've also made low offers sight unseen. Not going to waste your time and mine coming to look at something if its outside what i'm willing to pay. I just say 'I have $xx to spend, is it worth me coming to have a look?' Nobody needs to get upset.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:43 PM
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I don't negotiate. Either buying or selling I do my homework and find out what a fair price is. When I set my price that is it. If you don't want to pay that much for what I am selling don't waste my time. If I am looking to buy something, if your price is a dollar over my limit I wont bother contacting you. I will just wait until either I find it somewhere else or wait until your asking price comes down.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:44 PM
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my favorite is when they get seriously angry when there low ball offer isn't accepted and I counter with a realistic figure... or they try and knock 20.00 off at the end for fuel because they had to drive here.... If you start the conversation with what's your best price ,I realize you're buying impaired and just get off the phone and forget about all the nonsense .
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:41 AM
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I generally either drive things into the dirt or trade them in , I hate selling stuff even though I've been told I am a salesman and offered jobs doing so . Way back in '84 I bought a new 17' boat for $10,000.00 . I was young and had a grand time with it for the season , but in '85 I decided I'd rather have another motorcycle so I put it up for sale . The thing was mint . I was asking $8,000.00 and had it on my front lawn in a high traffic area . I got a bunch of "I'll give you $5,000.00 for it" bozo's and would just chuckle and tell them to keep dreaming . One day a very fresh off the boat eastern European type knocked on my door and says "I geev you $2,000.00 for boat" . My exact words were "Are you fucking serious ?" . Guy tells me "Eez all boat is worth , I geev you $2,000.00" . Gave him 30 seconds to (in my words) "Get the ^%$# out of my sight" . He left....

Couple days later a nice couple showed up . She loved the boat but he pulled her aside and I heard "But honey we can only spend $7,000.00 and that boat is worth all of what he wants for it" . They had cash , I liked them , and they had the boat in their driveway the next day .
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:14 AM
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If I have ever said, "Make me an offer.", I put my lowest acceptable number out there beforehand.
If they low-balled below that number, I didn't get pissed, but I knew right away this wasn't a serious buyer.
If someone gets butt-hurt over being low-balled, then they didn't properly set the parameters of the negotiation in the first place.
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:36 AM
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When I get an obnoxious lowball offer, my response is "no thank you." I have said that before, and the prospect gets miffed. "What, no counter?" I just don't response to that. I am not going to waste too much of my time on an idiot.

When I get a low offer and am pretty sure I can get more, my response is this "I am not going to say no, but I am going to say not now." I'll hold onto your contact info and give you a shout if I doesn't sell."

When they ask what's the least I'll take for it, my response is "I have priced it very fairly (and I always do price things fairly) and think it will sell for my asking price. If you want me to hang onto your contact info and give you a call if I lower the price I will."

As a buyer, I never offer an obnoxious low ball offer. I will offer a fair price. If I have an absolute limit set in my budget, I will tell the seller and they can either accept or decline.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:11 AM
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
The contradiction in this post is funny. They're either going to sell it or not, no need to get your panties all up in a bunch.
My panties aren't in a bunch, I'm more amused. I typically don't go down that road if a seller doesn't have a listed price. "Make an offer" usually means "I will scoff at what ever dollar amount you put out." Given the opportunity, I'm going to low-ball any chance I get... You just never know how bad someone wants to get rid of something. But I play the game every now and then just to see where someone is on something.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:33 AM
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In real estate, offers are written up and formally presented, which eliminates most of the unrealistically low-balls. But it does happen, ask me how I know As a result of this AND the fact the agents involved desperately want the sale, virtually all offers are countered.

Thus, I sometimes find it a good strategy to reject an offer outright, even if it's in the negotiating range. Now the agent - who has promised their buyers a counter - has to go back and tell them the deal is dead.

I usually get another better offer within 24 hrs.........sometimes not.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:37 AM
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I'm a low baller big time and have gotten some good deals over the years. 25 years ago I offered siblings 55k on a piece of property on the river that was listed for 129k. It was property with an old house left to them by their father when he died. The sister got pissed cursed me out and left me standing there. About 5 months later I got a phone call and they accepted my offer. I still own the house and it sits on the Edisto river. .................................................. ...............................
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by rickboat View Post
I sell on Craigslist. I list the price, never say OBO. I have an item right now for $100, got an email offering 60. I responded as usual, that item is priced fairly at $100.

My Robalo was 100% paid for with CL sales and metal recycling of my FIL's crap.
Love running into the guys that thing OBO means "Or better offer".

If your asking 100 how in the world would it ever occur to you that someone would show up willing to offer more?!
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
I don't negotiate. Either buying or selling I do my homework and find out what a fair price is. When I set my price that is it. If you don't want to pay that much for what I am selling don't waste my time. If I am looking to buy something, if your price is a dollar over my limit I wont bother contacting you. I will just wait until either I find it somewhere else or wait until your asking price comes down.
I just sold a Clark surfboard blank last week. Clark went out of business so its kind of a collectable. So guy comes in shop. Im asking a $100 he says he ll give me $50, that thats all its worth, he says. I tell him its rare and to go try to find one. He says he has one. So I tell him Ill buy his for $50. He says No and pays me the $100.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
I'm a low baller big time and have gotten some good deals over the years. 25 years ago I offered siblings 55k on a piece of property on the river that was listed for 129k. It was property with an old house left to them by their father when he died. The sister got pissed cursed me out and left me standing there. About 5 months later I got a phone call and they accepted my offer. I still own the house and it sits on the Edisto river. .................................................. ...............................
I employ young college and high school aged kids. Four years ago I was looking at 14 acres of woods in Florida outside of fort pierce. I heard it was just inherited by two young brothers when their grandmother died. So I asked my employees. Would you rather have a $1,000 right now or $5,000 two years from now. Every one wanted the grand now and wouldnt wait for the 5k. So I offered the two guys 80k cash for a lot listed at 150k and they jumped on it. Its worth 400k now 4 years later.
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I employ young college and high school aged kids. Four years ago I was looking at 14 acres of woods in Florida outside of fort pierce. I heard it was just inherited by two young brothers when their grandmother died. So I asked my employees. Would you rather have a $1,000 right now or $5,000 two years from now. Every one wanted the grand now and wouldnt wait for the 5k. So I offered the two guys 80k cash for a lot listed at 150k and they jumped on it. Its worth 400k now 4 years later.
You never know what people will do unless you ask.
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:42 AM
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If my offer doesn’t insult you, I apparently didn’t go low enough!
”Make Offer” or “OBO - Or Best Offer” is someone who is not
sure of the true value of what they’re selling. As a result they’re
hoping a potential buyer isn’t sure of the true value and will get
over.
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One tactic that i used when I bought and sold a lot of guns was I would tell them "I know you want to get the most out of your item that you can, I want to pay the least amount I can to buy it. Somewhere those two lines cross and that's where we can make a deal. Doesn't matter where we start out, it's where we end up and are both happy. Sometimes a deal happens and sometimes it doesn't, nothing personal, it's just a business transaction." That usually disarmed them and took a lot of the sting out of a lowball offer. Most of the time I got the item bought for a lot less than asking and the guy walked away happy. There is an old saying that you can shear a sheep many times but only skin him once!
A lot of guys I bought guns from sold me lots over the years because they liked the way I did business.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:13 AM
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oh I thought OP was talking about people who don't put a price on the item, just the "make me an offer" as though you should want it more then they want to sell it.

if it is something I am truly interested in, I offer 1.00 if it isn't something I really want I don't even waste the time to look at the item.

tell me what you want, if it's fair I will buy it, if not I will show you what I think it's worth and why.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
You never know what people will do unless you ask.
But you have to do your research first. Never treat everyone the same when negotiating. You will piss off some people and they wont talk to you anymore. They may even raise the price if you piss them off enough. Only people that really need or want the money will accept a low ball offer. I developed a sales technique over 45 years in retail . I call it ",The Insult Sale, Its amazing how well it works on the RIGHT person. It may get you sued if used on the WRONG person.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:05 AM
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I will take a low baller offer over "what's your best price" any day. I just tell them my asking price is my best price if there is price better for you make an offer.
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Never dealt with them personally, but my recollection is that they absolutely love and welcome lowball offers over at Redline Marine.
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