great post, Bryan.
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Dude, I couldn't have said it better. You should write a book. I have been getting increasingly frustrated with insincere inquiries for my sale items. I wish prospective buyers would be a little more respectful of my time. I always try to offer what I feel are very fair prices for very popular audio pieces. I am sure that others here will not agree with your sentiments. I do, thank you very much.
Yes. Good post. Having lost out on four out of four recently advertised popular items, I concur with the observations.
I'm curious about this, though...and how tips on getting a good deal, low balling, and fair pricing fits?
Oh and by the way I find most of these rules work with dealing with the opposite sex as well and not jsut buying things.
Don't worry. I'm asking the question with tongue-in-cheek.
ebay bidding is different
if "buy it now" is reasonable jump on it early
place a low bid initially to spot something
pounce in high with 30 seconds left (with your final dollar in mind) even if the bidding is significantly lower
don't get caught in a bidding war early - it just drives up the cost
thoroughly review the costs (shipping etc)
payment methods (paypal nice, money order pain)
if it's vinyl - make sure if this is original or a reissue
bid on items that end at odd times - early morning, late evening - more chance of getting a good deal
always check feedback
just a few
Thank you for the support follow sellers and buyers.
Maybe we need to put a manual together for Audiogon before you can bid on items. Oh I forgot, men never read manuals so maybe not so good an idea.
For Tvad, the key with the oposite sex is know what you want and know what you are will to pay for it. See, just about the same as audio equipment.
Viridian I am sure you have lots of friends in the English department.
Definitions of bid on the Web:
offer: propose a payment
Bid price, a price offered for a good by a potential buyer
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If you do not like the advice, don't follow it. I think it is helpful to those that want to buy something.
Here's how NOT to make an offer.
Email the seller and write something like, "Hello. I will buy your X. Please send a total." Then, when the seller promptly responds with the total, don't email back to complete the purchase...or to even send a courtesy acknowledgment of the seller's reply.
I receive these emails all the time. I keep a list of all the fools who have sent me these hide-n-disappear offers. I check the list often when I have items for sale.