Jond; I agree and would go even further and just delete the ad once a deal is made for the item. I see no point in looking at either SOLD or sale pending statements. Craig
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Jond, From my experience it is easier to leave the ad as is, or put sale pending on the bottom of description. If you put sold due to an e-mail and the person backs out, you have lost all the potential buyers such as yourself from even looking at the ad for a length of time. I also do not look at ads that are marked sold, there's no reason to they're saying. I used to put sold, and after some people changed their mind decided not to do that anymore. Sure it's frustating for a buyer, but how about the seller losing a sale. Best, Charlie
Charlie, I agree with you that an email doesn't constitute a sale. However when I reach agreement with a buyer via email and someone else inquires I tell them that I have a sale pending but if it falls through I'll let them know. I never tell someone something is sold or mark it sold until it leaves my possession. The responses I have gotten have stated simply, sorry the item is sold, so I have to assume that a sale has been fully consummated.
There's another good reason to NOT delete the ads of a sold item, that being Audiogon's price-tracking online blue-book feature. If you delete the ad then the selling price doesn't get tracked by their system at all.
I also prefer "sale pending" followed by "sold" when the money order actually arrives. This procedure has worked very well for me especially when a buyer changed their mind, you simply re-edit the ad back to available status. I have actually still received inquiries regarding "sale pending" & then consummated a deal in this manner after the original buyer disappeared.
100% agree with Jond's suggestion ! I have been frustrated by this inadequate info for a while. Just not a user-friendly Web design. But I am not sure what Audiogon admin can do about this: it completely upto the seller to update this piece of information -- pending or sold. How diligent are the sellers then?