Yes, the Audiogon rules seem pretty clear. You need to mean it when you make an offer, as that is only fair to sellers. When you come to sell things, you will appreciate it I bet.
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Ebay has a policy that if a mistake was made on an offer and purchase, the seller can cancel the sale if the buyer immediately contacts him and pleads his case, e.g., a typo in the offer amount.
Audiogon is not set up to do that. Immediately upon acceptance of the offer, the classified ad is cancelled and fees are applied. No way to reverse it. The seller would have to post a new advert and pay the fees again.
Audiogon (advertising) prices seem to be much cheaper on the whole than eBay selling. Many of the Audio Products on EBay seem to be aimed at sucker buyers. I have purchased on both forums though. I understand both positions but I think very hard before pulling the trigger on an offer. The line has to be drawn somewhere.
I had a buyer go so far as to send me a bank check of $1000.00 deposit on a $5500.00 set of speakers. He had regrets of doing so. He ASKED if he could get his deposit back. I was happy to return the check. No matter what Audiogons policy is, I want happy customers and I'm not so hard up
for the money. I assume THIS is a major factor in sellers being so inflexible. Joe
Yes, off the record you should be somewhat flexible as a seller. If someone makes me a formal offer and then sends me an email within 24 hours that they changed their mind or they made a mistake, I'm not going to force them to follow through with the payment and wind up with something they can't afford or don't want. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Think before hitting the buy now button. This is like the game show Deal or No Deal.