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.
This is a b$$shit move NOT to allow people to retract an offer. I have seller right now just sitting on my offer. I dont have time to be waiting 30 days to see if he reject my offer. I bought something else. Now I have to send him a message stating I am no longer interested.. BTW He sent me a message the first time I sent an offer saying my offer was too low and said if I go up to a certain amount he will accept it and that I need to be quick! .. Well I was quick.. he wasnt.. Audiogon needs to step it up! No app is also a big loss.... anyway that is my opinions...
I had a gent try to retract an offer after making it. I did accept the offer and he, predictably, refused to pay.
I left him negative feedback and he kept saying that I just wanted to keep his money. Audiogon fines you for backing out of an offer, but the seller does not get the money, no surprise there.
After corresponding with the gent further, I realized that English was a second language for him and he had not grasped the intricacies of the Agon system.
I emailed Audiogon and requested that they cancel the negative feedback and customer service was kind enough to do so.