Originally Posted by Architeuthis
I hate when that happens but I still do it.
This why Brokers are often worth the price. They can handle all that crap.
I had a car I wanted out of the yard, it was in running cond but old and wouldn't pass any inspection. So I park it at the end of the driveway with a $100 sign. People would look at the car, have me start it and then point out problems with it. When they pointed out some rust or a scratch, or some other problem I would only answer, "Its a $100 car." I must have said that a dozen times until I said forget it and took it off the market. I eventually sold it for alot more than $100 but selling stuff is real work.
Often you have to raise the price a lot before people will buy.
Oh man, I hear ya. In preparation for my boat purchase I'm selling off things. I've sold a couple scooters, two bicycles, various stuff of good value.
I'm using Craig's List because it's free and it has been working. I try to price everything fairly, to get it sold.
I haven't gotten too many yahoos but, here are a few examples.
1) Photographers studio lighting setup. 5 heads, multiple stands, umbrellas, etc. Nice collection. Only asking $200 for it. I sold it to the first guy who called.
The other eight to ten people said, "I'll take it." Doh! Should have asked $400.00.
Except for the guy who called and said, "We'll I don't see any umbrellas in the picture, I really don't need all the flash head, it's really more than what I need (wait for it...wait for it), how about $100.0 and can you deliver it 40 miles away? I'll pay you $20.00 extra for your time."
I suggested he buy two clip lights and get some tin foil for reflectors.
2) Rockhopper MTB for sale. $150.00 (for a functioning, clean, and decent mountain bike no less)
I get a guy who calls, starts badmouthing the bike for being a "hardtail" and says that he found a new one on the web for $179.00. He said he'd give me $80.00 for it. All over email. I told him that, if it was such a great deal over the internet, that he should buy it then, by gosh!
I have a friend coming to look at it tonight.
3) 1933 or so, Harmony F-Hole Jazz guitar (it was my father's). Completely restored and beautiful. I'm asking $1100 dollars for this rare, antique and collectible guitar.
You be the judge:
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The ad says, "no trades."
Anyway, I get an email today that says, "I'll trade you an Xbox 360, eight games and two wireless controllers for it."
Wow, wireless controllers. I should have jumped on that.
Now the thing is, if someone comes out, looks at the item I have for sale, doesn't badmouth it, and offers me a reasonable lower price -- guess what? I almost always say yes. Why? They are *there*. However, first they have to show up.
I sold a Yamaha Silent electric classical guitar (asking price $300) for $250 just the other day.
So yeah, selling stuff to people who have no respect for you or what you are selling can be a real pain.
That's why I try to be a good buyer.