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Thread: Best offers on fleabay am i being unreasonable?

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    Best offers on fleabay am i being unreasonable?

    I've been trading and buying on fleabay since 2004 and used to sell books and would often sell most via buy it now and on slow sellers I would offer the best offer option, I would be quite prepared to take 10-15% less to just shift the item, obviously you would get the idiots that would offer £5 for a book that would cost them £20 down Halfords (even though I was already £6-8 cheaper anyway) but you could automatically filter those numpties out.

    However some sellers seem to think these days its either a tool to get you to buy direct from them to side step ebay/paypal fees or think a best offer should be within a £1 of the original price, for instance I've been looking at something on there the last few weeks that's on for £95.88 or best offer (gone up almost £10 in the past few weeks), so I thought I would be cheeky and start at near to 10% off at £87 but they came back with a counter offer of £95, yes a full 88p saving 0.91%, so I revised my offer to £90 (still £5 more than they were listing them for a couple of weeks ago) and again they countered the offer with the same £95, so why waste peoples time by offering best offer if you are not going to offer a reasonable saving, just price it at £95 and be done with it.


    Or am I being unreasonable?

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    I have to admit I share your frustration. As a seller, I am frustrated at stupid offers, but equally as a buyer, if a seller wants a set price, then that is what BIN is there for. I am equally frustrated a putting things in my watch list to find them sold 'privately' halfway through the proposed auction time.
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    I think in general (not just ebay) an offer of between 10% and 20% below the asking price is not unreasonable or taking the mickey. The seller doesn't have to accept.

    Expecting more than 20% is wasting peoples time in my opinion.

    Having said this, I think that sellers should be realistic about their prices. Quite often on here you see things that are way overpriced. We are not allowed to comment in sales topics so it leaves it down to 'buyer beware'. Fine for experienced people but I hate to think that novices may be ripped off. No easy answer to this.

    I think sellers should also state 'No offers please' if this is the case. Again this simply saves everyone time and hassle.

    I agree that ebay sales should not be ended halfway through.

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    I will happily entertain transactions outside eBay having seen first hand how toothless the Paypal and Feedback system is when things go wrong

    As for best offers I made one of $50 for a buy it now price of $68 that had been relisted twice and not sold at higher prices
    He came back at $60 plus shipping but I don'd need it that badly so he wont be selling it

    depends how badly you want something

    I once put all the prices up from £20-30 to £40-50 on some items that I had previously tried to sell and failed
    They all sold at the higher price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primer View Post
    I've been trading and buying on fleabay since 2004 and used to sell books and would often sell most via buy it now and on slow sellers I would offer the best offer option, I would be quite prepared to take 10-15% less to just shift the item, obviously you would get the idiots that would offer £5 for a book that would cost them £20 down Halfords (even though I was already £6-8 cheaper anyway) but you could automatically filter those numpties out.

    However some sellers seem to think these days its either a tool to get you to buy direct from them to side step ebay/paypal fees or think a best offer should be within a £1 of the original price, for instance I've been looking at something on there the last few weeks that's on for £95.88 or best offer (gone up almost £10 in the past few weeks), so I thought I would be cheeky and start at near to 10% off at £87 but they came back with a counter offer of £95, yes a full 88p saving 0.91%, so I revised my offer to £90 (still £5 more than they were listing them for a couple of weeks ago) and again they countered the offer with the same £95, so why waste peoples time by offering best offer if you are not going to offer a reasonable saving, just price it at £95 and be done with it.


    Or am I being unreasonable?
    Because its cheaper to have listed as best offer rather than fixed price @ £95 from memory.

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    Buyer beware is right. I was in the market for a Yukon Photon recently. The general price from normal outlets is a smidgen under £400. But there's one on the old Fleabay at the bargain price of £440! I managed to resist that excellent offer, even though he's down to his last one.

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    I'm selling some suits on there as the diet's working. Nothing exceptional, mainly bog standard M&S with a couple of pairs of trousers. Some clown came on and offered £22 posted on a £40 plus postage suit because "money's a bit tight at the moment". I resisted the "well go find a suit in your budget" and accepted an offer of £35 plus postage an hour or so later. Ok, it's not a huge difference in £sd, but there's an offer and then there's just taking the p*ss!
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    I agree with the 10-20% less offer unless the item is clearly over priced as the seller has an over inflated view of its worth. A case in point is the Zeiss Duralyt for sale second hand, now the Conquest DL has replaced it. People are trying to sell them for less than they paid a year ago but at a price that is the same as they can be had for new now they're old stock.

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    Am I alone in thing it rather absurd to invite the prospective buyers' best offers and then to be annoyed or affronted if their best offer isn't as much as you'd like.
    It seems a waste of energy as well as a misunderstanding of process to fret about the difference between your valuation of the item and the prospective buyer's: just accept the offer or not, according to choice.

    As a buyer, I don't get cross about folk offering absurdly-overpriced stuff for sale. I just don't buy it, leaving it to those who think that the price is reasonable.

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    i put my reserve as what i want so all else is gravy.and just ignore anyone who offers less ,reserve not met means that all else is just bums trying it on

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