Phoenixkh wrote in post #18473101
I am with you though.... delete the IM if they aren't capable of making an actual offer. If they are serious, they'll send another one.
On POTN, I agree with you; no offer, no sense in wasting my time. Lots of times on CL, I'll get, "I'd like to see it." without an offer. That is OK on CL, where a local meeting can be arranged. Most times someone bothers to meet, they make an offer if the equipment is in stated condition. On POTN, I price aggressively because there are often multiple same items for sale. My goal is move the item quickly, not get every last possible $$ out it. I usually buy used/refurbed, and seldom lose large on an item.
Archibald wrote in post #18473162
What is much worse (IMO) is "Is this item still available?" If I don't ignore such questions, my answer is "Yes", but in almost all such cases, the customer never contacts me again.
Agreed. All that question gets is "yes". A response to that is quite rare.
Wilt wrote in post #18473165
It is indicative of someone who has dug in their heels on price, vs. the 'more inviting, "Make me a reasonable offer!"
I sort of agree, but I find both answers a bit flippant. If they wanted to make an offer, they would have. They are asking what is the least I'll sell it for. Most times, I'm never going to hear from them anyway. "$5 more than you'd be willing to pay" is in the same category.
Wilt wrote in post #18473167
Those with poor negotiating skills might use the "How low will you go?" question as a pathetically poor way to assess "Are you willing to come down from that price, or are you firm on the price?"
On POTN, I ignore the question and delete the IM. For CL, I already have customer who was interested enough to meet right in front of me. I always throw them a bone. Yesterday, a gentleman showed up to by my 24-105 STM. He played with it some and asked the 'how low' question. I posted $300 on CL, I threw him $275 (after some hemming and hawing). He immediately reached for his wallet and handed me the cash. I had it listed for $250 here, including shipping and PP fees.
The guy was mounting the 24-105 on his camera in my garage, didn't tighten it all the way and it fell from chest height onto the concrete floor. The front lens cap and hood went flying. I maintained my composure while he picked it up, while profusely apologizing. I fully expected that I now owned a broken lens. It work fine. He bought it.
Moral of the story? The lens had a HOOD on it, not a filter. Landing on the objective end, the HOOD flew off, absorbing some of the impact energy. Had it landed on the objective end WITHOUT a HOOD, and WITH A FILTER, I now be the proud owner of a broken filter, and most likely a broken lens, with smashed filter threads. Been shooting SLRs for 40+ years. Don't use filters (except with a particular purpose) to 'protect' my lenses. I stand by that decision.