Ridiculous offers made for vintage gear

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I like this idea "if he really thinks you're out of line, maybe you should offer him $175 for his." I'd love to hear what he has to say to that.

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Well, the last thing I want to do is resurrect last night's back-n-forth with this guy (Let sleeping dogs lie ...). I'm not sure if he owns one now or just wants to feed his "nostalgia" on the very cheap (I used Steve's Inflation Calculator tip : the drum would be nearly $800 in today's $'s : his response was that "the model T will never come back in style as with the _____"). Did I want to inform him that there sure as *hitty *hitty Bang Bang would be enough people out there with ready cash for a vintage Model T, but I didn't want to blow his last and final cylinder.

And that line of questioning asking for his ____ for $200 would no doubt have unintended consequences. Like, say, he'd want an even trade for his beat up non-functional drum for my near mint one. And I have to say this for him : he was very polite about everything (didn't see it this way at first); even when I was mocking his malfunctioning logic. We left on good terms. In today's world how many times can you say that things ended well after dipping south?
 

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I'm convinced there are a bunch of people out there who are simply 'pathological low ballers'. They just go fishing to see how low somebody will go.
I don't even respond to somebody offering less than 50% asking price. No reply warranted. Its simply rude on their part. I don't even engage with argument. Then there is no reply to deal with, no 'bullying guilt trip' arguments.
I ignore as well. However, there are times when they contact you about not addressing their offer. Did this for the same listing for another low-baller. I told him I wasn't looking for a dance partner. I'd step all over his toes!
 

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I ignore as well. However, there are times when they contact you about not addressing their offer. Did this for the same listing for another low-baller. I told him I wasn't looking for a dance partner. I'd step all over his toes!
" Simply rude " .... ?? in some cultures haggling is as natural as scratching your a** . I define a culture as a group of people sharing a similar world view , attending that church with a dollar sign atop the steeple .
 

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at the end of the day, if you say you will accept offers - then you must. then either take the deal or not. saying ''no low ballers'' is a waste of time. one man's lowball offer is.............well, you know the rest.
 

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I thought other sellers might enjoy this one : some guy made an offer on a vintage drum - doesn't matter what - for $200. Asking price is well over 1k (in listing it shows that a $135 repair was recently made) ~ the unit, though technically incomplete, is essentially brand new (41+ years old). I reject his offer; and then he makes the same $200 offer with the following argument:

I have the exact model your trying to sell I purchased it in 1978, I only paid 170.00 for it, I get what your trying to do cash in on a nostalgia drum ...

If I weren't single I think I'd scour Facebook for old girlfriends and see if the old dinner and a movie routine gets one as far.
I think I've heard this story before. A person who wants to own what you have, makes a low ball offer and when you reject it, for obvious reasons, they attempt to educate you about the "true value" of your gear.

I've said it once and I'll say it again,.....that just doesn't pass the sniff test.
 

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" Simply rude " .... ?? in some cultures haggling is as natural as scratching your a** . I define a culture as a group of people sharing a similar world view , attending that church with a dollar sign atop the steeple .
OK but its not a Moroccan bazaar. Its c/list or eBay or reverb.....
 

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" Simply rude " .... ?? in some cultures haggling is as natural as scratching your a** . I define a culture as a group of people sharing a similar world view , attending that church with a dollar sign atop the steeple .
You simply cannot haggle with 90% of buyers like this. This case exemplifies this precisely : he 1st offered $200 ... I countered ... and he came back at exactly $200. He's not haggling. He's delusional.
 

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If you don't ask, you don't get, Low ballers are a matter of the market. I have gotten some bargains by making an offer. I have been rejected. Part of the game. Just tell them No Thanks. and forget it. Not worth any more response.
 

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I think I've heard this story before. A person who wants to own what you have, makes a low ball offer and when you reject it, for obvious reasons, they attempt to educate you about the "true value" of your gear.

I've said it once and I'll say it again,.....that just doesn't pass the sniff test.
Selling cars I have always said “hey I understand if this isn’t the right one for you. I won’t be offended. If you can find one this year/miles/condition for the price you want to pay, that’s great. This one is worth more than that and priced fairly (or below market). If you want this one, I’m happy to help you take it home, if you don’t then I wish you the best in your search.”
 

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If you don't ask, you don't get, Low ballers are a matter of the market. I have gotten some bargains by making an offer. I have been rejected. Part of the game. Just tell them No Thanks. and forget it. Not worth any more response.
Yep I totally agree. I have low balled and been low balled. Don't take it personally and move on - I know, sometimes easier said than done.
Coy
 

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I always just ignore them Nothing get's under their fingernails like being ignored.
 


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