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Private Selling Irritation

Echoes

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Since there are no rules for private selling or buying I can put up with all kinds of garbage. I don't mind extreme low ball offers (I just say no or ignore them, I don't blame them for trying however) and I don't even mind trade offers when I say 'NO TRADES' etc.... no problem, doesn't irritate me... :dunno

Now, the ONE THING that annoys me however is the guy who goes to GREAT LENGTHS in many PMs or emails to 'sell' me on the idea that I am a complete ass-jerk if I do not take his 'low ball' offer....and when I don't take it? He writes a scathing angry hostile rant......now THAT pisses me off! :mad:

This used to happen only once in a blue moon....now it seems like it happens every single time I sell something :(
 

whitehall

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My favorites are the ones who post Ill Take It .... and then you never hear from them again.
 

niersbach

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LOL Yup...you dont like my price, fine...you make a lowball offer, fine I can just deny it. Now you are suddenly entitled to try and rip me because I value my guitar more than you do....if the guitar was so worthless then why are you so upset that I didnt take your offer...that deserves the "Go FireTruck Yourself" reply from me!!

My guitars have a certain value to me, and I would rather keep them than just lose my tail...cant handle that...well too bad...

And 9 times out of 10 I end up getting exactly what I am asking within days of the flamer emails anyhow...
 

Echoes

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My favorite NEW TACTIC is this: well, you are offering that Vintage Marshall plexi for $3K but I see those on craigslist selling for $275 all the time....well I'm taking a HUGE risk here, but I'll offer you $250 and you ship for free....that seems fair because now you won't have to drive or waste time meeting...

well, I decline.....then this:

you F*ing as*h#le good luck selling your POS amp with scratches and dents on it! :mad:

what the hell man :facepalm
 

snow and steel

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If its any consolation, I've messaged a couple guys about buying something here [was willing to pay what they were asking, just needed to now where to send the money] and didn't get a reply at all... must not want to sell it real bad.
 

Echoes

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If its any consolation, I've messaged a couple guys about buying something here [was willing to pay what they were asking, just needed to now where to send the money] and didn't get a reply at all... must not want to sell it real bad.
yea, I have had 2 times, on the buying end, where I met their price and the item was available....but both times they decided to 'keep it' ....then, a month later its for sale again in the emporium ... high end gear too..one a Yamano R9 and the other a Bludotone rig... idiots, don't post the thing if you aren't going to sell it :mad: ...
 

Sirloin

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If its any consolation, I've messaged a couple guys about buying something here [was willing to pay what they were asking, just needed to now where to send the money] and didn't get a reply at all... must not want to sell it real bad.
yea, I have had 2 times, on the buying end, where I met their price and the item was available....but both times they decided to 'keep it' ....then, a month later its for sale again in the emporium ... high end gear too..one a Yamano R9 and the other a Bludotone rig... idiots, don't post the thing if you aren't going to sell it :mad: ...
These are known as ball and chain listings. Guy tells wife/significant other he will sell a piece of gear after said significant other discovers new piece of gear and rips him a new one. "Don't worry honey, I will sell my XXX Guitar to pay for it." "Hmm, for some reason, it's not selling honey...oh well, I tried and guess I will just have to keep it."
 

GCDEF

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I've been running into people who haggle first than ask questions later. I have an amp listed, guy made me a reasonable offer which I accepted. Then we discuss schedules and locations and finally agree on a time and place to meet. Then he asks if it's a 1 x 12 or 2 x 12. This particular amp is only made in a 1 x 12, so I tell him, and he responds that he wants a 2 x 12. Then why the $#&#*( waste my time??

Next day he texts me asking why I'm selling, so I assume he's still interested. He starts asking me about my other gear, and finally ended up telling me he already bought an amp. When I didn't respond, he texted me a picture of it.

People are nuts.
 

Echoes

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I've been running into people who haggle first than ask questions later. I have an amp listed, guy made me a reasonable offer which I accepted. Then we discuss schedules and locations and finally agree on a time and place to meet. Then he asks if it's a 1 x 12 or 2 x 12. This particular amp is only made in a 1 x 12, so I tell him, and he responds that he wants a 2 x 12. Then why the $#&#*( waste my time??
man, I've had that happen too... ok, THAT too is a major irritation.

Next day he texts me asking why I'm selling, so I assume he's still interested. He starts asking me about my other gear, and finally ended up telling me he already bought an amp. When I didn't respond, he texted me a picture of it.

People are nuts.
yea, but that's why we have this thing called 'communication' that should clear up simple transaction discussions....but noooooooooo .... :(
 

V-man

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I got a MF 400A cab (a Marshall TV cab w G12Ks). I wanted a B cab and ONLY a B cab to make a full stack. Dude is selling a MF "Full Stack" 70 miles away. I confirm the details. Then I drive the 70 miles and show up to discover "Full stack" = the head and the (A) cab - which has a hole in the grill cloth (and unbeknownst to me, a blown speaker behind the hole).

I was PISSED.
 

mad dog

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Actually, my favorite gear listing head scratchers are on the buyer side:

- I respond to a CL ad - just posted - do not get a response. I reply again. Still no response. Sometimes I'll even go for three. Never a response.

- I respond to a CL ad offering something I want, and know is priced unrealistically. I tell this person I want it, know how much it should cost as I sold the same thing not long ago for x amount, and deeply regretted it. Every six months after that for more than two years, I re-contact the seller, remind him of our first contact, and marvel at how long the ad has been up. No change in price.

Certainly some ads stay up after the items sells. That in itself doesn't mean you should ever ignore a response. It appears some sellers simply do not care to respond, and don't care if their items ever sell. Mysterious.
MD
 

Crowder

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Honestly, the only thing a buyer can say that makes me truly happy is "What's your PayPal?" It helps when it's followed with a "PP sent!"
 

jazzguitar

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If its any consolation, I've messaged a couple guys about buying something here [was willing to pay what they were asking, just needed to now where to send the money] and didn't get a reply at all... must not want to sell it real bad.
Yep. That always makes me scratch my head.
 
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Check this piece for a sound approach to buying and selling gear.
Great article!

I would've thought, for a seller, the bullsh*t you have to deal with is easily offset by the fact that there's places like this one to advertise your gear, for free, where you can reach 1000s of potential buyers from the comfort of your own home...

For those of us old enough to remember life before the Interwebz, selling stuff was harder, as you usually had to place an ad in the paper, which cost money; money that you had to spend whether your gear sold or not...

As a potential buyer, I've not bothered making an enquiry on gear, even stuff that I really want and am willing to fork out for, because the seller appears to have what I consider to be a bad attitude...

The way I see it, whether you're buyer or a seller, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.
 






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