Leave him alone. Seriously.I'm in a situation like this right now, and I'm the prospective buyer. A guy online has a guitar I'm interested in. It's an inexpensive, but cool vintage reissue guitar that is well known and unfortunately so, for its tuning issues. He assured me he'd had it worked on and there are no tuning problems anymore. Well, I have heard that one before, and I'm not about to blindly trust someone online who I have never met. He may be telling the truth, but maybe not. I have no way of knowing. All along, he was sending me emails pushing me to buy, finally saying he had a local guy interested, and if I wanted the guitar, I'd better act fast.
How many times have I heard that one before? "Better buy before it's gone!" Red flags.
I offered him $100 less than he was asking with the idea that I might have to have it worked on. I felt that was fair, given the fact that I don't know if this guy was telling the truth or not. He counter offered at $50 more. I declined.
A couple of days later, I decided to send another offer of $25 more than my original one. I figured, let's split the difference. I got no response and the offer expired 24 hours later. It would have been nice if he had responded either way.
As of this moment, the guitar is still for sale.
I'm going to wait a few more days, see if the guitar is up there, and then email the seller in a cordial manner, asking him what he wants to do. I see it as simple negotiation, not harassment. Eventually, one of us may cave in. Maybe not, but that's how it goes. I'm trying to keep the selling process positive, and I have no intention of giving him a hard time, either before or after the sale.
I'm approaching this sale with the attitude that I don't really need this guitar, but it would be fun to have it in the collection and I'm not going to cease to exist if I don't get it.