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Posted 05/23/2020   12:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stallzer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Has anyone ever bypassed the "Make offer" on a stamp and actually paid the asking price? Just curious because every time I've purchased something with an option to make an offer I'm compelled to try and save a couple of bucks. I don't low ball anyone and try and be fair. I just purchased a stamp this morning listed at £55 and made an offer of £50, no reply yet but I'll guarantee the seller takes the offer or counters half way between.
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Posted 05/23/2020   1:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If it is a low dollar item, yes. I have.
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Posted 05/23/2020   1:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SPQR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have, but only when it was an item that I thought was underpriced. I didn't want to have someone else see it and buy it while I was waiting on a response to the best offer trying to save a few dollars.
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Posted 05/23/2020   1:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am puzzled, if you purchased the stamp, then all the "make offer" options are moot. Why would he respond when the item was already sold to you at a higher price?
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Posted 05/23/2020   2:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I will pay the "buy it now" price if it meets my criteria for gotta have it now. Yes!
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Posted 05/23/2020   2:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John ---You make the offer before you buy it . Usually the seller has 24 hours to reply . If I get no reply or rejects my offer,then I step up and buy it .

I don't like using the BUY-IT-NOW on my sales ,because that's the hunting ground for eBay Sellers who are looking just to low ball me so they can sell it . Yes got many that were at 50% of my asking price ,that just ticks me off.
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Posted 05/23/2020   3:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It has been awhile since I sold on eBay but, if memory serves, you can set the software to automatically reject offers below a threshold that you have established.

As a buyer, if I see a BIN item that includes the Make Offer option, I assume that the seller is willing to entertain reasonable offers.

Rarely have I had my offers rejected (which, of course, leads me to wonder how low the seller would have been willing to go).
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Posted 05/23/2020   3:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Floortrader, I am very familiar with eBay, having made over 10,000 transactions both as buyer and seller. I was looking for stallzer to clarify his statement ... that he bought the item (then?) made an offer.
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Posted 05/23/2020   3:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It would depend on the auction.
I tend to make offers when it is an option.
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Posted Yesterday   01:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dry Tech to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agree if it is under priced or if price is fair and "I got to have it now". Reminds me of an item by a well known dealer with an auction starting price and a BIN price on eBay. Both were fair prices and I really wanted it and doubted I would ever find the item again, in that condition at that price. I snapped it up at the BIN price and have never regretted it. I did not receive any feedback from him (way back when every one left it), but could not have cared less.
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Posted Yesterday   08:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The BUY -IT-NOW works well for those experience collector who see something that never or rarely shows up in the market place .

As a person who looked at maybe 100 Part 1 of the Scott {big Blue }International's at many different stamp auctions .You start to see which stamps are missing and that never have that spot filled .
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Posted Yesterday   11:00 am  Show Profile Check KRelyea's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KRelyea to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What do you folks think about making offers on auction items that don't have a BIN or Best Offer option? Do you contact the seller and ask for a BIN price?
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Posted Yesterday   1:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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What do you folks think about making offers on auction items that don't have a BIN or Best Offer option?


I have sent offers to sellers that were not offering those options, and had the offer accepted and ignored.
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Posted Yesterday   2:07 pm  Show Profile Check paperhistory's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paperhistory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As a seller I rarely use the best offer option as a listing device, but some items with an offer option still sell at full price. More typically there is an offer. As a buyer, using best offer is an invitation to try to get a discount if you are willing to risk the item selling from under you while you negotiate.

I have seen increased numbers of offers come in by message for items where I don't use best offers. I typically don't take them because they are usually lowballs. The ones I really don't understand are the people who try to offer half of a start price on an active auction....the seller has absolutely no incentive to take a discount until after the auction is over.
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Posted Yesterday   2:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Best Offer items I generally take as the seller saying, "I will take less than the opening bid amount if I have to." The game is arriving at the amount.

And then, if you look at the list of unsold items, a good case can be made they were priced too high for the item offered and condition of the marketplace.

Cavate emptor.
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Posted Yesterday   3:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I still think many of those Lowball BUY-IT-NOW offers are eBay sellers who will add a dollar or two and then add another buck or two to the shipping . Sellers looking for inventory ?
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