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Poll: Ever made a Private offer for stuff on Ebay

Yes, and it worked out 24%       24%  [ 11 ]
Yes and the seller told me to go away 9%       9%  [ 4 ]
No! Never! 26%       26%  [ 12 ]
I do it all the time, sometimes it works sometimes not! 2%       2%  [ 1 ]
I do every so often and it works out from time to time! 33%       33%  [ 15 ]
Anybody who does this should be run off of Ebay 7%       7%  [ 3 ]
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:51 pm 
 

Anybody ever done this, let us know your best and worst.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:55 pm 
 

Got a B9 for $5 one time  (mint condition).

I never ask to got outside ebay, though. Just if they would put a BIN on item. Works about 5% of the time.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:00 pm 
 

Oh, yes.

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He wanted $25 for it, but I thought $40 sounded more reasonable, judging from the posted values of the OD&D supplements that were published around the same time.  I paid more than that in the end, but it turned out okay anyway.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:06 pm 
 

i managed to get beholder 26 to 29 for a good price - not mega cheap but i think a good price. prb one of my bettre deals.

tho i did pick up 32 T&T books for £22 too which was a great bargain imo.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:44 pm 
 

I've done it a few times . . . however, only if the auction hasn't received any bids.  I try to make a fair offer - mostly I do it when the item is overpriced (from my point-of-view, anyway)  and has been running for 3 or 4 days.

Then it's something like - "instead of your opening bid of $60 plus shipping, will you take $45 including shipping?"


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:52 pm 
 

Beyondthebreach wrote:I've done it a few times . . . however, only if the auction hasn't received any bids.  I try to make a fair offer - mostly I do it when the item is overpriced (from my point-of-view, anyway)  and has been running for 3 or 4 days.

Then it's something like - "instead of your opening bid of $60 plus shipping, will you take $45 including shipping?"


yeah i have just said something similar on another thread in reply to something Frank M said.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:15 pm 
 

It worked once for Traveller Logbook 1st + two other books ($25) which had no bidders and I know I've tried a couple times before on some stuff - though on what I don't remember and those were straight no BIN replies.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:10 pm 
 

I used to ask the seller if they had a BIN in mind. I actually had the sentence in a text document that I would copy and paste. I don't recall ever saying "I'll give you $X for it". I have, though, gotten some extremely low BIN's from sellers. I did make the mistake of posting that I used this practice, and it seemed to skyrocket from there, so I usually don't bother anymore.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:17 pm 
 

Most sellers seem to regard these offers as nusiances and brush them off without thinking.

One of them even posted my EBay identity on his listing just to be spiteful.  It was also posted here and people chuckled about it...........

Then......his lot sold for only slightly more than what I offered and less than what I had been willing to pay.....

And the seller lost out when his behavior made me decline to bid at all.

I have never successfully closed an offer to buy off EBay, except for an offer to buy all of a self-published set with a break on total price.  Sellers might be more willing to deal if I was buying in the hundreds of dollars range.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:55 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Most sellers seem to regard these offers as nusiances and brush them off without thinking.

"Nuisance" pretty much hits it on the head — I delete all such offers with extreme prejudice. If I wanted a BIN on the item, I would have placed a BIN on the item.

Part of the problem is that the amount of offers has been escalating for many sellers. It's no one's fault, really — it's more of a by-product of eBay's growth, the popularity of the entire BIN concept, and buyers who tend to be more knowledgeable than the buyers of, say, three or fours years ago.

Of course, I've sometimes turned down BIN offers and then gotten sawed off at the knees on the final auction price, so my stubborness has obviously cost me some money. :) But I believe in the auction concept in general, and I'm willing to take my chances. I will never end an ongoing auction early.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 9:59 pm 
 

Sorry, quick threadjack:

MShipley88 wrote:It's all just paper


So true.

Okay, threadjack over. Let's continue ... :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:03 pm 
 

I have asked the question maybe 6 times over the years and it has worked out once.  Although the last time I tried started the whole Necromican fiasco.  

What sucks about that one was that although I received a refund, with the currency exchange of buying vs selling (because the banks want a cut on both directions) I ended up losing about $2.

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:17 pm 
 

I've done it a time or 2, with mixed results.  I would never do it with something I intended to resell, however I would certainly make an offer on an item I'm wanting for my personal collection or on a non Roleplaying item.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:23 pm 
 

I've done it on a few items, usually on items that either didn't sell the first or second time around or had not been bid on yet.  My best deal was on a huge collection of miniatures in an "army transport case".

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:33 pm 
 

Mars wrote:I have asked the question maybe 6 times over the years

Make that 7.... ;)

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:03 am 
 

i only do it if there are no bids.  i have had a result three times with this.

once it worked fine.
the next time i got stiffed and had to chargeback
the third time it worked fine, but the buyer listed it as buy-it-now on ebay (while i was in the pub) and someone else nabbed it first  8O


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:59 am 
 

red_bus wrote:the third time it worked fine, but the buyer listed it as buy-it-now on ebay (while i was in the pub) and someone else nabbed it first  8O


i've seen that happen a few times. such is life really...

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:24 pm 
 

I've never done it, but have been approached a couple of times.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:47 pm 
 

Reindeergamez wrote:I've done it a time or 2, with mixed results.  I would never do it with something I intended to resell, however I would certainly make an offer on an item I'm wanting for my personal collection or on a non Roleplaying item.


Exactly what I was going to say. Imo, it'd be unethical for me to try to get a deal on something and then resell it. If it's for my collection, I've tried occasionally, and it worked out a few times.

As a seller, I always consider offers. Most of them get turned down, but sometimes I'm happy to take what is offered and move the product.

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