Quoted from DCRand:
My favorite is the text or instant message, "would you take $xxx". My standard response is I don't negotiate by email, text, or phone. When would you like to come see it? Call me to set a time.
The only exception is when they are too far away for a come see it trip, and are willing to pick up a phone and have a conversation. Or if they call and are obviously part of the pin community and I get the feeling they are serious. But 42 text or IM messages back and forth, no thanks.
I fire it right back. Say you are asking $500.00. Someone texts and asks "Would you take $100.00?" I text back and say, "I'll take $500.00. What will you give?"
That forces them to go away or make an offer. "Wood ja take" is not an offer. It is a question. If he comes back says "I will give you $100.00" I now have an offer. I can work with that. I say, ahhh...right now I can't go that low. I just put it up for sale. However, if I still have it sale in a few weeks maybe I could look at your offer. However, I could let it go today for $450.00. Can you do $450.00?
Sometimes it works. Some times it don't. If the guy is not a scammer, learn to laugh a little bit. Shrug it off. It is just business. And everybody is wanting it cheaper than you are asking most of the time.