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Is it wrong to contact a Craigslist seller about a ridiculous price?

By Pahuffman

9 years ago


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#51 9 years ago
Quoted from schudel5:

If it was listed for $100 would you pay him the $400 it's worth? That would be a proper thing to do to let him know he had it listed too low.

I didn't do exactly that, but did look at an em that was, In my opinion, underpriced based on condition so I did not Bother to make an offer and gave the fella what he was asking.

#52 9 years ago
Quoted from Pahuffman:

UPDATE: I sent an apology email. Y'all made me feel bad, and for good reason. I was a bit of an ass.

That was big of you to do. I think the real lesson here is once folks become an "expert" on a particular subject there is a tendency to want to turn everyone into the same thing. A guy might end up with something unusual like a pinball machine that he wants to sell (not interested in keeping it, ended up with it in an estate, etc) and they just want to get rid of it, without "giving it away". If he lists it for 1k, and it's only worth $200 to you, offer him $200 and move on. He didn't ask for the education so there was no need to include that.

#53 9 years ago
Quoted from schudel5:

If it was listed for $100 would you pay him the $400 it's worth? That would be a proper thing to do to let him know he had it listed too low.

I just bought a Spring Break that way. Told him it was listed too low and offered a fair price for what it was. He wrote back thanking me and I got the pin.

#54 9 years ago
Quoted from Pahuffman:

UPDATE: I sent an apology email. Y'all made me feel bad, and for good reason. I was a bit of an ass.

That is very nice, but Did the seller email you back after the original email before you sent the apology email? If not and I'm the seller I am going to think your crazy and not want to deal with you.

I'm not trying to be mean, but that is what I would think.

#55 9 years ago

Who has that much time? Besides all the ad's are way out of line and not to mention mostly all pointless too. Its sad what CL and Ebay have become.

John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, Mi.
269-979-3836

#56 9 years ago

.......if your not interested, don't contact the seller at all. leave it to the person that OWNS the machine decide what they would like to sell it for. It is after all their machine, and your opinion idoesnt really matter to the seller, especially if you aren't even interested....just makes you one of those people that makes Craigslist a bad experience.

#57 9 years ago
Quoted from rustybomber79:

I'm the seller I am going to think your crazy and not want to deal with you.

Exactly

#58 9 years ago
Quoted from rustybomber79:

That is very nice, but Did the seller email you back after the original email before you sent the apology email? If not and I'm the seller I am going to think your crazy and not want to deal with you.

Exactly,

And people wonder why they sometimes don't get any replies when they try to contact people re: CL listings?!!? Between whack-job email like this and avoiding the bad check scams, etc, the ratio of noise to real emails is pretty dismal.

#59 9 years ago
Quoted from Pahuffman:

UPDATE: I sent an apology email. Y'all made me feel bad, and for good reason. I was a bit of an ass.

Not a bad idea. A lot of times, people dunno what they got, legitimately. Be fair, and fair prices will return themselves. I have multiple experiences with CL regarding that.

#60 9 years ago

You are being an asshole!!! Unless you plan to make an offer to buy. Otherwise you have no reason to contact them.

#61 9 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Pointless and obnoxious.

You sure are.

#62 9 years ago
Quoted from TunaSled:

Of course there is always the chance that he/she is just stupid.

I would say this is most likely the case,lol.

#63 9 years ago
Quoted from jayhawkai:

If you're routinely getting these emails, you might be a jackass.

You are absolutely one of my favorite Pinsiders!

#64 9 years ago

As pointless and obnoxious as it might be for someone to contact a seller about a ridiculously overpriced machine, it's also pointless and obnoxious to place a forever running ad at a ridiculous price.

#65 9 years ago

But that is their business. Ignore it. Ebay and Craig's list is not a forum or club. You have no connection to care.

#66 9 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Pointless and obnoxious.

Really? You have no problem with that here.

#67 9 years ago

I also find it pointless because everyone's doing it regardless of what is being sold. I listed a vintage Slingerland snare drum for $20 and I had two different people email me claiming the value was $5.

#68 9 years ago
Quoted from rustybomber79:

That is very nice, but Did the seller email you back after the original email before you sent the apology email? If not and I'm the seller I am going to think your crazy and not want to deal with you.
I'm not trying to be mean, but that is what I would think.

Nope. I have yet to hear from the seller at all. I mentioned that I would love to come play the game and at least meet another pinball enthusiast in town, but I have yet to get a response. I don't expect to be contacted at this point.

#69 9 years ago

If you don't like the price, don't buy it and move on. Two pins of the same title can vary in price by more than 50% depending on many factors. Condition, mods, demand, etc.
I am a new dealer. I sell my machines shopped, with a full warranty, buy back guarantee of 80% of the selling price, and offer a selection of over 35 machines and I get people all of the time saying that my prices are high. I'm glad that we live in the USA. We all have the choice to buy and sell at whatever price that we want, and if we don't like either we can move on to the next seller/buyer. There is no need to be a dick, and it is absolutely not your place to tell someone what is the wrong or right price for any item.
Just mind your own business and move on, or you are truly being a dick. Those rude people are the ones that want full retail for their non-shopped machines and are not willing to pay a little more for a machine that is 100%

Manny
Lights Out Pinball

#70 9 years ago
Quoted from Pahuffman:

Nope. I have yet to hear from the seller at all. I mentioned that I would love to come play the game and at least meet another pinball enthusiast in town, but I have yet to get a response. I don't expect to be contacted at this point.

I'm pretty sure your next correspondence from the seller is more likely to be a restraining order rather than an invitation into his home to play some pinball....

#71 9 years ago
Quoted from Manny10:

We all have the choice to buy and sell at whatever price that we want, and if we don't like either we can move on to the next seller/buyer. There is no need to be a dick, and it is absolutely not your place to tell someone what is the wrong or right price for any item.

Such is the mindset on items for which there is no Kelly Blue Book. It may take a few more years but the existing price guides, (if they're still around), will likely increase in accuracy, and the confidence of the people referring to them.

Quoted from Manny10:

Those rude people are the ones that want full retail for their non-shopped machines and are not willing to pay a little more for a machine that is 100%

Well............You're trying to capitalize in a hobby where most of its hobbyists prefer getting their hands dirty! You can prey on deep pockets all you want, but in my experience, even the most successful retailers wholesale games from time to time for whatever reason, day job or not, adjusting inventory, making ends meet, etc. Best to minimize your unskilled labor, (and let the hobbyist do his thing), before getting bent out of shape over it.

#72 9 years ago

UPDATE!: Got an email back from the seller who informed me they are selling the game for their boss and would love to meet up and discuss how much the game is worth.

#73 9 years ago

Be careful

#74 9 years ago

Well it seems as though I was right. I went and took a look at the machine, which turned out to be a complete junker. Apparently his "working" machine had more than a few issues - including lack of flipper mechs that were "borrowed," zero response when plugged in (possibly just a fuse), about 75% of the playfield artwork, a 6.5/10 cabinet, and broken rubbers and plastics. The only thing the machine had going for it was a 9/10 backglass. I'm not sure what he payed for it or how long he had it, but I'm sure he grossly overpaid. I told him if he ever wanted to get rid of it that I would keep in touch and give him $75 to haul it away. He thought he was sitting on a pile of gold. It was more like a pile of shit.

What did we learn? I was right, but could have handled it a little more delicately. Next time I contact someone about an over-priced machine, I'll be a little more courteous. We also learned that (more often than not) people don't know what the hell they're talking about.

#75 9 years ago
Quoted from Pahuffman:

Well it seems as though I was right. I went and took a look at the machine, which turned out to be a complete junker. Apparently his "working" machine had more than a few issues - including lack of flipper mechs that were "borrowed," zero response when plugged in (possibly just a fuse), about 75% of the playfield artwork, a 6.5/10 cabinet, and broken rubbers and plastics. The only thing the machine had going for it was a 9/10 backglass. I'm not sure what he payed for it or how long he had it, but I'm sure he grossly overpaid. I told him if he ever wanted to get rid of it that I would keep in touch and give him $75 to haul it away. He thought he was sitting on a pile of gold. It was more like a pile of shit.
What did we learn? I was right, but could have handled it a little more delicately. Next time I contact someone about an over-priced machine, I'll be a little more courteous. We also learned that (more often than not) people don't know what the hell they're talking about.

That last sentence is beautiful.

#76 9 years ago
Quoted from pinballsmith:

That last sentence is beautiful.

Agreed.

It never hurts to be nice to people. I've found that if someone has a crazy high number, the best option is to just calmly and rationally explain to them the current prices, show them "completed" listings online, explain to them what the issues are with their machine and what it costs to fix.

They may tell you to take a hike...but they may ring you back to take a look if other people come out, rant that it's a piece of junk and not worth anything.

A few minutes of reasonable explanation is worth it.

#77 9 years ago

Exactly. I just picked up a nice game I'd been after a long time. I know I didn't have the highest offer on the table but was straight forward and respectful. The guy basically told me I was the nicest he dealt with and preferred I was the one who bought the game. Sometimes being the path of least resistance puts you on the inside track.

#78 9 years ago
Quoted from Pahuffman:

I told him if he ever wanted to get rid of it that I would keep in touch and give him $75 to haul it away. He thought he was sitting on a pile of gold. It was more like a pile of shit.

sounds like pretty much anything people try to sell on craigslist.

#79 9 years ago

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