Quoted from A-1Bogart:
as a seller, what makes you consider one buyer's offer vs. another if price is equal?
--What information would you expect in an initial contact from a serious potential buyer?
--How seriously do you consider a offer to provide a deposit immediately but if the person can't pickup for a couple of days?
--What else do you factor? (Besides reputation and time on Pinside, because.. well...)
Thanks in advance for the advice!
I first want to say that you have already been very wise in starting off by lurking, reading, and setting a realistic budget. Few people do that the first time. Kudos.
I am not sure if you have specific pins in mind (if you do, please share them), but I always recommend playing them as much as possible beforehand. Read reviews, watch videos, and find out what you really like...and more importantly...WHY you like them, prior to any purchase.
As far as your questions go:
1) as a seller, what makes you consider one buyer's offer vs. another if price is equal?
Ease of sell. Fewer questions, less hassle, cash, niceness, communication, moving quickly to buy.
2) What information would you expect in an initial contact from a serious potential buyer?
I expect them to say they are interested, ask specific questions if need be, and ask for more pics if necessary. If you have a legit concern or question...it should be specific. I can't tell you how many times people have asked me questions that were clearly stated in the ad already. It shows me they weren't looking at it, or they are just tire-kicking.
3) How seriously do you consider a offer to provide a deposit immediately but if the person can't pickup for a couple of days?
This depends on the seller, how bad they want to sell, and how many buyers that are interested in it. Most people would prefer a cash seller the same day over a seller leaving a deposit that can't pick it up for a week.
4) What else do you factor?
I guess this really boils down to 4 things:
Seriousness of the buyer, how fast are they coming over, how are they paying, how much of a hassle are they being.
If you really want a game...try to first state that you will take it...or at least you will take it pending questions. Communicate quickly and directly. Phone is best, text is next, messenger/app after that, email last. Ask intuitive and specific questions upfront. Don't waste the sellers time. Offer cash if you can, if not...ask what payments they will accept. Set up a time to go see it ASAP. Communicate that you are on the way/what you arrival time will be. Show up on time and ready to buy (vehicle to load it in, tools, any questions, money ready, etc.)
If you are quick and have money, you shouldn't have a problem.
What specific pin(s) are you interested in?