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Requesting buyer ettiquette advice (for a first timer)

By A-1Bogart

1 year ago


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    #6 1 year ago
    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?

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from A-1Bogart:

    Thanks for all of the great advice everyone! I've definitely made that mistake on occasion - community is one thing, the business transaction is another. I will keep that in mind for the future.
    Unfortunately being an essential worker and travel restrictions have made it hard to pick up right away for me personally. I have definitely expressed interest to pay cash and given a specific date I can pick up. Those concerns mentioned are reasonable though.

    Thanks for the thorough answers. I have tried to do a lot of research on anything I've offered on. Maybe too much at times.
    To start I mainly want something that works decent, that I'll enjoy for awhile, and so that I can start to learn the maintenance aspects of ownership before I invest more. Definitely want a DMD game. I've considered, as a short list:
    The Shadow
    Road Show
    Johnny Mnemonic
    High Roller Casino
    Lethal Weapon 3
    STTNG (Was more money from a friend of a friend... Fond memories of that game, but gotta stick to the budget, for now).
    Anyway I'm waiting to hear back from a guy about a Sharkey's Shootout (not for $3500, don't worry!), so hopefully I'm posting in the "Pin I brought home" thread soon.

    The Shadow is an absolutely fantastic game (as the ranks and reviews reflect). If you have a chance to get it, I would 100% recommend it. It is deep, fun, and has tons of shots. It is a very long term keeper for most.

    Road show is a love it or hate it game. It has so many mechs and toys, it would cost $15,000 or more if it were made today. It has lots of shots and very funny call outs. It is also priced very cheaply for what it is.

    Johnny Mnemonic is another awesome game. Much like The Shadow, it would cost twice as much if it had a theme of a top movie instead.

    High Roller Casino is likely the worst of the ones you listed. It is newer than the others, but the shots and the ruleset are just ok. The artwork and sounds get panned...but this is where I say to go for what is important to you. If art and sounds aren't high on your list, no worries. It is also cheap...if you can find one.

    Lethal Weapon 3 is a cool game that would be a good starter pin. Cheap, easy to find, fun rules. Some people hate on data east, but I think they have about 5-10 really good games that hold up well. This is one of them.

    STTNG is another phenomenal game, but up there in price. If you can come up with the extra money for it, I'm sure you would be glad you did in the long run.

    Sharkey's shootout is another game similar to high roller casino in that it is newer, wasn't well received, harder to find, still cheap, and gets panned for artwork and sounds. The ruleset isn't deep, but it is fun. If you have a chance to get one at a good price, it might be the way to go.

    The great equalizer is "how much can you get it for?" Any pin becomes far more desirable the cheaper it gets. I will tell you that most everyone would say to get the shadow and sttng, but if you don't have the funds...that doesn't help. Likewise, if you find a working sharkeys shootout for 500 bucks, you need to buy it. NOW!

    The other thing I would mention is variety and a deep ruleset. It is of colossal importance in a home collection. Any game can get tiresome if it's the only one you have or if it is too easy. I becomes immediately apparent when they are in a home setting. If I had a 3500 budget...i would ask what 2 pins I could get, and how deep they are for longer term ownership.

    It is quite possible you could get a sharkeys shootout and a LW3 or high roller casino for 3500 combined. If you could, I would do that. Otherwise, I would seriously consider combing ads for a low priced sttng or The Shadow. Just my .02 cents.

    #24 1 year ago

    Please let us know if you have any leads...or better yet, if you have bought one.

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