I have been buying and selling machines for about 12 years and the "process" tends to drive me totally crazy. I like trying to be "fair" with everyone so normally if I have several people wanting one machine I get back to those people in the order emails come into me. I figure that is the "fairest way".
My issue is this and this isn't the first time it has happened to me. Yesterday I listed a Torpedo Alley and within 3 hours I had seven guys emailing saying they wanted it. Two of the guys are what I consider "pinball friends" and two others have been past customers. To be "fair" I used my normal approach giving people a shot at the machine in the order emails came in. Now I have been waiting almost a day to hear back from the guy first in line for the machine?
How long do you wait before moving on to the next guy - do you do first guy in the driveway with cash gets it - or how do you other sellers handle things?
I marked the machine "sale pending" and am still getting offers on it, a couple of the people waiting (guys in the first seven) have contacted me more than once to see where things stand, etc. Selling is starting to drive me even more crazy than normal!
My goal is to get my garage emptied out so I can paint it over the Summer and I just want these machines and other stuff out of my way at this point. I could just move the stuff to the basement but if I do that I'll end up just moving it back to the garage in the Fall to sell it. So I would prefer getting the stuff sold and gone sooner if possible.
So bottom line is I am just curious what "good sellers do". Thankfully I am about done with the whole process but I am still curious how some guys make it look so easy and yet I always seem to have a hard time getting stuff gone quickly.